Justin Germano complete; Bonvechio two

Justin Germano pulled off a first this year within the San Diego Padres minor league system as the rest from the All-Star break did him well, really well. RD Spiehs blew a one run lead and Mobile went on to lose in the ninth. Lost was an excellent performance from Brian Whitaker. Jared Wells rebounded nicely and picked up his second Lake Elsinore win. Brett Bonvechio had a sudden power surge for the Wizards. Matthew Varner returned to Eugene his welcome party was not what he hoped.

Portland won 6-0

Justin Germano pitched the first nine inning complete game of the year by any pitcher within the San Diego Padres system. Germano had struggled since being returned to Portland from San Diego until his last outing when he gave up three runs, two earned over seven innings.

On Thursday, Germano gave up his first hit in the third inning and retired the next 17 batters before a single opened the ninth. They turned out to be the only hits and only baserunners of the day against the right-hander. He struck out seven and left just two men in scoring position. Prior to his last two starts, Germano had not gone more than six innings in any of his eight previous starts with Portland.

Freddy Guzman, fresh off a perfect 4-for-4 night, went 1-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. He added his 28th stolen base with Portland but did commit an error in center.

Yamid Haad had his fourth straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Haad is now eleven for his last 18 with three doubles and two RBI's. He has raised his average from .255 to .290 as a result.

Mobile lost 3-2

R.D. Spiehs, fresh off an All-Star appearance, lost the game in the ninth inning on a homer. So sure through much of the first half, Spiehs came into the game in the eighth with a one run lead. After allowing a single and a stolen base, he gave up a triple that tied the game. In the ninth, Spiehs gave up a one out homer that ended the fray. Spiehs has lost two of the last four games he has pitched in, both on homers and both the only losses of the year.

After allowing 15 runs in his last three starts heading into the break, Brian Whitaker threw a three hitter, allowing one run – on a homer – over six innings of work. It was the lowest hit total of the year since May 15 when he gave up two hits over 7.2 innings. Whitaker has given up three homers over his last two games but his ERA dropped to 3.96 after being above 4.00 for the first time this year.

Josh Barfield has a six game RBI streak to go with his six game hitting streak. He has driven in ten over the span and is 11-for-22 with two walks, two doubles and three homers.

Lake Elsinore won 3-2

Jared Wells allowed one run on four hits over six innings of work. It was his lowest hit total since joining Lake Elsinore and the fewest he has given up since his fifth start with Fort Wayne. Wells bounced back from a five run outing last time out and has had three good games out of the four he has appeared in with the Storm. In those three games he has allowed four runs, three earned.

Mike Richardson plated a run for the third consecutive game. Richardson has a six game hitting streak, going 8-for-22 with two doubles and two homers. He has driven in six over that span and has an RBI in five of the six games.

Dale Thayer saved his 12th game of the year and his second in as many days. Thayer pitched a scoreless ninth and has given up just one earned run over his last 19 appearances, netting nine saves over that span.

Fort Wayne won 11-9

Brett Bonvechio had his first two homer game as a member of the Padres organization. He drove in a season high four runs, going 2-for-4, getting hit by a pitch and scoring three runs. Bonvechio had just one homer over his last 24 games coming into the game. He did commit a costly error in the third inning that cost the Wizards three unearned runs. The error was his first in 13 games.

For just the second time since becoming a starter 12 games ago, Dirk Hayhurst allowed more than three runs in a game. He gave up six, but just three earned, over 5.1 innings of work. He allowed nine hits and a walk while striking out six. Hayhurst had not allowed more than two runs in an outing over his last nine and had surrendered nine total in the span. He did get his fourth consecutive win and is 8-2 on the year.

Chris Miller had his first three hit game since joining the Wizards. Miller was 3-for-4 with a homer, his second of the year, two RBI's and one run scored. Miller had just two multi-hit games entering play through 17 games.

