Sean Thompson near perfect; Errors abound

Chris Rojas got the win in his first game with Portland. Mike Thompson suffered his shortest start of the year but did manage to knock in a run. Kervin Jacobo committed three errors but the Storm managed to win. Sean Thompson faced two batters over the minimum in eight innings of work and still didn't get the win. The Ems blew another one run lead and sloppy play all around was the culprit. Luany Sanchez is in a terrible slump, at the dish and behind the plate.

Blaine Neal got his first win since joining the Padres. He is 1-1 on the year with a 1.89 ERA in 16 appearances. Batters are hitting .229 off him.

Some more roster moves between the lower level of the organization were made late Thursday and more are expected on Saturday.

Portland won 5-4

Chris Rojas, a starter all year for Mobile, made his first appearance for Portland – in relief. He pitched one inning of scoreless ball and came away with the victory. Rojas has allowed three runs over his last 19 innings of work.

Portland got five of their nine hits and two of their three walks in the seventh inning as they scored all five of their runs. J.J. Furmaniak drove in the first two runs for Portland and has knocked in five over his past four games.

Freddy Guzman has stolen a base in each of the past five games. He has also been caught stealing twice in his last four. He has reached base safely in his last 22 games and has swiped 16 bases over that time.

Humberto Quintero is 22-for-50 over a 13 game hitting streak. Quintero went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored on Thursday. He has seven doubles over the streak and has knocked in six runs.

Mobile lost 7-3

Rusty Tucker was back in Mobile working out with the club. He won't, however, be pitching in any games. His fastball is still sitting around 86-88 instead of the mid-nineties pre-surgery. He will head back to Peoria on Friday and is looking to be reassigned in August as his arm strength grows.

Mike Thompson got shelled for the first time this year, taking his first loss in the process. The loss ended a seven game winning streak with Mobile dating back to 2002 and an eight game winning streak overall. His last loss was with Lake Elsinore on August 20, 2003. Thompson lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up a season high five runs on nine hits and a walk. Thompson had allowed five runs over his previous three games combined. It was his shortest start of the year, originally a member of the bullpen. The right-hander had twice let up four runs in his ten previous starts. Thompson did knock in a run on a ground out in the second inning.

Greg Sain had a span of 28 games where he managed just four multi-hit games. Over the last seven games, Sain has four multi-hit games. Ironically he has only hit a homer in one of those games while he smacked homers in three of the previous four multi-hit games. Sain has just two homers over his last 23 games and he is arguably hitting the ball better now.

For the first time this year, Josh Barfield was used as a pinch-hitter. He came up in the ninth inning and struck out. Barfield had not missed an inning since the middle of April.

Bobby Scales did not produce five hits in his last 12 games with Portland. It took just two games for Scales to get five hits with Mobile. Scales went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Three of his five hits have been doubles after registering just three doubles over his last 47 games with Portland.

Lake Elsinore won 7-5

Clark Girardeau was pounded for a season high 11 hits but gave up only four runs, three earned, in 5.1 innings of work. Girardeau has had three less than stellar outings in a row, yielding 17 runs, 14 earned, in 14.1 innings of work. He had not given up more than two runs in his previous five starts. He has walked two or more in 16 of his 20 starts on the year.

Kervin Jacobo committed three errors on Thursday. Two came with two outs and did not come back to bite the Storm while another came with nobody out in the sixth and resulted in an unearned run. Jacobo has 30 errors on the year. He is also in the midst of a 2-for-35 slump, striking out 18 times.

Jesse Roman has hit all five of his homers in his past eleven games. Roman hit a three run homer to centerfield in the first. It was his second three RBI night in his last four games and Roman has knocked in 15 over his last 16 games. Two batters later, Luis Cruz connected with a two run shot.

Eddie Bonine (3-8, 5.38 ERA) returns to the starting rotation on Friday after missing his last two starts due to soreness in his right (pitching) elbow.

Fort Wayne won 3-1 in 11

Matt Varner and Ruben Mora have been added to the Wizards. Both were with the Eugene Emeralds. Varner spent one game with the Wizards, earning a win in 2.1 scoreless, and hitless, innings of work. Varner has appeared in nine games for Eugene, allowing runs in each of his last five appearances. Mora hit .278 with the Ems in 30 games. He was riding a four game hitting streak at the time of his promotion, going 8-for-17 with two doubles and two RBI's. He has nine RBI's on the season but has not knocked in more than one in any game.

