Clayton Hamilton solid in Mobile; Sterry dominates

Justin Germano continues the hot hand in Portland. William Killian debuted with the Beavers. Clayton Hamilton skipped two levels and pitched a gem for the Mobile BayBears. Mike Thompson won his ninth game of the year in the opener. Vern Sterry was lights out for Fort Wayne. Eddie Bonine was hammered in Lake Elsinore. Gary Gallegos is starting again for Eugene and a Matt Bush error was the prelude to an explosion.

Portland won 8-1

William Killian, a call up from Peoria, pinch hit in the eighth inning for Justin Germano and hit into a double play in his only at bat. Killian, a third round selection of the Padres in the 2004 Draft out of Chippewa Hills High School in Michigan, hit .230 with Peoria in 40 games.

Humberto Quintero returned to the Portland lineup and hit a solo homer, his only hit in four at bats. Quintero has hit safely in 22 of his past 24 games and is 36-for-86 during that time frame, a .419 average. He has hit three homers, belted 12 doubles and knocked in 14 runs over that time frame.

Justin Germano went seven innings and allowed one run on four hits and a walk to get his ninth win of the year. Germano has gone 11 straight games without allowing more than three runs. His ERA has dropped from a season high 6.20 to 3.46. He has gone 8-1 with one no decision over that time frame. After allowing four homers in his past three games, Germano did not allow a jack on Tuesday. Only once in his past 13 games has he failed to go six innings and gone seven or more in seven of them.

Marty McLeary returned to Portland after a less than stellar stint in the Majors. With San Diego, McLeary had allowed six runs in 3.2 innings of work. He loaded the bases with one out in the ninth but got a game ending double play to end the game. He has allowed one run in his last 14.2 innings of work with Portland.

J.J. Furmaniak extended his hitting streak to ten games with a 2-for-4 night, adding two RBI's. Xavier Nady homered for the third consecutive night, a solo shot. He has three straight multi-hit games and eight RBI's in his last three games. Jon Knott hit his fourth homer in his last nine games, going 2-for-5 with two RBI's.

Mobile won 4-2 in game one and won 7-3 in game two

Clayton Hamilton skipped two levels, bypassing Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore, to make a spot start for Mobile. Hamilton came through in the clutch. He went five innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks. Over his last three starts, two with Eugene, he has allowed two earned runs, spanning 16 innings. Hamilton struck out six and has whiffed six in each of his last three games. He has seen action in three different leagues after beginning the year with Peoria as he recovered from a broken foot.

Ronnie Merrill, in his second game back with the club, went 2-for-4 with a double and a homer – his sixth of the year. Merrill has four hits in the last two games and all have been for extra bases. He led off the opening game with his homer to put Mobile up 1-0 on just the second pitch of the game. Merrill batted leadoff and is hitting .277 from that spot in the lineup, his highest average according to where he hits in the lineup. Merrill did have an error that helped two unearned runs cross the plate. Merrill went 1-for-4 with an RBI in the nightcap.

Mike Thompson went five innings in game one and allowed two runs, zero earned, on five hits and two walks. He improved to 9-2 on the year and 8-2 as a starter. He has allowed two earned runs or less in ten of his 17 starts and three runs or less in 13 of those starts.

Kennard Jones and Greg Sain each went hitless in both games. Jones was 0-for-5 and is marred in a 3-for-40 slump over his last 11 games. He has struck out 15 times and drawn two walks. Sain is similarly slumping. He is 4-for-38 over his past 11 games and has not had an RBI in 21 games. Sain has struck out 13 times and drawn three walks during the skid.

Lake Elsinore lost 11-3

Eddie Bonine was rocked, taking his tenth loss of the season with the Storm. Bonine allowed season highs in hits, nine, runs, eight, earned runs, seven, and tied a season high when he allowed two homers, the first time he has done that since he was pitching with Fort Wayne early in the year. Bonine lasted 4.2 innings and also walked three while striking out just one. Only once before had Bonine not struck out two or more batters in a start. His ERA has not been lower than 5.19 all year with the Storm and sits at 5.55 now.

