Emeralds produce diamonds; Gabe Ribas hit hard

Marty McLeary is back in the bullpen and the signs are encouraging. Yamid Haad added four hits to the parade for the Beavers. Josh Barfield and Rico Washington homered again but Gabe Ribas was shelled for the second time in a row. Dale Thayer allowed a run and two inherited runs in the ninth but the Storm hung on. Fort Wayne gets one run scoring single but six Wizards cross the plate. Eugene plated 16 runs in an easy win. Fabian Jimenez gave up season highs in several categories in a loss.

Portland won 6-3

Every hitter in the Portland lineup had a hit with Yamid Haad pacing the Beavers. Haad was 4-for-5 with three runs scored. He doubled and stole a base. The theft was just his second of the year and both happened over his last six games. Haad has six hits in his last two games.

After going 2-3 in seven starts for Portland, Marty McLeary was moved to the back end of the rotation and recorded his first save of the year. McLeary struck out the side in order, preserving the lead. McLeary had originally started in the Portland bullpen before necessity moved him into the rotation. His ERA has steadily dropped since he was pressed into a starter's role.

Eddie Oropesa got the win, going one inning and not allowing a run. Oropesa has gone seven straight without giving up a run and has been tagged in just three of his 17 appearances on the year. Oropesa has an ERA of 1.74.

Mobile lost 6-5

Josh Barfield and Rico Washington both homered for the second consecutive night. Barfield went 3-for-4 while Washington's lone hit was the homer, a three run shot. Barfield has six RBI's in his last three games. Washington's two homers over the last two days is more than he had all year in two leagues.

Gabe Ribas walked a season high five batters and gave up six hits in just 3.1 innings of work. He was smacked around for six runs, all coming in the second inning. In that inning he gave up five hits and walked three. Over the last 5.1 innings of work, Ribas has allowed 11 runs on 13 hits and six walks. Ribas had only allowed more than four earned runs in any start with Lake Elsinore once this year before his promotion. He has pitched in three games for Mobile.

After an 0-for-4 night, Nick Trzesniak's batting average has dipped below .200 for the first time this year. Trzesniak is in a colossal 3-for-64 slump, a .046 average, and has been benched in favor of Steve Morales more often than not over the past week. Trzesniak's average has dropped from a season high of .266 to .199.

Lake Elsinore won 8-7

Dale Thayer allowed two straight doubles with one out in the ninth that cut the lead down to one. Thayer then struck out the next batter and it wasn't until Casey Baker made a nice play in right field to catch a ball was the game secure. Thayer had inherited two runners and both scored while he also let up his own run, just the fourth time this year he has allowed a run. Thayer did earn his ninth save.

Wilmer Villatoro was the only pitcher not to allow a run in the game. He went two innings and struck out four while yielding one hit and a walk.

Kervin Jacobo has homered in successive games, the second time this season he has accomplished the feat. The solo shot on Friday was his ninth. His error, however, in the fourth cost the Storm a run. Jacobo has seven errors in his last 11 games.

Peeter Ramos is 14-for-35 over an eight game hitting streak after a two hit night. He has scored six runs during the streak and stolen two bases to bring his Storm total to three after collecting 20 with the Wizards. Ramos has four multi-hit games in the streak but has just two extra base hits, both doubles, in his last 51 at bats.

Fort Wayne lost 7-6

Brian Burgamy has grounded into four double plays in his last six games. He walked with the bases loaded to score a run in the third. Ironically, only one of the six Wizards runs scored on a base hit. All of the other runs came via a ground out, error or walk.

Errors by Skip Adams and Jordan Pickens on the same play plated two runs in the eighth inning and ultimately cost the Wizards the game. For Pickens it was his third error of the year and for Adams – well he had one a day before and has three in his last five.

David Mead allowed three runs, two earned, on two hits and five walks. For the third straight game he has hit at least two batters and seven total over that span. Mead also threw four wild pitches. Mead had an error in the second which contributed to a run against. His five walks were a season high and he has yet to allow more than two hits in any start (three total). Over the last 13.1 innings he has yielded six hits.

Howie Pence allowed a run for just the third time in 17 appearances. He also took the loss, his first of the year. He allowed three runs, one earned, on three hits while striking out the side. Pence had not allowed more than one run in any other game he has pitched and has given up just two earned runs on the year for an ERA of 0.96.

Eugene won 16-1

Four Ems hit homers while three players drove in three runs apiece and six players stamped out two or more hits apiece and, oh yeah, there was even one walk. They had ten extra base hits in the game.

Brett Burnham went 1-for-3 with a double and knocked in three runs to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He is 9-for-31 during the streak and has 13 RBI's in his last eight games to give him 15 for the season.

Billy Hogan hit his first homer of the year and went 4-for-5. He drove in three, scored two runs and added two doubles, falling a triple shy of the cycle.

Colt Morton went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, three runs scored and three RBI's. Morton now has seven homers over his last eight games, including two in a row and a stretch where he hit one out in four consecutive. Morton is tied with Burnham for the team lead with 15 RBI's.

Matt Thayer went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. He now has seven multi-hit games while seeing action in 12 games. He is hitting .391 on the year and is five for his last nine.

Jonathon Ellis went four innings in his first start of the year and yielded four hits but did not allow a run. He walked none and struck out five. After allowing five runs in his first 2.2 innings of work, Ellis has been perfect over his last seven innings.

Mike Ekstrom moved to 3-0 on the year, pitching four innings of near perfect ball. Ekstrom's only blemish was a hit batsman. He has now pitched in 12.1 innings and has not surrendered a run while allowing just four hits and one walk.

Peoria lost 9-2

Fabian Jimenez gave up a season high seven hits and a season high five earned runs over three innings of work. Jimenez has allowed 11 runs in 12.2 innings overall while surrendering 17 hits and walking eight.

Geoffrey Jones stuck out the side and has now allowed a run in two appearances. He has collected six of the seven outs recorded this year by way of the strikeout.

Kelvin Vasquez went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Vasquez has six multi-hit games on the year and has driven in six runs. All of his RBI's have come in successive games but never more than two in a row and he has not driven in more than one in any game.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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