Greg Sain gets record; Thompson leads Wizards

Ben Risinger got an inning on the mound and Ricky Steik was shelled in his debut as Portland rested. Greg Sain finally broke the Mobile season record for homers. The Lake Elsinore Storm appears to be just mist as they lose again to jeopardize the playoffs. The Fort Wayne Wizards rode Sean Thompson and got contributions from the whole top of the lineup which looks better than ever. David O'Hagan gets the mark for strangest stat of the week as the Emeralds won two of three this weekend.

Portland lost 9-0

A day of rest. Knott and Nady sat out of the game with the Beavers clinching a spot in the playoffs.

Ben Risinger made it to the mound in the Beavers 9-0 thrashing. He pitched one inning and allowed one run on two hits and a walk while striking out one. Risinger went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk at the plate. It was Risinger's first appearance on the mound since June 26, 2003 at Salt Lake.

In a move to setup the playoff rotation, Brian Sweeney pitched just three innings. He allowed two runs on three hits and four walks. Sweeney was not sharp as the four walks matched a season high that has only occurred once before on the season. He also allowed a homer for the fifth game in a row. He will end the year at 11-4 but playoff wins are what counts and Sweeney is expected to get the nod in the first playoff game.

Richard Steik had not pitched above short season Eugene. He went two-third of an inning in relief of Sweeney – an effort that the Beavers hoped would ease the burden on their playoff bound squad. Instead, Steik allowed six runs on five hits and three walks. Walk, single, out, double, walk, single, walk, single, out, and single. Alan Webb came on and got the final out of the inning. Steik's ERA in Eugene was 3.26. His ERA with Portland – 81.00.

William Killian went 1-for-3 in his first extensive action for Portland. He was used as the designated hitter. After grounding into his second double play in as many games, Killian was credited with an infield hit in the fifth inning. Killian hit .230 for Peoria.

Bernie Castro returned to Portland after serving out a 15 game suspension for substance abuse. Castro went 2-for-4 and is 7-for-14 in his last four games played.

Mobile lost 2-1

Greg Sain drilled a home run to left field, his 28th of the year, to break the BayBears single-season home run record of 27 set by Jon Knott last season. It was Sain's first homer and first RBI since August 5th, a span of 25 games. Sain had just two extra base hits since his last homer and just four runs scored. Sain was the only BayBear to get on base twice in the game.

Mobile did not have a base hit after Sain's homer in the fourth and finished with just three hits for the second straight day.

Roger Deago went six innings and allowed one run on five hits and a walk. It was the seventh time in eight starts with Mobile this year that he has given up one earned run or less in a game. Since becoming a starter again this year, Deago has pitched 49.1 innings and allowed eight earned runs, four coming in one game. That is an ERA of 1.46 as a starter.

Dale Thayer had given up runs in one of his previous 18 games before his promotion to Mobile and he had allowed runs in just five of his 50 appearances as a member of the Storm. On Saturday, Thayer did not record an out. He allowed a solo homer to the first man he saw in the bottom of the ninth – ending the game. He has given up runs in two of his six outings on the year in Mobile and has an ERA of 4.26.

Lake Elsinore lost 6-5

Dirk Hayhurst was pulled with two outs in the third inning. He had given up five runs, two earned, on five hits and four walks. Hayhurst has now made five starts with Lake Elsinore and has walked four batters in three of those starts. He had not walked four in any of his Fort Wayne outings, including 17 starts.

Luis Cruz and Peeter Ramos committed errors in the second inning that allowed three runs to score. For Cruz, it was hit fifth error in five games. Cruz was again playing third base rather than his normal shortstop position. Not that it matters, he has 41 errors on the year. It was Ramos' 20th error in 61 games.

Sazi Guthrie provided solid relief for Hayhurst. He came on with two on and two out in the third. After walking the bases loaded, he induced a fly out. Over the next three innings, Guthrie struck out six batters. His previous high had been four K's in a game. Guthrie has allowed one run in 10.2 innings of work since joining the Storm.

Michael Johnson tied the game at 5-5 in the top half of the ninth with a solo home run. It was his third homer in the last six games. Natanael Mateo came on in the bottom of the ninth and allowed a triple to open the inning. He intentionally walked the next two before a sacrifice fly ended the game in a loss.

Fort Wayne won 6-2

If Fort Wayne can win its last two games they will make it into the playoffs. They are in a tie with Battle Creek and own the tiebreaker.

