Multi-homer minors

Xavier Nady hit two homers and had five RBI's but it wasn't enough. Brad Baker and Dale Thayer made their debuts with new teams. Mike Richardson hit two jacks in a win. Travis Chick continues to toy with his competition. Eugene managed just two hits on the night and wasted a strong performance from Danny De La O. Nate Whitney and Luany Sanchez homered, the first time this year that Peoria has had two in the same game.

Portland lost 9-8

Xavier Nady is in a world of his own. He went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI's. It was the third time (May 12, June 18) this year that he has had two homers in a game and the second time he has knocked in five runs (August 13). He has knocked in 23 runs over his last 13 games with seven homers coming during that span.

Brad Baker made his debut for Portland in the ninth inning – a non-save situation. Baker struck out the first two batters he faced before giving up a single. A Ben Risinger error extended the inning and a single scored an unearned run. Baker then completed the inning with his third strikeout.

Tim Stauffer went seven innings and allowed five runs, one earned, on four hits. He was victimized by a Jake Gautreau error that cost four unearned runs. Stauffer had a decision in eight straight games until Monday. He allowed two homers, one on the heels of the error, and has given up six in his last three games. Since joining Portland he has had four games where he has given up two or more. He had just three in his previous 14 outings between Mobile and Lake Elsinore. He has 12 in Portland.

Right-handed pitcher Chris Oxspring, currently away from the team competing in the 2004 Athens Olympics, is scheduled to start Tuesday's semifinal baseball game for his native Australia at the Hellinko Olympic Baseball Centre.

Mobile won 6-4

BayBears starting pitcher Clay Hensley threw seven strong innings for the win to improve to 11-8 and become just the third pitcher in BayBears history to record at least 11 wins in a season. Hensley allowed only three hits and retired 11 straight batters at one point before giving up three runs in the seventh inning. He gave up four runs, three earned, on the day and has allowed just six hits over his last two outings, spanning 14 innings. He has hit a batter in three straight games.

Dale Thayer made his Southern League debut on Monday. He has moved into an unfamiliar role – as a setup man and bridge to the closer. Thayer was the closer for the Lake Elsinore Storm. Thayer pitched the eighth inning and allowed two singles with two outs before getting out of the inning. Thayer has gone eight outings between two leagues without allowing a run.

R.D. Spiehs moved into the closer role and pitched a perfect ninth inning. He recorded his second save of the year and first since May 15. Spiehs had pitched the eighth inning as he gave way to recently promoted Brad Baker. Spiehs now has his shot at closing full time. Over his last six outings he has given up just one hit.

Marcus Nettles went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base. He had not had a three hit game since June 6 when he tallied four. The stolen base was his first in 13 games.

Ben Johnson went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI's. He now has 73 on the year and it three BayBears are now in the top seven in RBI's – each with 73 or more. Josh Barfield leads the league with 80 and Greg Sain has 73.

Lake Elsinore won 12-2

Mike Richardson's last homer came on August 3. Not to worry. He hit two out of the park on Monday. It was the first multi-homer game of his three year career in the Padres' system. Richardson is batting .314 with runners on base this year and .333 with runners in scoring position. He did blow a bases loaded opportunity in the sixth.

Antonio Osuna has been working with the Storm on a rehab assignment. The right-hander has pitched in five games and has yet to allow a hit. He has walked one batter while striking out seven.

Kervin Jacobo had not had a four hit game all year until August 8. After going 4-for-5, he has two this year in the span of 13 games. Jacobo came into August hitting .191 through the months of June and July. During the month of August he is hitting .350. He scored three runs on Monday and stole two bases to give him ten swipes on the year.

Jared Wells broke a five game losing streak and got his third win with the Storm. He went six innings and allowed two runs on five hits. He also walked four, the second time in a row and second time this year that he has walked as many in a game. Wells has gone four straight games without allowing more than three earned runs.

Fort Wayne won 3-2

Travis Chick went seven innings strong and allowed two runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out 11, the second time he has eclipsed ten strikeouts in a game in his last three Fort Wayne starts. Chick has whiffed 35 batters in his last four games, spanning 24.1 innings. His season and career high remains 13, a total he achieved on July 11 with Greensboro. Chick has given up two runs or less in four of his five outings with the Wizards and has allowed just three runs, two earned, over his last three starts.

Brett Bonvechio went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI's. He has knocked in a run in each of his past four games and has eight over his last eight games.

"I have worked with (Tom) Tornicasa and Rob Deer the last couple of days," Bonvechio said. "I made a few adjustments, widened my stance out and it has been helping."

"It felt great," Bonvechio said of his long home run on Sunday. "This year my home run totals have gone up."

Eugene lost 3-0

Danny De La O had a two hitter going into the sixth inning. A triple, walk and homer made it 3-0 and that is how it stayed. De La O tied his longest outing of the year by going six innings and gave up just four hits on the night. The home run has been his nemesis as he has given up 12 in 56.1 innings. His 12 lead the Northwest League in homers allowed. He also gave up two in his brief stint with Fort Wayne.

Billy Hogan and Christopher Kolkhorst were the only two Emeralds to record a hit and Lachlan Dale was the only other player to reach base – via a walk. Hogan was in an 0-for-19 slump but has gone 3-for-8 over his last two games. Kolkhorst is hitting .333 on the year and has had two four-hit games over his last ten.

Colt Morton is hitting .100 over his last eight games. He is 3-for-30 but the encouraging sign is he has whiffed just seven times over that span. That is down from his usual strikeout ratio. He did not draw a walk over the streak and had just one RBI.

Peoria won 16-4

Every single batter in the starting lineup reached base at least twice. The first six batters in the lineup scored at least twice. Seven of the nine starters knocked in runs. Six batters recorded a multi-hit game. For the first time all year, two players hit a homer in the same game.

Over the last 29 games, Julio Cruceta had knocked in four runs. He matched that total in one day on Monday when he went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI's. It was his third multi-hit game in his last five and it had been ten games since he had recorded one RBI. Cruceta, oddly enough, had been hit by a pitch twice in each of his two previous games.

Luany Sanchez hit his first homer of the year, going 2-for-4 with two RBI's. It was just his fourth multi-hit affair in 30 games and just the second time he has knocked in two runs in a game.

Nate Whitney is tied for the team lead with two homers, after belting one on Monday. He went 3-for-6 with three runs scored and three RBI's. He has knocked in six runs over his last four games and leads the team with 27 on the year. He has also scored 11 runs in his last 12 games and leads the team with 27 runs scored. He has a modest four game hitting streak.

Adam Kroft had another solid outing on the mound. He went six innings and gave up two runs on six hits and a walk. It was his fourth straight outing where he has given up two runs or less and he has given up six runs over his last 19 innings of work.

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