Furmaniak and Bozied provide the lumber

J.J. Furmaniak and Tagg Bozied each homered twice and drove in four runs to power Portland to victory. Mobile continues its dominance, but can't break that first place tie with West Tenn. Luis Cruz commits another pivotal error and the Storm is blown out. Greg Conden is on his game and Drew Macias is thrown out at home in a one run game.

Portland won 12-7

Tagg Bozied and J.J. Furmaniak each hit two homers and drove in four runs on the day.

Bozied has eight hits in his last three games, going 8-for-12, with two three-hit games. He has driven in six runs and has three homers. Over his last seven games, Bozied has driven in 13 runs and hit six home runs. His last six extra base hits have all left the yard.

Furmaniak has homered in consecutive games for the third time this year. He has three in two games and is 7-for-12 in his last three games. He has also driven in runs in three straight and has seven over that stretch. Furmaniak did, however, ground into a double play for the second straight game as well.

Steve Watkins got his first Portland win, going six innings and surrendering two runs on five hits and four walks. It was his longest outing since joining Portland and he tied the most walks he has given up in a game. At the plate, Watkins went 3-for-4, one of three Beavers to have three hits.

Mobile won 8-1

Chris Rojas has not allowed a run in his last two outings, going 11 innings and giving up just seven hits. On Saturday, Rojas went five and allowed three hits and two walks while striking out four. Rojas was also 1-for-2 at the plate with an RBI and run scored. He earned his third straight victory in games he has been awarded a decision.

Josh Barfield capped a seven run second inning with a three run homer, his eighth of the year. Barfield has driven in five over his last two games and was the only BayBear with two hits.

Ronnie Merrill has two sacrifice flies on the year and both have come in the last two days. He has driven in three runs over the last two days.

Lake Elsinore lost 14-4

Steve Baker extended his hitting streak to nine games with a double and has raised his average two points! He is 11-for-38 during his streak, a .289 batting average and has gone from .267 to .269.

Paul McAnulty added another hit to up his hitting streak to ten games. He is 14-for-37 and has upped his average from .279 to .295. He has had two multi-hit games during the streak.

Marcus Nettles notched another single up to push hit hitting streak to 11 games. He is 16-for-31 over his last 11 and has just two extra base hits, both triples. His average has climbed from .250 to .285.

Another day, another Luis Cruz error. This one cost the Storm four runs. It was his 13th error in his last 21 games and the second day in a row he has erred.v Gabe Ribas lasted just three innings as a result of the error. He gave up seven runs, three earned on eight hits and two walks. Two hits came after the error, a double to drive in two and a homer.

Fort Wayne lost 1-0

Greg Conden pitched another gem, allowing one run on three hits and a walk. He has now given up just the one run over his last 11.1 innings pitched and has given up just three hits over that period. His WHIP since giving up 11 runs in one outing is a slim 0.71.

Drew Macias was thrown out at home in the eighth inning trying to score on a Brian Wahlbrink single.

Juan Ciriaco is in a 4-for-41 slump that has dropped his average from .241 to .206.

Fernando Valenzuela is hitting over .300 for the second day in a row, a season high, but he has struck out in three of his last four games and four of his last six. While not breaking news for anyone else, it is the first time this year Valenzuela has struck out so often in such a short period of time. He has struck out just 19 times on the season in 211 at bats.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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