Portland Beavers hit barrage; Josh Barfield first

All four Portland pitchers allowed two runs or more, including Sterling Hitchcock, but the opposition allowed even more. Gabe Ribas had his another strong outing and it turned out to be his best of the year. Josh Barfield had a first in BayBear history. The Wizards were two-hit and David Mead served up the first homer he has allowed en route to his worst outing of the year. Errors proved costly to the Ems as Joel Santo was victimized. Matt Bush had a night of two's and most were positive.

The Padres lost prospect Tagg Bozied for the rest of the 2004 season Monday (July 19) when he ruptured the patellar tendon in his right knee while celebrating a walk-off grand slam with Triple-A Portland. "I went from the best moment of my baseball career to the worst in a split second," said Bozied, who suffered the injury while jumping on home plate to celebrate the game-winning slam. Bozied, who had surgery in San Diego on Thursday (July 22), collapsed while celebrating at the plate with his teammates. Bozied was hitting .315 for Portland with 16 homers and 58 RBI in 57 games.

Portland won 16-11

The Beavers pounded out 16 runs on 24 hits on Monday. They had seven doubles and ten extra base hits. Every single batter in the lineup had an RBI and a run scored. Three different players each had four hits and eight of the nine batters had multiple hits. Jose Nieves was the only batter to have a single hit on the night.

Sterling Hitchcock got the start and went 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out three. He has now made two starts since returning from a groin injury, one occurring with Lake Elsinore. He left the game with one on in the sixth and that run came around to score and was charged to Hitchcock.

Brian Buchanon went 4-for-6 with three of his hits and one out producing RBI's. He doubled twice and drove in five runs. Ironically, he scored only once on the night.

Freddy Guzman was also 4-for-6. He led off the game with a homer and scored three runs. Guzman also stole a base and was caught stealing. He has now been caught in two of his last four attempts.

Kerry Robinson was hitless for the first time since joining Portland last time out. On Monday he made up for it. Robinson went 4-for-5 with a walk. He scored four runs and drove in two. He has 20 hits in 14 games with Portland.

Steve Watkins gave up his first run in 20 innings and first run since becoming a reliever. Watkins had seven straight appearances without allowing a run as a reliever and one eight inning scoreless outing as a starter with Mobile. He had given up four hits in his previous seven outings before surrendering four on Monday.

Mobile won 6-1

Gabe Ribas lasted seven innings, giving up one run on five hits and a walk. It was just the second time all year in 18 starts that Ribas has gone seven innings in a game. His one run allowed tied a season low that he accomplished once before while with Lake Elsinore. He has allowed three runs, two earned, over his last two starts after allowing 16 in 9.1 innings. His ERA has dropped from 13.94 to 7.25 in the process.

Josh Barfield hit a three run homer, his sole hit of the day, but a first in BayBears history. He has swatted six homers in his last 16 games and has knocked in 19 over his last 17 games. Barfield is batting .347 with runners in scoring position and leads the league in RBI's with 69.

Barfield's homer came on a drive that hit high off the right field fence. The ball bounced toward right center field as Barfield raced around second. Gary Jones put up the stop sign as Barfield approached third, but Barfield never slowed and headed to the plate. The relay throw back to the infield got away and there was no play at the plate as Barfield scored. The only other inside-the-park home run in BayBears history came from Chris Prieto in game five of the 1997 playoffs at Huntsville.

Ben Johnson was the only BayBear with two hits, going 2-for-4. He knocked in a run but did not get credit for the RBI since it was on a double play he grounded into in the first inning to give Mobile a 1-0 lead.

Kennard Jones stole his fourth base since joining Mobile and is above .500 in his success rate for the second time with the BayBears. He has been nabbed three times but has been successful in three of his last four swipes.

Lake Elsinore had the night off

Fort Wayne lost 7-0

Brian Wahlbrink and George Kottaras were the only two Wizards to have hits and the only two Wizards to reach base as 14 game winner Steven Bondurant held Fort Wayne to one hit over seven. Neither Wizard made it past first base.

David Mead gave up five runs over four innings of work in his fifth start of the year. Mead had not surrendered more than three runs in his previous four starts. He let up seven hits and walked two. He also gave up his first homer of the year, coming in his 28th inning of work on the year.

Ronnie Robinson pitched out of a jam in his first exposure with Fort Wayne and pitched into one in his second tour of duty. Robinson walked two and allowed two singles, giving up one run before getting out of the inning, leaving the bases juiced. Robinson also uncorked his sixth wild pitch in ten appearances between Eugene and Fort Wayne.

Eugene lost 6-5

Gary Gallegos came on with two on and nobody out in the sixth, down 5-3. He got the first man on a ground out, and with the runners moving on the pitch, Gallegos induced a grounder to Brett Burnham who stepped on the bag and finished the double play to get out of the inning. Gallegos pitched two perfect innings and has not allowed a run over the last three games, his longest stretch of the year.

For the second time this year, Joel Santo has been a victim of errors. He has given up five runs or more in three appearances but in two of those only two were earned. That was the case on Monday when Santo went five plus, allowing five runs, two earned, on six hits. Errors on Lachlan Dale and Orlando Diaz in the same inning were the culprits of an extended inning. Santo has given up 15 runs, 11 earned, over his last 12.2 innings of work.

In a crazy play in the top of the ninth, Ruben Mora, who singled in pinch runner Christopher Kolkhorst, was caught in a rundown between second and third after a ball of the bat of Burnham ricocheted off the third baseman. The throw to nail Mora at third got away and went towards the dugout and Mora was able to slide safely into home to tie the score at 5-5.

A missed tag by Jose Lobaton, the second game in a row that he tried to make a tag at the plate but did not have the ball in his glove, ended the game.

Richard Steik took the loss in his first appearance with the Ems. He gave up the one run on two hits and a walk. With Peoria, Steik had gone nine straight games without allowing an earned run and had given up runs in just two of his eleven appearances. He was 0-1 with four saves.

Peoria won 6-4

Matt Bush had hit first two hit night of the year, accompanied by his first two RBI night of the year and his first two runs scored night. He also succumbed to his first two error night of the year. Bush went 2-for-4 with a double. He has also walked in four consecutive games.

Benjamin Krosschell had his worst outing of the year. Krosschell gave up four runs in 2.2 innings of work on five hits and five walks. He has walked 11 batters over his last three appearances, spanning 9.2 innings after walking one over his first 16.1 innings of work. Krosschell had given up two runs in his last three outings entering play.

For the second time in three games, Clayton Hamilton did not issue a walk or a hit. He has thrown four perfect innings over those outings and had a one run on two hits and a walk performance sandwiched in between.

Brandon Kintzler has saved the last two games for Peoria, replacing the promoted Richard Steik. Kintzler has not allowed a run in four straight appearances spanning seven innings. He has not issued a hit in his last two.

After allowing runs in three straight games, Adam Kroft has thrown 5.1 scoreless. He went 3.1 on Monday to get his first win as a professional, allowing two walks and hitting a batter. It was the third time in seven appearances that he has not allowed a hit.

The felony charge against Bush has been dropped and no charges are currently pending, although one misdemeanor is likely to be pursued. The Padres and Bush's agent (Jeff Moorad) worked out a "confidential agreement" that establishes guidelines for the product of a San Diego (Mission Bay) high school.

"We are delighted to be able to say the situation has been resolved ... I cannot say more than that," said Padres president Dick Freeman.

The Padres continued paying his room and board while he was suspended and allowed him to use the facilities at the club's Arizona base.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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