Mobile to first place! Portland swept

Portland managed just one run in their doubleheader. Matt Bruback lost his eighth game of the year. The water in Mobile has their starters pitching gem after gem. For the third time in five games, a Mobile starter, Chris Rojas Monday, did not allow a run. They now are tied for first place. Marcus Nettles has been fired up since inciting a brawl and scored the winning run in the 11th for the Storm. Dirk Hayhurst had to leave the game early and his relief, Sazi Guthrie got hammered.

Portland lost 8-0, 2-1

Matt Bruback has lost eight games this season pitching for Portland. Yet his worst outing came on Monday in the front half of a doubleheader. Bruback went just 3.2 innings, his shortest stint of the year, and gave up seven runs on eight hits and two walks. Bruback has had four outings where he has given up six runs or more. He has, of course, had six starts where he has given up two earned runs or less and has not won any of them.

Ben Risinger has a five game hitting streak, his longest of the season. He is 6-for-15 over the stretch and has raised his average from .138 to .174. Because of his play, he is also seeing more time on the field after being used sporadically for most of May.

Yamid Haad has a six game hitting streak where he is 9-for-23 with three multi-hit games, four extra base hits and five RBI's. The streak was broken in the second game as he went 0-for-1 in a pinch hitting role.

Bobby Scales is 6-for-44 over his last 16 games with 20 strikeouts. That even includes a three game hitting streak.

For the first time this season, spanning two different leagues, Steve Watkins did not walk a batter in his start. Watkins had his finest outing since joining Portland, allowing one run on five hits and striking out five…in five innings.

Bart Miadich had gone six games without allowing a run before surrendering one and taking the loss in game two Monday. He walked three and gave up a bunt base hit that brought the winner across.

Mobile won 2-1

Over the last five nights, BayBear starting pitchers Chris Rojas, Tim Stauffer, Clay Hensley, Brian Whitaker, and Mike Thompson have combined to pitch 34 innings and have allowed just two earned runs, an ERA of 0.59.

Rojas went six innings without surrendering a run. It was the first time in 12 starts that Rojas threw shutout ball. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out five.

Brad Baker struck out the side in the ninth for his 14th save of the year. Baker has struck out the side in five different outings this year.

Greg Sain hit a solo homer, his 14th of the year, and made a nice play in the field. In the seventh, Sain, playing first base, nailed Paul O'Toole trying to make it to third on a grounder to the right side of the infield.

Jake Gautreau has a modest five game hitting streak and has brought his average up to .242 on the season. He had his first multi-hit game of the streak on Monday and added an RBI.

Lake Elsinore won 3-2 in 11

After flying out from Fort Wayne to pitch one game in Mobile, Grant Gregg is now in Lake Elsinore. He followed his solid debut with Mobile and applied it to the Storm, throwing one inning of scoreless relief. The Storm bullpen really came together with five innings of scoreless, and hitless, relief. Natanael Mateo was the beneficiary and got his first win of the year.

Dale Thayer went two innings and has allowed just one run in his past 21 outings, spanning 26 innings, and no runs in his last seven innings. He has allowed a hit in only nine of his 23 appearances on the season.

Gabe Ribas had his best outing in a month. Although he walked three, unusual for the control pitcher, Ribas allowed just four hits. A two run homer was the only scoring he allowed on the day in six innings of work. Ribas had allowed at least three runs in each of his past four starts and four runs in three of those outings. He has one loss and four no decisions in his last five starts.

Marcus Nettles upped his hitting streak to seven with a single in the 11th. He then stole second and eventually scored on a bases loaded single from Paul McAnulty. Nettles has three stolen bases in his last two games and is 12-for-27 over his streak. Eighteen games ago, Nettles was batting just .221 and he has hit safely in 16-of-18 since to raise his average to .285.

Fort Wayne lost 8-5

Brett Bonvechio made his Fort Wayne debut on Monday and went 1-for-4 with a double. He had played in Augusta last year, an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. He was originally a 37th round pick of the Sox in 2001 and has played both first and third base.

Jordan Pickens has extended his hitting streak to 11 games after hitting a homer and knocking in three runs on Monday. He now has three homers and eleven RBI's over the streak. Eight of his 14 hits in the streak have been for extra bases.

Sazi Guthrie relieved Dirk Hayhurst after 3.1 innings and lasted just two as he gave up four runs on nine hits, including a home run. Guthrie has now given up runs in 13 of his 18 appearances. Hayhurst took a line drive that appeared to hit him in the stomach and had to leave the game. Hayhurst gave up two runs on the day. He left the game with a man on and Guthrie offered up a homer to the first batter he faced, scoring the inherited runner.

Ryan Klatt was placed on the disabled list.

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