Matt Bush shows promise

Brian Sweeney won his ninth game of the season, leading all prospects within the Padres system. Alan Webb has been impressive, save one game, for Mobile and picked up the win. Josh Carter and Paul McAnulty continue to light it up in Lake Elsinore. Ronnie Robinson has been in three games for Fort Wayne and has allowed runs in two. After a great start last time out, Alfredo Fernandez was knocked around. Matt Bush showed his "A" game on Friday and it is the reason the Padres' brass drafted him.

Portland won 6-3

J.J. Furmaniak went 3-for-4 with a double, homer and three RBI' while also scoring two runs. Furmaniak has five RBI's in his last two games and has knocked in a run in five of his last six. It was the 13th homer of the year for Furmaniak.

For the first time since May 14, Jon Knott struck out three or more times in a game. That day he whiffed four times, and came up empty three times on Friday. Knott has had hits in six of his last eight games but his average has dropped below .300 for the first time since May 15.

Brian Sweeney went seven strong innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk. He struck out six en route to picking up his ninth win of the year. Sweeney has allowed three runs or less in all but four of his 17 starts with Portland and has worked into the seventh inning seven times.

Mobile won 3-2

Brad Baker earned his 25th save of the year on Friday. It wasn't easy though. For the first time in 20 games, Baker walked two batters. He allowed one run, albeit unearned, and had the bases loaded with one out. He proceeded to strike out the next two batters. His ERA on the season is a miniscule 1.31.

Alan Webb pitched an inning and two-thirds of scoreless and hitless ball to pick up the win. Webb has gone five games without allowing a run, four games without giving up a hit and over his last 22 games he has surrendered runs in just two – of course he did give up five in one of those.

Ben Johnson went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, a homer and an RBI. He has hits in five of his last six games and 9-of-11. The homer was his first in 13 games, but he has five RBI's in his last four games.

Lake Elsinore won 11-5

Josh Carter had his third straight multi-hit affair. He went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Carter has been demolishing California League pitching since his demotion. He is hitting .335 and has gone 45-for-117 over his last 31 games with the Strom. Carter has not, however, had an extra base hit in 15 games.

Paul McAnulty hit another homer on Friday, a solo shot. McAnulty has had four straight multi-hit games, going 8-for-12 with three homers and six RBI's. He has eight homers in his last 18 games to go with 18 RBI's in his last 19 games.

Eddie Bonine's return to the hill was not as good as he hoped. He allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits in four innings of work. Bonine surrendered the first homer he has given up in five games. It was the seventh time in 14 starts with the Storm that Bonine has given up five runs in a game.

Fort Wayne lost 10-6

Brian Wahlbrink went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBI's. It was his first three RBI game in his last 40 and his first homer in 37 games. It was the second time this year he has had four hits in a game. He also added his seventh stolen base of the year.

Brett Bonvechio went 2-for-4, stringing together his second consecutive multi-hit game. For the first time this season, Bonvechio had two doubles in the same game. It was not the first time he had two extra base hits as he did hit two homers in a game once before.

All four pitchers that made it into the game for Fort Wayne allowed runs.

Ronnie Robinson, pitching in his third game for the Wizards allowed two runs on three hits. He has given up four runs in 2.1 innings for a 11.57 ERA. Robinson allowed five earned runs in eight games for Eugene.

Eugene lost 12-6

As with Fort Wayne, all four Ems pitchers gave up runs. Three of the four pitchers also gave up homers.

Alfredo Fernandez was smacked around for five runs, four earned on five hits and a walk. He allowed a homer for the fifth time this year in ten starts. He managed to survive just three innings, his shortest outing of the year. He had given up five runs or more just once in his previous nine starts and last time out when seven innings without allowing a run.

Clayton Hamilton made his debut with Fort Wayne and gave up three runs in two innings of work on two hits and a hit batsman. He gave up his first homer of the year, spending three games with Peoria. Hamilton, a right-hander (we inadvertently referred to him as lefty in our previous edition) had gone five innings for Peoria, allowing one run.

Sean Kazmar exploded out of his 3-for-32 slump. He went 3-for-4, the second time this year he has had three hits or more in a game. He also knocked in a run. He did, however, commit an error for the second straight game and has four in his last four games and 18 overall.

Colt Morton hit his Northwest League leading 12th homer of the year. He has two in his last three games and had a four game RBI streak, knocking in six over that time frame. Morton has also scored six runs in the last four games.

Peoria won 9-5

Matt Bush got on base four times and scored each time on Friday. The rookie shortstop went 2-for-3 with two walks, four runs scored, a triple and a stolen base. Bush was hitting just .185 on the year in seven games and is now hitting .233. He was also caught stealing once.

After flying out of the gates with eight stolen bases in his first 13 games, Yordany Ramirez hit a dry spell. Until Friday he had not had a stolen base in ten straight games. He got his ninth on Friday. Ramirez went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI's. He has just two doubles on the year compared to five triples. He also hit his first homer of the year, coming in his 23rd game.

Justin Smyres returned to action in Peoria and went 0-for-3. Smyres had last been with Lake Elsinore, hitting .253 and had two homers in his last three games with the Storm.

Christopher Rayborn got the first victory of his professional career, going five innings and giving up five runs, four earned, on four hits and two walks. He also hit a batter for the third straight game. Rayborn has given up 11 runs in his last 7.1 innings, ten earned, after giving up four earned runs in his previous 8.1.


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