Leo Rosales came on in a non-save situation and let up three runs, two earned on two hits – including a homer that scored all three with one out in the ninth. Rosales had not given up a run in 11 appearances and had yielded just four runs total on the year.

Eugene lost 9-4

Matthew Varner returned from his one game hiatus with Fort Wayne where he was perfect over two and a third. He went the same distance, two and a third, on Thursday to vastly different results. Varner walked more in his outing than he had all year long, walking three compared to the two he had surrendered entering play. He gave up one run and one hit, a solo homer to take the loss.

Ten of the last 13 Ems to come to the plate struck out as they whiffed 14 times total in the game. The Ems had one stretch, in the sixth and seventh, where they struck out six times in a row.

Sean Kazmar has a six game hitting streak and his average has actually gone down from .276 after the first game of the streak to .266. Kazmar went 1-for-4 with a double. He added three RBI's, clearing the bases in the fifth, to give him 12 on the year.

Matt Thayer got on base three times in a game for the sixth time in 17 games played. He went 2-for-3 and was hit by a pitch. He has ten multi-hit games on the year and leads the team in batting with a .358 average. Thayer also stole his sixth base of the year in seven attempts.

After hitting .200 in 110 at bats for Idaho Falls a year ago, Tom Vincent is hitting .068 in 44 at bats for Eugene. He has just three hits on the year and has struck out 20 times in 16 games.

The first four Ems pitchers to enter the game each surrendered a homer. The biggest blow came off Henry Colbert who allowed four runs off a double and a homer, all with two outs in the sixth. Colbert has given up runs in five of his eight relief appearances on the year and has allowed two or more hits in six of those, including the last four.

Michael Ekstrom got the start, his first of the year, and allowed his first run of the year, well, three runs to be exact. Ekstrom had come in perfect through 12.1 innings of work. On Thursday, Ekstrom gave up three on five hits and two walks. He had walked just one entering play. He also gave up his first homer of the year, a two run shot in the second.

Peoria lost 5-2 on Wednesday

With another error on Wednesday, Kelvin Vasquez has committed an error in each of his last three games. The only time he got on base was due to a walk in a 0-for-3 night. He was also caught stealing for the second time this year, with three successful attempts.

Daniel Baca allowed three hits in an outing for the first time this year. He went two innings and gave up one run without walking a batter. Baca has given up runs in two of his six outings and has held the opposition hitless in three.

Fabian Jimenez had his longest outing of the year, going 4.2 innings and allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks. Jimenez also scored a season high in strikeouts – two.

Christopher Rayborn struck out his first two batters of the year in his fourth appearance. He allowed one run on four hits in two and a third. He has lowered his ERA from a season opening 27.00 to 6.75.

Peoria lost 11-6 on Thursday

Both Matthew De Montigny and Adam Kroft did not allow a single hit, but each gave up two walks, at least one run and all were earned. Montigny gave up his on small ball as he hit a batter while Kroft had a balk and was relieved of duty and Brandon Kintzler allowed an inherited runner to score.

Joel Santo gave up four runs, three earned, on just three hits. He also walked two and a Baudillo Figueroa error cost a run. Santo had allowed two runs over his last two starts, spanning 8.2 innings. His three strikeouts were a season high.

Figueroa had two errors on the day but made up for it with his stick. He belted his second homer of the year – his first in 13 games – went 3-for-5, scored two runs and added a double. He has had three hits in two of his last three games.

Craig Johnson has hit safely in each of his first three Peoria games after being demoted from Eugene. Johnson went 3-for-5 with his first Peoria double and he added his first two Peoria RBI's. Johnson had three RBI's in 14 games with Eugene.

After starting the season on fire hitting 8-for19, William Killian has gone into a nasty funk. He is 3-for-37 over his last ten games with two doubles and an RBI. Amazingly, Killian has struck out just twice during that stretch and his whiff on Thursday was his first in eight games.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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