Tagg-ing the ball Bozied; Richard Steik falters

Tim Stauffer allowed two homers, both solo shots, and nothing else. Tagg Bozied was on base all night. Rico Washington has reached base safely in 18 straight. Paul McAnulty has been on base all week. Aaron Coonrod has found control, as has David Mead. Eugene was held to two hits as the Emeralds were shelled. Richard Steik blew his first save in five chances for Peoria

Portland won 8-2

Tagg Bozied went 4-for-5 with three RBI's to pace the Beavers. Bozied had two doubles, one that he tried to extend but was thrown out at third. Three of his four hits drove in runs. He has an RBI in each of his last three games and has plated runs in five of his last six.

Tim Stauffer allowed two homers for the second time in his last three games after surrendering just three over his first 15 starts at three different levels within the organization. Both shots were solo shots and accounted for the only runs Las Vegas netted. He went seven innings and gave up five hits while walking one. His last two outings have been decisively better than his first two with Portland. Over 14.1 innings of work he has given up ten hits, four runs and four walks. Over his previous 11 innings he had surrendered 12 hits, eight runs and four walks.

Kerry Robinson flashed some power in a 3-for-4 night. He doubled, homered, drove in one and scored three. He also drew a walk to reach base four times on the night. Robinson has had a hit in every game he has played with Portland, seven, and over his last three games is 7-for-13 with an RBI in each game.

Ramon Vasquez managed just one hit in three at bats, a homer. His last four hits have all gone for extra bases and Vasquez is 7-for-21 over a six game hitting streak. He has also walked four times over his last two games.

Mobile lost 6-3

Jack Cassel, the same man who did not allow a homer in 160 innings over two years of ball with Lake Elsinore and Fort Wayne, has now gone 39 innings without allowing a homer. Cassel gave up the long ball in each of his first two outings this year and had an ERA of 54.00. He allowed eight runs over those first two games and has surrendered just eight earned runs since in 32 games. His ERA has steadily dropped and is at its lowest point at 3.40.

It has not been kind for Gabe Ribas in Mobile. Ribas allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk in four innings of work. It was his longest outing with Mobile, giving an indication of how bad it has been. Ribas has given up five or more earned runs in each of his three starts with Mobile after eclipsing that mark just once with Lake Elsinore (he did give up five or more in three total but twice they were not earned). Ribas has allowed 16 runs in 9.1 innings over three starts. It was also the first time this year that he did not strike out a batter in a start.

Kennard Jones had his second straight multi-hit game. He got on base four times, getting hit by a pitch and drawing a walk. It was the first time he reached base safely four times in a game since joining Mobile and third time he got on base three times or more in 34 games. He accomplished that feat thirteen times in 54 games for Lake Elsinore.

After stealing 15 bases for the Storm, Marcus Nettles stole his first with the BayBears. Nettles went 1-for-4 with two RBI's and three strikeouts.

Rico Washington has a seven game hitting streak, going 9-for-29 with three doubles, three homers and nine RBI's. He has reached base safely in each of his 18 games with Mobile this year.

Lake Elsinore won 6-2

Jon Huber went five innings and allowed two runs, neither earned, on four hits and four walks. One run was able to score on a Huber error although it could be argued that he would have scored anyway. The other came in on a Peeter Ramos error, one of two on the day for Ramos. Huber has not gone more than six innings in a start in his last seven game and has eclipsed that mark just twice. He has consequently walked at least one batter in all 18 of his starts. His four walks on Friday tied a season high – one that he has hit four times this year.

Paul McAnulty is hitting .500 over his last seven games, going 12-for-24. On Friday he was 3-for-4 with a walk. He doubled twice, hit a two run homer and scored twice. McAnulty has six walks, three doubles, three homers and nine RBI's over his last seven games.

Aaron Coonrod has allowed just two runs over his first six innings with the Storm, one coming Friday. He has gone nine innings between runs allowed and most importantly has yet to walk a batter while pitching for Lake Elsinore. Over the last 15 outings he has walked four men. In his previous 15 outings he walked 24.

Mike Richardson is 9-for-26 over a seven game hitting streak. He has driven in a run in four straight games and six of his last seven. Jesse Roman is 9-for-24 over a six game hitting streak and has added RBI's in five of six and six of eight. He hit his first homer since joining the Storm on Friday.

Fort Wayne won 4-2

Skip Adams, he of the .201 average, hit his second homer in three games. Adams has been hitting under .210 for 22 games and had his first multi-hit game two games ago, his first since April 14. He has only been above .210 for nine games this year. Adams did have two errors in the game and has four in his last five games. Neither cost the team a run.

For the first time since entering the starting rotation, David Mead did not hit a batter. He had tagged seven over his first three starts. Mead had his longest outing of the year, going 5.2 innings and allowing two runs on eight hits. He had not allowed more than two hits in any of his previous three starts. He also struck out a season high six.

Howie Pence pitched a perfect inning of relief and has given up runs in just four of his 20 appearances. Of the six runs he has given up, three have been earned. Friday was just the fourth time that he retired the side in order although he did need a double play to assist after an Adams error. Pence's success stems from the .160 average he is holding opponents to with runners in scoring position.

Eugene lost 8-0

Colt Morton and Trino Aguilar were the only Ems to record hits on the day. Morton and Aguilar also walked and only two other Ems reached base. Leading the ineptitude was Billy Hogan who batted three times and struck out three times.

William Ponce has lost his last four starts. He pitched five innings and gave up five runs on five hits and four walks. It was the second time this year that Ponce has walked four in a game. Over his last 19 innings he has surrendered 17 runs, 15 earned, on 26 hits. He has also given up a homer in all four losses.

James Darby has either hit a batter or thrown a wild pitch in five of his last six games. Darby has lasted just two-thirds of an inning in each of his last three outings and has given up six runs in that time. He gave up three on Friday on two hits, three walks and a hit batter. He had given up three hits all season.

Peoria lost 6-5

Richard Steik blew a three run lead in the ninth inning to take the loss. He had given up one unearned run in nine games over nine innings and had four saves on the year. On Friday he gave up four runs on four hits – including a three run homer. He is now 0-2 on the year with a 3.60 ERA.

Benjamin Krosschell did not allow a run over four innings of work. He gave up two hits and walked three while striking out four. Krosschell has pitched shutout ball in three of his last four outings and has a nine inning scoreless streak over his last two games. He has given up just six hits over that time. His three walks were two more than he had allowed all year in 16.1 innings.

Craig Johnson is making a strong case to come back to the Ems. He went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI on Friday. He is hitting .556 in his first four games with Peoria, 10-for-18 overall.

Trey Johnston is 9-for-24 over a six game hitting streak. He has three multi-hit games but has just two extra base hits and three all season.

Christopher Kolkhorst got on base four times, going 1-for-2 with three walks but no one could bring him around to score. He stole one base and was caught stealing for the first time this year in three attempts. He has walked seven times compared to six hits on the year in six games.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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