Delucchi "earns" it; Debuts all around

Mike Thompson is dealing but the bullpen is folding. Dustin Delucchi is getting comfortable in Portland – now that he has proven himself. George Kottaras debuted, recording one of just two hits for Mobile. Four debut in Lake Elsinore – and a ten game streak continues. Josh Alley has turned the corner, resurrecting his play. Tim Turner and Clint Cleland didn't have quite the debuts they had hoped for. Josh Thomas-Dotson is in the news.

Portland lost 5-4

Mike Thompson went seven innings for the third straight start to open his Portland career, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. He has a 1.71 ERA with Portland, allowing two earned runs or less each time out. It is also the 16th time in 20 starts that he has allowed two earned runs or less in a start. Despite allowing 11 hits last time out, he still has an average against of .234.

Dustin Delucchi went 3-for-4 to raise his average with Portland to .302 over 34 games. He doubled twice (11 on the year) and scored twice to give him 27 runs scored. He has also walked more times, 19, than he has struck out, 17. He has split his time between centerfield and right field after playing sporadically upon his arrival to the Triple-A club.

"I think I knew the situation when I got (to Portland)," said Delucchi. "I knew I would get out there every once and a while and then had to earn my playing time."

Mobile lost 2-1

Jared Wells has given up some hits in his two Double-A outings but has done a nice job of limiting the damage. He gave up nine hits over six-plus innings on Tuesday, allowing two runs. He has surrendered 17 hits over his first two starts but just four runs have crossed the plate in 13 innings of work, a 2.77 ERA. It is the seventh time in his last nine outings that he has given up two runs or less.

George Kottaras made his debut with the BayBears as the designated hitter. He notched the first hit of the night for Mobile, a single to right in the fifth. It happened to be one of just two hits for the BayBears. He ended up with one hit in four at bats and extended his hitting streak to ten games, over two leagues. He is 14-for-39 over the streak.

"Starting pitching has been the catalyst to our run here," said BayBears Manager Gary Jones. "The guys have thrown strikes and done well."

Lake Elsinore lost 6-3

Colt Morton hit a towering solo homer in the sixth inning and followed it up with another solo shot in the eighth inning, a nice California League debut. It is his second multi-homer game of the year and 11th and 12th overall. Morton's two homers are already half of his best month, April where he had four, on the year. Known as a power hitter, Morton sacrificed some power to cut down on his strikeouts, 58 in 64 games.

Chris Kolkhorst continues to hit no matter what level he is at. In the leadoff spot, Kolkhorst went 2-for-5 with a double. Despite ending consecutive games on double plays prior to getting called up, he has a ten game hitting streak. Tuesday, however, was just his second multi-hit game during the streak. He has nine RBI's over the streak.

Matt Thayer was back in the California League, going 1-for-3 with a walk. The outfielder hit .267 through his first tour with Lake Elsinore, a span of ten games. Since his last tour, he has raised his average to .352. He has also walked 21 times and struck out 18 on the year, two coming on Tuesday.

Brett Dowdy was in a familiar role, batting second behind Kolkhorst. The infielder went 0-for-3 with a walk in his Storm debut. After playing at third base the entire year in Fort Wayne, Dowdy moved to second base with the Storm. Dowdy played nine games at second base in 2004.

Fort Wayne lost 6-2

Cesar Ramos, fresh off a seven inning shutout performance in his first Midwest League outing, was touched up for four runs on eight hits in four innings on Tuesday. It was the third time this year he has given up seven or more hits while not going more than five innings. He has given up 24 runs over his last 28 innings of work, spanning two leagues – and that includes his seven inning gem last time out.

Josh Alley extended his hitting streak to seven games with a 2-for-5 night. It was his fourth multi-hit affair in the last six games and he is 11-for-27 over the life of the streak. All of his hits have been singles and just one of his 16 since joining Fort Wayne has gone for extra bases. Alley, despite hitting .254, has a .382 on base percentage, thanks to 12 walks to nine strikeouts.

Eugene won 4-3

Tim Turner was at the leadoff spot – this time in Eugene. After spending time in Lake Elsinore and Peoria, Turner is calling the Northwest League home. He went 1-for-5 in his debut with two K's. After a hot start, Turner is six for his last 47 – right on the heels of a ten game hitting streak.

Clint Cleland had been on the rise, with 12 hits in last 26 at bats with Peoria before getting the call. He cooled on Tuesday, going 0-for-4 after hitting .333 for the month of July. He suited up at second base after playing most of his time at third with Peoria with some time spent at shortstop and second base. He was the only player in the lineup not to record a hit.

AZL Padres lost 7-2 on Monday

Josh Thomas-Dotson, who hadn't played in a week, hit his first professional homer – his only hit in four at bats, whiffing the other three times he came to the plate. In eight games played, Thomas-Dotson has struck out 17 times, including at least once in every game. He is also 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

David Parker went 3-for-4 to extend his season-high hitting streak to six games. Parker is 10-for-20 over the streak with an on base percentage of .600. His only extra base hit of the season (20 hits) came on Monday – a double. He has also scored five runs during the streak and has raised his average from .179 to .263.

Juan Jimenez made start number nine and allowed a season-high five earned runs on nine hits over seven innings of work. Over the last five starts, Jimenez has given up nine hits on four occasions. The opposition is hitting .299 off him for the year. He also struck out seven – his third game with seven-plus K's – and walked one. It was the fourth time he has made it through seven innings of work.

AZL Padres had Tuesday off


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