Rusty Tucker closer; Lachlan Dale slams two

Portland and Fort Wayne played two. The Beavers split while the Wizards were swept. Mike Bumstead made his first start of the year and performed admirably. Greg Conden got trucked in his Mobile debut. Rusty Tucker debuted in Lake Elsinore as the Storm won in 14 behind great relief pitching. Without Fernando Valenzuela the Wizards would have been lucky to register a hit. Lachlan Dale smoked two homers in an Emerald win.

Portland lost 4-3 in game one, won 6-1 in game two

Brian Sweeney matched Chan Ho Park through four innings before being touched up for two runs in the fifth. He gave up a solo homer to with one out in the sixth and an error by J.J. Furmaniak allowed another runner to get on base. After a steal of second a single and another error on the play by Xavier Nady brought the run home. Sweeney ended his day allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk. He struck out five and had his best start since July 11. He had given up 11 runs in his previous 18 innings of work.

Portland tagged former Beaver Bart Miadich for three runs in his relief outing. Miadich lasted just two-thirds of an inning against his former team as Yamid Had singled in a run and Jose Nieves doubled in two. The last time Nieves has doubled he has also driven in a run. In fact, seven of his last eight RBI's have come on doubles.

Mike Bumstead made his first start of the year, going four innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk. He struck out five and the run he gave up was on a solo homer. Bumstead has allowed four runs in 19.1 innings with Portland. After not surrendering a homer in his first 32 games in three leagues, Bumstead has allowed three homers in his last eight games.

Steve Watkins has continued to perform well – in a bullpen role. Watkins held the opposition in check for the fourth straight game and has allowed runs in two of his 14 relief appearances with Portland. He has given up four earned runs over his last 35.1 innings of work.

Mobile lost 9-2

Greg Conden, called up from Single-A Fort Wayne to replace injured starter Brian Whitaker, lasted just three innings and gave up five runs on six hits and two walks. He allowed two homers, more than he had allowed in his previous 12 outings with Fort Wayne. He has allowed two homers or more in three games this year, including one outing where he surrendered four. He is now 3-8 between two leagues.

Whitaker has a strained pectoral muscle. It is unclear if he will miss another start.

Josh Barfield was the only BayBear to record two hits, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. After going 17 games without a multi-hit game, Barfield has five in his last nine. Ben Johnson has five walks in his last three games after netting two on Tuesday.

Jack Cassel gave up three runs on three hits and two walks in an inning and a third. He left three runners on in the seventh and was replaced by Alan Webb before a single brought in two. Cassel has given up runs in 15 of his 48 appearances on the year and when he walks two or more in a game, multiple runs generally score. In the five games where he has surrendered two or more walks, he has given up runs in four and 14 runs overall in those games.

Lake Elsinore won 7-6 in 14

Storm relievers threw ten innings of shutout ball. Seven relievers combined to allow just two hits in relief of starter Eddie Bonine who was shellacked. With the help of Bonine's seven strikeouts, they combined for 18 sit em downs on the day and no reliever issued a walk.

Rusty Tucker made his Lake Elsinore debut and pitched one inning of scoreless relief, allowing one hit while striking out one. Tucker had been throwing on the side with Mobile before heading to the Storm. He pitched in ten games with Peoria and had a 4.22 ERA, allowing five runs in 10.2 innings.

Antonio Osuna made an appearance in relief, working on rehab from the Padres. He pitched an inning and struck out two, mowing down the opposition 1-2-3. Osuna has been out of action with a strained right elbow.

Kervin Jacobo had been in a 4-for-49 slump over his last 13 games and just barely missed reaching that number of hits on Tuesday. He went 3-for-6 with a solo homer to snap the streak. It was just his second multi-hit game in his last 21 and only the eighth time in that span he has recorded a single hit.

Skip Adams tripled in two runs and was thrown out at home trying to get the elusive inside-the-park homer. He also committed two errors in the game.

Fort Wayne lost 9-3 in game one, lost 3-0 in game two

Fernando Valenzuela had the only hit that mattered for the Wizards, hitting a three run homer in the sixth. It was not enough to bring them back from a nine run deficit. Valenzuela is 8-for-18 in his last four games but the homer was his first in 19 games. Although Valenzuela leads the team in RBI's with 64, they were his first in ten games.

David Mead was tagged for nine runs on eight hits and two walks, with two hit batsmen thrown in for good measure. Mead has hit 11 batters in 46 innings of work while the leader in the category has hit 19 in 120 innings. He has also thrown nine wild pitches after uncorking two on Tuesday. It was by far the worst outing of the season for Mead. He has now allowed 15 runs in his last 6.1 innings of work

Ronnie Robinson saved the day — or more to the point the bullpen by working four masterful innings. He has allowed runs in four straight appearances before Tuesday as he allowed just one walk. He did allow two inherited runners to score after coming in with the bases loaded and nobody out. Robinson struck out five and gave the rest of the bullpen some rest with game two still on the horizon.

Valenzuela and Ruben Mora were the only two Wizards to record a hit in game two. By the power of calculation, Valenzuela was the only Wizard batter to have a hit in each game.

All three runs were unearned in game two. Jordan Pickens made a fielding error in the first inning that allowed a runner to score from first and Sazi Guthrie threw a ball away that contributed to two more runs scoring in the fifth. Guthrie went four plus innings and allowed three runs, zero earned, on four hits and a walk while also hitting two batters. It was the third spot start of the year for Guthrie.

Eugene won 14-6

Lachlan Dale went 2-for-4 with two homers and six RBI's. He is now tied for third in the Northwest League with 40 RBI's. It is the third time this year that he has had four or more RBI's in a game and the fourth time in his career. It was also the second time this year he has registered two homers in a game. Dale also tied teammate Colt Morton for the league lead with 13 homers. Despite the two home run night, Dale has only three in his last eighteen games. Dale also has four multi-hit games in his last seven and hits in 11 of his last 13 to raise his average from .213 to .242.

Despite allowing 12 baserunners through five innings of work, Joel Santo got his second straight win. He allowed three runs on seven hits and a season high five walks while striking out one. He has walked three or more in each of his last five games and has walked nine batters over the last two.

Ernesto Garay has ten hits in his last five games, including four multi-hit games. He went 2-for-4, scored three runs and added an RBI on Tuesday. He also drew his first walk as an Emerald.

Clayton Hamilton allowed his third homer in his last two games and four overall in four games with the Ems. An Orlando Diaz error extended the inning and cost Hamilton three runs against, one earned.

Matt Thayer returned to the lineup and batted second. He went 2-for-5 with a double and three runs scored. Thayer had been out of the lineup with a wrist injury.

David O'Hagan is throwing again. He is expected to return to the team sometime before the end of the season but there is no set timetable on his return.

Peoria won 6-5

Matt bush went 1-for-4 with two RBI's. He also committed two errors and has seven errors in 11 games. Bush is batting .195 on the year and has five RBI's.

Benjamin Krosschell went 5.1 innings, allowing four hits, two runs, none earned, and walking none.

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