Fernando Valenzuela went 2-for-2 with a double and three walks to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He was thrown out at third trying to take the extra base on his double. Valenzuela is 11-for-27 over the streak with nine RBI's. He has also drawn eight walks over the streak to give him a .543 on base percentage during this stretch drive.

George Kottaras went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI's. His seven game walk streak was snapped – big deal. Kottaras has been on base in 22 straight games for Fort Wayne. He is 25-for-76 with 21 walks during the streak, a .474 on base percentage.

Christopher Kolkhorst extended his hitting streak to seven games with a 3-for-4 night. He came a homer shy of the cycle, walked once and scored two runs. He is 14-for-28 over the streak with 11 runs scored.

Sean Kazmar made a heck of a play from shortstop in the eighth. After a line drive bounced off pitcher Howie Pence and went weakly towards short, Kazmar made a barehanded pickup and threw to first to nab the runner and get the important first out of the inning. Pence retired the next two batters he faced by striking them out. Pence opened the ninth by allowing the first two runners to reach base and Leo Rosales closed the game out, but not before loading the bases. It was his 25th save of the year.

Sean Thompson went seven innings and allowed two runs on four hits. For the first time in five games he allowed a homer, a solo shot. Thompson had not allowed more than one run in his previous four games and has given up six in his last five, spanning 30 innings. He did not walk a batter for the second time in three games. He had walked 12 in his previous three games.

Randy Ready was thrown out of the game in the seventh inning.

Eugene Emeralds lost 14-2, won 10-6 on Friday

Christopher Rayborn lasted just 2.1 innings in his first game and start with Eugene. He was the victim of another Matt Bush error, which caused six unearned runs to cross the plate in the opening frame. An error in the second inning by Lachlan Dale helped plate another unearned run. In the third inning, Rayborn finally allowed one of his own and was lifted. He was charged with nine runs, two earned, on seven hits, three walks and two wild pitches.

Bush, coincidentally, went 0-for-3 and struck out all three times. He has six errors in six games and has committed one in every game he has played as an Emerald.

Brett Burnham got his second tour of duty on the mound in the game one blowout. He went two innings and allowed one hit – a solo homer. He also hit a batter. In three innings of work he has surrendered just the one hit.

Yordany Ramirez made his Northwest League debut and went 2-for-4 with two strikeouts. Ramirez opened up his Peoria season by hitting safely in eight straight games. He had five triples and 11 RBI's during that streak. Since then he had cooled off, getting just ten RBI's in his next 31 games with Peoria before his promotion. He led the Peoria team in steals with 16 and was hitting .264 on the year. Ramirez hit his first homer as an Emerald in the second game. It was a three run shot and was his second homer of the year between two leagues.

Jodam Rivera made his debut in game two and went 1-for-4. Rivera hit .276 with Peoria with an RBI in three of his past four games. He never knocked in more than one in any game and had 17 total with Peoria. He scored 12 runs over his last 12 games with the Arizona Rookie League team.

Trino Aguilar went 3-for-4 with a double and two homers. He knocked in five runs, the amount he has had over the past 23 games. The homers were his first in 25 games and gave him just three on the year. His six extra base hits in his past four games have doubled his total amount of extra base hits on the year.

Danny De La O was cruising along through five. He had allowed one hit and struck out ten. In the sixth, De La O was pounded for four hits and a walk. E.J. Shanks, in relief, would give up a grand slam, the second the Ems gave up in the doubleheader. De La O had not struck out more than five in any game.

Eugene won 6-4 on Saturday

David O'Hagan only worked two-thirds of an inning, in relief of Gary Gallegos who struck out one and walked one, but was credited with three strikeouts. The problem is he struck out a batter on a wild pitch. That player then stole second and scored on a Trino Aguilar error.

Steve Delabar made his third start with Eugene and tossed five innings of two run ball. He allowed four hits and walked one while striking out six. Over his last five starts dating back to his time with Peoria, Delabar has allowed seven earned runs, spanning 27 innings, an ERA of 2.33. Delabar did commit an error but it did not come back to bite him.

Lachlan Dale drove in the eventual winning run with a single in the eighth. It was just the second RBI for Dale over his last 12 games. He did go 2-for-3 with a walk and scored three times. He has scored seven runs in his last four games.

Rivera, playing in his second game with the Ems, went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. His run tied the game in the eighth. He did, however, commit two errors at second base. Rivera had seven errors while playing with Peoria in 48 and never committed two in the same game.

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