Ramon Vasquez clutch; Brett Burnham pitching?

Ramon Vasquez knocked in two runs in extra innings to help secure a victory for Portland. Ben Johnson was the sole offensive threat in a Mobile loss. There is still no offense in Fort Wayne and Chris Tierney was hit hard, giving the Wizards no chance. The pitching got so bad that Brett Burnham pitched one inning and had the best outing of any member of the Emeralds. Peoria got excellent pitching from Ben Krosschell to get the win on Tuesday and Adam Kroft had his effort wasted a day later.

Portland won 5-2 in 11

Justin Germano has allowed nine runs over his last six outings after going 6.2 innings and giving up one run on five hits. He has not allowed more than three runs in any of his last seven starts and has allowed three or less in 13 of his 20 minor league starts. He walked one and has allowed four walks in his last seven games and never more than one in any game over that span.

Marty McLeary had gone nine straight games without allowing a run – until Wednesday. He had ten straight saves and came in with a one run lead supplied by J.J. Furmaniak who homered in the tenth. The game went on to the 11th when he blew the save but he worked the 11th to get the victory when Portland scored three. Over that nine game span, McLeary had allowed two hits. He matched that total on Wednesday. He also hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and committed an error.

Ramon Vasquez went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI's. His double driving in two in the 11th inning proved to be the game-winner. It was his third straight multi-hit game, a stretch where he is 6-for-10. After struggling out of the gate and hitting .238 over his first 21 games, Vasquez is 15-for-42 in his last 13.

Mobile lost 4-2

Ben Johnson hit a solo homer in the first and smacked a triple to score another run on a 2-for-3 night. Johnson's next homer will make him the fourth player in BayBears history to connect on 20 or more in a season. He has now connected on five homers in his last 12 games and leads the Southern League in second half homers with ten. The triple was his fifth of the year, which leads the team and his third in the last 15 games. Johnson was also hit by a pitch.

The next Mobile home run will tie the club's single-season record of 117 set in 1998. Josh Barfield is second to Johnson with nine second half homers and Rico Washington is tied for fourth with seven.

Gabe Ribas went five innings and surrendered three runs on nine hits while walking two batters. He has allowed nine hits, his season high, on four different occasions this year. Over the past five games he has not surrendered more than three runs but has allowed a homer in four straight games. It is the second time this year that he has given up a homer in four straight, the last time coming with Lake Elsinore.

Kennard Jones was dropped to ninth in the order and responded by going 2-for-3. He is 7-for-16 in his limited time batting ninth in the order while he is hitting .183, 33-for-180, while batting first.

Lake Elsinore won 6-4

Before July 18, Kevin Beavers longest outing had been two innings. He went four that day in his first start of the year and weeks later Beavers recorded seven innings of work in a game, allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits and a walk. In the process he earned his first victory of the year. Since joining the starting rotation he has given up eight earned runs in four starts.

In 23 of his 47 appearances on the year, Dale Thayer has not issued a walk or allowed a hit. Batters are hitting just .183 off him this year and he has only given up six hits to the leadoff batter he has faced at the start of an inning. He saved his 20th game of the year and has given up a run in just one of his last 15 outings.

Paul McAnulty went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI's. He has now knocked in runs in five consecutive games and has eight over that time frame. He is tied for seventh in the California League with his 74 RBI's on the year, is fourth in runs scored with 83 and is tops in on base percentage of any player with over 100 games player at .410.

Andres Pagan broke out of a 3-for-30 slump by going 2-for-3. He also knocked in his first run in 11 games and didn't strike out for the first time in 12 games. He has caught six of the last ten baserunners attempting to steal on him.

Fort Wayne lost 8-1

Chris Tierney was bombed for seven runs, six earned, over six innings of work. It matched the highest run total Tierney has allowed this year. He last gave up seven runs on June 16 while with Lake Elsinore. Tierney had not given up more than four in any of his Fort Wayne starts. He gave up nine hits and walked while, surrendering one homer. It was just the fourth homer he has allowed this year in 19 starts.

