Peavy Report; Lachlan Dale talks about power

Jake Peavy was back in Mobile and we have a special report from the Hank. Marty McLeary, pressed into a starting role has not relented. Chris Tierney returned to Fort Wayne and returned to form. Lachlan Dale had a monster game for Eugene and lived to tell about it. Peoria pounded the competition on Sunday and 2004 San Diego Padres draft picks were in on the fun.

Portland won 8-0

Marty McLeary had the finest start of his career on Sunday to earn his second consecutive victory. Thrust into a starter's role when the team was pilfered of its rotation by the big club, McLeary has excelled. On Sunday he did not allow a run in seven innings of work, allowed just three hits and struck out a season high eight. It was his longest outing of the year. McLeary had now made six starts since converting from a reliever and has not allowed more than three earned runs in any start and has allowed two runs or less in five of them.

McLeary also added a two run homer in the second inning, the first of his career.

Most wouldn't see the progression of hitting .216 at this time of year. Considering 27 games ago Ben Risinger was hitting just .129, it is an accomplishment. On Sunday he went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI's. Over his last four games he is 7-for-12 with four RBI's. The last time he was hitting over .216 was on April 13, just six games into the start of the season when he was at .238.

Jon Knott extended his hitting streak to seven games with a 1-for-4 afternoon. He has now been on base 19 of his last 32 times to the dish, 12-for-25 with seven walks.

Mobile lost 5-1

Jake Peavy returned to the Hank, pitching for the first time in almost six weeks. He lasted 4.2 innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits and two walks. He struck out four and committed an error. Peavy threw 77 pitches on the night.

"Peavy threw 77 pitches and reported afterwards that his arm felt good," BayBears announcer Tom Nichols reported from Mobile. "He was consistently in the 93-94 range with his fastball and topped out at 96. He gave up four runs but looked pretty good. I would say 2-3 of the seven hits were hard hit balls. One was a two-run home run.

"Considering he had not pitched in almost six weeks, he had to be pretty happy with the results and most importantly, was pain free. He attributed the mediocre performance to not having good command of his fastball and also said he had a little trouble adjusting to the difference in the baseball between the majors and the minors. He mixed up his pitches probably a little more than he normally would just to make sure he felt good throwing all his pitches."

Mobile had as many errors as hits, three. Besides Peavy, Ben Johnson and Ronnie Merrill each committed an error with the one by Johnson costing the team a run, the second straight day he has erred.

Kennard Jones was back in the lineup after getting hit in the head by a pitch. He went 1-for-4 and scored the only BayBear run. Greg Sain knocked him in with a double and was the only Mobile player to reach base twice, going 1-for-3 and getting hit by a pitch.

Fort Wayne won 8-4

The Wizards capitalized on the mistakes of Battle Creek by scoring four unearned runs in their win.

In his return engagement with Fort Wayne, Chris Tierney threw seven innings of two run ball on six hits and a walk. He has gone six innings or more in all three of his Wizard starts and has allowed just six runs total. In comparison, Tierney was tagged for seven runs in two of his last three Lake Elsinore starts prior to his demotion. He struck out a season high six batters on Sunday.

After hitting just .205 with Lake Elsinore in 44 at bats, Brian Burgamy has gotten off to a 1-for-16 start with Fort Wayne. He went 0-for-5 on Sunday and is hitting .063.

Fernando Valenzuela went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI on Sunday. Over his last 22 games Valenzuela is hitting .385, 32-for-83. He did, however, commit his first error in 31 games, costing the team a run in the eighth with his errant throw.

Eugene won 7-6 in 12

Lachlan Dale knocked in four of the first six Emerald runs and capped off the night with a home run that turned out to be the game winner. It was the second homer of the game for Dale and pushes his season total up to four. (The best way to break a slump is for us to talk about the hex we put on him after interviewing him [see yesterday].) His five RBI night was more than he had in his previous eight games to start the season and he now leads the team with nine runs driven in. Dale was 2-for-5 on the night, adding a three run homer in the third inning and a sacrifice fly.

"It is starting to develop," Dale said of his power. "My first two years in Idaho I only hit one and two home runs. Pretty much this year the power is starting to come. I had ten doubles last year and I think some of those doubles are turning into home runs. That is always nice. Hopefully it will turn into a good power game with doubles and home runs and have a good average to go with it."

Five Ems had at least two hits with Mark McRoberts collecting three and scoring twice. Colt Morton added a solo homer, his second with Eugene, and scored twice.

David O'Hagan blew a two run lead in the ninth inning. O'Hagan has been touted as the Ems closer after a nice career at Stanford. He allowed a double to open the inning, walked the next batter, hit a man to load the bases with no outs before striking one batter for the first out. The next man up singled to drive in a run and then a ground out tied the game at 6-6. O'Hagan had been perfect on the year in three appearances.

Mike Ekstrom went to a perfect 2-0 on the year after going two innings, giving up one hit and striking out three. Ekstrom has started the year off with 5.1 innings of scoreless relief in four appearances.

Vern Sterry had gone 12.2 innings before allowing his first run to cross the plate. Sterry was not nearly as dominating as last time out when he gave up just one hit, carrying a perfect game into the eighth. He allowed four runs on five hits and two walks. He also gave up a two run homer.

Jake Vose has expressed his desire to one day join the starting rotation, but on Sunday he closed his first game of the year and earned his first professional save.

Peoria won 15-2

Adam Kroft had a no-hitter going through four innings before he was pulled from the game. The only man who got on base was hit by a pitch from Kroft. It was a far cry from his debut when Kroft gave up three runs in an inning and two-thirds.

Rusty Tucker pitched his first perfect inning of relief, coming in his third appearance in Peoria.

Julio Cruceta continued his torrid pace with a 3-for-6 night and three RBI's. He is now 13-for-25 on the year with nine RBI's in five games.

Daryl Jones, the Padres fourth round pick this year, went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI's. He is 6-for-10 over his last two games with a double in each game.

Yordany Ramirez went 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs driven in on Sunday. It was the second day in a row he has tripled and drove in two. He is 9-for-21 with a walk and two hit by pitches on the year.

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