McAnulty and Sain; Sean Thompson classic

Some newcomers to the Portland Beavers couldn't hold down the fort while Ben Risinger continues to sizzle. Paul McAnulty saved the day in the ninth and Greg Sain topped it off with a win for Mobile. Sean Thompson won his first Cal League start in Thompson-esque fashion. Chris Kolkhorst continues his hot Fort Wayne hand.

Portland lost 10-6

Brandon Emmanuel inherited two runners from Steve Sparks in the fifth inning and got out of the inning with a strikeout. Opening the sixth, he allowed two straight hits, capped off by a two-run homer to knock him out of the game and give him the loss. He has now allowed a homer in each of his first two appearances for Portland.

Joe Dawley followed and surrendered five runs on five hits and a walk in one-third of an inning. Dawley made nine appearances in the PCL last year with three starts and six relief outings. His batting average against was .268 in relief and just .183 when he started.

Ben Risinger had his second three-RBI game in as many days. He went 3-for-5 with two doubles on Sunday and his six RBI's lead the team. Risinger did not drive in more than two runs in any game during the 2004 season.

Mobile won 10-9

The BayBears scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to steal a victory on Sunday. Paul McAnulty hit a three run homer to tie the game and two pitches later Greg Sain followed with a solo walk-off blast.

McAnulty went 3-for-5 with a double and four RBI's. He was, however, thrown out trying to steal and picked off first base. McAnulty has three multi-hit games and two three-hit affairs in four games this year for Mobile.

Sain went 1-for-4 with two runs scored. Twenty-six percent of his hits were homers last year as he set the record for most homers in BayBears history with 28.

Mike Bumstead pitched five innings of one run ball, yielding five hits and a walk while striking out three. Bumstead made 19 appearances for Mobile in '04, all in relief. His longest outing was 2.1 innings. He did make five starts for Portland.

R.D. Spiehs took the hill for the second straight day and lasted longer than the previous day, but more runs actually crossed the dish. Six runs came across the plate on Sunday against Spiehs, two earned, due to two Mobile errors. He has given up 11 runs, six earned, in two innings of work this year.

The BayBears swept the Smokies in the four game series, the same team they were scheduled to play in the Southern League Championship series last year, before the series was canceled because of hurricane Ivan.

Lake Elsinore won 8-1

Sean Thompson allowed one run on six hits and five walks in 6.2 innings of work in his California League debut. He also picked two runners off first base. Thompson had nine games where he walked three men or more and five games where he issued a free pass to five or more for Fort Wayne in 2004. Ironically, he allowed one run or less in three of those.

Steve Baker went 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and two RBI's. It was the second straight day he has knocked in two runs and he has three doubles over that time. Baker had multiple RBI's in consecutive games just once last year, April 21 and 22.

Michael Johnson hit his first homer of the year, a solo shot. He went 3-for-4 on the day with two runs scored and three RBI's. Over his last 21 games with the Storm, dating back to August 21 of 2004, Johnson has 28 RBI's.

Fort Wayne lost 6-4

Ruben Mora hit a homer into the left field netting, a solo shot in the second inning. Mora hit one homer in 53 games last year, split between two leagues, 23 in Fort Wayne and 30 in Eugene. His homer came on August 4. Mora did, however, commit an error in the field.

Lachlan Dale hit a two-run homer in the first inning, his first Midwest League homer. Twenty-one percent of his hits left the park a year ago.

Chris Kolkhorst has started the year with a four game hitting streak, going 6-for-17. He has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games with Fort Wayne, dating back to 2004. He is 21-for-53 over that time, a .396 average.

Clark Girardeau allowed two runs on four hits in four innings of work. The two runs scored on solo homers. In 13 starts for Fort Wayne in 2004, he allowed nine homers and allowed two homers in a game just once.


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