Valenzuela with big hit, Bonine and California

Sterling Hitchcock was back on the hill in Portland, allowing the only run the Beavers gave up and leaving early…again. A doubleheader is set for Mobile on Wednesday, while BayBear hurler Tim Stauffer was named pitcher of the week. Eddie Bonine has yet to make a successful transition to the California League. Paul McAnulty has the hot bat again. Fort Wayne scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth to get the win. Fernando Valenzuela had four hits to pace the Wizards.

Ramon Vasquez will join Portland on Wednesday to begin his rehab assignment from a strained oblique.

Portland won 5-1

Sterling Hitchcock went two and a third innings and gave up one run on two hits and one walk. Hitchcock had been held up by a strained groin, an injury he suffered while getting ready for his last rehab appearance in Triple-A. Hitchcock had an error in the first inning that did not figure into the run that scored. He had to leave the game early when his strained groin flared up

Matt Hampton pitched two innings of shutout ball on Tuesday. In every other outing Hampton has been free and clear from runs allowed but those in between he has given up runs. In other words, in his last nine appearances, Hampton has given up runs in the even (2, 4, 6, 8) trips to the mound while keeping the opposition off the board every odd outing (1, 3, 5, 7, 9).

Jose Nieves has a six game hitting streak, going 7-for-20 over the stretch. He has knocked in just one run and scored just twice. He has hit safely in 13-of-14 raising his average from .269 to .304.

Bobby Scales continues to struggle with another 0-for-4 night. He is now six for his last 48 and he has seen his average drop from .344 all the way down to .254.

Mobile postponed

The Mobile BayBears and Greenville Braves were postponed due to heavy rain and lightning at Greenville Municipal Stadium on Tuesday. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader (two seven inning games) on Wednesday, June 9 starting at 5:15 PM (CDT). The BayBears sit a half game behind West Tenn in the Southern League's West Division. Greenville is just 21-36 on the season but they are 15-12 over their last 27 games.

Stauffer Named Pitcher of the Week: Mobile starting pitcher Tim Stauffer, the fourth pick of the first round in the 2003 First Year Player Draft, has been named BC Powder Southern League Pitcher of the Week. Stauffer allowed only one earned run in 15 innings during the week and improved his record to 2-1 with a 1.80 earned run average. Stauffer is a product of the University of Richmond and is the top rated pitching prospect in the San Diego Padres organization.

Stauffer burned through Lake Elsinore after just six starts. He was 2-0 with a 1.78 ERA with the Storm and did not allow more than two earned runs in any outing. His worst outing of the year in any league was a six inning, three run performance in his first Mobile start.

In games played since May 20th, Mobile catcher Nick Trzesniak leads all Southern League hitters in batting average with a .405 mark (minimum 40 at bats), BayBears outfielder Ben Johnson leads the league in RBI with 19, and Stauffer leads S.L. starting pitchers in earned run average at a 1.29. Trzesniak's active 11 game hitting streak is the longest current hitting streak in the league.

Lake Elsinore lost 4-2

Eddie Bonine took the hill and allowed four runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings. Since coming to Elsinore, Bonine has had five games, out of seven, where he has allowed four runs or more. He had zero games where he allowed more than two earned runs in five starts for Fort Wayne.

Oddly, Bonine did not have one single hit batsman nor did he submit a wild pitch in his five games with Fort Wayne. With the Storm, however, Bonine has plunked five batters, two coming on Tuesday, and hurled five wild pitches.

Paul McAnulty has had an on base percentage of .500 over his last six games. He has gotten on base 14-of-28 times to the dish. He is 10-for-24 with the stick and has walked four times. He has scored seven times and driven in five as well.

Steve Baker has a six game hitting streak and had the only RBI on Tuesday. He is 7-for-26, all of the hits going for singles. In fact, Baker has not had an extra base hit in his last 18 games. He also added a stolen base, his ninth of the year and has had two in his last three games.

Fort Wayne won 7-6

David Mead made his debut within the Padres system. Mead is a five year veteran of the minors, spending time in the Texas Rangers system. He spent most of his time as a starter without much success, compiling an 11-32 mark and a 5.82 ERA. He is still only 22. In his Fort Wayne debut, Mead allowed one run on two hits and struck out two. He also added a balk and a wild pitch.

Brett Bonvechio had a double and RBI in his second game for the Wizards. He has doubled in each of the two games he has played. Ernesto Garay, another new Wizard, has hit safely in all three games he has played in.

Drew Macias is in a nasty slump. A .300 plus hitter for most of the year, Macias is six for his last forty and has seen his average drop from .309 to .268.

Fernando Valenzuela Jr. went 4-for-5, knocking in the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth, a single to left center that brought in Brian Wahlbrink (whose 13 game hitting streak came to an end, although he was hit by a pitch). Valenzuela has had three hits or more in three of his last four games, going 10-for-17, including seven of the last nine, to lift his average above .300 for the first time with at bats under his belt. He had been consistently within the .270-.285 range for all of May and the early part of June.

Dirk Hayhurst may be forced to miss his next scheduled start. He was hit in the midsection by a line drive on Monday and is still feeling the ill effects of the blow.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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