Cesar Ramos brilliant; Corey Smith five in three

Cesar Ramos was terrific in his Midwest League debut with the Fort Wayne Wizards. Ben Johnson's hitting streak ends at 17. Corey Smith has five homers in his last three games. Eddie Bonine was back in the starting rotation. Ditto Jon Link, although the results were vastly different.

Portland lost 3-2

Ben Johnson's hitting streak ended at 17 games on Thursday night after he went 0-for-4 with a run scored. During the streak, the outfielder went 29-for-71 with eight doubles, four homers, 18 RBI's and 16 runs scored. He had doubles in five straight games coming into Thursday and also added nine walks. He is hitting .350 since the start of June.

After yielding just one hit in his premier in the Pacific Coast League, Mike Thompson gave up 11 hits in his second outing. The right-hander was able to limit the damage, allowing three runs, two earned. He induced two double plays with runners on and was aided by catcher Miguel Ojeda who nabbed two would be thieves. It was the first time in his last five starts that he has given up more than two runs.

Mobile won 6-5 in ten innings

Corey Smith jacked two balls out of the park on Thursday night, including the game-winner in the tenth. It is his second multi-homer game in three nights, third straight game with a homer and fifth over that span. Each of his last five hits have left the park. Smith entered July with six homers on the year and has hit seven this month. His 17 RBI's in July topped the 13 he drove in during May. Eight of the RBI's have come over the last three games.

Sean Thompson gave up five runs on ten hits and three walks in five innings of work. While the lefty has given up four hits or less in two of his last three starts, he has also given up ten or more in two of his last four. It was also the 12th time in 20 starts that he has walked three or more. He picked off two runners on Thursday but was called for his second balk of the year. Thompson did go 1-for-1 at the plate with a run scored and is hitting .350 on the year – the best average on the team. He is 7-for-20 on the year with five runs scored.

Lake Elsinore lost 8-6

Eddie Bonine made his fourth start of the year, giving up eight runs – all in the first two innings – on eight hits and five walks in five innings. In his last two starts, Bonine has given up 15 runs over a ten inning span. He had given up four runs over his first ten innings out of the starting rotation. Bonine has an ERA of 8.10 as a starter and a 5.88 ERA as a reliever. It is the second time this year he has walked five in a game.

Peeter Ramos went 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He has now had five hitting streaks of eight games or more and has a hit in all but four of his last 44 games. Ramos is 13-for-34 over the current streak, but has hit into a double play in consecutive games. He has scored six runs and has an RBI in four straight games.

Fort Wayne won 2-0

Cesar Ramos made his Midwest League debut, tossing three hit ball over seven innings while striking out four and not walking a batter. The lefty had posted a 6.97 ERA over six appearances with the Eugene Emeralds, including two outings where six earned runs crossed the dish. He had not pitched more than five innings in any start but the word from Eugene was he was "crisp" but "leaving his pitches out and up". He took care of that problem on Thursday. Ramos had a .303 batting average against in Eugene but begins his Wizards career with a .130 average against.

Mike Baxter went 1-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to seven games. The first baseman is 9-for-30 over the streak with four RBI's and four runs scored. Three of those hits have gone for extra bases and he has three stolen bases in the last four games. Five of his ten hits have come with RISP and two outs and he is hitting .556 in such situations.

Eugene lost 7-4

Jon Link was back in the starting rotation after seven appearances out of the bullpen. He was pulled after four innings, with two runs in, one earned, on three hits and a walk. Link has given up six earned runs over four starts, a 2.61 ERA. Conversely, he has a 3.75 ERA out of the bullpen. It was probably best that he didn't pitch into the fifth – opponents are hitting .429 off him in that inning and just .208 the rest of the game.

Reliever Adam Gold gave up four runs, three earned, on a season-high six hits and a walk to take his third blown save and the loss. Gold has given four runs on three separate occasions and surrendered a run in seven of his 12 relief appearances. Over his last nine appearances, the opposition is batting .392. Although he has not worked more than 2.2 innings in any outing, Gold has given up multiple runs in a game six times.

After his average dropped to a season low .216, Nick Hundley has begun the ascent again. He went 3-for-5 on Thursday with two doubles, giving him his only four doubles on the year over his last four games. Hundley is 8-for-20 over his last six games with six walks. Over that span he has scored eight runs. Hundley was, however, charged with his 12th passed ball of the year on Thursday.

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