Ben Johnson smoking; Mike Baxter debut

Ben Johnson back in Portland – the PCL beware. Luke Carlin had an interesting night behind the plate. Cesar Carrillo was on the mound for the Storm. Mike Baxter debuted in Fort Wayne and was involved in a play at the plate. Matt Bush busted out the stick. Eugene came back from a ten run deficit as Cesar Ramos, the pitcher, had three errors. Drew Davidson provided the lumber for the comeback win.

Portland won 7-3

Ben Johnson was back with the Beavers and has started back up where he left off – tearing up Triple-A pitching. With two hits in five at bats, Johnson is riding a nine game hitting streak at the Triple-A level. He is 16-for-33 with five walks. Johnson has scored a run in eight straight games with Portland, scoring 11 runs over that span. With three RBI's on Monday, Johnson has 12 RBI's over the last three games with Portland. Since the start of June, he is hitting .367 with the Beavers. Johnson went 2-for-14 with two doubles and three RBI's during his time with the San Diego Padres.

Brandon Emanuel gave up two unearned runs over three innings of work on three hits and two walks, his fourth start of the year. As a starter, Emanuel has a 3.60 ERA and has limited the opposition to a .218 average against. Since the start of June, Emanuel has a 3.18 ERA. He has kept right-handed hitters to a slim .164 average against while lefties are swatting .294 off him.

Mobile lost 9-2

Luke Carlin had a ball bust loose from his grasp when a play at the plate and collision by Brad Nelson forced the ball out in the top of the eighth inning. Ironically, one inning later there was another play at the plate with Nelson again barreling down on Carlin but the catcher held on to the ball with the outfield assist going to Paul McAnulty. Carlin went 2-for-4 at the plate, raising his average in July to .308. Carlin batted just .215 during the month of June and has gone 17 games without an extra base hit.

Brian Whitaker made his first start since July 3 and went seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk. Over the last five starts, Whitaker has given up six earned runs, lowering his ERA from 5.94 to 4.50. The righty is 2-3 over that span and leads the team with ten losses. The opposition has also hit .323 off him with lefties batting .346 off him. Whitaker did go 1-for-1 at the plate with a run scored. He has four hits in 23 at bats this year.

Lake Elsinore lost 4-3

Javier Martinez was placed on the disabled list because of tightness in his right elbow.

Cesar Carrillo took the mound for his third start, going a season-high five innings and allowing three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five. Carrillo has limited the opposition to a .224 average against but they are swatting .400 off the righty with runners in scoring position. He has whiffed 14 in 12.1 innings.

A 1-for-4 night extended Brett Bonvechio's hitting streak to 11 games. He tripled and added an RBI, giving him 15 hits in 44 at bats with eight of those extra base hits. He is batting .362 in 17 games during the month of July with 14 extra base hits and 12 RBI's. Bonvechio has hits in 19 of his last 20 games. Seventeen of his 52 RBI's have come over the last 19 games.

Fort Wayne lost 5-4

Mike Baxter, the last man among to sign among the Padres' first 12 picks, made his debut in Fort Wayne, replacing Peter Ciofrone in the fourth inning. Baxter went 1-for-3, singling with two outs in the ninth inning. On the play, Chris Kolkhorst attempted to score from second but was thrown out at home to end the game.

Baxter was Vanderbilt's Most Valuable Player and a second-team All-SEC selection after leading his team in virtually every offensive category, including average (.374), home runs (nine), RBIs (48), and stolen bases (26) [a rarity for a first baseman]. Baxter had been playing left field with the Hyannis Mets of the Cape Cod League where he was hitting .261 in 25 games.

"Mike is as good as defensive first baseman as I've coached," Vanderbilt manager Tim Corbin said. "He is an athletic player who is stronger and made himself more of a force offensively. Good runner with very good base running instincts. An outstanding team player."

Fabian Jimenez lasted 4.1 innings, allowing three runs, two earned on six hits and a season-high seven walks. Not surprisingly, there were at least two runners on in all five of the innings he pitched in. Jimenez has walked 50 batters in 80.2 innings of work and has a WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) of 1.93. It is the tenth time in 18 starts that he has issued three or more free passes in a game. It was the eighth time that he has given up two earned runs or less.

Matt Bush went 2-for-4 with a double. He also drove in a career-high three, matching his RBI total from the previous 30 games. Bush is 12-for-58 during the month of July, a .207 average. The shortstop is hitting .157 with runners in scoring position with 16 hits in 102 at bats. Bush is also tied for the team lead having hit into ten double plays.

Eugene won 14-13

The improbable happened on Monday. Down 11-1, the Emeralds came back to take the lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, 13-11, before Alfredo Fernandez blew his second save in a row and third in his last five appearances. Fernandez gave up two runs on three hits and a walk, two days after six runs crossed the plate against him. He did, however, get the win when the team scored in the tenth and Fernandez retired the side. The righty has given up nine hits over his last five appearances after giving up just two hits in his first ten.

Three errors by the pitcher? As crazy as it sounds, Cesar Ramos accomplished that feat on Monday. Ramos had errors on successive plays in the first inning and added another in the second. In just 3.1 innings of work, Ramos was tagged for 11 runs, six earned, on seven hits, two walks, one hit batsman and one wild pitch. It took Ramos 72 pitches to get that far before being pulled. It is the second time in three starts that Ramos has been banged around. He gave up six runs on July 7 and has now given up seven hits or more in each of his last three games. In 16.1 innings, Ramos has already faced a bases loaded situation six times and with runners in scoring position the opposition is hammering him at a .381 clip.

Six batters had multi-hit games, nine players scored at least one run, six knocked in runs, and everyone except Billy Richardson reached base safely. Leading the barrage was Drew Davidson who went 4-for-6 with a walk, a homer and three RBI's. The outfielder has a five game hitting streak, going 11-for-26 with two homers. He has knocked in six over the last five games and has two outfield assists in that time. Davidson entered the game with just six hits in 36 at bats and two RBI's playing at home in Eugene.

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