Not in the boxscore

The bats are alive and well in Portland. In Mobile, no one is hitting and it includes heavy hitters such as Greg Sain and Jake Gautreau. Lake Elsinore got an enormous effort from their relievers to get an extra inning win. And the streak in Fort Wayne is at nine but you won't know why because it is not all in the boxscore. Jordan Pickens, Juan Ciriaco and Drew Macias were just part of the story.

Portland won 8-6

Jon Knott knocked in his Pacific Coast League leading 40th RBI on Saturday. He also has a seven game hitting streak going. He is 11-for-29 with two doubles, one triple, three homers, nine runs scored and 11 RBI's during the stretch. Earlier this year Knott had a ten game hitting streak.

JJ Furmaniak hit his second home run in his last six games and his third of the year on Saturday. Furmaniak batted leadoff for Portland after spending most of his time near the bottom of the order. He rewarded the Beavers with three runs scored and a 2-for-4 night with a double and the homer. In just 24 games, Furmaniak has 17 RBI's, good for third on the team. His 17 runs scored are tied for second most on the team.

Ben Risinger has a modest three game hitting streak. He has raised his average from .129 to .160 by going 4-for-11 over the streak. Two of the four hits have been doubles. In his 23 previous games to start the season he only had two doubles.

Mobile lost 2-1

A .160 average as a team on Saturday dropped the BayBears hitting to .205 over the last nine games.

After going 0-for-3, Jake Gautreau is now 6-for-38 over his last 13 games, a .158 average. Jesse Roman is 3-for-29 over his last eleven games, including 0-for-1 Saturday, a .103 average over that span. After a 1-for-3 night, Greg Sain is 4-for-27 in his last nine games, a .148 average.

Steve Watkins had his third consecutive solid outing, but took the loss. He allowed two runs over seven innings on five hits and two walks. Over his last three, Watkins has given up three runs in 20 innings pitched. His ERA has dropped from 6.03 to 4.21.

Lake Elsinore won 5-4 in 12

Marcus Nettles had his first extra base hit of the year, a triple in the second inning, coming on his 24th hit of the year in his 24th game of the year. It was the longest stretch of the season for any Storm batter before their first extra base hit.

Andres Pagan not only had a four game hitting streak, he also has a four game RBI streak. In the process he has raised his average from .214 to .246, going 7-for-15 with six runs driven in.

Kennard Jones knocked in three runs, including the game winner to score Josh Carter. On the downside, Jones has been caught stealing on his last three attemps.

Storm relievers tossed seven innings of scoreless ball as the Storm bounced back and won the game in the 12th. Nate Sevier walked a batter, actually two, for the first time in eight appearances. Mike Wodnicki had a week off between appearances and did not allow a run. He had allowed at least one run in his previous four trips to the mound. He got the win and is 3-1.

Fort Wayne lost 7-5

Normally the ball rolls foul on the fringe of the infield. On Saturday, a ball rolled back into fair territory in front of Skip Adams. Colt Morton threw out the same runner who reached base on the strange play, Ryan Fitzgerald, trying to steal on a strike em out, throw em out. Morton had quite a day. He smoked a two run double and hit a solo homer, his fourth on the season. Morton smoked his third hit of the game in the sixth. In the same inning, Morton ran threw a stop sign that Randy Ready motioned at third on a Peeter Ramos single and scored when the ball went up the first base line. It was a slick surface and Morton was not sure he could effectively stop after hustling around third.

Morton ended the day 3-for-4. It was his second three hit day of the year. He last had three hits on May 6th in an extra inning affair. It was his second multi-hit game in his last four games and his third multi-hit game of the year.

He wasn't the only one hitting homers, however. Carlos Mejia hit a shot off the top of the concrete wall that went for a grand slam to put Lansing up 5-3. It was the second Lansing homer of the night and wasn't originally ruled a homer. The ball bounced back into play and it took the umpires a few seconds before they made the correct call. It was a Juan Ciriaco error on a tailor-made double play that made it all possible. Ciriaco has three errors in his last four games.

Jordan Pickens wasn't charged with an error, but he dropped a ball in the outfield in the sixth that put runners on second and third. A single drove a run in and put the Wizards behind again, 6-5. They extended that lead to 7-5 on a sac fly. Drew Macias then misplayed a ball that he did not see and eventually went over his head for a double. It didn't cost the Wizards as they got out of the inning without further harm.

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