Furmaniak walk-off; Travis Chick Interview

J.J. Furmaniak hit a walk off two run homer for the Portland Beavers. Brad Baker isn't so sure after all. Baker blew a save on Tuesday, a day after RD Spiehs let a game go in his stead. Lake Elsinore could not hold an eight run lead as Clark Girardeau allowed seven runs and Aaron Coonrod helped. A day after his debut, Travis Chick talked about his first win in the San Diego Padres system. Eugene played its all-star game and the Ems were barely noticeable.

Portland won 2-1

J.J. Furmaniak provided the heroics in the bottom of the ninth when he hit a two run homer to win the game. It was his third homer in his last five games and 15th on the year. His 15 homers this year extended his career high over the 12 he managed between Lake Elsinore and Mobile in 2003. Furmaniak has a six game hitting streak, going 12-for-22 over the streak. He has knocked in runs in five of his last six, totaling ten RBI's in those games.

Dennis Tankersley cruised through seven innings, allowing just three hits with one entering into scoring position. Tank came out to pitch the eighth and allowed a one out homer and a two out double before being replaced. The 7.2 innings was his longest outing of the year. After walking a batter or more in each of his first ten starts, Tankersley has not walked a batter in four of his last six.

Mike Bynum replaced Tankersley with two outs in the eighth and a man on second. He got the final out of the inning and pitched the ninth for his sixth win of the year. Bynum has given up runs in just one of his last nine appearances and he leads the team with 48 trips to the mound.

Mobile won 11-7 in 10

Brad Baker allowed a two out homer that left Mobile with the lead, 7-6. Baker then proceeded to walk the next four batters, forcing in a run to tie the game. Baker had not walked more than two in any game this year and had allowed three walks over his last eight games. It was ten games ago that Baker allowed an earned run. Baker ended up with the win.

Mobile drew 12 walks in the game with four different players drawing two apiece. They also smacked 12 hits, just two going for extra bases.

Josh Barfield went 2-for-4 and knocked in four runs. It was the third time this year that Barfield has had four RBI's in a game, the last time occurring on May 31. Barfield leads the Southern League in RBI's with 76 and with a sacrifice fly he is tied for the league lead in that category as well with seven.

Greg Sain went 3-for-4 with two walked, two runs scored and three RBI's. Sain has had seven multi-hit games in his last 11 games. He is 19-for-45 over that span, raising his average from .223 to .249. With his three RBI's, Sain is now second in the league to Barfield in RBI's with 69.

Mike Thompson went six innings in his 12th start of the year. He allowed two runs on six hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out four. Thompson has allowed two earned runs or less in seven of his 12 starts. After allowing one homer in 17 relief appearances, he has surrendered ten in his 12 starts. For the third time this year Thompson gave up two homers in the same game.

Ben Johnson scored a Mobile season high four runs. He was 3-for-5 with a walk and in his last four games he has recorded three multi-hit games.

Lake Elsinore lost 16-9

Aaron Coonrod relieved Clark Girardeau with one out and the bases loaded in the fourth inning. The Storm was up 8-4 at the time. Two batters later the game was tied as Coonrod gave up back-to-back doubles. An inning later two more runs scored off Coonrod. He was charged with three runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks. Of the five outs he recorded, four came by way of the strike out.

Girardeau's ERA ballooned from 3.89 to 5.00 after being charged with seven runs in 3.1 innings of work. It was the second time in his last four appearances that he has given up seven runs and he has given up more than four runs in each game. Over the last 17.1 innings he has surrendered 24 runs, 21 earned. He has given up seven or more in four of his 21 starts.

Grant Gregg did not record an out, yielding four straight hits and was charged with four runs, three earned in zero innings of work. His ERA also skyrocketed by over one from 5.70 to 6.78. Gregg has given up runs in ten of his last 18 appearances.

The unearned run scored as a result of an error on Peeter Ramos, one of two errors he had in the inning. He has three errors in his last three games and Ramos has committed two errors in a game on three separate occasions over the last 15 games. He was 3-for-5, one of three players to record three hits for the Storm. Ramos also scored two runs. Mike Richardson and Jesse Roman were the other players to record three hits with Richardson belting a homer, knocking in two and scoring three. Roman drove in three runs.

Fort Wayne lost 12-6

Travis Chick made his first start with the Fort Wayne Wizards on Monday, days after being traded from the marlins organization to the Padres. It had been ten days since his last start.

"I needed to get back out there quick," Chick said of taking the hill. "I was glad they threw me out there. It showed some effort that they were willing to get me out there and get me in it.

"I got the win. That is what it boils down to. Personally, I thought I was a little wild. The last start I had I went one inning before it got rained out. So it had been ten days and I was a little rusty. I was still effective enough to keep them down to two runs, one earned run. I left one right down the middle and the guy hit it out of the joint.

"I only walked one guy last night. I might have been effectively wild. I was a lot more wild than I might have liked. Honestly the one walk I issued I thought was a strike. Maybe I was a little nervous. I need to settle down and welcome myself to the team."

Juan Ciriaco hit a three run homer on Tuesday, his second homer of the year. Ciriaco hit his only other homer 35 games ago. He went 2-for-4 and has a five game hitting streak, knocking in five runs over that span. He had not had an extra base hit in 13 games. He also committed an error, his second in as many nights and fourth in his last five.

Sean Thompson was cremated for nine runs, seven earned, on eight hits and a walk. He hit two batters and lasted just four innings. Thompson had not allowed more than four runs in any of his 19 starts on the year. He had allowed eight runs total in his last five starts. After eight games with an ERA under 3.00, Thompson hit the magic number on the dot after his worst loss of his career.

Chuck Bechtel tied a season high when he surrendered five hits in two innings of work. Bechtel allowed two runs and walked two. He has allowed runs in three consecutive games and six of his last eight. In fact, dating back to when he was with Lake Elsinore, Bechtel has given up runs in 11 of his last 14 appearances.

Matt Lauderdale had just one error all year entering play on Tuesday. He committed two on Tuesday. In total, Fort Wayne was charged with five errors on the night. Lauderdale also threw out one of the two base runners attempting to steal.

Eugene All-Star game notes

Colt Morton and Lachlan Dale did not end up winning the home run hitting contest during the Northwest League all-star game. Morton reached on catcher's interference and grounded out to short. Morton threw out a runner, the back half of a strike-em out throw-em out. Lachlan Dale struck out on a ball in the dirt.

Matt Thayer struck out in his first at bat. He batted second and played left field. With one on in the third, Thayer struck out swinging.

Vern Sterry allowed a two run homer to Ryan Harvey in his one inning of work. Not long after the lights in the stadium went out and it was longer than an hour before the game returned and was subsequently shortened to a seven inning game.

Alfredo Fernandez worked one inning, giving up a single that ended up as an out as the player tried to stretch it into a double. Michael Ekstrom allowed two hits in his inning of work but did not surrender a run.


The Peoria report did not arrive in time for inclusion in this notebook.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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