One-hitter for Fort Wayne; Mobile on fire

The Portland game was called due to rain and will be played Monday. The game in Mobile was called just in time and they moved to within a game of first. Matt Lauderdale has gone deep in back-to-back games. Greg Conden had a no hitter but was lifted in the seventh. The Wizards ended up with a one hitter in a 3-1 victory.

Portland game postponed

The Portland Beavers home game against the Tucson Sidewinders was called off Sunday because of rain. The match will be made up Monday as part of a doubleheader.

Mobile won 2-1 in 5.2 innings

In a rain-shortened game, the BayBears proved victorious, and with their first four game winning streak of the season, improved Mobile's record to 30-27 on the year. They will battle West Tenn on Monday at 11:35 AM and will move into a tie for first place with a win.

Jake Gautreau committed his first error since May 1. The error cost the BayBears a run. It could have cost them more as West Tenn looked to tie the game an inning later. In the sixth, Mike Richardson threw out Micah Hoffpauir at the plate to maintain the lead, minutes before the game was called due to rain.

Richardson, coincidentally, has knocked in two runs since joining Mobile, both of solo homers coming in consecutive games. His solo shot in the second was the only extra base hit of the game.

Nick Trzesniak kept his hitting streak alive, pushing it to 11 with a 2-2 performance. He is 17-for-42 over the streak and has four multi-hit games in his last five. He has raised his average from .208 to .266 with his fine hitting.

Jack Cassel, despite giving up three hits in one inning, got his first save of the year. Cassel has Richardson to thank. After not allowing a run, his ERA dipped under 4.00 to 3.90 for the first time this year. His ERA had started the year at 54.00 after allowing six runs in his first outing of the year.

Mike Thompson started a game for the second time this year. The win was his first as a starter. He gave up one run, unearned, on five hits and one walk. In his first outing he gave up four runs on seven hits in four innings.

Over the last four nights, BayBears starting pitchers Tim Stauffer, Clay Hensley, Brian Whitaker, and Mike Thompson have combined to pitch 28 innings and have allowed just two earned runs, an ERA of 0.64.

Lake Elsinore won 12-3

Chuck Bechtel, pitching in his second game for the Storm gave up just one hit in four innings of relief. Although the game was a blowout, Bechtel earned a save. He has not given up a run in six innings for the Storm after posting a 5.34 ERA in Fort Wayne. It is his longest scoreless streak of the season in terms of innings pitched and adding in his last appearance with Fort Wayne, he has gone eight innings without allowing a run.

Michael Johnson extended his hitting streak to ten games with a 3-for-5 night. He had a triple and drove in three. He is now 15-for-40 over the stretch and has lifted his average up to the highest it has been this year, from .216 to .249. Ten of his 15 hits have gone for extra bases and he has driven in 13. Sunday was just the second time he has had more than one hit in a game over the streak.

In his second game playing for Lake Elsinore, Matt Lauderdale hit his first homer of the year and knocked in three with the swing. Lauderdale had one homer in 30 games between Idaho Falls and Eugene in 2003.

Luis Cruz went 2-for-5 with three runs batted in but committed two errors, the third time he has done that in his last 16 games. He now has ten errors in his last 16 after committing seven over his first 39 games.

Marcus Nettles went 4-for-5 in extending his hitting streak to six games. He is 11-for-24 in that stretch and raised his average from .250 to .284, the highest it has been this year. He also stole two bases and has scored seven runs over the last six games.

Fort Wayne won 3-1

Greg Conden had a no hitter into the seventh inning but was lifted because his pitch count had gotten up there. He walked four batters, including the first batter he faced in the seventh, but struck out the next batter and whiffed six on the day. Henry Perez relieved Conden and got the next two batters.

Conden went longer than he ever had this season. His previous high was six innings. It was a sharp contrast from his last outing when he gave up 11 runs, 10 earned, on eight hits and four walks.

Howie Pence pitched the eight and did not allow a hit. It wasn't until one out in the ninth when Leo Rosales gave up a home run to Kevin Collins that the no-hitter and shutout were broken. Rosales recorded the next two outs for his third save and second in two games. Ironically, it was the first run Rosales has given up in 11 games.

Brian Wahlbrink tied a mark set by Todd Donovan for consecutive games with a hit among the Padres minors with a 13 game hitting streak. After getting just one hit in each of his first eight games of the streak, Wahlbrink has had three multi-hit games in his last five, including two three-hit games. He was 3-for-3 on Sunday with a triple and was hit by a pitch and now is 18-for-57, batting .316 to raise his average from .253 to .270. He has three triples, two homers, nine runs scored and seven RBI's in the stretch.

Jordan Pickens extended his hitting streak to ten games with two doubles in a 2-for-4 afternoon. He also knocked in one run. He is 13-for-33 during the streak with two homers, four doubles, eight runs scored and eight RBI's. His average has jumped from .286 to .308. He had been hitting better than .300 for most of April and early May.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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