Sean Thompson retired 24 of the 26 batters he faced on Thursday night. He lasted eight innings, his longest outing of the year and his only blemish was a solo homer in the bottom of the first. Thompson tied a season high with ten strikeouts and allowed just two hits without surrendering a walk. Thompson left the game after having retired the final 16 batters he faced.

Thompson has allowed just ten earned runs over his last eight starts and for the second time in four games he did not issue a walk. He has only had one other game in his 14 other starts where he did not walk a batter.

Leo Rosales continues to dominate from the closer's perch. He earned his 16th save of the season, all of them coming since June 1st. Rosales has walked just two batters in his last 23 games and has issued six total walks in 34 appearances. He has gone five games without giving up a run and has surrendered just eight runs, six earned, all year.

George Kottaras was the key to the Wizards victory. He singled in the top of the ninth and eventually came around to knot the game at 1-1. In the 11th his single paved the way for a two run inning. Kottaras went 3-for-5 with two runs scored on the night. It was the sixth time this year that Kottaras has had three hits in a game and just the third time that he has scored two runs in a game.

Matt Lauderdale is stuck in a 1-for-23 slump. His triple is the only hit he has registered over the past six games. He has struck out eight times in his last five games and his average has dropped from .247 to .202.

Eugene lost 7-5

Ernesto Garay went 2-for-5 after being sent down from Fort Wayne. Garay was hitting .239 with Fort Wayne and had just two extra base hits on the year in 21 games. He had a hit in all but four of the games he had an at bat in but had a multi-hit game just once during his tenure with the Wizards.

Clayton Hamilton, a left-hander has joined the Emeralds from Peoria. Hamilton appeared in three games with Peoria, allowing one run in 4.1 innings of work for a 2.08 ERA. Hamilton has had two perfect outings sandwiched around a two hit, one walk outing.

Talk about a messy inning. A walk opened the sixth inning. It was followed by a pass ball. A James Darby pickoff throw went about 15 feet wide of second base and moved the runner to third. On the next play, Darby threw a ball to Lachlan Dale that glanced off the first baseman's glove and scored the runner.

Another one run game turned ugly in the eighth inning. Nursing a 5-4 lead, the Ems blew it again. With two on and two outs, Gary Gallegos was lifted in favor of Richard Steik. Steak gave up two hits, scoring both inherited runners and an error scored a third. Steik has now had a hand in each of the last three Emerald losses, giving up runs in each. They are the only three games he has appeared in for the Ems after a successful tour with Peoria. Gallegos officially took the loss, dropping to 0-4 on the year.

Sean Kazmar is in a 3-for-32 slump over his last seven games. He has struck out in each of those games, 12 overall. Kazmar also had two errors on Thursday and has 17 for the year. It was the second time this season that he has had two errors in a game. Matt Thayer had his third straight multi-hit game. Thayer was on base four times, going 2-for-3 with two walks. He hit a laser shot in the fifth, a two run shot. It was his second homer of the year. He has a five game hitting streak, going 9-for-23. He has also reached base safely in 15 straight. Thayer made a few nice grabs in centerfield to save extra base hits.

Peoria lost 4-3

Playing in his 26th game of the year, Daryl Jones hit his first professional homer. He has had nine doubles and is hitting .300 for the year. His ten extra base hits lead the team. The last five games that Jones has netted an RBI, he has knocked in two, giving him an even ten over those five games. Eight have come in his last six games and he leads the team with 19 on the year.

Luany Sanchez is in a 3-for-36 slump over his last 13 games and is 1-for-19 over his last eight. Coupled with that, Sanchez has caught just one of the last eight runners attempting to steal, including an 0-for-6 game.

An error on first baseman Pete White cost the Padres the game. Fabian Jimenez cruised through five solid innings, not allowing a run. He opened up the sixth and allowed two base runners before he was lifted. Both scored. It was the longest Jimenez had gone all year. He allowed just one hit and walked three while striking out a season high eight. He had not struck out more than three in any outing and his one hit was a season low. Daniel Baca came on in relief and lasted just a third of an inning, giving up one hit and a walk. Coupled with the White error, four runs would cross the plate and Baca took the loss.

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