Dave Roberts Returns; Jared Wells Rolls

The minor league teams split, going two up and two down, and some of the brightest stars in the organization made news. Matt Bush continues to be hot, Travis Chick's bullpen let him down, and Josh Barfield need to start making contact.


Dave Roberts played five innings on Friday and is slated to play seven innings on Saturday and a full nine innings on Sunday.

Tom Vincent only recorded one RBI on Thursday night due to a scoring change. He had driven in Lachlan Dale on two occasions but an error was issued on one play, effectively taking the RBI from him.

Portland won 7-2

Damian Jackson suited up for his first game in Portland and hit a solo homer in his second at bat. He went 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.

Brian Falkenborg pitched two scoreless innings and has not yielded a run over his first 6.2 innings of relief work over four appearances. He has allowed just two hits on the year, keeping the opposition to a .095 batting average. He has also inherited two runners, but neither scored.

Josh Barfield has struck out in six of his last seven at bats. He has recorded a whiff in each of his past six games and has 12 K's over that timeframe. The second baseman is hitting .235 for the year. He did drive in a run, his fifth RBI this year.

Catcher Michel Hernandez is 2-for-24 on the year, a .083 average, but has drawn nine walks to give him an on base percentage of .333. Behind the plate, Hernandez has thrown out just two of the last nine runners attempting to steal.

Mobile lost 11-8

Kennard Jones lined a 1-2 fastball up the middle to score two runs. He followed the single with his second steal of the year and scored on a single by Paul McAnulty. Jones leads the team with nine RBI's. It is the fourth time this year, in eight games, that he has knocked in two runs in the same game. He accomplished the feat three times all of last year and had just nine RBI's total in 82 games in the Southern League.

Travis Chick went 5.2 innings, threw over 90 pitches, and gave up two runs on four hits and three walks. Opponents are hitting just .212 off Chick this year. Chick left the game with two runners on and a 4-0 lead. Craig Breslow allowed those two runners to score and did not record an out.

The third pitcher of the sixth inning, R.D. Spiehs, allowed a grand slam, capping a seven run inning. It is the third straight relief appearance that Spiehs has served up a home run. It was also the second time this year that he has not recorded an out.

Corey Smith, celebrating his birthday, went hitless in five at bats. He also bounced a ball at home plate to Nick Trzesniak trying to throw out a runner. Trzesniak ended up getting barreled over without the ball and Smith was charged an error.

Lake Elsinore won 8-6

Dave Roberts was called out on strikes his first at bat to open the game for the Storm. He walked and scored in the second inning, flied out in the fourth inning and walked in the fifth inning before leaving the game in favor of Drew Macias.

Michael Johnson's streak of seven straight games to open the season and ten overall including last year with an RBI came to an end on Friday. He had a runner on third with two outs in the eighth inning but struck out.

Jared Wells moved to 2-0 on the year, going six innings and allowing four runs on five hits and two walks. He did allow a three run jack, the second homer he has allowed in as many games.

Fort Wayne lost 8-6

Tom Vincent double in the first inning cleared the bases and gave him three RBI's and his fifth two-bagger of the year. It was the third time in the last four games that he has knocked in two or more runs in a game. He has an RBI in each of his last four games and owns a seven game hitting streak.

Matt Bush extended his hitting streak to seven games, but is 8-for-34, a .235 average, during the streak. After going through his first six games of the year error-free, he has committed one in each of the past two games.

Chris Kolkhorst stretched his hitting streak to eight games with a double in four at bats, even if the hit was a bit of luck as the outfielder misplayed the ball. He has reached base at least twice in each of the past seven games. Despite reaching base 16 times, he has scored just three runs.

After going six innings and allowing one run on three hits in his 2005 debut, Joel Santo lasted 2.2 innings and allowed three runs on six hits and a walk on Friday.

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