Adam Bourassa Hot; Joel Santo Strong

Justin Germano got rocked in Portland; Travis Chick back on track in Mobile; Adam Bourassa is getting things started in Lake Elsinore; Joel Santo strong in Fort Wayne; Kyle Blanks hits three bombs in two days; Matt Thayer returns as promised. All this and more in the MadFriars mionr league roundup.

Portland lost 6-0


Justin Germano was pulled with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth inning and was charged with five runs on seven hits and three walks.  It is the seventh time in 16 games that he has given up four runs or more.  After walking 14 batters during the first two months of the season, Germano has issued a free pass to 13 during June.  The opposition is hitting .307 with runners in scoring position off the righty.


On a day when he was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team, J.J. Furmaniak was one of three Beavers to record a hit on the night, with Bobby Scales netting two.  Furmaniak has a five game hitting streak going and is hitting .276 on the year.   After hitting .241 in April with no homers and one RBI, Furmaniak has launched 11 out of the park and has knocked in 31.  During the month of June, the utility-man who has seen regular time at shortstop and third base this year is hitting .308.


Mobile lost 5-1


Two solo homers provided the only runs to score against right-hander Travis Chick who went six innings and surrendered seven hits and two walks.  Chick has allowed six homers over his past three games and five over the last two.  In six June starts, Chick went 0-5 with a 6.23 ERA in 30.1 innings, including Thursday's two-run outing.  The opposition hit .323 off him this month after batting .242 off him in May.  Seven of his 11 homers allowed have also come during June.


Brian Burgamy was the only BayBear hitter to record a multi-hit night, something he has done in three consecutive games and four times since joining Mobile on June 22.  The only thing Burgamy hasn't done since joining Mobile is get a hit with runners in scoring position.  He is 0-for-5 in such situations. 


Lake Elsinore lost 13-10


The Storm scored seven runs off Jered Weaver on Thursday night in his four innings of work.


Adam Bourassa continues to be a catalyst for the Storm offense.  He added another multi-hit game to his resume, giving him ten such contests in 21 games for the Storm, including four straight multi-hit games.  Bourassa is hitting .386 since joining Lake Elsinore with a .430 on base percentage.  He has scored 17 runs, stolen seven bases, walked ten times and has struck out only five times.


Javier Martinez allowed three homers in his start, the second time this year he has been tagged for a trio of jacks in the same game.  His 15 homers are tied for the California League lead, pending the outcome of Thursday's action.  Martinez gave up four runs on the day on seven hits and one walk.  It marked the ninth time in 15 starts that he has given up four or more runs.  He was also called for his first balk of the season. 



Fort Wayne lost 4-3


Joel Santo got the nod and went seven innings allowing four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out a season-high seven.  Santo has a 4.24 ERA in home games and Thursday was the fourth time in 11 starts that he has given up four or more runs at Memorial Stadium.  He has allowed four or more in all but one of his road starts, sporting a 8.10 ERA.  The opposition is hitting .273 off him this year.


Sean Kazmar went 3-for-4, his third multi-hit game in as many days.  He sailed one out of the park in the ninth, a two-run shot, giving him RBI's in consecutive games for the first time since May 5-7 when he logged RBI's in three straight.  His three RBI's over the last two games match his total from the previous 17 and his homer was his first extra base hit in 15 games.


Tom Vincent went 1-for-4 with a double to push his hitting streak to nine games.  He is 13-for-40 with five extra base hits.  Vincent is hitting .289 in June but has just ten RBI's over his last 42 games.  Vincent, a left-handed hitter, is hitting .327 against lefty pitchers and .303 when he bats fifth in the lineup as opposed to .195 when he bats third.


Eugene won 2-1


It took Santiago Guerrero nine innings to record a hit and extend his hitting streak to six games and the hit turned into a game-winner – a triple that scored two.  Guerrero is 7-for-20 with five RBI's and four walks over the streak.  He has also stolen two bases since being caught in his first two attempts of the year.  The outfielder is hitting .400 with runners in scoring position.


Jon Link got his second start of the year and went six innings, allowing one run on four hits while not walking a batter.  In 12 innings, two earned runs have crossed the plate against Link.  The opposition is hitting .200 off him on this young season.


Alfredo Fernandez hasn't allowed a run in eight appearances this year, three coming with Lake Elsinore.  Over eight innings of work, the right-hander has given up just two hits and just one in five games with the Ems without walking a batter.  He earned his fourth save of the year on Thursday and hasn't allowed a baserunner in four straight appearances.


Peoria won 3-2


Murray Hopley, an Australian signee by the Padres, underwent Tommy John Surgery and reportedly is handling it well, being far away from his native country.


A day after Kyle Blanks smacked his third and fourth homers of the year, the big slugger mashed his fifth of the year, a solo shot.  In seven games this year, Blanks has 16 RBI's on 12 hits – with ten of those going for extra bases.  Blanks leads the Arizona Rookie League in homers, extra base hits and RBI's.  He has scored a run in each of his last five games.


Matt Thayer was back in action as promised, his first game since going on the disabled list.  He went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk.  Thayer last played with Lake Elsinore on May 22.  Thayer hit .267 in California League play, seeing action in ten games.


Tim Turner has a hit in each of his first seven games to begin the year for Peoria.  Turner went 1-for-4 on Thursday but has four multi-hit games already during his seven game streak.  He is 12-for-32 with three walks, nine runs scored and two RBI's.  Turner is, however, 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and has whiffed 11 times on the year.


Ernesto Frieri was brilliant – again.  In his second outing of the year, Frieri went 4.1 innings and allowed one hit, three walks and a hit batsman while striking out three.  Frieri has yet to allow a run in 9.1 innings and has issued just two hits.  The opposition is hitting just .074 off him this year and opponents are 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.


Brandon Kintzler blew his first save of the year, allowing a run on two hits and a walk, but got his second victory of the year to lead the club.  He also has one save and has struck out eight in four innings of work.  While the opposition is hitting .278 off him, he has kept them to 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

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