Thompson Rings the Bell for Third Straight Day

There is no hotter bat in the system than Michael Johnson. Although Steve Baker is giving him a run for his money. Mike Ekstrom has been awesome, but no win marks his ledger. Luke Steidlmayer returned, as did Brian Fryer

Portland won 5-4


Tim Stauffer went six innings, surrendering three runs on seven hits and two walks to get his first win of the year.  Stauffer also struck out five and did not allow a homer – something that will be monitored all year.


Bobby Scales went 3-for-5 with his second homer this year in just his fifth game.  Scales played in 93 games between two leagues a year ago and hit just one home run.


Josh Barfield went 2-for-4 with three stolen bases.  Barfield had four stolen bases all of last year and the last time he had multiple thefts in the same game was April 10, 2003.  He had never recorded more than two in a game until Wednesday.


Brad Baker recorded his first save of the year and fifth career Portland save.  The four saves he had last year came in eight games pitched in the Pacific Coast League.


Mobile lost 2-1


A strong pitching performance from Mike Thompson went for naught on Wednesday as the BayBears dropped another close one.  Thompson went six innings, allowing one run, coming on a solo home run, on four hits and two walks.  It is the second consecutive start to open the year that Thompson has allowed just one run.  He went five innings in his previous outing.


Dale Thayer came on in the ninth inning with the game knotted at 1-1.  A single, a stolen base, another single and a sac fly scored the eventual winning run.  Thayer had come into the game without allowing a run in his first three appearances.  In 58 games last year, he only allowed three or more hits in the same game on four occasions, something he accomplished for the first time on Wednesday.


No BayBear had more than one hit on the day, although Luke Carlin did walk three times and Jason Clements singled and walked.


Lake Elsinore won 14-2


Brian Fryer singled in his first at bat of the year and California League debut, scoring on a double by Steve Baker.  Fryer batted .160 in 14 games for Eugene before a broken wrist ended his season early.


Steve Baker had his third consecutive three-hit game and drove in multiple runs for the fourth straight day.  He also doubled for the fourth straight contest.  He is 11-for-18 with six doubles and nine RBI's over that stretch.


For the third consecutive game, Michael Johnson homered. He has RBI's in all six of his games this year and an RBI streak of nine games dating back to last season.  Johnson has multiple hits in each of his last four games, going 10-for-18.


Drew Macias has scored a run in each of his first six games of the season.  He has ten runs scored on the year and four multi-hit games.  Macias has also tripled in each of the past two games.


Eddie Bonine and Howie Pence struck out the side in their respective innings.


Fort Wayne won 5-4



Luke Steidlmayer returned to the hill after suffering multiple setbacks in 2004.  Steidlmayer lasted two innings, allowing one run on two hits and a walk while striking out three.  The right-hander went 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA for Fort Wayne last year with the opposition hitting just .154 off him.  He had surgery on a torn labrum and felt discomfort during the year, forcing him to the shelf.


Mike Ekstrom had his second straight dominant performance.  He went six innings and yielded a run on six hits and two walks.  Ekstrom has now allowed just one run through 12 innings of work to begin the 2005 season for the Wizards.  He still doesn't have a win.


Matt Varner allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in the ninth but managed to get the save.  His ERA actually dropped from 27.00 to 24.00 in the process.  The opposition is hitting .438 off him this year.


Matt Bush has a five game hitting streak but is just 6-for-23 over that stretch, a .261 average.  Bush has hit into a double play in each of the last two games.  His first RBI of the season came on Wednesday.


Lachlan Dale went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and a walk.  Dale has struck out at least once in every game this year and has whiffed 13 times in 23 at bats.


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