Xavier Nady four straight; Chris Kolkhorst center

Justin Germano has been lights out for Portland. Xavier Nady homered for the fourth straight. Joe Gerber in his return to Mobile hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. A stolen base and a pitching gem were the keys in Lake Elsinore as the Storm won it in the ninth. Don't play Chris Kolkhorst anywhere but in centerfield. Steve Delabar had his finest start of the year.

Portland wins 11th straight home game, 7-3

Justin Germano won his sixth straight decision and has won six of his last seven starts. He has given up just 12 runs over those seven starts. On Monday, Germano went seven innings and gave up three runs on five hits. He allowed two homers, just the second time in 21 starts on the year that he has given up more than one homer in a game. He had given up one over his last seven outings coming into play.

Marty McLeary got out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the eighth, getting the final out of the inning in relief of Mike Bynum. He then proceeded to strike out the side to earn his 12th save. He has struck out the side four times as a reliever this year and has given up just one run in his last 12 appearances.

In his second game back, Jake Gautreau went 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBI's and two runs scored. He has hit four homers over his last eight games played and is hitting .327 with Portland after hitting .259 with Mobile.

Jon Knott hit his 19th homer of the year and went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. He had not hit a homer in his previous 21 games.

Xavier Nady homered for the fourth straight game. He has hit 11 of his 14 homers over the last 26 games. He also has a six game hitting streak, going 12-for-24 with 12 RBI's.

Mobile lost 7-4

Joe Gerber is back in Mobile. He made an immediate impact when he hit a pinch hit home run in the bottom of the ninth, leading off the inning. It was his first homer in 27 games. Gerber was batting .266 with one home run and nine runs batted in over 43 games at Portland. He has played in 50 games with the BayBears this season and is batting .234 with four homers and 20 RBI.

Mobile has now hit 118 homers this season to lead the Southern League and break the team single-season record set in 1998. Mobile is on pace to hit 138 this season.

Gabe Ribas went five innings and allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits and two walks. Ribas' main problem this year has been allowing the leadoff man on. On Monday batters that led off an inning were 3-for-4 and he walked the other batter. Since joining Mobile, Ribas has allowed the leadoff hitter to bat .425 against him, 17-for-40 with four walks. It was, however, the sixth game in a row that he has allowed three earned runs or less in a start.

Kennard Jones went 1-for-3 with two walks to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He is 12-for-29 over the streak. His four extra base hits are more than he has had in his previous 41 games. His two walks matched his walk total over the last 21 games.

Lake Elsinore won 2-1

Joe Lima was welcomed back to the Storm after a stint with Mobile. Lima appeared in just one game for Mobile before being sent back down. He went 2-for-4 in his return to the Storm with two whiffs. He was also caught stealing, one of three Storm players to be thrown out trying to swipe a base.

Ironically it was a stolen base that put Lake Elsinore in a position to win. After singling to open the inning, Kervin Jacobo stole second. He moved to third on a fly out and scored on a Casey Baker single in the top of the ninth. The Storm had 12 hits on the night with Jesse Roman recording three but left six men in scoring position and ran the bases like little leaguers to thwart countless other scoring chances.

Kevin Beavers made his fifth start of the year and went 6.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits and five walks. While the walks were the highest total he had allowed all year, the performance was one of the best. Beavers has walked ten over his last three starts but in his five starts he has allowed three hits or fewer twice.

Fort Wayne got a much needed day off

Greg Conden is back in Fort Wayne after a one game stint with Mobile. He was shelled for five runs over three innings in his only appearance with the BayBears.

George Kottaras whiffed in his only at bat for Greece who lost 11-0 to the Netherlands.

Eugene lost 6-0

Joel Santo was pounded over five innings of work. He gave up six runs, four earned, on a season high ten hits and two walks. It was the third time he has given up six runs in a game and the second time out of those three that all were not earned. He has gone five innings or more in five straight games. Although he is 2-1 in his last three games, batters are hitting .349 off him during the month of August.

Christopher Kolkhorst was the only Emerald to have a multi-hit game and accounted for two of the four hits for Eugene. He is hitting .388 over his last 14 games, going 19-for-49 over that time period. When he is playing centerfield as opposed to left or right, Kolkhorst is hitting .409, going 18-for-44.

Sean Kazmar and Lachlan Dale are one-two in the error department. Kazmar leads the Northwest League with 23 and Dale is tied for second with 21. They are only four players with more than 15 errors in the league and Eugene has two of them. While Kazmar has just two in his last ten, Dale has committed an error in three straight games and has four during that time.

Peoria won 6-1 on Sunday

Craig Johnson went 2-for-3 with two RBI's for Peoria on Sunday. He has reached base safely in 11 straight games, going 12-for-40 with three walks. He has also been hit by a pitch in four consecutive games and has been nailed nine times in 26 games with Peoria.

Pete White has been on a tear. He went 3-for-4 on Sunday with an RBI and a run scored. It was his second consecutive three hit game of the year after not recording one all season in 23 games. Overall, it was his fifth multi-hit game of the year and raised his average from .242 to .297!

Steve Delabar had his finest start of the year. He went five innings and allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Over his last three starts he had given up 14 runs in 14 innings. His best previous outing was a four inning, one run performance early in the year.

Kyle Stutes bounced back from two subpar performances to pitch two innings of no run, no hit ball. He had given up five runs in his previous two outings. So far in 16 appearances he has allowed runs in seven.

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