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Fielding, pitching fails miserably

Five Portland errors cost the team six unearned runs in a loss. Alan Webb single-handedly blew a chance at a win for Mobile. Webb was not nearly as bad as Wilmer Villatoro has been all season. The reliever was part of an entourage that blew a six run lead for Elsinore. Fort Wayne dashed a nine game losing streak with a win. They rode a strong pitching performance by former reliever Dick Hayhurst. <a href="http://padres.theinsiders.com/3/MinorNotebook.html">Daily Notebooks Available Here</a>

Portland lost 8-1

J.J. Furmaniak homered for the second game in a row and now has four since joining Portland. Three of those homers have come in the last seven days. He had one of the four hits Portland managed on the day.

Life was not all rosy for Furmaniak, however, as he committed two errors in the game. His error in the first cost Portland two runs and his second error in the sixth cost two more. He now has seven errors on the season and the Beavers produced five errors, in total, on the day that cost them six unearned runs.

Former invitee to spring training Rey Ordonez knocked in two and is hitting .389 in four games with Iowa.

The pitching wasn't terrible and suffered from the poor defense. Joey Hamilton let up three runs, one earned, in 4.1 innings pitched. He took the loss and is 0-2. Amazingly, he has had just those two decisions despite starting nine contests. Tim Byrdak followed and gave up two runs, zero earned, in an inning and two-thirds. Matt Hampton then came in to the folly with two innings pitched, scattering three hits, three runs given up and only one earned. Hampton also hit a batter for the second straight appearance.

Bart Miadich was the only pitcher not to suffer that fate. He went one inning and struck out the side. It was the second time this year he has struck out the side in a relief appearance.

Mobile lost 8-4

A streak is over. Todd Donovan had reached base in 28 straight games entering play Sunday and was shut out in an 0-for-4 night.

Tim Stauffer gave up a season high ten hits but kept Huntsville largely off the scoreboard. Despite the season high, between two Leagues, and runners on in each of the first five innings, Stauffer held his ground and did not allow a run. The blow that cost him was a homer in the sixth that scored two. He finished out the sixth with a 3-2 lead and a chance at victory number two.

Alan Webb destroyed that dream. Webb allowed five runs in two-thirds of an inning. He has now given up ten runs in his last four outing over 3.2 innings of work. His ERA has ballooned to 11.70 as a result.

Greg Sain and Ben Johnson each homered for the second time in three games. Sain now has ten after a two run blast in the sixth and Johnson has six after a solo homer in the ninth.

Lake Elsinore lost 9-7

A single and three walks was all she said for Wilmer Villatoro. He cost Gabe Ribas a win, two runs and walked in his own with the bases juiced. It marked the sixth straight game that Villatoro has not done his job in relief. His WHIP sits at 2.88. A bases clearing double off Kevin Beavers meant four runs charged to Villatoro. He has allowed nine runs in his last two outings and 14 in his last six with at least one in each. Beavers officially allowed one run and took the loss.

Luis Cruz has a seven game hitting streak. He is 14-for-33 over the stretch with five RBI's. Only two of the hits have gone for extra bases, both coming Sunday in the form of doubles.

Paul McAnulty has a six game hitting streak after a 3-for-5 night. He has driven in five with two doubles and one triple during the streak.

Cruz and McAnulty are tied for the team lead in RBI's with 26.

Fort Wayne won 6-2

For the second time in a week, all of the Wizard batters besides Fernando Valenzuela struck out at least once. Mark McRoberts has a three game stretch where he has whiffed seven times in ten at bats. He has K'ed in 35 of his 76 at bats. Jordan Pickens has a seven game streak where he has whiffed ten times in 27 at bats. Brian Wahlbrink has now struck out at least once over his last ten games. Valenzuela, meanwhile, has not whiffed in seven games.

Pickens did go 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored to lead the offense. Peeter Ramos also had a solid day, going 2-for-4 with a sacrifice fly, a run scored and a stolen base.

Dirk Hayhurst got his first win as a starter. Converted from the bullpen, Hayhurst had made three starts with mixed results. Entering the game he had given up 11 runs in 15.2 innings pitched as a starter after not allowing an earned run all season as a reliever. He went six innings and allowed seven hits and two runs to get his third win of the season.

Leo Rosales struck out the side in the ninth and has not allowed a run in five straight appearances spanning 4.1 innings pitched. He has also not walked a batter in six straight.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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