Michael Thompson Back; Mike Ekstrom Outdueled

Brad Baker is struggling in Portland; Brian Burgamy continues to get hits in bunches; Three Storm players appear in the All Star Game; Mike Ekstrom pitches well, but not as well as his opposing pitcher; Brent Carter impresses in his second start

Portland lost 3-2 in 14 innings

With Miguel Asencio in San Diego to have his elbow re-examined, Brian Sweeney got the start on three days rest and it looked like he had been on vacation for a week given his outstanding performance. In five innings of work, Sweeney yielded just one hit, walked two and struck out three. The last time Sweeney allowed just one hit in an outing came on July 11, 2004 when he pitched a one-hitter through seven innings. The right-hander has a 2.93 ERA in 30.2 June innings.

Brad Baker blew his seventh save of the season on Monday and has allowed runs in eight of his 35 appearances this year. Baker has worked more than an inning on four occasions this year and has allowed runs in three of those games, although Monday's occurred in his first inning of work. Baker allowed runs in ten games a year ago in time split between Mobile and Portland but surrendered just 11 earned runs. This year he has given up 21 earned runs.

Mobile lost 6-4 in 12 innings

Mike Thompson returned to early season form with a seven inning, two-run outing, allowing six hits and walking one while striking out four. He was in line for the win until a blown save by Dale Thayer kept him at 5-5 on the year and a loser of three straight decisions still active. Thompson has kept the opposition to two earned runs or fewer in 11 of his 16 outings this year.

Brian Burgamy was the sole BayBear to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-6 with a solo homer and three strikeouts. Burgamy has three multi-hit games in his last five games and has reached base safely in six straight. It was, however, the second time he has whiffed three times in the same game over a four game span. He whiffed three times in a game just twice in 59 games with the Lake Elsinore Storm.

Lake Elsinore had the day off with the Cal-Carolina League All-Star Game. Carolina won 8-0

George Kottaras went 0-for-1 with a strikeout while Juan Ciriaco went 0-for-2 with a K in the All-Star game on Tuesday. Jared Wells, a late addition to the squad, lasted just two-thirds of an inning and gave up two runs on four hits while whiffing one.

Fort Wayne lost 3-0

Mike Ekstrom went 5.1 innings and gave up three runs on nine hits and two walks. He was pulled after yielding a two-run homer – and Ekstrom had to deal with a runner on base in every inning, including working out of a bases loaded and no out situation in the fifth where he held the opposition off the board. He has lost two straight games and opponents are hitting .297 off him during the month of June after batting .212 off him through the first two months of the season.

Jonathan Ellis pitched one inning of scoreless ball and has held the opposition at bay in nine of his last 11 outings. Ellis has allowed runs in 11 of his 26 appearances on the year but has allowed just six earned runs since the beginning of May. After posting an ERA of 7.00 in April, he has 1.72 ERA since and a 2.90 ERA overall.

Eugene won 11-3

Before Brent Carter left the game, the score was tight and he held up quite well. Carter lasted six innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on six hits while striking out two. He has given up four runs this year but just one has been earned. In 13 at bats with runners in scoring position he has allowed just one hit, a .077 batting average against. He has a ten-to-one strikeout to walk ration early in the year.

Chad Steiner, a 20th round pick by the Padres this year, got his first hit after beginning the year 0-for-14, including four at bats on Monday. He tripled in two, giving him three RBI's on the night. The third baseman did commit his second error of the year in four games and also hit into his second double play of the young season. Steiner hit .388 with eight homers and 57 RBI's for Lamar Community College this past season. He also walked 25 times compared to just 17 strikeouts and stole 12 bases in 16 attempts.

Peoria had the night off

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