Whitaker unhittable; Germano in Portland again

Mike Bumstead got the shaft on Thursday. Ramon Vasquez made a rehab stint in Portland and Justin Germano returned to the minors. Brian Whitaker had another eight inning gem, his second in a row. Jon Huber had his worst outing of the year. Brian Burgamy returned to the field. Fort Wayne had their game cancelled.

Mike Bumstead was sent from Portland down to Mobile. He had skipped Mobile on his way up from Lake Elsinore and had a 1.38 ERA in eight outings, allowing two runs in separate appearances. He had a four game stretch where he did not allow a hit and allowed just one base runner, on via a walk.

Portland lost 5-4

Ramon Vasquez made his first rehab start and went 0-for-3.

Justin Germano returned to the mound in Portland for the first time since being sent down from the Padres. He went six innings and gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk. It was the fourth time this year Germano has given up four runs in a start in the minors. In every other start, and there have been five, he has surrendered one earned run or less. He struck out a season high eight en route to a no decision.

Marty McLeary returned to the bullpen after three starts and took the loss, his third of the year against no wins. He allowed just his second homer of the season in 19 appearances.

Tagg Bozied hit his seventh homer of the year, a solo shot and went 2-for-4 on the night. Bozied is 6-for-16 in his last five games with four of his six hits leaving the park, netting him eight RBI's. Bozied did, however, strike out for the first time in eight games.

J.J. Furmaniak batted leadoff and quickly got out of his funk with a single to center to open the game. He went 3-for-5 on the night, his first three hit night since May 3 when he had four hits. It was just the third time Furmaniak has been slotted first in the order. Freddy Guzman was dropped to second in the order and in his first at bat he grounded into a double play, his first since April 27 when he was with Mobile.

Jose Nieves went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored to extend his hitting streak to seven. Nieves also added a stolen base, his fourth of the year and is 9-for-22 over the streak. His walk was his first in 11 games.

Mobile won 3-1

Brian Whitaker went eight innings for the second straight game. He allowed one run on a solo homer and four hits while striking out six. Over his last 16 innings, Whitaker has given up just nine hits and two earned runs. Since coming to Mobile, Whitaker has had five outings where he has allowed two earned runs or less. He has not allowed more than four earned runs in any of his eight starts in Mobile after not allowing more than two earned runs in five Lake Elsinore starts.

Twenty games ago, Jake Gautreau was hitting .248, and then he hit a slump that sent him spiraling down to .219. Now, however, Gautreau is starting to come around hitting .375 over his last eleven games and he has raised his average back up to .246 with a 2-for-4 night that included a two run homer, his seventh of the year. Gautreau knocked it into the opposite field and has four RBI's in his last four games.

Kennard Jones doubled in a run, had his first stolen base at the Mobile level and his first hit in his last five games. Jones was also thrown out trying to tag on a fly out to centerfield.

Lake Elsinore lost 7-2

Jon Huber had his worst outing of the year in a loss. Huber gave up five runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings of work. He walked two and struck out two. Huber had been riding a six game winning streak in games he earned a decision after starting the season 0-2. His previous worst outing was the first time he took the hill this year. He allowed four runs in that start and had not given up more than three runs in any subsequent start until Thursday.

Brian Burgamy returned to the lineup and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, fly out to center, ground out to short and reached on an error by the shortstop.

Luis Cruz continues to have miscues in the field. His error helped cost the team two runs in the sixth inning. Cruz, who went 0-for-5 at the plate, now has 12 errors in his last 20 games and four in his last five.

Joe Lima got on base four times for the first time this year. He went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. It was a quick way to raise his average from the Mendoza line at .205 to .224. In the last eleven games Lima has had a hit, spanning 22 games, he has had five multi-hit games. Lima did have an error in the field.

Steve Baker and Paul McAnulty extended their respective hitting streaks to eight games and Marcus Nettles has hit safely in ten straight.

Fort Wayne game cancelled

The game scheduled for Thursday evening was canceled due to rain. The game will be made up as a doubleheader on Friday night beginning at 6:00pm. The two games Friday night will be seven innings in length.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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