Vasquez hitting, Gautreau too

Ramon Vasquez is starting to get his swing back. He singled, homered and drove in four runs for the Triple-A Portland Beavers. He is 3-for-14 in four games and started out 0-for-6. Jake Gautreau is having a power surge in Mobile. Elsinore lost a heartbreaker in ten. A big win turns close when a defensive replacement goes bad for Fort Wayne.

Portland won 11-7

Chris Oxspring returned to the mound on Sunday and went 2.2 innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits and a walk. Starter Matt Bruback relieved Ox and did not surrender a run in 2.1 innings of work. For Bruback, it was his first relief appearance of the year. He was 1-8 as a starter.

Donovan Osborne debuted in Portland and gave up four runs, three earned, on four hits and a walk in two innings of work. He did, however, record the win, his first in the Padres organization. Osborne also singled in the seventh inning and scored.

Alex Fernandez is hitting .202 over his last 23 games, 17-for-84, and has seen his average dip from a season high .291 all the way down to .244. He did draw a walk for the first time in 15 games on Sunday.

J.J. Furmaniak has quietly taken over the lead in RBI's on the current Beavers roster with 31, through Sunday. Furmaniak drove in three on Sunday and has a four day total of ten runs driven in with three homers. Did we mention he has been batting leadoff and in the number two hole?

Jose Nieves committed two errors on Sunday. Nieves had a string of 22 straight without an error entering the day. He did extend his hitting streak to ten games.

Rico Washington drove in his first run since May 7.

Mobile won 5-3

Jake Gautreau, written off right here a few short weeks ago, has been a man on a mission of late. He has had two five game hitting streaks in his last eleven games and Sunday hit another home run, his third dinger in five games and ninth of the season. Gautreau is 7-for-17 with the three homers and eight RBI's, all coming in his last four games.

Clay Hensley pitched on three days rest for the first time this year. Hensley returned to his solid ways, allowing one run on three hits and a walk. The three hits were the fewest he has allowed in any start this season. In four of Hensley's last five starts, he has allowed one run per start. He is only 1-1 in those five starts with three no decisions.

Greg Sain is 7-for-54 over his last 17 games and he has struck out 23 times over that span. His batting average has dropped from .235 to .202 and has hovered that low for eleven games now.

Brad Baker got his league leading 16th save of the year but has allowed a runner to reach base in his last six trips to the mound. He has four saves in that time and one blown save. That was the only game he did not allow a baserunner since his perfect season was ruined 12 games ago. Prior to that, Baker had nine 1-2-3 ninth innings.

Lake Elsinore lost 7-6

Brian Burgamy, a defensive replacement in right field for Josh Carter in the eighth inning as part of a double switch tied the game with two outs in the ninth inning. After Steve Baker drove in a run, Burgamy bounced a single past the shortstop to drive in two runs, tying the game at 6-6 to send it into extra frames.

Michael Johnson hit his 11th homer of the season in the top of the second, a solo blast. His last four dingers have all been of the solo variety.

In the bottom of the tenth, Kevin Beavers gave up a walk and two doubles to take the loss, his third of the year. Over his last two outings, Beavers has surrendered five runs on seven hits and a walk in 2.1 innings of work.

Eddie Bonine lasted six innings and tied a season high with four walks. He gave up four runs on five hits. He also struck out seven, the highest total he has had since joining Lake Elsinore. He did have nine in one game with Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne won 13-9

A defensive replacement almost turned into a nightmare for the Wizards. Skip Adams went in for Peeter Ramos in the seventh and Adams' error in the ninth cost the Wizards six runs in a blowout that made the game closer than it actually was. Adams would have recorded the third out in the inning with the bases loaded. Instead a run scored on Aaron Coonrod and six runs, a Juan Ciriaco error, and four hits later he was removed in favor of Leo Rosales who closed the door on the game for his fifth save of the year.

Ironically, Adams has rarely seen the field since he is batting just .202 on the year. For Ciriaco, he is also hitting .202 and has errors in two of his last three games and eight in his last 20.

Brett Bonvechio hit his first homer as a member of the Wizards and in the Padres organization on Sunday. It was his second RBI in six games played and he is hitting .190. Matt Lauderdale also smacked his first Fort Wayne homer of the year. He had hit a three run shot while playing for Lake Elsinore, a two game stint with the Storm. Three of his four hits this year have gone for extra bases.

Drew Macias had one home run coming into the game, hit on May 4. On Sunday, Macias smacked two and drove in a season high four runs. It was the first multi-homer game hit by any Wizard this year. Macias had seen his average dip from .313 down to .265 before stringing together a three game streak to raise it back up to .277.

In total, the Wizards hit five homers, a season high. Fernando Valenzuela added the last homer.

Danny de la O picked up his first win of the year in his first Fort Wayne start. He went five innings and gave up three runs on five hits and two walks. De La O was 3-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 31 games for Idaho Falls in 2003. He made just two starts.

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