Bozied Homers Three Times In First Game Back

Tagg Bozied has missed 10 straight months of baseball, but with his three homer return he's making up for lost time; Normally the first complete game shutout in the Padres minors this year will get you the headline, but Mike Ekstrom is going to have plenty of opportunities to make the headlines; Geoff Blum rehabs in Lake Elsinore; JJ Furmaniak homers for the second straight game.

Portland lost 9-3


J.J. Furmaniak hit a three-run homer to extend his hitting streak to six games.  The infielder has homered in consecutive games and has all three of his homers this year during the streak.  The homer was just his fourth hit with runners in scoring position on the year in 31 at bats.


Roger Deago lasted 3.2 innings, coughing up five runs on eight hits and three walks.  He has allowed 11 runs and 18 hits over two starts with Portland, giving up a homer in each game.  He held the opposition to a .208 average with Mobile but he has served up a .419 average during his time in the PCL.


Brandon Emanuel stopped two inherited runners from scoring for the second straight night but walked three of his own men, allowing the opponent to score without a hit.  Emanuel had walked three all year (13 innings) entering play while striking out 20.  The right-hander has allowed runs in eight of his 12 appearances on the year.


Mobile won 14-3


Tagg Bozied, in his first game back since that fateful day last July 21 when he injured his knee, had plenty of chances to relive the moment as he crossed the plate three times – due to the three jacks he hit.  He hit a solo homer in the sixth inning, a two-run shot in the seventh and capped his night with a three-run blast in the ninth, giving him homers in three consecutive at bats.  Bozied's six RBI was a career high, as was his three homers.


"I'll take three home runs any night," Bozied said after the game with a laugh. "Let alone in your first game back after 10 months off. It felt pretty good tonight."


Every Mobile batter recorded a hit, six players had two hits and three players recorded three hits on the day. Luke Carlin extended his hitting streak to five games, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Corey Smith had three hits, three runs scored and two RBI's.  Nick Trzesniak also had three hits, falling a homer shy of the cycle.


"It's the type of win that hopefully will get the team going," added Bozied.


Travis Chick was rewarded with his second victory of the year after going six-plus innings, charged with three runs on six hits and three walks.  All three runs came across in the sixth inning when he surrendered three straight hits and reliever Jack Cassel could not limit the damage, allowing two inherited runners to score.  It was the longest outing of the year for the right-hander


Lake Elsinore won 9-7


Chris Tierney allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits and five walks but still got the win in 5.2 innings of work.  Tierney has walked 15 in the past 15 innings along with 23 hits.  The opposition has hit .314 off him this year and he has a WHIP of 1.87.  Tierney had more walks (23) than strikeouts (20).


Geoff Blum went 1-for-4 with a walk, a homer, two RBI's and two runs scored in his first rehab game with the Storm.


Brett Bonvechio went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.  It is his third straight game scoring two runs and third straight with an RBI.  He now has an on base percentage of .435, good for third best in the California League.  Bonvechio is 8-for-18 when he bats fifth in the lineup.


Paul Abraham and Leo Rosales struck out the final six batters of the game.  Abraham preserved his streak of not allowing an earned run and Rosales earned his fifth save.  It was the second time this year that Rosales has struck out the side.


Fort Wayne won 8-0


Michael Ekstrom pitched a complete game shutout, the first such outing of the year throughout the entire Padres' minors.  He scattered four hits and walked one, while striking out five.  Ekstrom was aided by three double plays, faced two over the minimum and retired the last 11 batters of the game without a fight.  The right-hander moved to 5-0 on the year with a 1.41 ERA.  He has allowed two runs in his last 24 innings of work.


Peter Ciofrone was a perfect 4-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base.  He was also hit by a pitch.  Ciofrone has had three-plus hits in four games this year but has had just two two-hit games.  Monday was just the second time he has scored two runs in the same game.  Ciofrone has walked more times (13) than he has struck out (12). 


Seven different Wizard players scored a run while they had just three RBI's.  One run scored on a wild pitch in the first, another on a throwing error in the same frame, another on a wild pitch in the eighth and two runs scored on a throwing error in the ninth.

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