First to five, wins

Ramon Vasquez had three of Portland's five hits. Joe Gerber and Nick Trzesniak had two of the five Mobile hits and made them count. Jordan Pickens and Luke Carlin had a hit apiece and paved the way to victory in extra innings with the Wizards netting just five hits including the extra frame. The Storm managed just four hits and lost the game. EJ Shanks mowed down six straight to preserve a victory.

Portland won 2-0

Ramon Vasquez had three of Portland's five hits on the evening. It was his seventh multi-hit game in his last nine. He has raised his average from .244 to .296 in the process, going 16-for-33. One of his hits was a two run homer, providing the only scoring of the game.

Dennis Tankersley went 6.2 innings and allowed just three hits and a walk. He did not surrender a run. It was the third time this year that he has pitched shutout ball and the three hits he allowed matched his lowest total of the season. He has now given up five runs over his past four starts in 26 innings.

Robert Fick went 0-for-4 in his debut with Portland. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays released Fick, 30, on Aug. 13. Fick batted .201 with six home runs and 26 RBIs in 76 games this season after signing a free agent deal with the club on Jan. 9, 2004.

Bobby Scales returned to Portland after 19 games with Mobile. He went 1-for-3, was hit by a pitch and scored a run. Scales batted .265 with Mobile after batting .335 through his first 11 games.

J.J. Furmaniak extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 1-for-3 night. He also stole his sixth base of the season and first in 41 games. Yamid Haad had his hitting streak snapped at six while Xavier Nady saw his end at eight.

Mobile won 4-1

The BayBears managed just five hits but made them count in their victory.

Joe Gerber has had three hits in his last four games and all have left the park. He has hit them over the course of ten at bats. He now has seven homers on the year with Mobile but has just eight walks. He was hitting .333 entering the game with runners on base and just .167 with the bases empty.

Nick Trzesniak went 1-for-3 and hit his first homer in 21 games. He also walked but was thrown out trying to steal, the third time this year he has been nabbed. He has two stolen bases on the year with the last one coming on May 21. August has been the best month at the plate for Trzesniak. He is hitting .231, 12-for-52, and he has tied or eclipsed the amount of hits he has had in three of the previous four months.

BayBears starting pitcher Mike Thompson allowed nine hits in the first five innings but benefited from three double-play balls. He left after seven innings without giving up a walk and struck out two to earn the win and improve to 8-2 on the year. In nine of his last 11 starts he has given up three runs or less and in seven of those has allowed two runs or less.

Brad Baker tossed the ninth for his 30th save. Baker, who did not have a career save prior to this season, broke the BayBears career record for saves by surpassing J.J. Trujillo, who had 29 in 2001-'03. By not allowing a run, Baker drove his home ERA to under a buck at 0.99 in 36.1 innings pitched. He has allowed 22 hits while striking out 50 on the home turf of Hank Aaron Stadium.

After posting a team ERA of 6.75 in the four games in Birmingham last Monday-Thursday, Mobile pitchers have an ERA of 1.43 on this homestand in seven games. Mobile pitchers have allowed one run in 27 innings in the series as the Bears have outscored the Biscuits 18-1.

Lake Elsinore lost 4-0

Dirk Hayhurst's luck has run out. He went six innings and gave up one run on six hits and three walks. In his two games with Lake Elsinore he has surrendered three runs and eight hits in 11 innings but has two losses to show for it. Hayhurst had won six straight decisions with Fort Wayne before his promotion.

Luis Cruz had two of the Storm's four hits on the night. Cruz, though, has gone nine games without and extra base hit and ten games without an RBI. Despite his slump in those categories he remains second on the team in both. Cruz has struck out once over his last 17 games. He has drawn five walks in his last 11 games, a quarter of his season total of 20.

Kervin Jacobo went 1-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to five. He is 7-for-16 with four doubles and a triple over the streak. He has hit safely in eight of his last ten, going 15-for-35 to raise his average from .211 to .230. It is the highest his average has been since July 15 when he was at .231.

Fort Wayne won 2-1 in 10

Sean Thompson went five plus innings and allowed one run, unearned, on five hits and five walks. It was the second time in three games that he has walked five and the fourth time this year he has issued a free pass five or more times in a game. Thompson has followed his worst two outings of the year by throwing 11 innings of two run ball with only one earned run. It was the 11th time in 23 starts that he has allowed one earned run or less.

Luke Carlin had the game winner, a single in the tenth inning to score Jordan Pickens, just the fifth hit of the day for Fort Wayne. Carlin accomplished something he had not done all year in the process – drive in a run in three consecutive games. He was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Pickens scored both runs for Fort Wayne. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and his lone hit was a solo homer in the seventh to knot the game at 1-1. It was his 16th jack of the year and he has five RBI's in his last three games.

Juan Ciriaco committed three errors on the day, including one that helped score the lone run for the opposition. It is the third straight he has erred. He now has 16 errors in his last 16 games and has 40 on the year. His fielding percentage dropped below .900 in the process.

Matt Varner has allowed just one run in eight appearances with Fort Wayne spanning 10.2 innings. On Thursday he entered the game with two runners on and held them in check. He has now kept the last three inherited runners from crossing the plate. He has not allowed a hit in four of his outings and has an ERA of 0.68 for the year.

Eugene had the night off

Peoria won 6-5

Pete White went 2-for-3 with a double and knocked in three runs. It was his highest RBI output of the year in one game and he has knocked in runs in five of his last six games. He is 10-for-22 over that span, lifting his average from .238 to .294.

For the second time this year, Trey Johnston committed two errors in a game. He has three over his last two games and it cost the team two unearned runs on Thursday. Johnston has also been in a serious slump at the plate. He is in a 0-for-20 stretch over his last six games which has lowered his average from .327 to .273.

Christopher Rayborn went six innings and allowed five runs, three earned, on a season high nine hits and a walk. Rayborn has pitched five innings or more in each of his last five games. He has kept the opposition to three earned runs or less in three of those five starts.

E.J. Shanks faced six batters and struck out every single one of them. He has gone three straight outings without allowing a hit or walk and has kept the opposition off the base paths in five of his 12 appearances. He earned his second save of the season with his first coming in his second outing of the year.

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