For just the second time this season in 40 appearances, Leo Rosales has allowed runs in consecutive games. It was also just the second time this year that he has walked two batters in a game and both times a run scored. While he struck out the side to record his outs, Rosales gave up two hits and two walks as his ERA climbed perilously close to 2.00. It sits at 1.91 for the year and has only been above 2.00 once since mid-May.

The only run that Fort Wayne managed came on a double play and thus no RBI was awarded. He has hit into a team leading 15 double plays this year and has hit into six in his last 16 games. Minus the missing George Kottaras, Valenzuela is the only player on the Wizards to have hits in each of his last three games.

Eugene lost 12-1

In a surprise, infielder Brett Burnham pitched the top of the ninth. Burnham struck out his first two Northwest League batters and induced a groundout on for the third. Before Wednesday's game Burnham had only played at second base, yet he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Danny De La O walked the bases loaded in the first inning en route to giving up six runs over two innings of work. He allowed five hits while walking four. De La O's last start on July 17 was also a thrashing. He has now given up 13 runs over his last two starts in five innings of work. He had made six relief appearances in between starts.

James Darby gave up a hit for the first time in five games and gave up a run for the fourth time in those five games. Sounds almost too strange to be true. He had allowed four unearned runs in the previous four games entering play. He gave up three hits, hit three batters, walked two and surrendered five runs, four earned in two innings of work. It was his worst relief outing of the year. He had never allowed more than two hits or three runs in his previous 17 appearances.

After batting .239 while with Fort Wayne, Ernesto Garay is batting .417 for the Ems after going 2-for-3 with a double on Wednesday. He has had three straight multi-hit games and five in his last six games. He is 12-for-24 over his last six games.

Mauber Lopez made his debut at the plate for the Ems and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He also allowed three passed balls. Christopher Kolkhorst was tagged out at home when he tried to score from third on a wild pitch.

Peoria won 6-5 on Tuesday

Michael Johnson went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts, an RBI and a run scored. It was the second game in a row that Johnson has struck out three times in a game.

Matt Bush knocked in two runs for the second time this year on Tuesday. Ironically he also committed two errors in each of those games and has six on the season in 11 games. He is still hitting just .195 on the year in his first taste of professional ball. After going 0-for-3 on Wednesday he is hitting .180.

Daniel Baca had not allowed an earned run in nine games until Tuesday. He gave up one run on four hits in an inning and a third. He also got the win, his fourth of the season. The run pushed his ERA above 1.00 to 1.29. It has been above 2.00 just once this season, after his second appearance of the year.

Ben Krosschell bounced back from a bad start his last time out to give up two runs, none earned, on four hits over 5.1 innings of work. It was the fourth time this year that Krosschell has gone 3.2 innings of more and has not allowed an earned run in 11 appearances mixed between relieving and starting.

Peoria lost 6-4 on Wednesday

Brandon Kintzler blew a save on Wednesday, a day after recording his fourth of the year. He had gone nine straight games without allowing a run until he surrendered three in an inning of work. The three scored on five hits and gave Kintzler his first loss of the year. He had allowed six hits in his previous seven outings, spanning 8.2 innings.

Adam Kroft pitched a gem. He allowed one run on seven hits over six innings of work. He had not gone more than four innings in any of his previous outings this year. Over his last five outings, Kroft has given up just six runs. He did not walk a batter for the fifth time in ten games. Kroft did commit his third balk of the year.

Michael Johnson went 2-for-3 and added his fifth double since joining Peoria. It was his third multi-hit game for the squad and he is hitting .345 for the team after hitting .241 with Lake Elsinore.

Luany Sanchez has raised his average from .132 to .190 with a modest three game hitting streak. On Wednesday he had his first multi-RBI game of the year, knocking in two runs. He is 6-for-11 over his last three games with two doubles and has six RBI's on the year. Wednesday was the first game in his last four that he did not commit an error, having five errors in his previous three games.


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