Walks tell the story; Lights out for Eugene

Marty McLeary walked six batters in a loss. Jon Knott and Xavier Nady remain hot. Edgar Huerta returns to the mound in Mobile. Josh Carter is toying with the competition these days in Lake Elsinore but a walk seals the win. The game in Fort Wayne is postponed. Eugene is lights out in a win.

Portland lost 4-3

Jon Knott extended his hitting streak to 12 games, 17-44 over the streak. Xavier Nady extended his streak to eight with a 2-for-4 night, hitting his second homer in three games. Nady is 20-for-62 since June 18 with seven homers and 16 RBI's.

Marty McLeary walked a season high six batters, taking the loss. McLeary had not walked more than three in any start. Two of the walks he allowed ended up scoring. The converted reliever allowed four runs on four hits and struck out five in five innings.

Steve Watkins returned to Portland, his second stay with the Triple-A club. Watkins allowed one hit over two innings of relief. It was his first stint as a reliever this year. He has now allowed just six hits over his last 18 innings of work while striking out 21 over that span in two leagues. Watkins' stint in Mobile lasted just one game before he was sent back up.

Mobile lost 5-3

Nick Trzesniak went 1-for-3, his first hit in eight games and just his third in his last 18. Trzesniak had a run scoring double, his first extra base hit in 21 games.

Edgar Huerta pitched for the first time in a month, lasting just a third of an inning and walking two. Huerta has pitched in just eight games this year, seeing the disabled list twice. He has given up runs in three of his eight appearances and has pitched for a total of 9.2 innings.

Brian Whitaker went 5.2 innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on nine hits and three walks. The unearned run scored on an error by Whitaker. He has allowed five runs in three of his last four starts. The nine hits allowed match a season high he set twice previously. His three walks also tied a season high. Whitaker has allowed at least one walk in all of his starts, 12, with Mobile and 16-of-17 overall.

Lake Elsinore won 6-5

Josh Carter has continued his torrid pace over the past two weeks. He went 4-for-5 with two doubles and drove in two. Carter has driven in ten over his last ten and has reached base safely in all ten. He is 19-for-39 over the last ten games with ten doubles and four walks to put his on base percentage at .535 for the stretch. Carter also added his second stolen base of the year and first in 21 games.

With an error on Saturday, Kervin Jacobo has committed six errors in his last six games. It cost the Storm a run in the eighth inning, the same run that tied the game at five. Luckily four walks in the ninth pushed across the winning run before a season-high crowd of 7,654 at The Diamond.

David Pauley allowed four runs over 5.1 innings on seven hits and a walk. He has given up 12 runs and 18 hits over his last ten innings, his worst two game stretch of the year.

Dale Thayer got the victory in his first pitching stint since June 24. Thayer has not allowed an earned run in 14 games, a span of 16 innings and has allowed just one earned run over his last 30 appearances.

Fort Wayne game postponed

The game will be made up on Wednesday, July 14 as part of a doubleheader.

Eugene won 5-4

In the top of the eighth a bank of Civic Stadium lights went down at 8:43 p.m. and would stay out for twenty-nine minutes before the game could continue.

Colt Morton hit two more solo homers on Saturday to push his total to six since joining Eugene over 11 games. He has hit homers in three consecutive games and all six have come over his last eight. Every one has been of the solo variety.

Brian Burks got the first win of his minor league career on Saturday. Burks was selected by the Padres in the 2004 amateur draft out of Georgia Tech. Burks throws four pitches, a fastball, slider, changeup and curve. Burks went an inning and a third, allowing just a walk to earn the win. He entered the game in the eighth and struck out a batter with two outs and two men on. Burks has not allowed an earned run in his five innings of work over five games.

Jake Vose went two innings and did not allow a baserunner. Vose has given up just three hits in his 7.1 innings of work over six games. He has walked just one batter all year. Vose is a lefthander out of the University of Nevada. He throws a fastball, curve and circle change.

Craig Johnson, out of Cal State, is 5-for-9 over his last three games after a 2-for-3 night on Saturday. Johnson has scored six runs over his last three games, including three on Saturday.

Sean Kazmar extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the seventh inning. He went 1-for-3 and drew a walk for the first time in 12 games and the only two he has this year.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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