Varner back on track; Macias gets four

Bobby Scales is becoming a terror in a pinch-hitting role but the Beavers were still swept. Drew Macias did something he managed just once last year. Matt Varner is back on track and pitching as many expected.

Portland lost 8-4, lost 12-5

Justin Germano dropped to 0-3 on the season, allowing seven runs, one earned, in 4.2 innings of work. Errors by J.J. Furmaniak and Damian Jackson led to seven unearned runs, six charged to Germano. Germano allowed a homer for the fifth straight game but has allowed two earned runs or less in each of his past three starts.

After not committing an error in his first 14 games, Furmaniak has committed four errors in his last five games. Furmaniak went 0-for-6 in the doubleheader, striking out once and grounding into a double play.

Kerry Robinson extended his hitting streak to seven games with hits in both games. He is 12-for-30 with five multi-hit games during the streak. He stole three bases in game two, the second time this year that he has swiped three bases in the same game. Robinson has also scored a run in six straight games.

Bobby Scales appeared as a pinch hitter in both games, singling the first time and hitting a two run homer in game two. Scales has gotten a hit in each of his last three pinch hit appearances, driving in three runs.

Mobile postponed

After consistent rains throughout the day Saturday, the BayBears-Suns game Saturday night has been postponed. A doubleheader is scheduled for Sunday, with game one beginning at 2:05 p.m. The two games will be seven innings long, with 20 minutes between games.

Lake Elsinore won 8-4

Drew Macias went 2-for-3 with two walks and four RBI's. He entered the game with just five RBI's on the year and has not had a multi-RBI game to date. His last multi-RBI game came on August 3 of last year while with Fort Wayne and his last four RBI night came on June 13. Macias also added a stolen base, his fifth of the season.

Paul Abraham earned his second save of the year, coming in with two on and two out in the eighth. Abraham struck out three of the four batters he faced and only one inherited runners out of eight on the year have scored. He has still not allowed a run this year.

Chris Tierney went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks to get his first win of the year. Tierney has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his first five starts of the year. Saturday's start was the third straight start that he has gone six innings or more.

Fort Wayne won 4-2

Michael Ekstrom went five innings and surrendered two runs on seven hits and a walk to earn the victory. He has allowed two runs or less in four of his five starts this year but has not gone more than five innings in each of his last three starts.

After allowing six runs in his first save appearance of the year, Matt Varner has sealed seven straight save opportunities. Over his last five outings, Varner has allowed just two hits and has not walked a batter.

Ruben Mora, playing in his first game since April 25, went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI's. Mora entered the game with just two hits and one RBI on the season. He did, however, get caught stealing and hit into a double play.

Chris Kolkhorst has reached base safely in 21 straight games to open the year. He went 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI's on Saturday. He entered the game hitting just .231 with runners in scoring position but .352 with the bases empty.


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