Gallegos shaky debut; McLeary the offense

Marty McLeary was a one man winning machine for Portland. Mobile clinches a first half Championship behind an unlikely source. An error in the tenth on Luke Carlin dooms the Storm. Dirk Hayhurst returns to action with a solid performance. Lachlan Dale is starting off the Eugene season in style while Gary Gallegos is screaming for a do-over.

Portland won 5-1

Marty McLeary single-handedly won the game on Saturday. McLeary went six innings and gave up one run on five hits and three walks. Besides holding the opposition to limited opportunities, McLeary added his first hit of the year, a double down the right field line that drove in two.

McLeary has done well in his four starts. Since moving from the bullpen he has given up two runs or less in three of the four.

Xavier Nady went 2-for-4 for the second straight night. He also hit his third homer since being sent down by the Padres, spanning two games. Yamid Haad went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Haad is now 15-for-39 over his last 12 games, hitting safely in nine of those games. He appeared as a pinch hitter in two of those games that he did not get a hit.

Mobile won 4-1, lost 8-0

Entering Saturday he was hitting just .164. He had a 9-for-65 stretch going before the first game of the doubleheader. So when Jesse Roman connected and sent a shot out of the ballpark to help the BayBears to victory and a first half Championship, it was a bit of a shock. Roman was 2-for-3 on the night and the all important three RBI's that turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead.

After that inning it was fitting. R.D. Spiehs pitched his customary eighth inning role (occurring in the sixth on a night when seven innings was the ballgame) and Baker closed the game out with his 18th save of the year. Spiehs and Baker have provided a formidable combo all year with their end of the game magic. Spiehs provides the hold and Baker snuffs the opposition out. The two combined to have an ERA of 2.01 on the year in 67.1 innings pitched.

Chris Rojas got the win with a five inning, one run performance. It was the first run he has allowed in three outings and he has a stretch of 16 innings over the three outings where he has given up just the one run.

In game two, Tim Stauffer was rocked. For the first time this season, Stauffer was pummeled from Mobile to California and back again. He managed to last just 2.1 innings, giving up seven earned runs on nine hits and a walk, while also committing an error. To put this in perspective and a testament to how dominant he has been, Stauffer had allowed eight earned runs total since joining the BayBears. And that was seven games worth!!!

Stauffer could not get out of trouble in any inning. Three men reached base in the first and four reached in both the second and third before he was pulled. He allowed a bases loaded single that knocked in two before exiting. The third man on base would eventually score after Stauffer exited.

On the other side of the coin, Montgomery's Jason Cromer pitched to just two hitters over the maximum in a rain shortened game, allowing a single to Jake Gautreau in the second and an error that allowed Jason Clements aboard.

Joe Gerber was back in Mobile and went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in the doubleheader and he has struck out in seven of his last nine at bats in two leagues. Gerber also whiffed twice in each of his last two games with Mobile, occurring in the middle of May.

Lake Elsinore lost 4-3 in 10

David Pauley has had ten games this year where he has allowed three or fewer runs over six innings of work and has won just three of those. Pauley did not allow an earned run on Saturday, the sole run scoring because of an error on Kervin Jacobo, but he was again denied a win. He was pulled due to a high pitch count as he walked five batters and gave up just three hits. It was the highest walk total of the year for Pauley, but he had limited the opposition to three hits two other times this year and limited them to two hits a separate occasion.

Luke Carlin tried to complete a strike-em-out-throw-em-out in the tenth inning but threw the ball away instead as the winning run came home from third. It was the third unearned run of the game against the Storm.

Brian Buchanon went 2-for-3 with the Storm on Saturday, knocking a pair of doubles and driving in a run as he rehabs.

Michael Johnson sat out the game with an undisclosed injury and Luis Cruz also sat with an eye injury. Johnson is day-to-day and Cruz is expected back in the lineup Sunday.

The Storm will play at Petco Park on Sunday, right after the completion of the Padres game.

Fort Wayne won 4-0

Drew Macias had a 4-for-4 night with a double and a run scored. Macias had entered the game in a 2-for-18 slump. Macias also stole two bases, upping his total to seven on the year.

Brett Bonvechio has an eight game hitting streak. One of the newest Wizards, Bonvechio is 11-for-29 with two doubles, two homers, five runs scored and five RBI's during the streak. He has hit safely in all but two of the 12 games he has appeared in for Fort Wayne.

Matt Lauderdale hit a two run homer in the eighth inning to provide some cushion for the Wizards. Lauderdale's shot was his second since joining Fort Wayne and third on the season as he hit one in two games with Lake Elsinore. Lauderdale has also hit safely in all but two of the game he has played for the Wizards, five of seven, including the last four where he is 6-for-20.

Dirk Hayhurst returned to the mound after missing his previous start. Hayhurst left a game early when he was struck with a line drive. He went six innings on Saturday and did not surrender a run on five hits. He has now allowed two runs or less in his last five starts dating back to May 23 and has only let up more than three earned runs once in eight starts this year.

Howie Pence has now gone nine games to start his Fort Wayne career without allowing a run. Pence did allow two inherited runners to score, but has not been charged with a run of his own on the season. He has gone exactly nine innings and Saturday was the first time he did not allow a runner to reach base.

Eugene lost 9-5

Lachlan Dale has started the year off with a bang. He is 5-for-9 with two homers, one each night, four RBI's, a double and two walks. Not a bad way to start the year off as he leads the league in homers with two and total bases with 12.

Gary Gallegos made his Padre minor league debut and it was a forgettable performance. He gave up six runs on seven hits and two walks in 3.2 innings pitched with Ronnie Robinson allowing two inherited runners to score, including one on a wild pitch.

James Darby got just one of the four batters he faced out and that was on a sacrifice bunt. Darby walked three and threw a wild pitch. Matthew Varner took over for Darby and threw a wild pitch of his own that scored a run, totaling three wild pitches that brought runners in on the night.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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