Germano and Lopez Come Back Strong

Justin Germano evens his records and silences some critics; Arturo Lopez rights the ship; Phil Polanco bounces around and ends up right back in Fort Wayne; Nick Hundley shows promise with the arm, and inconsistency behind the plate in Eugene; Will Venable goes extra base hit happy in Peoria.

Portland won 3-2


Justin Germano went seven strong to even up his record at 6-6.  The righty allowed one run on seven hits and a walk while striking out four.  He has won five of his last six decisions and has allowed two earned runs or less in 11 of his 17 starts.  Since beginning the year with an ERA of 6.00 in five April starts, Germano has a 3.33 ERA in 12 starts over the last three months to give him a 3.99 ERA overall.  He has allowed 43 earned runs on the year but just two have come in the first inning.


Dustin Delucchi went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and two runs scored, pushing his hitting streak to five games.  The outfielder is hitting .333 since joining Portland with nine walks in 14 games for an on base percentage of .476.  Over his current streak he is 7-for-17 with four walks, seven runs scored and five extra base hits.  He had just two extra base hits in 23 games for the Tacoma Rainiers of the PCL, the Seattle Mariners Triple-A affiliate.  Delucchi had one of just four hits for the Beavers on Wednesday.  Adam Hyzdu added two hits and two RBI's and Jon Knott added a triple and an RBI.


Mobile game postponed


Due to severe rainstorms in the Mobile area, Wednesday's game between the Mobile BayBears and Jacksonville Suns has been rained out. The BayBears and Suns will complete Tuesday's suspended game on Thursday, and then play the regularly scheduled nine inning game.


Wednesday's game is postponed until August 6th, when Mobile will play Jacksonville in a doubleheader, starting at 6:05.


Lake Elsinore lost 6-1


Arturo Lopez pitched seven plus innings, giving up four runs on eight hits with his final stats looking worse than the outing he had.  Lopez was solid through seven, giving up just two solo home runs and left in the eighth when the first three batters he faced reached base.  Lopez has limited the opposition to a .255 average against but they are batting .321 off him over the last three starts.


Brett Bonvechio and Peeter Ramos had their hitting streaks come to a close, leaving Fernando Valenzuela the lone man standing.  Valenzuela went 2-for-4 to give him an 11-game hitting streak.  Valenzuela is 15-for-43 during the streak with six walks and eight RBI's.  On Wednesday, Valenzuela also stole a base and committed an error.  It was the first baseman's sixth error in the last 12 games.


Fort Wayne lost 4-3


Chris Steinborn, making a spot start with right-hander Vern Sterry on the disabled list, went a season-high five innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk.  He had nine previous appearances for Fort Wayne, all in relief, spanning 20.1 innings with his longest outing lasting 4.2 innings on June 27.  Steinborn has a .232 average against with the Wizards.


Phil Polanco was back in Fort Wayne after being sent back to extended for roughly a month and being sent to Eugene for the start of the Northwest League season.  After making six appearances with the Emeralds, holding the opposition to a .188 average against and sporting a 2.00 ERA, Polanco was shipped back to Fort Wayne where he went two innings, allowing one run on two hits and a walk to take the loss.  Polanco has a 16.20 ERA in Midwest League play and has given up runs in five of his seven appearances.  He has given up 15 runs in 8.1 innings with Fort Wayne.


Eugene lost 6-5 in ten innings


Nick Hundley has thrown out a runner in seven straight games and has tossed out eight of 14 this year but on the flip side he has been charged with a passed ball for five straight games and has six passed balls on the year.  Hundley went 1-for-5 at the plate with an RBI, giving him an RBI in five straight games.  He is hitting .273 with runners in scoring position.


Fireballer Alfredo Fernandez got lit up for two runs on four hits and a walk in his inning of work, the first runs he has yielded this year.  The result was a blown save and an eventual loss for the Ems.  Fernandez came into the game having allowed just one hit during his time with Eugene and two hits overall, counting his three appearances with Lake Elsinore.  He had gone six straight games without allowing a hit.  Six of the last eight outs he has recorded have come by way of the strikeout.


Steve Delabar made his fourth start of the year and held true to his pattern.  He allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits in five-plus innings and has yet to give up more than two runs in any outing this season.  In his first 21 innings of work, he has given up just four earned runs and the opposition is hitting .105 against him with runners in scoring position.  He has also walked two over that span while striking out 14.


AZL Padres won 8-5


William Venable went 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to six games, hitting his first triple and first homer as a professional.  The outfielder drove in a career best four runs to give him 11 on the year in 12 games.  The left-handed hitter is 9-for-14, a .643 average, with runners in scoring position but has just four hits in 25 at bats with the bases empty.


Converted first baseman and current outfielder Casey Smith went 3-for-5 with three RBI's on Wednesday.  Since joining Peoria on June 29 after playing in two games with Eugene, he has a hit in each of his five games with the club and four RBI's and five hits over the past two.  Six of his eight hits have come with runners on base.  Smith did have his first error of the season in his third game playing right field, two games after recording an outfield assist for throwing a runner out at second base.


Eighteen year old right-hander Cesar Rojas performed admirably in relief, tossing four scoreless innings while allowing one hit and one walk for his first victory.  He has given up just two hits in nine innings of work this year while walking four.  Rojas has limited the opposition to a .071 average against but has walked a batter in each of his three outings.


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