Girardeau and Hayhurst brilliant again

Matt Hampton is back and it was not a welcome sight for Portland fans. Mobile blew a nice lead as an error by Nick Trzesniak and three wild pitches from Rene Miniel ultimately cost the game. Clark Girardeau and Josh Carter powered Lake Elsinore past Lansing. Dirk Hayhurst continues to throw well and George Kottaras provided the offense. Sean Kazmar is everything he has been billed as. Yordany Ramirez triples – yawn.

Portland lost 7-6

The Portland Beavers today activated left-handed pitcher Matt Hampton from the disabled list, placed right-handed pitcher Lou Pote on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder and welcomed back right-handed pitcher Steve Watkins has been transferred to Portland from Mobile.

Jon Knott extended his hitting streak to ten games with a 1-for-4 night. Knott is 15-for-34 over his streak and the only thing that has been lacking is his extra base prowess. Just four of his 15 hits have gone for extra bases compared to 27 of his previous 52 hits.

Xavier Nady belted a two run homer on Thursday night and is in the midst of a second six game hitting streak within the last 13 games. He is 17-for-54 over the 13 games with six home runs, four doubles, and 14 RBI's.

Justin Germano continues to struggle since returning to Portland. He gave up five runs on six hits and three walks in five innings of work. He has allowed four runs or more in five of his last six starts and on Thursday allowed three homers. Germano had allowed three homers in his first seven starts of the year. He has surrendered seven in his last six games.

Matt Hampton's return from the disabled list was not a pleasant one as he took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. Hampton has surrendered runs in nine of his 18 Portland appearances and has not gone more than two games in between runs allowed. He had a stretch of ten games in a row down in Mobile.

Mobile lost 10-7

One of the quirkier stats shows Mike Bumstead allowing runs in two outings at each of the three different levels he has pitched. He has allowed runs in each of his first appearances at Lake Elsinore, Portland and Mobile and has allowed runs in only one other appearance at each stop. Ironically, they also happen about the same time. In Elsinore and Mobile it happened in his fifth outing and in Portland his sixth. On Thursday he gave up three runs, tying a season high and took his first loss of the year.

Rene Miniel pitched one inning and allowed one hit, but three runs crossed the plate against him. An error on Nick Trzesniak put one runner on, a hit batsmen put the third on and Miniel tossed three wild pitches in the inning.

Trzesniak also added to his futility with an 0-for-4 night that puts him at 2-for-50 over his last 17 games and has dropped his average down to .206.

Greg Sain hit his league leading 22nd homer of the season, a two run shot and added an RBI ground out later in the game. Thirty four of his 56 hits have gone for extra base hits this year. Sain did have an error in the first which led to a run for Huntsville. It was his first error since April 28.

Lake Elsinore won 6-1

Josh Carter went 3-for-4 with three doubles and two RBI's to pace the Storm hitters. He has 14 hits over his last eight games, including six multi-hit games. He has also driven in eight over that same span and is hitting .312 on the year for Elsinore after batting .225 with Mobile.

Kervin Jacobo committed an error for the fourth consecutive game (five in that span). It cost the Storm the only run they allowed on the night.

Clark Girardeau struck out ten, the second time this year he has reached double-digit totals in K's. He lasted 6.1 innings and allowed one run, unearned, on four hits and a walk. Girardeau has held the opposition to four hits or less in eight of his 15 starts and has held the opposition to five hits or less in 12 of his 15 starts.

Natanael Mateo pitched an inning and two-thirds of hitless ball. He came in with a runner on third and one out and shut the door on Lancaster with a weak ground out and a strike out.

Fort Wayne won 5-0

George Kottaras had a season high four RBI's on Thursday and scored the only other run of the game, accounting for all the runs the Wizards scored. Kottaras had one three RBI game on May 2 and another one later the same month but two doubles on Thursday, in the fourth and eighth innings, plated two runners apiece. He was 3-for-4 on the night.

Dirk Hayhurst did something he has not done in 30-plus innings, he walked a batter. For the first time in his last six outings, Hayhurst allowed a walk. Entering the game, he had walked just six all year long. That total now stands at eight, but it did not come back to haunt him. Hayhurst went seven and allowed just three hits while striking out six to get his sixth win of the season. Over his last three starts he has allowed just one run and he has not given up more than two runs in any of his last seven starts.

Aaron Coonrod picked up the save by working two innings of scoreless relief. It was his first save in 19 appearances and fifth on the year.

Eugene won 11-3

Danny De La O went 5.1 innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks to earn his first victory with Eugene and second of the year (he won a game with Fort Wayne). De La O did allow his sixth homer of the year in his fifth start of the season. Henry Colbert came on with one out and one on in the sixth and struck out the only two batters he faced.

Lachlan Dale has three errors in his last two games after committing two on Thursday. Dale was responsible for the unearned run.

Craig Johnson doubled his hit total for the year with a 2-for-4 night. He had been 2-for-18 entering play. He added three runs scored and a double.

Sean Kazmar went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI's. His hitting streak now stands at 11 games. Kazmar is 15-for-46 over the stretch with four doubles, two homers and seven RBI's. Kazmar has hit safely in all but one game this year for Eugene.

Colt Morton hit his third solo shot of the year for Eugene and third homer in his past six games. Morton has had a hit in eight of his nine games played and six of his ten hits have been for extra bases.

Peoria won 4-0

Yordany Ramirez secured his fifth triple of the season (the only extra base hits he has) and fifth in his last five games, knocking in two runs with the triple and adding a sacrifice fly. It was the second time this season Ramirez has driven in three runs and he now has 11 RBI's through his first eight games. Ramirez has had a hit in each game and is 14-for-34 on the young season.

Benjamin Krosschell went 3.2 innings and did not allow a run on six hits. He has allowed just one run in his first 7.1 innings of work over two starts but has given up ten hits on the year.

E.J. Shanks now has a win and a save in his last two appearances. Shanks relieved Krosschell and got out of a fourth inning jam to earn the victory.

Rusty Tucker made an appearance in his team high fifth game of the year and worked a scoreless ninth inning. It was not a save situation but he has worked the latter innings of the game his last three times out after starting once and coming in middle relief in another outing.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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