Baker, Delucchi promoted; Hyzdu hammering

It was a day off for two teams but lots of news, even in those towns. Updates from Mexican League play where Luis Cruz has been hitting well. Adam Hyzdu is on fire in Portland as Tagg Bozied heads to the disabled list. An overdue promotion comes down the line as a California League All-Star moves up. Jered Weaver debuted but Javier Martinez was the story.

Mexican League update

Luis Cruz, playing for the Mexico Red Devils, has a seven game hitting streak through June 19. He is 12-for-30 during the streak with two extra base hits and four runs scored. Cruz is hitting .306 for the year in 31 games with 13 extra base hits and 16 RBI's.

Edgar Huerta, playing for the Tigres de la Angelopolis, is 4-2 with one save in 13 appearances. His ERA sits at 2.53 but he does have a .304 batting average against. He has walked only one batter in 10.2 innings.

Portland won 12-7

Tagg Bozied was placed on the disabled list with a strained lower back. Bozied had been hitting .259 with two homers and ten RBI's in 14 games with Portland after hitting .333 with three homers and 12 RBI's in 12 games for Mobile. He had been struggling with runners in scoring position for the Beavers, however, hitting just .154 in those situations.

The Padres promoted Dustin Delucchi to take Bozied's place. Delucchi, who was picked up by the Padres and added to Mobile after being released by Seattle, hit .280 in 33 games for the BayBears with a .374 on base percentage. He had five doubles, eight RBI's, four stolen bases and 11 runs scored in Southern League play. Delucchi pinch hit on Monday and was credited with a sacrifice bunt. The outfielder hit .244 with PCL Tacoma team, the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle farm system, earlier in the season.

Adam Hyzdu went 4-for-4 and reached base safely in all five trips to the plate on Monday. He belted two home runs and drove in a season-high four runs. Hyzdu has seven home runs over his last 17 games with 14 RBI's over that span. He has now reached base safely in 28 of his last 29 games, including 12 straight, with his .427 on-base percentage leading the club.

On a day when Portland tallied 16 hits, Michel Hernandez also reached base safely five times, going 3-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Six players notched multi-hit games with Wilson Valdez the only regular going hitless, six players also drew a walk, and seven players scored a run.

Justin Germano didn't have his best stuff but didn't need it thanks to the offensive outburst from Portland. Germano was pulled after 5.2 innings yielded five runs, four earned, on eight hits and three walks. The righty (4-5) won his third straight decision and Monday marked the sixth time in 14 starts that he has allowed four or more runs. He hasn't allowed a homer in three consecutive outings after issuing 11 in his first 11 starts.

Mobile had the day off

Steve Baker was promoted from Lake Elsinore to Mobile, meaning he will not play in the California League All-Star game slated for June 28.

Baker hit .344 with the Storm, putting him in the top-ten in the California League, with 17 doubles, one triple, four homers and 37 RBI's. He has had three hitting streaks of seven games or more and at one point was hitting .386 – 42 games into the season on June 5. Ironically, he had only walked four times through the first two months of the season but has walked nine times since.

Besides his hot bat, Baker has added eight outfield assists from his right field position.

Lake Elsinore won 3-1

Javier Martinez trumped the debut of Jered Weaver with 6.2 innings of one-run ball but still managed to leave without a decision. He allowed five hits and walked four while striking out four. For the fifth time in six starts, Martinez has allowed two earned runs or less, lowering his ERA from 7.23 to a season-low 4.84. His four walks matched a season-high and Martinez has walked three or more in four starts.

George Kottaras broke through with a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning – the eventual game-winner. It is the second homer in three games for the catcher and his seventh of the year. He went 2-for-4, giving him 21 multi-hit affairs in 60 games this year. His 24 extra base hits tie him for tops on the team with Juan Ciriaco.

Drew Macias broke through against Weaver with a single to score a run – extending his hitting streak to six games. Macias is 13-for-25 with four doubles and five RBI's over the streak. The centerfielder is hitting .367 for the month of June and .452 with runners in scoring position and two outs. Seventeen of his 30 RBI's have come with two outs.

Fort Wayne has three days off with the All-Star game on Tuesday

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