Sazi Guthrie had been perfect through his first six innings with the Storm. In an inning and a third he gave up a run on four hits and also allowed one inherited runner to score – charged to Bonine.

Rusty Tucker had an interesting outing. He allowed one run, unearned, on one hit and two walks but struck out the side for the first time this year. Tucker opened the inning by allowing a walk and a single before striking out two. An error on Luis Cruz, playing third base rather than his usual shortstop position brought in a run and after another walk he struck out the last batter. The three strikeouts were as many as he had in the past six outings.

Clark Girardeau went an inning and allowed his first run as a relief pitcher. Girardeau, relegated to the bullpen because of fear of further injury, was in his second game of relief and allowed a run on two hits. His ERA sits at 4.76 with the Storm.

Casey Baker extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Ferdin Tejeda played shortstop for Cruz and committed two errors. The error by Cruz was his third in two games and Tejeda has matched that dubious feat. Cruz and Tejeda each hit into a double play. Tejeda did go 2-for-4 with an RBI. His two hits were more than he had all year in his previous 18 at bats.

Fort Wayne won 5-0

Vern Sterry pitched seven masterful innings, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out three. It was his fourth start with Fort Wayne and he has given up five runs over that time. He has thrown shutout ball in two of his past three games. Sterry has held opponents to a .226 batting average against on the year with Fort Wayne, the same average he held the opposition to while he was with Eugene.

Christopher Kolkhorst celebrated his sixth game by going 3-for-4 with a double and a walk. He scored three runs on the night and did not score by way of a base hit. A sac fly, an error and another sac fly accounted for all three runs scored. After starting his Fort Wayne career 1-for-11. Kolkhorst has gone 6-for-11.

George Kottaras went hitless again but also walked twice for the second consecutive game. He has drawn seven walks over his last four games. Kottaras drove in a run with a sac fly and has three RBI's in his last four games.

Brian Wahlbrink extended his hitting streak to seven games with a 2-for-5 night. He has had four multi-hit games during the streak and is 11-for-31 over that time frame. For his efforts he has raised his average from .248 to .255.

Skip Adams had been with Lake Elsinore since August 5. He returned to the Wizards on August 22 and has seen action in three games since. He is 0-for-10 with three strikeouts and two walks since his return. He is 2-for-41 over his last 12 games with the Wizards. Adams hit .156 in his brief stint with the Storm and is hitting .168 with Fort Wayne on the year.

Eugene lost 6-1

Gary Gallegos returned to the hill as a starter. He went 4.1 innings and allowed four runs on five hits and a walk. All four runs scored in the fifth inning and he gave up three of the hits and the walk in that inning. Gallegos has now made four starts on the year and has lost them all.

The last eight inherited runners that Henry Colbert has been charged with preventing them from scoring have all touched home plate. He allowed two to score on Tuesday and gave up two runs of his own, pushing his total to seven straight games with a run allowed.

Matt Bush took a ball at third getting an out on a force out from a bunt and gunned a ball towards second but there was no one at the bag. That gave both runners an extra base. A single brought both runners in to score and the error did not cause any unearned runs to score as the hits kept coming. Bush has an error in each of his first three games as an Emerald.

Jose Lobaton drove in the sole Emerald run with a double. He has RBI's in three straight games and has a five game hitting streak. Lobaton is 7-for-17 with two homers, two doubles and five RBI's.

James Darby left the game early on Tuesday. He had a blister on his heel and it is believed that was agitated and was causing him problems. He walked the only batter he faced and threw a wild pitch. In three of his last five outings, Darby has not recorded an out.

Tom Vincent had two of the Ems four hits and has four straight multi-hit games to raise his average to .227. Billy Hogan threw out a runner at home in the eighth inning. At the plate he went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and was hit by a pitch.

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