Jon Knott was promoted to San Diego as Ryan Klesko goes to the disabled list. Freddy Guzman gets his first steal in Portland after getting 17 in Mobile. Errors cost Mobile one game. Lake Elsinore's pursuit of first place takes a hit, as the team could barely hit on Thursday. Fort Wayne is seeing some players emerge while another finds no solace on the mound.
Portland lost its last two games, 4-0, 4-2
Yamid Haad has homered in two consecutive games and now has five on the year.
J.J. Furmaniak has committed five errors in his last five games. He had committed five over his first 24 games.
Matt Bruback lost his team leading sixth game of the year. He pitched well, but three unearned runs and zero offense gave him a loss as the Beavers were shutout.
Steve Watkins lost his Portland debut. He went five innings and gave up three runs while striking out a season high ten. He gave up three runs and has now given up just six runs over his last four appearances in two different leagues. Watkins was 1-for-2 at the plate with a double.
Mobile won 6-2 and lost 3-1
Since his 28 game streak of getting on base was snapped, Todd Donovan has gone 0-for-18 with three walks over his last five games. His average has dropped from .319 to .287.
Jake Gautreau got his first RBI since May 7th on Thursday night. He hit a solo homer, his sixth of the season. On Friday, he struck out all four times up.
Greg Sain had a 9-for-24 stretch snapped on Friday. He had four homers over the six game hitting streak and his average rose from a season low .208 to .229, including the 0-for-4 Friday.
Ronnie Merrill had two of the three Mobile hits on Friday, but also committed two errors. Those errors cost Mobile two runs in the 3-1 loss.
Chris Rojas gave up a season low two hits on Thursday. He has given up six hits over his last 12.1 innings after giving up a season high ten in 4.2 innings. Rojas is amongst the league leaders in wild pitches with four and his fifth hit batsmen ranks him tied for third with five.
R.D. Spiehs has not given up a run in nine straight appearances and has settled into the Akinori Otsuka role, pitching the eighth inning. Over those nine outings, spanning ten innings, he has given up just four hits and walked only two. His ERA has dropped from 3.00 to 1.88
Since his ascension to Mobile, Tim Stauffer has not disappointed. He has given up no more than three runs in any start this year in any league and has given up just seven earned runs through his first four Mobile starts. Still, he took the loss on Friday. Two unearned runs aided the cause.
Lake Elsinore lost 2-0, 5-4 in 11
The Storm managed just two hits on Thursday, both off the bat of Marcus Nettles. Nettles is 9-for-23 over his last six games with his only extra base hit, a triple, coming during the stretch.
Steve Baker is 4-for-35 over his last eight games, dropping his average from .321 to .279 in the process.
Luis Cruz had his ten game hitting streak snapped on Thursday and went 0-for-9 over the last two games.
Michael Johnson drove in all four runs on Friday with two doubles and a homer. He is third on the team with RBI's with 26 on the year.
Kennard Jones, at one point during the season had 13 stolen bases and was caught just four times. He has now been caught stealing on six straight attempts.
Fort Wayne won 9-6, lost 5-2
Aaron Coonrod has given up runs in five straight appearances. His ERA has jumped from 1.42 to 6.75. In five innings of work, Coonrod has given up 12 runs on ten hits and 12 walks. The reliever leads the team in walks allowed with 25 in 18.2 innings pitched.
Dirk Hayhurst took the loss on Friday. He allowed just two runs over six innings of work. Since becoming a starter five games ago, he has allowed five homers, including two Friday. He had not given up a homer all season before starting.
Jordan Pickens had his second homer in three days and has driven in seven over his last five games before Friday night's game. Pickens leads the Wizards in homers with nine and RBI's with 26.
Peeter Ramos hit homers over consecutive days to up his total for the year to three and has an eight game hitting streak. He is 14-for-33 over the stretch and has upped his average from .283 to .310. On Thursday, Ramos was 4-for-4 with four runs scored.
George Kottaras has RBI's in four of his last five games. He has six in that stretch with two homers and a double.
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