Delucci Joins Mobile; Kolkhorst 30 Game Steak Over

Maybe we jinxed him, "I happened to get on and check it out," Chris Kolkhorst admitted of his 30 game streak, which was broken Thursday, "I have seen you write that before so it was in the back of my mind going up 0-for-3 and knowing it was on the line." Also Dustin Delucci joins the Mobile BayBears, possibly to replace the suspended Kennard Jones. The who, what, why and how are inside.

Portland lost 10-7


Marty McLeary had his shortest outing of the year, giving up a season-high eight runs on eight hits and three walks in four innings of work.  McLeary had given up eight runs over his previous four starts.  McLeary also added two RBI's with a triple, his second hit of the year, both have gone for extra bases.


J.J. Furmaniak had been marred in a 5-for-47 slump heading into Wednesday, dropping his average from .286 to .211.  Although he has just gone 3-for-8 since, including 2-for-4 on Thursday, Furmaniak has an extra base hit in two consecutive games – getting his first triple of the year and his first homer.  His two RBI's matched his season total through his previous 29 games.


Jon Knott went 2-for-4 with two doubles, extending his hitting streak to five games.  It is his longest hitting streak of the season and he has six extra base hits during the span.  Sixty-three percent of his hits on the year have gone for extra bases. 


Mobile won 3-1


Casey Baker, who went 3-for-4 on Wednesday with four runs scored, talked to Mobile BayBears broadcaster Tim Hagerty before the game on Thursday.


"That catapulted us," Baker said of his home run in the bottom of the first to give Mobile a 1-0 lead. 


"If we could only get pitching and hitting and defense in one game," Baker added of the team's thinking heading into the game.


Baker didn't learn to switch-hit until he joined the Padres organization.  When asked about accepting the challenge and the adjustments he had to make, Baker replied, "I just wanted a chance to play again.  I would have done anything.  After I signed it was a lot of hard work.  Sometimes it still feels like I am batting left-handed for the first time."


Dustin Delucci was added to the Mobile BayBears on Thursday, taking the place of Cruz.  He hit .244 in 23 games for the Pacific Coast League Tacoma Rainiers this year, the Seattle Mariners Triple-A affiliate, before being released last week.  The outfielder hit .272 with Double-A San Antonio last year.  Delucci, 27, hit four homers, 28 doubles with 32 RBI's.  He scored 82 runs, stole 23 bases while getting caught 15 times and walked 71 times compared to 75 strikeouts.  He played 33 games in left field and 86 in centerfield for San Antonio last year.


Delucci went 1-for-3 with a walk and a double, including a stolen base.


Luke Carlin went 2-for-4 and knocked in all three BayBears runs with a homer.  In the five games he has RBI's four of them are multi-RBI games.  Carlin now has four extra base hits on the year, two of those are homers.


Jose Oyervidez secured his first Southern League victory on Thursday.  The right-hander allowed one run on one hit and five walks in six innings of work.  While he has kept the opposition to a .213 batting average against, Oyervidez has walked 22 – and four or more in each of his last four starts.  Oyervidez also doubled in three at bats, registering his first hit of the year.


San Diego Padres' farmhand Kennard Jones was suspended for seven games from the Mobile BayBears.  The centerfielder kicked open the right-field gate to the Mobile clubhouse after being removed from the game by Gary Jones during the ninth inning Tuesday night, precipitating his suspension.


Luis Cruz is headed to Mexico City, placed there on loan from the Padres' system.  He was hitting .152 on the year with the BayBears and went 0-for-4 in his debut with Mexico City.


Lake Elsinore won 9-4


Jared Wells' last six outs all came by way of the strikeout.  He ended up with 11 K's on the day, a career-high.  Wells went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits.  For the third time this year, Wells did not walk a batter and he has given up just five free passes in 37.1 innings of work.


Juan Ciriaco continues to rake.  He smashed a three run homer in the fourth inning and added a double.  His last nine hits have gone for extra bases.  His 16 extra base hits in 33 games match his total of 16 extra base hits in 99 games with Fort Wayne a year ago.


Brian Burgamy hit two homers, becoming the first Storm player to have a multi-homer game this year.  He drove in four runs, the first time he has had more than three in a game since August 3, 2002 when he knocked in five runs, his career-high.  All four of his RBI's on the day came with two outs and all nine Strom runs came with two outs.  Burgamy went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, his second three hit game of the year.


Fort Wayne lost 9-0


The Wizards broke a perfect game from Andrew Sonnanstine with a one-out walk in the eighth inning by Peter Ciofrone and the next batter, Lachlan Dale, broke up the no-hitter, singling to extend his hitting streak to eight games.  On the year, Dale had not had a hitting streak over three games coming into play.


After grounding out twice and striking out, Chris Kolkhorst entered the ninth inning in jeopardy of losing his on base streak of 30 games to open the year.  On a 1-2 count, Kolkhorst grounded out to first base to end the streak.  Kolkhorst had 37 hits, 19 walks and was hit by two pitches during his streak for an on base percentage of .414.  Kolkhorst was credited with his first outfield assist of the year while also committing his second error of the year.


"It was tough conditions to play in," Kolkhorst explained after the game.  "It was 40 (degrees) and rainy.  It wasn't your ideal conditions to hit in. 


"The guy we were facing came close to pitching a perfect game before we broke it up in the eighth.  He only had one walk coming in so you knew he was going to be close to the plate.  I think we took the approach of putting the ball in play and surely something would find a hole and it didn't seem to work."


Did he even realize his 30-game streak was on the line when he batted in the ninth inning?


"I happened to get on and check it out," Kolkhorst admitted.  "I have seen you write that before so it was in the back of my mind going up 0-for-3 and knowing it was on the line."


Colt Morton was charged with his seventh and eighth pass balls of the year, all coming in his last 13 games.  It was the second time this year he has had two pass balls in the same game.  In the same inning that he committed his second pass ball of the night, Morton went to make a catch of a pop out and appeared to be interfered with by the umpire as he tried to make the grab.  The ball ended up hitting off his glove and falling into fair territory to score a run.  Morton was given an error on the play, his third of the year.


Joel Santo gave up seven runs, five earned, in 3.2 innings of work.  The right-hander allowed six hits and walked a season-high five batters.  Santo has given up five or more runs in each of his last three starts, 20 total in a span of 13.2 innings.  He has surrendered three or more earned runs in his last six starts and four or more in four of his last five.


Geivy Garcia made his Midwest League debut in the eighth inning, yielding two runs, one earned, on two hits.  Garcia appeared in four games for Fort Wayne last season before undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Garcia was 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA. Heading into the 2005 season, Garcia is 7-8 overall with a 4.23 ERA in 63 appearances. He has pitched in 132 innings over the course of four seasons, allowing 132 hits and 62 walks, while striking out 135.


Phil Polanco made his debut in the Padres system in the ninth.  Polanco allowed one hit and struck out two.  Polanco signed with the Padres as a non-drafted free agent on March 6. The right-hander, from Los Angeles, California, was a teammate of former Wizards closer Leo Rosales at Cal-State Northridge. In his senior season in 2004, Polanco was 4-3 with eight saves and a 6.21 ERA in 30 appearances. Polanco allowed 48 hits and 16 walks, while striking out 41 in 33 innings for Cal-State Northridge.

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