Mental mistakes, remember this name

Mental mistakes don't cost Portland, despite six errors. They would have lost anyway. A connection similar to the Akinori Otsuka – Trevor Hoffman one in San Diego is taking place in Mobile. Looking for a player of the week in the California League? Look for an easy victory for Kervin Jacobo. Blunders from Fort Wayne everywhere on the field cost them a victory.

Portland lost 9-2

Although they were not a big factor in the blowout, the Beavers committed six errors on the day with three being attributed to Bobby Scales. Scales entered the game with two errors in his 25 previous games. Most of the troubles for Scales were due to him playing out of position in left field. He had not played in the outfield all season before Friday.

They had as many errors on the day as they had hits. Amazingly the six errors led to just three unearned runs in the game.

Jon Knott clubbed his 10th home run of the season to straightaway center field to extend his current hitting streak to six games. Knott has hit safely in 22 of his last 25 games and has three homers in his last three games.

Mobile won 5-2

Chris Rojas had his longest outing of the year to even his record at 3-3. He went seven innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on four hits. Prior to tonight's action, Rojas had given up 14 runs in his last 10.2 innings pitched.

The R.D. Spiehs – Brad Baker connection in innings eight and nine was on target again on Friday. Spiehs pitched a perfect eighth and has gone five appearances without allowing a run. Baker struck out the side for the fourth time this season on way to his 12th save.

Four of the five BayBear runs were knocked in by the long ball. Greg Sain hit his team leading ninth, Ben Johnson hit his fifth and Freddy Guzman launched his first of the year. Guzman also stole three bases on the day and took over the team lead from Todd Donovan after swiping his final one of the day, his 15th.

Sain's homer broke a four game hitless streak and he was 0-for-19 entering the at bat. His average has dropped like a bomb since a red hot beginning to the season that saw him batting over .300 for all but three days in April. Since April 28 when he slid under .300, Sain's average has dropped to .211.

Lake Elsinore won 5-2

Kervin Jacobo knocked in four runs for the second consecutive night and figured into all five runs the Storm scored. Just two days ago, Jacobo has 13 RBI's. He now has 21 and is just four behind the team leader. He also homered for the second straight game and has three over his last two games. A five game hitting streak where he is 9-for-20 has raised his average from .208 to .241. Jacobo even stole his sixth base of the season Friday night. He also scored the run he did not drive in when Andres Pagan knocked him in with a single in the second.

Jon Huber has won his last four decisions after starting the year 0-2. In fact, since giving up four runs in his opening start, Huber has given up a slim 12 runs over his last seven outings. His nine strikeouts Friday were his high for the year.

Dale Thayer has provided a calming influence as the closer. After Mike Wodnicki got the first seven saves of the season and broke down with blown saves, Thayer has saved the last four. He has allowed one run over his last 16 appearances, lowering an ERA of 27.00 down to 2.86.

Fort Wayne lost 9-5 in a rain shortened game (7)

Drew Macias had some terrible base running in the fourth. On a ball that tipped off the pitcher and went towards second base, the base he was attempting to reach, Macias did not stop or slow down but ran right into the fielder as he grabbed the ball and applied the tag. Lansing was able to then quickly turn the double play. He wasn't alone on the day. Juan Ciriaco got caught off first with a runner on second. The pitcher never made a move towards second and Ciriaco was a fish out of water.

Casey Baker left the game early with an apparent wrist/hand injury. Greg Bochy replaced Baker and promptly threw a ball away on the first opportunity he had on the day. It cost the Wizards three runs. One inning later he committed another error that cost them two more.

A strike out cost the Wizards two runs. A wild pitch brought one runner easily in and the second runner would have been out had Clark Girardeau properly tagged the runner. Unfortunately, Girardeau simply laid his glove down and never tried to tag the runner as another Lansing runner came in unscathed.

"That is not officially an error, but it should have been," Wizards broadcaster Terry Byrom quipped.

Girardeau has hit a batter in three straight games.

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