Chick, Deago perform in losses; Ramos cleaning up

While the ‘prospects' are struggling in Portland, some players with Major League experience are making waves. Travis Chick bounced back but the bullpen struggled, not once, but twice, as they also wasted a great outing by Roger Deago in the back half of a doubleheader. Peeter Ramos is a leadoff hitter acting like a cleanup hitter. Matt Bush hit his second homer of the year.

Portland won 7-4

Robert Fick went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI's. Fick, playing catcher, did allow his third pass ball of the year and was 0-for-3 attempting to throw out baserunners stealing, but has been deadly at the plate, hitting .375. He has also walked in seven straight games.

Damian Jackson extended his hitting streak to six games with a 3-for-5 performance. He also knocked in a run, his seventh RBI in the last six games. Jackson has reached base at least twice in each game and has scored seven runs over the streak.

Kerry Robinson went 2-for-5 to push his hitting streak to eight games. He has also scored a run in seven straight games, ten over the span. The speedy outfielder has also stolen six bases in his past four games.

Marty McLeary went five innings to pick up his first win of the year. He allowed two runs on four hits and five walks. It was the second time this year McLeary has walked four or more in the same game. McLeary allowed six walks in his last start of 2004. After he gave up six walks on July 3, he was turned into the Portland closer. He has only been a starter this year.

Mobile lost 6-2, 4-0

Travis Chick bounced back from two terrible outings (15 earned runs in 6.1 innings) to allow two runs on two hits and two walks in game one. He struck out seven, a season high, but did allow his second homer of the season, which accounted for both runs scored.

Rusty Tucker lasted just two-thirds of an inning in the first half of the doubleheader. He hit the first batter he faced before issuing two straight wild pitches. A sacrifice fly plated the run. He gave up three wild pitches on the day and has allowed runs in four of nine outings this year.

Although Kennard Jones didn't record one of the four BayBear hits on the day, he did draw three walks in game one. He has gotten a free pass in six straight games and ten over that span. Jones did, however, get caught stealing for the first time this year. He stole his seventh base of the year in game two.

Mike Richardson went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI's. It was Richardson first homer of the year and he accounted for all but one of Mobile's hits in game one. The BayBears managed just four hits in the second game of the doubleheader as well.

Roger Deago made his second start of the year, going five innings and yielding just one hit but no runs. Deago walked three and struck out seven. Deago allowed two earned runs in his final outing.

Dale Thayer allowed a grand slam in one inning of work – the third grand slam Mobile relievers have allowed this year. The four runs he allowed were more than he has surrendered in nine previous outings.

Lake Elsinore lost 8-6

Peeter Ramos, the Storm's leadoff hitter, went 2-for-5 with a double, homer, two runs scored and four RBI's. Ramos now has 16 RBI's and is tied for second on the team in the category. Ramos had not had more than one extra base hit in a game this year and logged just five extra base hits in 21 games entering Sunday.

Matt Thayer continued to show he belonged in a full season league, logging his fifth straight game with a hit to open the year after being in extended. Thayer has also scored five runs and is hitting .455.

Jared Wells pitched six innings, six days after leaving a game early due to a knee injury. Wells gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits. He has surrendered four runs in three of his five starts.

Fort Wayne won 5-3

Clayton Hamilton won his fourth straight start, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks. They were the first two earned runs he has allowed over his last three starts, lowering his ERA down to 2.89.

Matt Varner recorded his eight straight save in eight chances after blowing his first opportunity of the year. For the first time this year, he went more than an inning, getting an extra out in the eighth with two men on base. He struck out two and walked one.

Matt Bush went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBI's. He also scored two runs. Bush has scored 15 runs this year, good for second on the Wizards, despite hitting just .229 with an on base percentage of .273.

Colt Morton drove in a run for the fourth straight game. Morton went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. He has eight RBI's in the four-game span and has 15 RBI's over his last nine games. Morton is hitting .364 on the year. He did, however, have his third pass ball of the year and has thrown out just one of the past 11 runners attempting to steal.

Yordany Ramirez extended his hitting streak to seven games, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Ramirez has five multi-hit games over the span and has raised his average from .086 to .238. He also stole his fourth base of the year.

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