Tagg Bozied injured after slam; Barfield winner

Tagg Bozied hit a grand slam to win the game in the bottom of the ninth and minutes later was carried off the field on a stretcher. Josh Barfield added the pop for Mobile as his two run shot powered the BayBears to victory. Drew Macias added some lumber for the Wizards who scored a season high 14. Lachlan Dale homered again for the Ems, but it would not matter. Clayton Hamilton debuted with Peoria – a success.

Portland won 8-5

To think, Tacoma actually intentionally walked Yamid Haad to get to Tagg Bozied.

Fresh off Batter of the Week honors, Bozied hit a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the ninth and when he reached home plate and into the arms of his celebrating teammates, collapsed. Bozied was carted off the field on a stretcher after apparently injuring his left knee in the celebration at home plate. He was taken to the hospital and will be evaluated further. The rumors place it as a dislocated left knee, but the reports are unconfirmed.

Bozied has crushed the ball over the last six games. He has an RBI in each game and has plated 14 over that time. Now the rest of his season may be in jeopardy.

Jake Guatreau has an eight game hitting streak. He went 1-for-3 with two RBI's on Monday and is 9-for-28 over the streak. Gautreau, however, did have two errors and cost the team a run, the first errors he has committed since his second game with Portland – 20 games ago. Guatreau has been steady both at the plate and at the bag since his arrival. He is hitting .289 on the year and has made just the three errors.

Freddy Guzman is 13-for-31 over a seven game hitting streak and has raised his average back to .300. Guzman has scored 12 runs in his past six games (at least one in each) and has five extra base hits to go with five steals over the streak. He now has 31 steals with Portland after 17 with Mobile.

Kerry Robinson is 13-for-36 over a nine game hitting streak, spanning all the games he has played in Portland. He has also driven in runs in five consecutive games after plating two on Monday.

Brian Sweeney has given up seven runs over his last five starts, including Monday. In 6.1 innings, Sweeney surrendered three runs, two earned, on five hits and three walks. He gave up a homer for the first time in five games and walked three or more for just the second time this year.

Mobile won 2-1

Mike Thompson went five innings, allowing one run on five hits and three walks. His three walks were a season high, but the converted reliever still hammered out his sixth win of the year. Thompson has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last five starts and has given up six earned runs overall in that time.

Brad Baker got his 22nd save of the year and has pitched in 16 games where he has not issued a walk or given up a hit. Baker has pitched in 40 games for the BayBears and has an ERA of 1.50.

Josh Barfield hit a two run homer, his fourth over the last nine games. Barfield has slowly inched himself up among the lead leaders in RBI's and is three behind the top man, Jason Stokes, with 62. Although he is hitting .247 on the year, Barfield is smoking hot with runners in scoring position. He is 33-for-94 with runners in scoring position, a .351 average.

Lake Elsinore had the night off

Fort Wayne won 14-10

The Wizards scored a season high 14 runs, breaking the mark of 13 that they accomplished twice this year.

Baudilio Figueroa, a recent call-up from Peoria, took over for Skip Adams late in the game, playing shortstop. Adams moved to left field so Jordan Pickens could take a break. Figueroa went 0-for-2 and in the sixth, the inning he entered the game, committed a throwing error that led to a run being scored. Figueroa hit .340 for Peoria, but also had seven errors in 15 games.

Ernesto Garay had his first multi-hit game of the year, coming in his 17th game. Garay has 16 hits with just two extra base hits. On Monday, Garay went 2-for-4 and scored four runs. Over the last two games he has appeared in he has scored six runs, more than he had all year long (5).

Drew Macias had his third multi-hit game in a row, going 2-for-4. He is 9-for-19 over a five game hitting streak. Macias has driven in five runs over the last two games. Macias plated two of his runs the old fashioned way, he drove them in with sacrifice flies, aka productive outs.

Paul Abraham has gone eight straight games without allowing an earned run. He has given up three earned runs in that same time span. He went two innings and gave up two hits while striking out four. Abraham has had perhaps the worst luck of any reliever. In a statistical oddity, in five of the six outings that he has allowed an earned run, he has also let up an unearned run.

Greg Conden hadn't given up a homer over his last seven starts. One inning relief later that streak was broken. Conden was hammered for five runs on four hits and a hit batsman.

Sean Thompson allowed three runs, one earned, on three hits and three walks in five innings of work. Thompson has allowed three hits or less in six different starts and has allowed more than five hits in a game just twice.

Eugene lost 7-4

Colt Morton had led the league in homers. Now he is tied with teammate Lachlan Dale who hit his ninth homer of the year. Dale has homered in three consecutive games and, taking to the Morton philosophy, they were all solo shots. Dale did commit his tenth error of the year. All have come over his last 18 games.

After going 2-for-24 in June, Tom Vincent has somehow managed to get worse. In July, Vincent is 1-for-24. The positive is after striking out in nine straight games, he has not whiffed over the last two.

Christopher Kolkhorst debuted for the Ems after seven with Peoria. He went 0-3 with a walk and a run scored. He was also hit by a pitch, the third time this year. Kolkhorst has walked in five straight games and has nine walks in eight games between two leagues.

Alfredo Fernandez gave up five runs for the first time this year, coming in his eighth start. It comes on the heels of a one hitter outing on July 14. He is holding the opposition to a .244 batting average and righties were hitting under .200 on him entering the game.

Peoria lost 8-5

Clayton Hamilton debuted with Peoria and pitched two innings of scoreless relief. He did not allow a hit or walk and struck out one. Hamilton was selected by the Padres in the 2004 draft out of Penn State.

Fabian Jimenez has lost his last three starts. He went 4.2 innings, tying his longest outing of the year, allowing four runs on a season high eight hits and three walks. Jimenez was coasting until the fifth inning when all four runs were charged. Billy Jenkins replaced him allowing both inherited runners to score and another of his own doing to complete a five run inning.

Trey Johnston is 12-for-31 over an eight game hitting streak. He has hit four doubles, scored four runs, and driven in four over the course of the streak. What he hasn't done is walk a whole lot. He has just two walks on the year in 14 games but has struck out 13 times.

Nate Whitney went 2-for-3 with his first triple of the year. He scored two runs and added an RBI. For the first time in nine games he struck out. He has had three straight multi-hit games.

Denis Savage can be reached at Denis@sandiegosports.net

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