Justin Germano complete; Matt Bush back

Justin Germano pitched his second straight complete game shutout.<br> Matt Bush is no longer suspended. <br> Jake Gautreau hit a grand slam. <br> Nick Trzesniak hit a homer and had two hits. <br> David Pauley was rocked. <br> Fernando Valenzuela Jr. hit his eighth homer. <br> Joel Santo was not a welcome sight in Eugene. <br> Christopher Rayborn took the loss in Peoria but it was not his fault.

Portland won 10-0

Justin Germano is fine. A momentary lapse, nothing more. For the second game in a row, Germano went the distance. He pitched another complete game shutout, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out seven. He has given up seven hits over his last 18 innings of work, both complete game shutouts. He has given up two earned runs in his last 25 innings after surrendering 11 runs over his previous eight. Germano had lost three straight decisions before a June 15th two hitter. He was named Pitcher of the Week last week for his work and is already the odds on favorite for this week.

Tagg Bozied is indeed out for the year and faces a six month recovery period after suffering a ruptured patella tendon to his left knee on Monday celebrating his grand slam homer in the bottom of the ninth.

As a tribute to Bozied, Jake Gautreau hit a grand slam home run off former Seattle Mariner Gil Meche on his way to a five RBI night. Gautreau went 2-for-3, adding a double and a sacrifice fly. He is 11-for-31 over a nine game hitting streak with four doubles, a homer, and nine RBI's.

Kerry Robinson has a ten game hitting streak, going 14-for-40.

Mobile won 7-3

Nick Trzesniak broke out at the right time. He went 2-for-3 with a triple and a homer to go along with four RBI's. He had four RBI's over his last 18 games and had been in a 7-for-88 slump over the last 28 games, lowering his average from .266 to .195. After Tuesday he is above .200 again. It was Trzesniak's first multi-hit game in 29 games and his first homer in 31 games. He was the only BayBear with two hits.

Brian Whitaker went eight innings for the third time this year. He gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits and three walks. He also hit two batters – and had hit just one batter in 14 starts with Mobile coming into the game. Whitaker's three walks tied a season high, a mark he has hit five times between Lake Elsinore and Mobile.

Jason Clements is 16-for-50, a .320 average, over his last 22 games. On Tuesday he went 1-for-2 and was hit by a pitch. It was the second day in a row he has been plunked.

Lake Elsinore lost 11-5

David Pauley was clobbered for six runs, five earned, on nine hits and four walks over four innings of work. It tied his shortest outing of the year, coming in his first start of the season. It was just the second time this year that he has allowed nine hits or more and the second time that he has walked four or more. It was the first time both happened in the same outing. It was the fifth time in 18 starts that he has surrendered six runs or more in a start.

Casey Baker hit his first homer of the season, coming in his 62nd game of the year between two leagues. Baker has five RBI's in his last two games after having five in his first 32 games with Lake Elsinore.

Going 17-for-36 over a ten game hitting streak has pushed Paul McAnulty above .300 for the first time in 27 games. It is the second streak of ten games or more for McAnulty this year. He has five homers, four doubles and 12 RBI's over the streak and has walked nine times. His on base percentage is an impressive .578.

Jesse Roman is 11-for-32 over an eight game hitting streak. Roman has a double, two homers and seven RBI's over his last eight with six runs scored. He has raised his average from .170 to .253 in the process.

Fort Wayne won 5-4

Chuck Bechtel gave up three walks and a single in one inning of work but did not allow a run. He induced a double play after allowing the first walk then loaded the bases with his third walk before getting a strike out to end the inning. Bechtel has walked 33 in his 52 innings of work.

Dirk Hayhurst lasted 4.2 innings, leaving the game with the bases loaded in the fifth inning. The Wizards escaped the inning with just one unearned run crossing the plate on an error by Ernesto Garay. Hayhurst allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks. It was the fourth consecutive game Hayhurst has walked a batter after going five starts without a walk.

For the first time in 44 games, Drew Macias has an average of .300 or above. He had his fourth straight multi-hit game and is 11-for-24 over his last six games. He has driven in eight runs over the last six games and seven over his last three.

Fernando Valenzuela Jr. hit his first homer in 21 games, his eighth of the year. He has an RBI in each of his last four games and has six during that time frame. Valenzuela's 53 RBI's lead the team.

Eugene lost 10-4

It wasn't the welcome he was hoping for. Joel Santo, in his debut with Eugene, was charged with six runs on six hits in 4.2 innings of work. He walked three and the big blow came in the form of a bases clearing double in the fifth inning, chasing Santo from the game. He also allowed a solo homer. It was the most earned runs he gave up this year (he gave up six runs in one game with Peoria, but two were earned).

Colt Morton had his first three hit game in 34 games. His last one came while he was still with Fort Wayne. It was his sixth multi-hit game with Eugene and pushed his average up to .283.

With two doubles, Sean Kazmar vaulted himself up the Northwest League leader boards. He is now tied for third with ten doubles. His 14th error also came in the game coming in his 31st game playing shortstop.

Although his homer streak ended at three games, Lachlan Dale has had an RBI in four straight. Matt Thayer was dropped from the leadoff spot in the order to the three hole. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored. He was also caught stealing for the second time this year in eight attempts.

Peoria lost 2-0

Matt Bush will be in uniform after the Padres lifted his suspension on Tuesday. Bush had been suspended indefinitely after a June 20th incident as the team looked into his background further and convened with his agent to make concessions to the original contract Bush signed as the number one overall pick in the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft.

Peoria managed just one hit against three pitchers on Tuesday. Trey Johnston was the only member of the squad to have a hit while Pete White and Chad Etheridge drew walks. Johnston is 13-for-34 over a nine game hitting streak.

Christopher Rayborn was the hard luck loser of the game. He gave up two runs, none earned, over three innings of work, yielding just two hits and hitting a batter. Sloppy play paved the way for the only runs of the game as White had two errors, Johnston had one and Luany Sanchez the fourth. Rayborn has walked just one batter in 8.1 innings of work and none over his last 5.1 innings.

Brandon Kintzler's four innings of work was much different than the last time he went four. Kintzler did not give up a run, surrendering three hits and striking out four. Last time he went four innings he gave up seven hits and three runs.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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