Rico Washington in the history books

Portland played a high speed game and won, despite not seeing the best from Tim Stauffer. Rico Washington accomplished a feat that only one other person in BayBears history can claim and broke another record in the process. The Lake Elsinore Storm got good pitching from David Pauley and Wilmer Villatoro but could not put any runs on the board. Drew Macias hit a walk-off homer for the Wizards. William Ponce took his sixth loss in seven decisions.

Portland won 11-8

Portland stole a season high eight bases in nine attempts on Sunday. Freddy Guzman and Kerry Robinson stole seven of them. Guzman added four and has 41 with Portland and Robinson upped his total to 12 with three. Jon Knott had the last theft and J.J. Furmaniak and Bernie Castro each were snagged in their attempts. Castro also grounded into two double plays.

Furmaniak had his second four hit game on Sunday, going 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI's. It was his first four hit game since May 3. He has RBI's in four consecutive games, eight total, and in three of them has driven in two or more. Furmaniak also had an error on the day.

Tim Stauffer was lifted with two outs in the sixth inning, surrendering five runs, three earned, on nine hits and a walk. An error on Brian Buchanon in the second inning helped plate the two unearned runs. Stauffer has had trouble with the second inning since joining Portland. He has given up four of his six homers in that inning and batters are hitting .459, 17-for-37. He has only allowed nine hits or more in three of his 21 starts and it was the highest total he has given up as a Beaver. Stauffer also allowed a homer, the first time he has given up homers in back-to-back starts all year.

Chris Rojas, settling into a relief role with Portland, was not settled at all on Sunday. He gave up three runs in two innings of work, all coming via solo homers. Three homers, back-to-back-to-back with two outs in the ninth inning. Rojas has given up 14 homers in 17 starts and two relief appearances. It was the first time he had given up three in any game and Rojas is a converted starter. He twice gave up two homers in a game, on July 23 and July 2 and has issued eight in his last six appearances.

Mobile won 10-8

Mobile, down 7-0, posted ten runs in the fourth inning and went on to victory.

Rico Washington became just the second player in BayBears history to hit two home runs in the same inning, joining Dusty Allen, who hit two homers in an inning in 1997 in a game at Huntsville. Washington also set a club record for RBI in an inning with six.

"Fastball right down the middle of the plate," Washington retold of his grand slam. "That is a pitch, I am sure, that every guy is looking for. I just put a good swing and there we go. That was the second homer.

"This team in West Tenn has been throwing a lot of offspeed stuff. Every at bat – changeup, changeup, changeup – curveball, curveball, curveball – slider. We hardly see any fastballs and if we do it is out of the zone. They just started throwing a bunch of fastballs and we made them pay for it."

Washington officially went 2-for-4 with a walk, two homers and six RBI's. He is hitting .300 for the season.

The BayBears also broke their club record for most hits in an inning with eight. The 10 run inning was the second biggest in team history. Mobile scored 12 times in an inning in 2001 against Orlando at Hank Aaron Stadium.

Clay Hensley did not make it easy on the club. A seven run third, aided by two errors that allowed runners to advance a base, put the BayBears in a seemingly insurmountable hole. Hensley went on to pitch six innings, giving up eight runs, six earned, on nine hits and two walks. It was the first time he has given up eight runs in a start but the eighth time he has surrendered five or more runs in 22 starts. He has allowed two or less in ten starts. For the third straight game he allowed a homer, the third time this year he has accomplished that feat.

After walking just twice in a 27 game span prior to Saturday, Jason Clements has drawn a walk in two straight. He has 17 in 72 games. Clements also has an eight game hitting streak. He had his first extra base hit of the streak on Sunday and is 8-for-27 over the streak, meaning he has exactly one hit in each game.

Greg Sain had his first four hit game of the year. He went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and a solo homer, coming after Washington's slam. Sain has had six multi-hit games over his last nine games, raising his average from .223 to .246. His homer was his Southern League leading 26th. Sain did have a throwing error on the day.

Lake Elsinore lost 4-0

Brian Burgamy was the only member of the Storm to have two hits as they managed just five on the day. Burgamy went 2-for-3 with a walk and has four multi-hit games in his last five games. He did not have any multi-hit games with the Storm in his previous 41 games. Burgamy did have four multi-hit games in 16 games with Fort Wayne.

Geoffrey Jones went one plus inning, allowing two unearned runs in the ninth. The Storm committed two errors in the inning, one on Jones and another on Jacobo. His line read one inning of work, one hit and one walk. He has now allowed three unearned runs and one earned run in eight appearances between Peoria and Lake Elsinore. His Storm ERA is still 0.00 in three games over 4.1 innings. Sunday he allowed his first hit since joining the Storm.

David Pauley went seven innings for just the second time this year. He allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while tying a season high in strikeouts with eight. He has allowed two earned runs or less in ten of his 21 starts this year. He has, however, issued at least one walk in every start he has made.

Wilmer Villatoro has gone 13 straight innings without surrendering a run. He has given up just four hits during that time while striking out 14. He has issued a walk in each of his last five games. He has allowed five earned runs in his last 26 games, lowering his ERA from 12.96 to 3.10.

Fort Wayne won 6-4

Drew Macias hit a game winning two run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Wizards. For Macias, it was his first home run in 28 games and just his sixth of the year. He went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and the two driven in. He has only three RBI's in his last 11 games.

Luke Carlin went 0-for-4 with an RBI groundout in his Fort Wayne debut. Carlin batted .253 with five doubles, a homer and 12 RBI's in 36 games. Carlin did throw out the only player attempting to steal against him but also was charged with a pass ball. Carlin figures to see the bulk of the catching with George Kottaras playing for the Greek Olympic team in Athens.

Jordan Pickens went 3-for-3 with two RBI's and a walk, his first three hit game since May 23 and fourth of the year. Pickens, second on the team in RBI's with 49, did not have a game where he had more than one in 19 games until Sunday and it is only the second time he had two or more RBI's in 42 games. Back then he was hitting .309 whereas he is hitting .241 today.

Chris Tierney allowed two runs, one earned, over six innings of work. The error was on Tierney in the second inning, a frame in which he was also called for a balk. He gave up nine hits and two walks. It was the sixth time in 17 starts that Tierney has allowed two runs or less in a game. He has walked a batter in seven straight starts and in 15 of the last 16.

Eugene lost 5-3

William Ponce gave up five runs, three earned, on five hits and five walks. It marks the fourth time this year in ten starts that he has given up five runs. His five walks were a season high and he has allowed a homer in six of his last seven starts. Ponce is now 1-6 on the year with a 5.79 ERA. Batters are hitting .352 off Ponce, 19-for-54, with runners in scoring position.

Colt Morton is 10-for-28 over a seven game hitting streak. He was 1-for-3 on Sunday, hitting his Northwest League leading 13th homer of the year. Morton has three doubles and three homers in his last seven games. He has also scored a run in his last six games, eight overall in that time frame.

Sean Kazmar has four errors over his last four games and 19 in 42 games with the Ems this year. He had a .896 fielding percentage entering play on Sunday. He went 1-for-5 after getting five hits Saturday and added a stolen base.

Jose Lobaton went 0-for-3 and is in the midst of a 2-for-25 slump. On Sunday he had two passed balls charged to him.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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