Pagan Gets Walk Off; Mobile Finally Wins

The Mobile Bay Bears finally broke a 10 game losing streak; Tt took 11 innings and not one but two homers in the bottom of the 11th to get it done in Lancaster; Fabian Jimenez finally proves to be human; Kerry Robinson has super human speed; Dale Thayer bounces back with a save. All in the daily roundup of minor league action exclusively at MadFriars.com

Portland lost 10-6

Kerry Robinson hit his first homer of the year, a solo shot in the third. Robinson hit two homers in 42 games last year for Portland. He went 2-for-4 on the day with two RBI's. He also added his sixth stolen base of the year in eight attempts. He went 25-of-26 in stolen base attempts with Portland last year.

Justin Germano left the game with a 6-2 lead. He pitched well over six innings, his longest outing of the year, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out seven. He did allow a home run for the fourth consecutive start.

Joe Dawley faced four batters and did not record an out. He allowed two hits, a walk and he hit a batter. All the baserunners crossed home plate, making it the second time this year he has been hit hard. Dawley has pitched in six games and all the runs scored against him, nine, have come in two of the six.

Mobile won 4-2

The BayBears snapped a ten game losing streak on Friday night, getting their fifth win of the year without Paul McAnulty. Greg Sain did make a brief appearance in a pinch hitting role, striking out for Craig Breslow in the sixth.

Jose Oyervidez allowed a season high four hits, surrendering two runs, one earned, while walking three over five innings of work. Oyervidez had allowed just two hits in each of his first two starts. He did not figure into the decision.

Dale Thayer pitched the ninth to record his first save since April 8 and just his second save of the year. Thayer had blown one save opportunity on April 17.

Casey Baker went 0-for-2 with a walk on Friday, dropping his average to .037 on the year. He has just one hit in 26 at bats but ironically has struck out just once in the last 16 at bats.

In his 15th game, Luis Cruz recorded his first RBI of the year. Last year, Cruz had 13 RBI's through 15 games and ended the year with 72 RBI's in 124 games. Cruz was one of just two BayBears to record an RBI on the night. He also drove in a run when he grounded into a double play, but an RBI is not awarded on that play.

Lake Elsinore won 7-6 in 11 Hot-hitting Michael Johnson tied for the California League lead with his sixth home run, a two-run blast, in the bottom of the 11th inning to tie the game at 6-6. The shot gave Johnson homers in consecutive games and seven RBI's over the last two contests. For the year, Johnson has knocked in 26 with 23 coming over his last ten games.

Andres Pagan hit a walk-off homer solo homer in the 11th, his first homer of the year. Pagan went 2-for-5 on the day with a double and two RBI's. He did, however, commit an error on the day and the last five baserunners attempting to steal have been successful against Pagan.

Edgar Huerta allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in the eleventh inning and has now given up nine runs in his last 2.2 innings of work. He was saved from a loss by Johnson and Pagan and actually recorded the win.

Javier Martinez had his best outing of the year. He allowed two runs on three hits and four walks while striking out seven in five innings of work. Martinez had allowed ten runs in his first ten innings of the year. He has allowed a home run in each of his three starts.

Kervin Jacobo is back with the club and is expected to be activated on Saturday. Steve Baker, meanwhile, has a sore knee and will miss a couple of games.

Fort Wayne won 6-1

Fabian Jimenez gave up his first run of the year and failed to record the victory after being taken out of the game before the Wizards exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fifth. For the third straight game, Jimenez allowed just two hits but got into trouble in the fifth with runners on first and third and two outs. He was taken out of the game and after Luke Steidlmayer walked the first batter to load the bases, he got the next batter on a force out.

Steidlmayer recorded his second win of the season, scattering two hits over 4.1 innings of relief work. He has not allowed an inherited runner to score and has surrendered just one run in 10.2 innings of work.

Yordany Ramirez had his first multi-hit game of the year, going 2-for-4. He also recorded his first triple of the year – a feat he accomplished five times last year in the span of five games. Ramirez has knocked in a run in three straight games but did hit into a double play on Friday.


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