Ramon Hernandez best in three; Kevin Beavers start

Ramon Hernandez has four RBI's in two games. Marty McLeary is back in the pen and doing well. Kevin Beavers made his first start of the year with Lake Elsinore after working in relief all year. Luke Steidlmayer has kept his walks down and if not for one innings would have been near flawless. The opposition finally got to Vern Sterry. Matt Thayer is the Mark Loretta of the San Diego Padres minor league system.

Portland won 6-4

Ramon Hernandez matched his output of Saturday. He went 1-for-2 with two RBI's on Sunday, playing in three innings before Yamid Haad replaced him. Hernandez has four RBI's in two games playing for Portland.

Dennis Tankersley threw six innings of shutout ball, allowing four hits over that span. In the seventh inning, however, Tank gave up four hits, including a three run homer. He ended the night with four runs charged over seven innings on eight hits while striking out five. Tankersley has given up 28 hits over his last three games while walking one batter. He is 1-1 over the stretch after the win on Sunday.

Since heading back to the bullpen, Marty McLeary has saved two straight. McLeary started the year as a reliever before callups and injuries moved into a starting role. He went 2-2 as a starter and lowered his ERA from 5.06 to 3.65. He has had two scoreless outings since.

Tagg Bozied has a five game RBI streak. J.J. Furmaniak hit a two run homer in the second and is third on the team in homers and RBI's. Jake Gautreau has a seven game hitting streak. Freddy Guzman stole his 30th base. Bobby Scales has grounded into a double play the last three times he has been up to bat.

Mobile had the night off

Mike Thompson makes his ninth start of the year on Monday. As a starter, he is 4-0 with a 3.22 ERA. Over his last four starts, he has worked 26 innings and allowed just five earned runs (1.73 ERA). Thompson has not walked more than two batters in any of his 25 appearances this season. Thompson began the season as a reliever and was converted to starter on May 31st. He was the Padres 5th round draft pick in 1999 out of Lamar High School in Colorado.

Lake Elsinore won 8-5

Luis Cruz committed two errors, the fourth time he has accomplished the feat this year. Two unearned runs crossed the plate due to his follies. He did drive in two and walked for the second time in three games something he has not done any other time this year.

Paul McAnulty homered for the third straight game, giving him 16 this year. In the process he also pushed his hitting streak to nine games. He is 15-for-33 over the streak with five of his last six hits going for extra bases. McAnulty also committed an error.

After 23 appearances out of the bullpen, Kevin Beavers was on the mound as a starter for the first time with the Storm. Beavers began his career as a starter, netting 15 starts with Idaho Falls and Eugene in 2002. He was converted to reliever in 2003, making just two spot starts. On Sunday, Beavers allowed five runs, three earned, on seven hits and two walks over four innings of work. It was the third time he has allowed five runs in an outing and ironically each time some portion has been unearned.

Since giving up 12 earned runs in 5.2 innings over a six game span, Wilmer Villatoro has surrendered five earned runs over his last 28 innings. He got his third win of the year on Sunday, pitching two innings and giving up one hit while striking out one. He has walked just one batter over his last nine outings.

Fort Wayne won 6-5

Brian Wahlbrink jammed his hand sliding into second on a stolen base attempt in the first inning and had to come out of the ball game. Wahlbrink was safe at second on the play.

George Kottaras jammed his thumb the other day and again was used in a designated hitter capacity. He went 0-for-3.

Luke Steidlmayer lasted five innings to get the win. He allowed three runs on four hits and gave up a walk. All the runs scored in a span of five hitters in the second as Steidlmayer gave up just one hit outside that inning. The walk he issued was only the second one he has given up over 19.2 innings playing with Peoria and Fort Wayne. He has given up nine hits over his last three outings.

Ernesto Garay had a chance for an inside-the-park home run, but was held up at third with a triple as a ball trickled by the outfielder and went to the wall. With nobody out, it was the right call. He scored when the next batter, Peter Ciofrone, singled him in. It was the first RBI for Ciofrone since joining the Wizards six games ago.

Skip Adams has struck out eight straight times over the last two games. He is batting .191 on the year.

Closer Leo Rosales' ERA climbed up over 2.00 for the first time in 23 games. He has allowed runs in two of his last three games and has given up two homers in the same timeframe. He has now been scored upon in five of his 28 appearances. He did manage to get his 12th save of the year.

Eugene lost 7-5

Vern Sterry had his worst start as an Emerald. A bases loaded double was the damaging blow as he allowed six runs on five hits and two walks in 5.1 innings of work. Sterry has still not allowed more than five hits in an outing, but Everett made them count.

James Darby allowed his first homer of the year in his tenth outing of the year. While that may have been a first, allowing walks is not. Darby has allowed at least one walk in every game he has appeared in, 16 total. After allowing a run on Sunday he has given up runs in six of ten games.

Lachlan Dale homered for the second consecutive night. It was the second time this year he has homers in back-to-back games. Sean Kazmar committed an error for the second straight day, a dubious feat he has accomplished twice before on the year. He now has five errors in his last nine games and 13 overall.

Matt Thayer went 3-for-4 with a walk. Thayer now has 11 multi-hit games on the year in just 20 starts. He has had one hit in a game just four times and been shutout from the hit column five times. His .354 batting average places him third in the Northwest League.

Peoria had the night off

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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