Vern Sterry a pitcher; Kerry Robinson in Portland

Justin Germano is back pitching well as Kerry Robinson debuts in Portland and steals three bases. Everyone was on the hit train in Mobile as the BayBears pounded out 19 hits and scored 12 runs. Eddie Bonine was lit up as Aaron Coonrod debuted. Brian Burgamy errors were the end of Fort Wayne. Vern Sterry pitched another gem for the Ems. Steve Delabar had a night to forget while Jodam Rivera starred at the plate.

Portland lost 3-2

Justin Germano allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits and a walk in seven innings of work. It was his best performance since being shipped back to Portland from San Diego and the fewest earned runs he has allowed in seven starts. Wednesday was also the first time he had not allowed a homer over his last four games.

Roger Deago has seen action at three different levels within the organization, most recently a one appearance swing through Lake Elsinore, and on Wednesday made his Portland debut. He pitched one inning and did not allow a run, walking one. Deago has made 14 prior appearances, 13 with Mobile, and has allowed runs in four outings. His Mobile ERA was 2.25.

Kerry Robinson debuted for Portland after being sent packing by the Padres and went 1-for-3, was hit by a pitch and stole three bases. He did not, however, score either time he made it on base, despite being in scoring position both times.

The Beavers were limited to four hits overall and J.J. Furmaniak was the only hitter to record two hits. He scored a run but was also responsible for a run when an errant throw brought a run across the plate.

Mobile won 12-5

Four BayBears had three hits and two others added two apiece as every batter had at least one hit and they totaled nine extra base hits, seven doubles and two homers, with five BayBears driving in at least two runs.

Josh Barfield went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI's. It broke a six game drought from the RBI column for the BayBears leading RBI man.

Ben Johnson hit his second homer in as many days in a 3-for-5 night. He scored two runs and drove in three runs and now has five RBI's in his last two games.

Ronnie Merrill went 3-for-5 to break a 1-19 streak, adding two doubles and two RBI's with two runs scored. He also stole his third base of the year and second in as many days.

Although Rico Washington has gone hitless in five of his 12 Mobile games he has reached base safely in every game he has played for the BayBears. Washington has drawn seven walks and all have come in the five games that he did not record a hit. Washington went 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and an RBI.

For the tenth time in 17 starts Chris Rojas gave up two runs or less. He went seven innings and surrendered one run on five hits and a walk. He has not given up more than six hits in any of his last nine starts. The lone run came on a solo homer, the third homer he has allowed in his last two starts.

Mike Bumstead is not having much like in Mobile. After not allowing more than one run in any of his 17 appearances in Lake Elsinore and Portland, he has allowed three runs in three separate appearances with Mobile. On Wednesday, Bumstead gave up three runs on four hits and a walk in an inning of work.

Lake Elsinore lost 5-3

Eddie Bonine tied his mark for shortest outing of the year with Lake Elsinore on Wednesday. He allowed five runs on eight hits and one walk in four innings of work. It was only the third time this year that Bonine did not make it past four innings. The eight hits he surrendered were the most since his first start of the year, coming with Fort Wayne, when he gave up eight hits in an outing that lasted just 2.1 innings. He has now given up four or more runs in five of his last six outings.

Aaron Coonrod pitched two flawless innings of relief in his Storm debut. It was the sixth time this year he did not allow a baserunner in an outing. He has now allowed one earned run in his last 11 outings.

Casey Baker has had three hits in three of his last eleven games after going 3-for-4 with two RBI's on Wednesday. His RBI's ended a 12 game streak where he did not push a run across the plate.

Kervin Jacobo has an eight game hitting streak, going 10-for-28 during the streak. On Wednesday he hit his first homer in 17 games and drove in a run for the third straight game. Jacobo was 2-for-3 and was also hit by a pitch.

Mike Richardson returned to Lake Elsinore after a stop in Mobile and a one game stint with Portland. His last game experience came with Portland on June 26 in his sole appearance for the Beavers. Richardson went 0-for-4 and grounded into a double play as the DH.

Fort Wayne lost 9-3

Brian Burgamy may have finally started hitting, two hits to bring his average up to .200 on the year, but his two errors in the seventh inning cost the Wizards six runs, four of which came with two outs in the inning after his two errors. Burgamy has five hits in his last 14 at bats with three doubles after early struggles limited his batting average to .139.

Paul Abraham had two of those runs come against him and in a statistical oddity he has had unearned runs in five of the six games that he has allowed anyone to score.

Chris Tierney had a string of eight consecutive games with a decision between two different leagues snapped. Tierney went four innings allowing two runs and a season low three hits while walking three.

Brian Wahlbrink has been caught stealing four of the last seven times he has attempted to take an extra base.

Eugene won 2-1

While not as good as his one-hit performance on June 22, Vern Sterry was still in control. He went six innings and gave up four hits but did not allow a run while walking two. He struck out nine, tying his season high. Sterry has allowed just 15 hits in his four starts for the Ems. Sterry has been fantastic at home this year. He has given up only two runs over 19.2 innings while striking out 23.

Brian Burks had his second straight multi-inning save of the year. Burks went an inning and two-thirds. Although charged to Jake Upwood, a single to the first batter he faced scored Boise's only run. Burks pitched a perfect ninth, inducing three ground outs.

Jose Cespedes, formerly known as Jose Geraldo, made his Eugene debut after two outings with Peoria. Cespedes pitched one inning and did not allow a baserunner. He has given up one hit in his three outing this year.

Craig Johnson went 1-for-2 with a double and scored one of the two Emerald runs. He is 8-for-18 over his last six games with three walks. He was caught stealing on his first attempt of the year on Wednesday. As part of a double steal he was thrown out at home plate in the seventh inning.

Ruben Mora went 2-for-3 and drove in both runs with a pair of singles, in the third and seventh.

Peoria lost 6-5

Eighteen year old shortstop Jodam Rivera went 3-for-4 with a walk and he also scored two runs. He was the only member of the Peoria squad to have multiple hits and his triple was the sole extra base hit for the squad. Rivera is 5-for-9 with three walks and four runs scored in his last two games.

Steve Delabar was torched for five runs, four earned, on nine hits in just three innings of work. Delabar had not allowed more than one earned run in any of his previous three outings and had let up a season high of four hits in one game entering play on Wednesday. He has hit three batters in four appearances this year.

Richard Steik, a control pitcher who has an outstanding change and well developed curve, let up his first run of the year, albeit unearned, to take the loss. The run came in his seventh appearance of the year.

Christopher Rayborn got off the schnide with an inning of solid relief. He did hit a batter as his ERA dropped in half. Rayborn had allowed three runs in his first outing of the year.

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