Vasquez walk-off; Chuck Bechtel oh so grand

Ramon Vasquez smashed two homers, including a walk-off. Two other Beavers returned to play on Sunday with Portland. Brian Whitaker returned from his pectoral strain injury while fellow Mobile BayBear Mike Thompson shared his views on his past few starts. Ferdin Tejeda made his debut with the Storm after being claimed by the Padres last week. Life for Chuck Bechtel is not so grand. Brian Burks has hit one of his few rough spots this year.

Portland won 9-8

Ramon Vasquez extended his hitting streak to six games, going 2-for-4. He hit two homers, including a walk-off two run blast in the bottom of the ninth that won the game. Vasquez also added a three run shot in the seventh inning. It was his first two homer game of the year and he has five multi-hit games over his six game streak. He has raised his average from .244 to .284 by going 11-for-22.

Ben Risinger, missing since July 28, hit a homer and went 2-for-4 while scoring two runs. His homer in the ninth brought Portland within a run. He is 18-for-47 over his last 15 games, raising his average from .181 to .236. Risinger was suspended for a violation of violations of the minor league's drug program and actually began serving a 15 game suspension on July 30.

The league's policy states: "Nutritional supplements may also be contaminated with an anabolic androgenic steroid (which is not listed as an ingredient) ... Such positive test results will be deemed as a 'positive' -- even in the event the player claims he was not aware that the nutritional supplement contained such metabolic precursors."

Jake Gautreau, playing in his first game since July 25 because of an ankle injury, went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Xavier Nady extended his hitting streak to five and his homer streak to three straight. He was 1-for-4 with a solo shot. Portland hit five homers with Yamid Haad also adding a solo homer.

Brian Sweeney went five innings and tied a season high by allowing six runs on six hits and three walks. For the second time this year he allowed two homers in that game back on May 16 that he also allowed six runs.

Mobile lost 3-2

"I have had my first two losses over the last couple of starts since late July, early August," Mike Thompson said. "I got a win (Saturday) and Rico Washington hit that home run to put us ahead 2-1. Pitched through six and did pretty well. Got through one jam with runners at second and third."

Brian Whitaker was able to make his scheduled start, returning from a one game hiatus due to a strained pectoral muscle. He pitched five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out six, tying his season high. It was the second start in a row that he has allowed four hits and the sixth time in 19 Mobile starts that he has allowed four or fewer hits.

Nate Sevier has been perfect in his four Mobile appearances. He has given up three hits in 6.1 innings. On Sunday he inherited two runners, first and third, with two outs and induced a fly out after walking the bases loaded to end the inning. Sevier had a 3.10 ERA with Lake Elsinore and has allowed runs in 15 of 42 games on the year.

Greg Sain went 2-for-2 with two walks while scoring one run. He batted sixth, a spot where he is batting .286 on the year, 15-for-52. His best spot in the lineup is the five hole where he is hitting .311, while in the cleanup spot he is hitting just .224. For the first time this year Sain went seven games between drawing walks.

Lake Elsinore lost 3-2

Newcomer Ferdin Tejeda, claimed by the Padres from the New York Yankees and assigned to the Storm, made his debut on Sunday. Tejeda, a 5-foot-11 infielder that batted .236 with Tampa and .174 with Trenton, went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Tejeda, 21, is out of the Dominican Republic.

Eddie Bonine had his best start in over a month. He was perfect through five innings, having allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out eight up to that point. In the sixth he allowed a single to open the inning and was pulled. He ended up getting charged for that run. It was only the second time since mid-May that he has allowed one run or less in a game.

Geoffrey Jones replaced Bonine and allowed a double to open the inning off. A sac fly and a single later and the Storm were down 2-1. It was just the third earned run that Jones has allowed in nine games with the Storm and fourth overall in 14 appearances.

Fort Wayne lost 8-3

Only three players recorded hits for the Wizards and each of them had a multi-hit game.

Brett Bonvechio was in a thirteen game funk, going 6-for-51 and dropping his average from .261 to .229 on the year. He went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, just his third RBI in his last 20 games. At least he doesn't have more errors over the span. His error on Sunday was just his second in twenty games.

Justin Smyres had just his second multi-hit game of the year while playing for the Wizards. He also has extra base hits in two consecutive games, the first time he has accomplished the feat this year. With his RBI, it is the second time this year he has had RBI's in consecutive games.

Fernando Valenzuela has knocked in runs in just two of his last 16 games after an RBI on Sunday. The first baseman did add to one impressive stat. He is hitting .402 with runners in scoring position and two out and 31 of his 65 RBI's have come with two outs.

David Mead added to his hit by pitch total with another two to give him 13 this year in 51.2 innings of work. He went 5.2 innings and allowed five runs, three earned, on seven hits and two walks. He also struck out eight. Mead had two errors in the game, one costing him an unearned run.

Chuck Bechtel gave up a grand slam in his third of an inning. He came on with one on and two outs and gave up a single, walk and homer. He has now given up 13 runs in his last seven innings of work over six games. In five of the six he has allowed runs. Since rejoining Fort Wayne he has surrendered runs in eight of his 12 appearances.

Eugene lost 7-6

Brian Burks pitched two innings and gave up two runs on two hits. The big blow was a two run shot in the bottom of the eighth, the first homer he has allowed in 19 appearances. Burks has allowed runs in seven of his appearances this year with two of those only plating unearned runs. He has given up runs in two straight, the third time this year he has surrendered runs in consecutive games. His longest stretch between runs allowed is seven games and he has never allowed runs in three straight.

Alfredo Fernandez went six innings and gave up five runs on six hits and three walks. He has now given up five runs or more in three straight games after throwing shutout ball in two of his previous three. He has only allowed five runs in one of his other nine starts on the year.

Orlando Diaz went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI's. It was just his sixth multi-hit game of the year in 48 games but his second in his last four. His solo homer was his third of the year and a bases loaded single in the ninth plated two and closed Eugene to within one. It was the most runs he has knocked in during a game.

Lachlan Dale pushed his hitting streak to eight with a 1-for-4 night. He is 13-for-32 over the streak but has not had a walk in 11 games. So, despite his batting average climb to .256, his on base percentage is still only .305. He also committed two errors on Sunday and has three in his last two games. It is the third time this year he has had two errors in a game and he has five in his last eight games.

Peoria game update to follow


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