After hearing Aaron Coonrod was released, we asked Tye Waller, the Director of Player Development, to give us the skinny on letting go the popular pitcher.
"He was struggling with his velocity and command this spring," Waller offered.
And tough decisions sometimes have to be made.
Portland won 6-3
Damian Jackson homered for the second time this year, a solo shot. He went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. He has scored a run in six of the eight games he has played.
Tim Stauffer went six innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on seven hits and a walk, earning his second victory of the season. Stauffer has not allowed more than three runs in any of his four starts to begin the year and has given up two or fewer earned runs in three of the starts.
Brad Baker earned his fifth save in six chances. He has made an appearance in eight games and has kept the opposition off the board in seven of those contests. Baker has walked two in an inning on three separate occasions while striking out the side once.
Mobile won 4-3
Dale Thayer pitched the ninth in a tie game and allowed a run. He was saved when the BayBears scored two runs in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the ninth. Thayer has appeared in eight games, saving two with one blown save. He has now allowed runs in three of the eight appearances.
Luke Carlin provided the theatrics by hitting a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, his first homer of the season, to secure the victory. Carlin had come in as a pinch hitter for Mike Richardson.
Mike Thompson pitched five innings, yielding two runs on four hits and a walk. The right-hander has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his four starts this year and has given up six runs total. Thompson also went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI at the plate. His only hit of the 2004 season was a double in 21 at bats.
Paul McAnulty returned to the lineup, going 1-for-3 with a walk. He did extend his hitting streak to five games, singling in each contest. McAnulty had been out since crashing into the outfield wall, bruising his knee.
Lake Elsinore won 3-2
Chris Tierney went 6.1 innings, surrendering two runs on nine hits and a walk. He allowed his first homer of the year, a solo shot, but was in trouble in every inning but the first. Tierney has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each start but lasted less than five innings in each of his first two starts.
Brett Bonvechio hit his first homer of the year, the game winning walk-off blast in the ninth. Playing for Fort Wayne last season, Bonvechio hit nine homers in 82 games. Bonvechio went 2-for-3 with two walks, giving him 14 free passes on the year, the second most walks in the California League.
Peeter Ramos had his eight game hitting streak snapped, while George Kottaras lost his seven game streak. Kottaras was also charged with his third passed ball of the season on Sunday.
Fernando Valenzuela hit his third homer in the past eight games and had his fifth three-plus hit night of the year in just 17 games for the Storm. His 28 hits on the year rank in the top five in the California League and he also is in the top five in on base percentage at .470. He also has ten RBI's in the last ten games.
Fort Wayne postponed due to snow
For the first time since 2003, wintry conditions have forced the Fort Wayne Wizards to cancel a baseball game at Memorial Stadium.
The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Monday. Both games will be seven innings in length.
Luke Carlin, Brett Bonvechio provide drama
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