Just two games on the docket again on Tuesday, although there is good news out of Portland. Brian Sweeney was named pitcher of the week of the PCL. Eddie Bonine bounced back with a strong outing and the bats were alive as well. Lachlan Dale went from hero to goat in the span of ten minutes.">
Just two games on the docket again on Tuesday, although there is good news out of Portland. Brian Sweeney was named pitcher of the week of the PCL. Eddie Bonine bounced back with a strong outing and the bats were alive as well. Lachlan Dale went from hero to goat in the span of ten minutes.">

RD Spiehs Interview; Lachlan Dale hero and goat

R.D. Spiehs is in Chattanooga, a late edition to the Southern League All-Star team. "As a reliever, you don't want to be tricking guys setting up pitches," Spiehs said prior to the game on Tuesday.<br><br>Just two games on the docket again on Tuesday, although there is good news out of Portland. Brian Sweeney was named pitcher of the week of the PCL. Eddie Bonine bounced back with a strong outing and the bats were alive as well. Lachlan Dale went from hero to goat in the span of ten minutes.

Portland

For the second time this year, Portland Beavers right-handed pitcher Brian Sweeney has been named the Pacific Coast League's Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 5-11. Sweeney was 2-0, struck out 14, with a 0.60 ERA in two starts.

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We were able to corral R.D. Spiehs just before the home run derby (thanks to the tireless efforts of one Jason Kirksey) and he was already taken aback by some of the shots:

"Seeing some of these swings in batting practice today, I don't know, I am starting to get a little sore – I don't know if I can go tonight," Spiehs joked.

If anyone is looking for the video of the derby, ask Josh Barfield since he brought the video camera.

"I was surprised at first," Spiehs said about his selection. "I am just excited about being here. It has been a good time so far. It will be enjoyable."

Spiehs added that he simply needed to pitch to each player like he would any other day of the year:

"You have primarily your two pitches. Only let them see it twice at most. Don't try and go deep into the count. I am just going to go in there tonight, get ahead, throw strikes, and hope the best comes from it."

He was slated to work the seventh inning but no stats were available at the time this went to print.

Lake Elsinore won 9-3

Eddie Bonine bounced back from a relatively tough stretch of games where he allowed four runs or more in five of six coming into play. Bonine allowed one run on three hits – the lowest total since joining Lake Elsinore – and for just the third time in 13 starts with the Storm he did not walk a batter. Batters had been batting .326 off Bonine over his last two starts entering play on Tuesday. Unfortunately the right-hander did not get the win.

Aaron Coonrod pitched in his third scoreless outing since joining Lake Elsinore. Coonrod did not make it look easy on Tuesday. He allowed a leadoff single and threw a wild pitch before recording an out. He then struck out two, sandwiched around a pop out and hit batsman. He has allowed one earned run over his last 14 games in two different leagues.

Brian Burgamy, back with Lake Elsinore for a second stint after hitting .233 in Fort Wayne, went 1-for-3 with a walk, double and an RBI. His average is now at .213 with the Storm. He is 8-for-21 over his last six games between the two leagues.

Paul McAnulty hit his second homer in three games, a two run shot. He drove in three in a 2-for-4 night and is 7-for-15 over his last four games with six RBI's. McAnulty leads the team in homers, RBI's, runs and walks. His 54 walks are also second best in the California League.

Peeter Ramos is 21-for-53 over a 12 game hitting streak, his longest hitting streak of the year. Ramos had twice owned an eight game hitting streak with Fort Wayne. He knocked in his first run since joining the Storm on Tuesday, despite hitting .333 in 15 games. Ironically, he is 5-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

Eugene lost 7-6

Eugene saw a three run lead diffused and with two outs in the eighth, down a run and the Spokane closer on the mound, the prospects of winning looked dim. Lachlan Dale had a two strike count, but connected to hit a two run homer over the left field wall to put the Ems up 6-5.

Brian Burks came on to close out the game, hitting the first batter he faced. David O'Hagan, the closer of choice, has soreness in his shoulder and has not pitched for the past two weeks. After an unsuccessful attempt to force a runner out at second (it could be that Trino Aguilar left the bag early and was up for discussion after the game) and subsequent throw to get the runner at first failing, the very next play ended the game.

Dale, the hero who shocked the crowd minutes before, threw away the game, literally. Dale fielded a bunt and went to third with the throw. His throw was errant, over the head of Sean Kazmar covering, and it brought two runs in, an Ems loss.

Burks had saved two straight in O'Hagan's stead and both runs that scored were unearned. That brings the total of unearned runs to score on Burks up to four and on Tuesday they scored without the benefit of a hit. He has given up less hits and less walks than unearned runs – three apiece. He has yet to allow an earned run on the year in eight appearances.

Vern Sterry has yet to allow more than five hits in any outing in his five starts on the year. Sterry allowed two runs, one earned – although the error was on Sterry, on five hits in five plus innings of work. He also struck out five and walked one. Back to back doubles to start the sixth inning ended his night. He has allowed four runs over his last three outings, spanning 17 innings.

Orlando Diaz is 7-for-22 over a six game hitting streak. He scored two runs on Tuesday and has scored five times over the streak. He has four doubles and a homer but just two RBI's in the six game span. They have to be on base to drive them in.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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