Peter Ciofrone hits two; Jon Link's road mystery

Sean Thompson earned a no-decision despite a strong outing. Ryan Meaux made his debut in the Padres' system. Eddie Bonine suffered a hard-luck loss. Peter Ciofrone hit two homers and reached base five times. Jon Link hasn't been the same pitcher on the road as he has been at home – and he knows it.

Portland had the night off

Mobile lost 5-3

Sean Thompson took the hill on Wednesday and allowed just one unearned run through the first six. He left after facing two batters in the seventh, both of whom eventually scored off Paul Abraham. His official tally ran three runs, two earned, on four hits and three walks. It was the third time in the last four starts that he has given up four hits. He has also walked three in four straight and three or more in 13 of his 21 starts.

Ryan Meaux made his debut with Mobile after being acquired in a trade for Geoff Blum. He pitched one inning and allowed one hit without allowing a run. He went 5-2 with three saves for the Birmingham Barons, posting a 2.96 ERA. His worst month of the season was July when he allowed eight earned in 12 innings. He had a 2.29 ERA through the first three months of the season.

Peeter Ramos, moved up from High-A Lake Elsinore, went 1-for-5 in his Double-A entrance. He had reached base safely in 43 of his last 48 games with the Storm and had hits in 41 of the 47 games he has had a plate appearance in. Included therein is three different hitting streaks of eight games of more.

"I think all the pitchers who have been called up to us have adjusted very well," said BayBears Pitching Coach Mike Harkey.

Lake Elsinore lost 2-1

The Storm managed just three hits on the night, all coming from new additions to the club. Brett Dowdy accounted for two of the hits and Chris Kolkhorst extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single and a run scored. The real story, unfortunately, was Lake Elsinore striking out 16 times. Five different players K'ed at least twice with Skip Adams and Michael Johnson going down three times apiece. Every hitter in the lineup whiffed at least once.

Eddie Bonine was lights out, not to be confused with Shawne Merriman, on Wednesday. After allowing 18 earned runs over his first 20 innings as a starter, Bonine went seven strong and allowed two runs, one earned on six hits while striking out a season-high eight. The opposition had him at a .376 clip during July and he had his worst ERA month at 9.43. August is looking mighty fine to Bonine.

Fort Wayne won 13-8

Brian Cavanaugh and Drew Davidson combined to go 0-for-9 with two walks in their Midwest League debut. Although Kelvin Vazquez went 1-for-1 with a walk, he committed one error at second base.

Peter Ciofrone reached base five times, going 4-for-5 with a walk. Two of his hits left the park, his first multi-homer game of the year and he was close to netting a third, but he ended up with a double. That matched his total of homers through 109 games last year. Four of his five total jacks have come over the last 20 games. He also scored three runs, a feat he has accomplished once previously this season.

Matt Lauderdale began the year as the backup to Colt Morton but has put a stranglehold on the catching position after the aforementioned Morton got injured. When Morton was moved up, Lauderdale was officially given the reigns. On Wednesday he proved why. Besides entering the game hitting .283, Lauderdale went 4-for-5 with a double, homer, walk, two RBI's and a season-high three runs scored. He is hitting .311 since July 1 and has five RBI's over his last three games.

Eugene lost 6-4

Jon Link gave up season highs in hits, 11, runs, five, and earned runs, four, over 3.1 innings of work. The right-hander has been a tale of two pitchers. On the road, as he was on Wednesday, he sports an ERA of 5.23, but at home it is a slim 1.76. Similarly, his batting average against away is .349 against but at home it is just .161.

"Really, I don't know," Link said of the home-away difference. "Pitching at home – (Eugene) is a tough ballpark to hit one out. Some of the ballparks on the road - not so tough. The ball carries well in other places and does not carry so well here. If I can get past that one inning on the road where I don't make so many good pitches, not hitting a few breaking balls, if I can cut that out my road record, my road ERA will be a little better on the road."

Casey Smith was back in the Eugene lineup on Wednesday as the designated hitter. He went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. Smith spent two games with Eugene early in the year before being sent down to Peoria to get more at bats. He responded by hitting .357 with ten extra base hits and 18 RBI's in 21 games. He played right field, left, and first base for Peoria.

AZL Padres game was not available for inclusion in this report


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