Drew Macias salami; Cesar Rojas trucking

Drew Macias cracked a grand slam homer to propel the Storm. It was followed by a George Kottaras blast which provided the necessary cushion. Matt Bush committed two more errors and three unearned runs crossed the plate on four Wizard errors. William Venable made his debut and had one of three hits. Cesar Rojas has put together some solid outings and Casey Smith continues to tear it up.

Portland had the night off

Mobile postponed their game due to thunderstorms


Lake Elsinore won 7-6

Arturo Lopez was tagged for five runs on nine hits and three walks in 5.1 innings of work. Lopez has given up four runs or more in each of his past four starts and for the eighth time in 18 starts this year. It was also the third time in four starts that he had given up nine hits. In nine of his first 14 starts he had held the opposition to five hits or less. In 100.2 innings of work, Lopez has only had four successful stolen base attempts against.

Drew Macias provided the eighth inning theatrics one game after Fernando Valenzuela did the same. The centerfielder hit a grand slam, his only hit of the day. Macias has RBI's in four consecutive games and eight total over that span.

Macias was also credited with an outfield assist, tossing a runner out at second base. It is his tenth assist of the year and third in the past 11 games. He is second in the league in outfield assists, trailing the leader by four.

Every member of the team had a hit and seven reached base twice.

Fort Wayne lost 4-1

Three unearned crossed the plate against Wizard pitching on Monday. Matt Bush had two, Matt Lauderdale one and starter Chris Steinborn committed the other. Bush erred in consecutive innings, his 28th and 29th errors of the year, which allowed a run in each frame to score. The shortstop trails Juan Ciriaco by one for most errors in the system. Bush entered the game with a .933 fielding percentage and had been in on 51 double plays. His 29 errors lead the Midwest League and tie him for third worst among all minor leaguers.

Steinborn's error was the only one not to cause further damage. The righty made his second start in lieu of Vern Sterry and went four innings, allowing three unearned runs on four hits and three walks. Minus his four strikeouts, all of his outs were recorded on fly balls. After starting the year in the bullpen, where he allowed three of 12 inherited runners to score, Steinborn has given up three runs on four hits in each of his two starts.

Eugene lost 11-2

William Venable made his debut in Eugene on Monday and collected one of just three Emerald hits, going 1-for-4 with a double and a K. The outfielder replaces Josh Alley, who was promoted to Fort Wayne. Venable hit .322 in 15 games with Peoria, nothing seven extra base hits, 13 runs scored and 12 RBI's. He hit .556 with runners in scoring position but just .167 leading off an inning. Venable also added three stolen bases and was credited with an outfield assist.

Steve Delabar was charged with six runs on six hits, two walks and two hit batsmen in 4.1 innings of work, his shortest outing of the year. Delabar had given up five runs through his first four starts and had given up one run in the first four innings of all his games. Four runs crossed the plate in the first and the opposition is hitting .304 off him with the bases empty but .258 overall against.

Adam Gold entered play holding the opposition to a .148 average against but nine walks in 7.1 innings have helped eight runs, six earned, cross the plate. On Monday he gave up as many homers as outs recorded, two. He ended up being charged with four runs on three hits and a walk, the third time this year all the people to reach base scored. Gold has had two outings where he has not made it through a full inning but four runs have crossed the plate in each.

AZL Padres won 4-1

Casey Smith, obviously buoyed by a demotion, has a nine game hitting streak since joining Peoria. In five of his last six games he has had multi-hit contests after going 3-for-4 with a double on Monday. He also stole his first base of the year after being caught twice previously. Smith, making the conversion from first base, played his first game in left field after playing five in right.

Just 16 games into the season, Tim Turner has two seven game hitting streaks. He accomplished the second streak on Monday, going 1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI. Turner is 9-for-34 over his current streak with five runs scored but has gone ten games without a walk. The primary leadoff man for the club has also been poor with runners in scoring position, getting just three hits in 20 at bats.

Cesar Rojas made his fourth appearance of the year and second start. In five innings of work he allowed one run on three hits and a walk. In 14 innings he has yielded just five hits, a .109 batting average against. Rojas, who turns 19 on July 15, has allowed one hit in 16 at bats with runners on base and he has not allowed a first inning hit. Each outing has surpassed the last by one inning as he went two in a relief appearance, three in a start, four out of the pen and five on Monday.

Ray Gill hit his first professional homer and broke a dry spell of 11 straight games without an RBI. Willy Crafort also hit his first homer as a pro, coming in his second game since joining the club. He has three hits and all have gone for extra bases.


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