Luke Steidlmayer Back to Form

Dustin Delucci to the mound in Portland is not a good thing; Brian Whitaker wins Pitcher of the Week in the Southern League, while Michael Thompson makes a case for himself next week; Luke Steidlmayer's bounce back start wasted by the bullpen in Lake Elsinore; Matt Thayer moves to Fort Wayne and sparkles in his return; Arnold Hughey settles down in Eugene; John Hussey does not in Peoria.

Portland lost 10-0


Brandon Emanuel made his second start of the season in spot duty and lasted three innings, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks.  His last start came on June 2.  Three runs came in on a pair of homers allowed, the second time this year he has given up two jacks in one outing.  Emanuel has allowed runs in 12 of his 22 outings, despite holding the opposition to a .246 average against.  While righties are hitting .161 off him, lefties are swatting .324 off him.


Dustin Delucchi went 1-for-4 at the plate and came in from his centerfield position to pitch the ninth inning.  He walked one and struck out one in a scoreless inning.  Delucchi is 8-for-27 since joining the Beavers from Double-A Mobile with seven walks for a .441 on base percentage.  He is also batting .500 with men in scoring position.  The outfielder hit .280 with Mobile before his promotion.


Mobile lost 4-1


Brian Whitaker won two starts this past week to earn Pitcher of the Week honors in the Southern League. On June 27, Whitaker shut down the potent Diamond Jaxx offense, pitching seven innings and allowing four hits and one earned run in a 2-1 BayBears' victory. The right-hander pitched just as effectively in his next start on July 3 at Trustmark Park against the Mississippi Braves. Whitaker pitched 6.2 innings, allowing nine hits and one earned run to go along with seven strikeouts in Mobile's 4-1 victory. The Padres selected Whitaker in the 27th round of the 2002 draft out of UNC Wilmington.


Paul McAnulty provided the fireworks in his return to Mobile when he was ejected in the seventh inning after being called out on strikes in his only at bat.


Mike Thompson was perfect through six innings, only scattering a few hits but he ran into trouble in the seventh where two runs, one earned, scored.  Thompson left the game haven given up just the two runs over 6.1 innings on six hits and two walks but got the loss when Mobile could not generate any offense.  Despite allowing two runs or less in 12 of his 17 starts, Thompson is just 5-6.


Joe Gerber homered for the third straight game and the fourth time in eight games.  They are, coincidentally, the only games he has recorded an RBI in dating back to June 16, a span of 17 games.  Gerber has hit six homers this year and all have come since joining the BayBears.


Lake Elsinore lost 5-4


Adam Bourassa's streak of nine straight games with a hit was snapped, although he did score two runs.  Peeter Ramos inched his streak forward to 11 games and Fernando Valenzuela reached nine with his.  Brett Bonvechio notched a hit in his seventh straight.


After getting hammered in his California League debut, Luke Steidlmayer was much sharper in his second outing.  The righty allowed three runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out three.  One unearned run scored courtesy of an error from Steidlmayer.  He has still limited the opposition to a .134 average against with runners in scoring position on the season, including his time with Fort Wayne.


Steidlmayer lost his chance at his first win with the Storm when Leo Rosales blew his sixth save of the year.  After allowing a solo home run to tie the game, the opposition manufactured a run with two outs for the eventual game-winner.   Rosales has 12 saves on the year and hasn't recorded more than three saves in a row without a blown one tossed in.  Over 34 appearances, he has given up runs 13 times.  The leadoff man of an inning is hitting .310 off him.


Fort Wayne lost 6-3


Tom Vincent had his 12-game hitting streak snapped, going 0-for-4.


Matt Thayer was back in full season ball after playing in three games with Peoria and going 3-for-8 with two walks.  Although he began play with Lake Elsinore, Thayer was sent to Fort Wayne this time around and the injuries that have haunted him appear behind him.  He went 3-for-4 on Monday with two RBI's and is five for his last eight overall.  It was the first three-hit game of the year for Thayer.


Clayton Hamilton dropped his third straight decision on Monday and is 1-5 over his last eight games.  Hamilton has a 4.46 ERA over that time span with six of his eight homers allowed coming then.  On Monday, Hamilton allowed four runs on six hits and three walks over six innings.  It is just the fourth time this year he has given up four or more runs and three of those games have come in his last seven contests.


Eugene won 6-3


Left-hander Arnold Hughey recorded his first win as a professional, tossing five innings of two run ball on four hits and two walks.  Two batters had reached scoring position on Hughey through five innings but no runs crossed the dish until the sixth.  Hughey had allowed 15 hits over his first 8.1 innings of work and lefties are hitting .391 off him to begin the year. 


Josh Geer made his debut after signing this past week.  A third round pick out of Rice, Geer went 12-4 last year for the Owls.  A two-year starting pitcher for Navarro College in Corsicana and voted the Conference MVP after posting a 1.78 ERA, Geer held opposing hitters to a .219 batting average with Rice and posted 102 strikeouts in 118.1 innings.  Now with the Emeralds, Geer did not allow a baserunner in one inning of work.


AZL Padres lost 7-5


After allowing three runs over his first 10.1 innings of work, John Hussey was torched for six runs, five earned, on seven hits and two walks in three-plus innings.  Hussey also uncorked two wild pitches and hit a batter.  The opposition is hitting .385 off him with runners in scoring position, although the right-hander has kept lefties to a .190 average against.


With the signing of Chase Headley, taken in the second round of the 2005 Draft by the Friars, Chad Steiner – a 20th round selection – was dropped to Peoria from Eugene.  Steiner was 3-for-23 with four RBI's for the Ems.  The third baseman hit .388 for Lamar with eight homers and 57 RBI's.  He also drew more walks, 25, than he struck out, 17.  In his debut with the Peoria squad, Steiner went 0-for-4, grounding into two double plays and committing an error.  He has hit into four double plays in seven games so far this year.

MadFriars Top Stories