Rico Washington history; Hail Jesse Roman

Joe Gerber and Mike Bumstead made successful returns to Portland even if the team could not capitalize. Rico Washington made history again in Mobile. Jesse Roman is hammering the ball for the Storm. David Mead was cruising and then was crushed. Ronnie Robinson never had a chance. Ernesto Garay is hot since his demotion. Daryl Jones has another two hit night.

Portland lost 5-1

Joe Gerber went 1-for-2 with a walk in his return to Portland. Gerber batted .234 with Mobile and arrived with Mike Bumstead prior to the game by car. Gerber had a season high seven game hitting streak with Portland while managing no more than a two game streak with Mobile. He is already half way there.

Bumstead pitched a scoreless seventh inning for Portland. He has allowed just one run over his last 12.1 innings with Portland. He had not gone more than 2.2 innings between runs allowed with Mobile.

Jon Knott had his first three hit game in 32 games. He has had just four multi-hit games over that span and his average has dropped below .300 from .332. He had been in a 1-for-17 slump prior to his performance on Thursday.

Freddy Guzman again sat out with a strained hamstring. He is expected to suit up on Friday.

Mobile won 12-4

Brian Whitaker left the game after running to first base on a ground out to the pitcher to end the fifth inning. He did not go to the hill in the sixth inning and Rene Miniel came on in relief, getting more than the customary pre-inning pitches that would indicate Whitaker was injured. A strained pectoral muscle was the word out of Mobile. His winning tally, which evened up his record at 7-7, was three runs on four hits and a walk in five innings of work. For the fourth game in a row he did not allow a homer.

Greenville had a run nullified when they batted out of order in the first inning. There is no telling when the last time that happened in Southern League play.

Ronnie Merrill hit a two run homer to right on the first pitch he saw coming back from the disabled list. He was out with a strained hip for eight games. It was his first homer in 26 games and the only hit he would have on the day.

Rico Washington hit a three run homer in the second inning and added a double in the sixth – his fourth hit of the game and just missing a homer on a 1-0 knuckleball. He added his fifth hit of the night in the eight, another double. He is only one of six to have five hits in a game with the BayBears, the last occurring last year by Humberto Quintero. Washington had two singles, two doubles, a homer and four RBI's. Washington has ten RBI's over his last five games and has hit three homers in that span while scoring eight runs.

Greg Sain hit a three run homer in the second and singled in a run in the bottom of the sixth. The homer was his 27th, tying the team record set last year by Jon Knott. Sain has seven RBI's in his last two games and is 21-for-48 over his last 12 games.

Lake Elsinore won 6-3

The promotion of Skip Adams paid immediate dividends when he slugged a sole homer in the seventh and added another RBI in the next inning. He now has hit two homers in his last three games between two different leagues.

Brian Burgamy went 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to seven games. He is 10-for-24 over the streak with four multi-hit games. He has just one extra base hit over the streak and one in his last 11 games.

For the third straight game, Jesse Roman had two or more hits. He went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI's. It was the fourth time in his last ten games that he has driven in three or more and he has 14 runs driven in over that span.

Kevin Beavers made his third start for the Storm. He went five innings and allowed two runs on five hits and four walks. Beavers has allowed just two runs over his last two starts on eight hits. The four walks were a season high. He had not walked more than two in any outing.

Fort Wayne lost 13-0

Fort Wayne and Lansing were in a sleepy battle, registering just two hits between them over four innings. In the fifth all hell broke loose and the Wizards did not benefit.

David Mead had been cruising until five straight singles opened the fifth inning. By the end of his night he had been charged with six runs on seven hits, six coming in one inning, and two walks. He lasted just 4.1 innings. It was the second start in a row that Mead has surrendered five or more runs.

Juan Ciriaco has six errors over his last seven games. He committed two on Thursday while extending his hitting streak to seven. He is 8-for-25 with five RBI's. Jordan Pickens was the only player on Fort Wayne to register multiple hits, getting two of the four they had on the day. Brett Bonvechio added a triple but also committed an error. Between his error and one by Fernando Valenzuela, six unearned runs scored.

Ronnie Robinson was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was charged with seven runs, but only one was earned. He gave up seven hits, including a three run homer in an inning and two-thirds. It was the first homer Robinson has given up this year in 12 games between Eugene and Fort Wayne.

Eugene won 7-2

Joel Santo went five innings and allowed just one run on five hits and four walks. He also uncorked two wild pitches. Ironically, the last two times Santo has allowed one run in a game, he has also walked four batters – his season high. Santo had allowed four runs or more in three of his previous four starts.

For the first time since joining Eugene, Richard Steik did not allow a run. He had given up one run in five straight outing to open his Eugene career. Steik did not allow a hit, the fifth time in 17 appearances this year. His last no hit outing was ten games ago.

For the second day in a row, Ernesto Garay went 3-for-5. Before joining Eugene from Fort Wayne, Garay had not had six hits in less than a six game span and had registered two hits just once in 19 games. Garay also added his first two Emerald RBI's.

Christoper Kolkhorst went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. It was his second multi-hit game in a row after hitting just .160 to open the year with the Ems. Kolkhorst added a double, his first extra base hit as an Em and first in 14 games between two leagues. His last extra base hit was a triple while with Peoria.

Colt Morton extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 1-for-3 night. He added an RBI, the third game in a row he has knocked in a run.

Peoria won 4-3

Peoria had ten hits but not a single one went for extra bases. Daryl Jones went 2-for-4 with an RBI. He has a six game hitting streak, going 8-for-26. In 31 games, Jones has 11 multi-hit games. He has had an RBI in each of his last three games and seven of nine. Jones also drew a walk for the first time in 13 games.

Brandon Kintzler moved to 3-0 with another perfect inning of work. For the fourth time in his last six appearances he did not surrender a hit. He has gone eight appearances without allowing a run.

Rusty Tucker pitched an inning of scoreless relief and struck out two. It was the second game in a row that Tucker has whiffed two. He has not struck out more than one in any previous outing this year. We had thought Tucker would be going to Lake Elsinore, but apparently that is not the case. Tucker had been throwing live batting practice with Mobile.


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