Alfredo Fernandez, Wizards win two

A 19 year old in Portland? His name is Alfredo Fernandez and he started for the Beavers on Monday. He had never pitched above Idaho Falls! Mobile had the lead in the twelfth and lost it before winning in 14. Jon Huber was lights out again but a bullpen of Kevin Beavers and Natanael Mateo blew the lead and more. Fort Wayne finished off the suspended game with a victory and won decisively in the second game. Peeter Ramos has turned into an RBI machine over the last two weeks.

Portland won 3-2

Alfredo Fernandez, a 19-year-old who was summoned late Sunday night from the team's spring training headquarters in Peoria, Ariz. to make the spot start for the Beavers.

Fernandez had never pitched above Idaho Falls! He was 0-5 for the Pioneer League squad last season with a 6.34 ERA in 11 starts.

On Monday, he went 4.2 innings and gave up four hits and two walks while striking out three. He was charged with two earned runs, one coming off a homer.

Mike Bumstead got the win with an inning and a third of scoreless ball. It was the first win for Bumstead at the Triple-A level. He had been with Lake Elsinore earlier this year and skipped Mobile.

Bumstead was the beneficiary of a three run Portland seventh. After Tagg Bozied was hit by a pitch and Jose Nieves singled, Yamid Haad doubled to drive both of them in. J.J. Furmaniak added a two out single to score Haad and give the Beavers the lead for good.

Bozied was lifted in the eighth inning for a pinch runner. He has yet to complete a game since his return.

Mobile won 6-5 in 14

Both Mobile and Chattanooga traded runs in the twelfth. It was a Greg Sain homer in the top of the fourteenth that finally stood up and gave the BayBears the victory. It was the only hit of the day for Sain who went 1-for-5. His last three hits, spanning five games, have left the yard.

Mike Thompson got his first start of the year after making 17 relief appearances. He allowed four runs in four innings on seven hits and two homers. He had not allowed a homer since the first game he pitched for Mobile in the beginning of the year. One of the homers he gave up was to the starting pitcher, Brian Rose. Thompson did hit a double of his own in his first at bat of the year.

Five relievers came on to pitch ten innings, allowing just one run on six hits. Brad Baker was the man to surrender the run, his third given up this year. He still leads the bullpen ERA with a 1.50 mark.

Josh Barfield went 3-for-6 with a double, homer and four RBI's. He hit a three run shot in the fourth inning and tied up the game at 4-4 with an RBI double in the sixth.

Jake Gautreau had his first multi-hit game since May 7. He was on base five times tonight with a 2-for-4 afternoon to go with three walks.

Todd Donovan has stolen a base in three straight and four of five. He has 18 on the year.

Pitcher Clay Hensley was used as a pinch hitter and struck out. He is hitting .385 on the year.

Lake Elsinore lost 5-3

"You really have to give Hubie a great pat on the back," Storm Manager Rick Renteria said of starter Jon Huber. "He did a fantastic job went after the hitters. A great pitching performance. Pretty intense, pretty focused."

Huber pitched six innings of shutout ball, walking four and giving up five hits. The bullpen, however, let this one get away. In an inning and a third, Kevin Beavers and Natanael Mateo gave up five runs.

Joe Lima had two errors in the game, and along with an error from Justin Smyres contributed to two unearned runs in the seventh inning.

Smyres did get his first professional homer in the fifth inning. Smyres did not have any with Eugene last year. His last homer came while he was playing for Cal-State Fullerton.

Michael Johnson hit his team leading eighth homer. He has five extra base hits over his last four games and seven RBI's.

Fort Wayne won 6-1, 11-3

At the conclusion of the second game, Peeter Ramos had RBI's in five straight games, six of his last seven, nine of his last eleven and eleven of his last 13 games. He is 19-for-58 over the last thirteen games with 12 RBI's and five extra base hits.

Skip Adams had the big blow in the first game, a three run homer. He also added an RBI in the second game.

Brian Wahlbrink hit for the cycle between the two games. He had a triple in game one and a double, homer and single in game two. He also extended his hitting streak to nine games, although the second game on Monday was the first time he had more than one hit in any of those games. He is 11-for-41 over the stretch.

With the bases loaded in the first inning of game two, Chris Miller came through with a single to drive in two. It was his first at bat as a member of the Padres system as he debuted for Fort Wayne and batted cleanup. He went 1-for-4 on the day.

Sean Thompson pitched his 3.1 innings yesterday and was mowing them all down. Sazi Guthrie got the relief appearance Sunday and earned the win in his stead. Thompson will pitch again on his normal rest from Sunday. Guthrie gave up one run in 3.1 innings.

Howie Pence made his Fort Wayne debut in game one. Pitching the ninth, he allowed two hits and struck out two.

Clark Girardeau got his first win as a starter for the Wizards. He had gone nine straight starts without registering a win. His six innings pitched tied for his longest outing of the year. He has done that twice previously.

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