Portland bullpen comes through

Injuries seem to be the keyword as another Portland starter is shelved. With the injury problems also occurring at the Major League level, prospects will get plenty of chances to show their wares in the big show. The bullpen in Portland was excellent. Mobile had the night off. The pitching and batting in Fort Wayne falters again.

Portland won 4-2

Brian Sweeney, originally slated to start, had his place in the rotation pushed back and it called the bullpen into action from the start of the game for the second night in a row. The bullpen could become even slimmer as the Padres will likely be calling up one Beaver to take the place of Jake Peavy who landed on the disabled list.

Mike Bumstead got the start and went two inning without allowing a run. His ERA has dropped to 1.59 in Portland after hovering under 2.00 for most of his time in Lake Elsinore.

Blaine Neal earned his second straight victory, winning the last two Portland has won, and after not allowing a run through two innings of work, he has surrendered just one earned run over his last ten appearances.

Eddie Oropesa has now thrown two innings of scoreless ball since arriving in Portland. He never did that when he was up with the Padres. His longest span without allowing a run lasted one inning.

Bart Miadich earned a two inning save, his tenth save of the year, but the first time he went two innings in a game to get that save. Miadich's save was the Beavers' first since May 16. He did blow a save on the 18th of May.

Jose Nieves jacked one out of the park for the second straight night and has matched his homer total for all of last year. Ironically, Nieves hit both of his homers last year in back-to-back games as well. He was the only Beaver to have two hits in the game.

Alex Fernandez knocked in two with a single that followed a double by Xavier Nady.

Mobile had the night off

Lake Elsinore has its own story

Fort Wayne lost 7-0

Clark Girardeau lost his fourth straight game after not having a decision in his first five. Girardeau has surrendered 28 runs over his last four starts, causing his ERA to mushroom from 3.42 to 5.77. Five runs were charged to Girardeau on Wednesday, four earned. He only allowed three hits, the big one a three run homer in the fourth inning. He has walked at least three in over his last four and has walked three or more in six of his nine starts.

Juan Ciriaco committed one of the two Fort Wayne errors and now has four errors in his last seven games. He leads the team with 15 in 40 games. Brian Wahlbrink has struck out in 14 straight games. He leads the team with 50 in 173 at bats.

The Wizards only managed four hits on the night and were shut out for the fifth time. Two players, Peeter Ramos and Fernando Valenzuela Jr., kept six game hitting streaks alive. Ramos is 9-for-25 over that stretch and Valenzuela is 8-for-24.

Note:

There is a possibility that the notebooks will be missing in action for a few days. The Savage's are expecting their first child and a hospital bed is waiting for Thursday night. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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