Daniel Moore returns; Clark Girardeau no support

In the one of two games on the day, the Lake Elsinore Storm lost 2-1. Clark Girardeau pitched another gem but took the loss, his first since joining the Storm. The Peoria Padres won 6-4 and saw the return of Daniel Moore to the pitching rotation. Julio Cruceta had another strong game.

The Lake Elsinore Storm will honor Josh Barfield, the Storm's 2003 team and California League MVP Josh Barfield with a bobblehead giveaway July 24. Tickets for the game are still available and giveaway quantities are limited to the first 1,500 fans through the gates.

Storm infielder Joe Lima will head to San Diego today to undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a knee injury that has been bothering him all season.

Lake Elsinore lost 2-1

Clark Girardeau had his worst outing as a member of the Storm. He allowed two runs over seven innings of work on four hits and two walks. Girardeau has not allowed more than four hits in any of his first four Storm outings. In 27.1 innings of work he has allowed 14 hits.

Hitters are batting just .171 off Girardeau since he joined the Storm and he has not allowed a homer over his last five outings. He has pitched eight innings or more three times this year and has an ERA of 1.32 after four starts with the Storm.

He retired the last thirteen batters he faced after allowing three doubles that scored two runs in the third inning.

Jesse Roman had the only Storm RBI. Roman has driven in runs in each of his last three games, four total. He is 5-for-13 in that time frame. He had gone nineteen games between three game hitting streaks.

Andres Pagan went 2-for-2 with a walk. He is 6-for-9 over his last three games with two homers and two RBI's.

Nate Sevier pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out two. Sevier has recovered from an awful April, where batters smoked him for a .341 batting average. Since then he has limited batters to a .218 average. In June he allowed just five hits in 40 at bats. Sevier has walked just 11 in 45.1 innings of work.

Eugene Emeralds

Outfielder Craig Johnson, the San Diego Padres 19th round pick out of Sacramento State University, was reassigned to the Arizona Rookie League team in Peoria, Arizona. Johnson batted .263 playing in 16 games for the Ems. He drove in three runs on ten hits and amazingly scored ten runs. His weakness was his 3-for-20 stat with runners in scoring position as he was 7-for-18 with the bases empty.

Johnson went 2-for-5 in his Peoria debut on Monday with two runs scored and two strikeouts.

Right-hander Matthew Varner was called up to Fort Wayne a couple of days ago for to pitch on Saturday night. Varner pitched two and a third perfect innings, his longest outing of the year, to get the 9-2 win over West Michigan in his first game for the Wizards. Varner is expected to rejoin the Emeralds this week in the Spokane series that gets underway tomorrow at Avista Stadium (6:30 pm).

Varner has held the opposition to a .200 batting average with the Ems. Righties are batting .217 off him while lefties are feebly hitting .143.

Peoria won 6-4

Daniel Moore went four innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk. It was his finest outing of the year after giving up 14 runs in 17 innings of work pitching for the Fort Wayne Wizards.

Moore, a 2003 second-round draft pick, went on the disabled list April 30 with a rotator cuff tear that hasn't warranted surgery.

Pitching in long relief, Steve Delabar has allowed runs in each of his five outings this year. He has allowed 19 hits in 15.2 innings of work but is 2-1 on the year.

Richard Steik has saved four of the last five games he has appeared in. He has seen action in nine games and has yet to surrender an earned run. Steik has walked one batter and allowed six hits while striking out seven.

Julio Cruceta went 3-for-5 with two RBI's and now has five three-plus hit games on the year. He has had seven multi-hit games on the year and is hitting .361. He did commit his third error of the season.

Pete White went 2-for-4, his first multi-hit game of the year. He had his first two doubles of the year, drove in one, scored a run, and walked once.

Kelvin Vasquez is 10-for-19 over his last four games. He has driven in four, scored three had two doubles and has stolen two bases over that span. Vasquez also committed an error for the second straight game.


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