Clayton Hamilton one-hit; Vern Sterry two-hit

Portland pounds-out-the-hits with JJ Furmaniak leading the way. Mobile was rained out. Eddie Bonine has not been as bad as his record indicates – he took his ninth loss. Good news for another starter for the Storm. Vern Sterry is winless despite two stellar outings. Clayton Hamilton had a one-hitter to earn his first pro victory.

Portland won 10-5

Every Portland batter had a base hit on Friday. Only Xavier Nady failed to score a run. Robert Fick went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in his second game with Portland. His single in the fourth inning capped a seven run rally for the Beavers.

J.J. Furmaniak went 2-for-3. He hit a three run homer in the top of the second inning, made possible by an error. He also scored two runs. Furmaniak now has a nine game hitting streak, going 13-for-33. His 17 homers and 65 RBI's are good for second on the team and when his Mobile numbers are added in he has knocked in a career high 73 this year, obliterating his old high of 65 in 2003.

Brian Sweeney went 6.1 innings and allowed five runs on a season high ten hits. He got his team leading tenth win of the year but has not been crisp over his last two starts. He has given up 11 runs in his last 11.1 innings of work and 15 runs in his last 16.1 innings. It has been his worst three game stretch of the season. Sweeney has allowed three homers over his last two games and six over his last seven.

Alan Webb made his Portland debut and pitched a scoreless ninth. He hit a batter and struck out one. Webb, a lefty reliever, made 42 appearances for Mobile after starting the year in Lake Elsinore and gave up runs in just eight outings. The games he gave up runs in were not kind to him as he surrendered three or more runs in five of the eight, thus his high 4.40 ERA with Mobile. He held the opposition to a .212 batting average and lefties hit just .157 off him.

Mobile BayBears Rained Out

The Mobile BayBears game vs. Montgomery on Friday, August 20th was postponed due to rain. No makeup date has been announced.

The BayBears play at Jacksonville in a four game series starting Saturday night at 6:05 PM (CDT). Mobile returns home Thursday, August 26th vs. the Birmingham Barons in the final home series of the regular season.

The BayBears open the 2004 Western Division playoffs September 8th at Hank Aaron Stadium.

Lake Elsinore lost 4-2

Clark Girardeau has been activated from the disabled list and will start the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. Girardeau had missed his last three starts with elbow and forearm soreness in his right (pitching) arm.

Eddie Bonine went six innings and gave up three runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks. He uncorked three wild pitches and had an error with cost a run. After five straight games without a decision, Bonine lost his ninth game of the year. He has lost four in a row. Bonine has not allowed more than six hits in any of his last six games and has kept the opposition to four or fewer in four of them.

Rusty Tucker made his fourth appearance with the Storm and he allowed a run on two hits and a wild pitch in two-thirds of an inning. It was the third game in a row he has given up a run since coming up from his rehab stint with Peoria.

Casey Baker went 2-for-4 with a solo homer. It was just his second homer of the year between two leagues. His only other homer came exactly a month ago on July 20. Baker also stole his ninth base of the season but he has been caught thieving six times this year. He batted leadoff, a spot where Baker is hitting .263 on the year.

Andres Pagan entered the game in a 7-for-52 slump over his past 14 games and he did not have a single extra base hit to his credit in 18 games. That changed on Friday when he went 3-for-4 with a double. Pagan did, however, have an error in the game.

Fort Wayne won 3-1

Vern Sterry had another strong outing for the Wizards but victory again eluded the recently promoted pitcher. He went five innings and allowed just two hits without allowing a run. He walked two, hit a batter and struck out four. In two games with Fort Wayne he has given up two runs over 11.2 innings. Sterry had a one hitter early in the year with Eugene, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning.

Fort Wayne pitching allowed just five hits on the day and Matthew Varner got the victory. Varner allowed an unearned run caused by an error on catcher Luke Carlin. It was his second win for the Wizards and his ERA is now at 0.63.

Brian Wahlbrink reached base on a ground ball that was bobbled but still called a hit early in the game but was changed to an error by the end of the night. With that said, the Wizards went hitless through six and bust out in the seventh with three straight singles. When the pitcher made an errant throw it brought the first run of the game for Fort Wayne home.

The middle third of the order did all the damage. Fernando Valenzuela, Jordan Pickens and Drew Macias had two hits apiece and no other Wizard was able to tally a knock. Macias had one RBI and Pickens scored twice. Pickens has a hit in four straight games and three of those have been multi-hit games. He had just three multi-hit games in his previous 20 games.

Eugene won 5-2

Clayton Hamilton picked up his first win as a professional, snapping a six game losing streak for Eugene. He went six innings without surrendering a run and giving up just one hit. He walked a batter and struck out a season high six. Since allowing six runs in an inning and a third, which Hamilton called "the most embarrassing moment" of his career, he has given up just two earned runs in 11 innings. Hamilton had not gone more than three innings in any of his previous outings.

After slumping through a 3-for-24 phase, Ernesto Garay bounced back with a 2-for-5 night. He drove in two runs and has five on the year for the Ems. It was the seventh multi-hit game for Garay since joining Eugene.

Baudilio Figueroa made his debut with the Ems and played shortstop. He had been with Fort Wayne where he was used sparingly. In eight games he had just three hits, batting .115. Figueroa batted .308 with Peoria before his promotion. On Friday he was 0-for-3 replacing Sean Kazmar in the lineup.

After allowing three inherited runners to score his last time out, Jose Cespedes came on with two on and nobody out in the seventh. He proceeded to retire the side without allowing a runner to score. He did not allow a hit or walk for the seventh time in 19 appearances between Eugene and Peoria.


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