Ronnie Merrill with four; Sean Kazmar with two

No Jekyll here – Chris Oxspring was on target. Ronnie Merrill drove in a season high four and is happy to talk about it. The Strom got their hits but Eddie Bonine was hit hard. Sean Kazmar is hitting the cover off the ball and had two of the four hits for Fort Wayne. Tim Turner is showing some juice to his bat and is off to a hot start in Eugene. Richie Daigle is starting already - making the transition from the outfield. Josh Howard is off to a blazing hot start.

Portland won 3-2

When Chris Oxspring is on, he is really on. The right-hander allowed one run on seven hits over six innings of work. It is the sixth time in his last nine games that he has given up one run or less and the seventh time over that span that he has yielded two runs or less. The other two games? Seventeen runs came across. His biggest hump has been getting through the first three innings. After that, he cruises. He has limited the opposition to a slim .199 average in the fourth inning and beyond but they are hitting over .300 in innings one through three.

Nick Trzesniak started his Portland career with one hit in his first 11 at bats and actually had more errors, two, than hits. On Monday, he turned the tables, adding two hits in four at bats and adding two RBI's. He had just two RBI's in his previous 15 games, spanning two leagues. This is just his second multi-hit game over the last 17 games.

Mobile won 8-6

Sean Thompson was denied his fourth win of the year when he was pulled after 4.2 innings with the lead. The lefty surrendered a season-high 12 hits and tied his season-high with six runs allowed. He has gone without a decision in each of his last five starts. Thompson has allowed five runs or more on nine different occasions this year, with four of those being five earned runs or more.

Kennard Jones extended his hitting streak to nine by going 2-for-5. He also drove in two and is hitting .333 with runners in scoring position. His 51 RBI's rank second on the team and his .368 on base percentage ranks first. Jones is 12-for-36 over his current streak and is batting .313 since July 1.

Ronnie Merrill went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI's – a season high. He had driven in three on three occasions, the last coming June 14. His 54 RBI's put him in sole possession of the Mobile team lead and his 53 runs scored rank second on the team. Merrill is hitting .240 on the year, but is hitting .286 with runners in scoring position.

"I have been making adjustments to both my right-handed and left-handed swings, and I have been seeing the ball very well lately," said Merrill.

Lake Elsinore lost 12-10

Eddie Bonine was walloped for ten runs, seven earned, on a season-high 12 hits in five innings of work. He also hit two batters, losing his third straight decision. The opposition is hitting .331 off him in 31 games, six starts. His ERA as a starter is 7.31 with 46 hits allowed in 32 innings.

Each member of the Storm had a hit, three players recorded three hits, six had multi-hit games, all but two scored runs and four players had two or more RBI's. Brett Bonvechio led the way, reaching base four times on a 3-for-4 night with a walk. He put two over the wall, his 14th and 15th homers of the year but also grounded into a double play and committed his 31st error of the year. He did break an 0-for-19 stretch.

Michael Johnson knocked in two runs to give him 51 RBI's in 47 games. Fernando Valenzuela Jr. also knocked in two to give him a team leading 68.

Fort Wayne lost 3-1

Sean Kazmar accounted for two of the Wizards four hits, extending his hitting streak to seven games. He is 10-for-26 over the streak with two homers, six RBI's and six walks. The most walks he has drawn in a month came during June when he walked eight times. He is two away from tying that mark with three weeks to go in the month of August. He also has not struck out in eight games and has whiffed just nine times over the past 34 contests. Kazmar was caught stealing for the second game in a row.

Jonathon Ellis is now 2-2 over four starts and has recorded a decision in six consecutive outings, two in relief. He went six and allowed two runs on six hits and a walk in taking the loss. Ellis hasn't allowed more than three runs in a start but owns a 4.43 ERA as a part of the rotation, as opposed to his 2.68 ERA as a reliever. The opposition is also hitting .278 off him as a starter while batting .239 off him as a reliever.

Yordany Ramirez has 19 outfield assists on the year, including one on Monday. He has been credited with nine assists over the last 24 games. Why do they even try to run on the kid? Find out soon in our exclusive interview with him.

Eugene won 6-4

Tim Turner hit his second homer in the span of three games. Over the last five, he has knocked in six with four extra base hits. He had four extra base hits in his previous 27 games, across three different leagues. Turner has reached base safely in eight straight games, with hits in seven of those. After going 7-for-36 with RISP in Peoria, Turner is 3-for-9 with RISP in Eugene.

Nick Hundley went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. He has reached base safely in his last ten games, going 13-for-36 with seven walks. The catcher has scored a run in six of his last seven games. His .411 on base percentage is tops on the team and fourth in the Northwest League. He has also nailed five of the last six runners attempting to steal.

Jon Link went six-plus, allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out four. The righty has given up 20 hits over his last two starts after surrendering 19 over his first four starts. The walk was just his fifth in 42 innings of work. Link owns a 5.40 ERA on the road, as he was on Monday, and a 1.76 ERA at home. Left-handed hitters are batting .342 off him while righties are batting .242.

AZL Padres lost 5-4

Richie Daigle got the starting nod on Monday. After pitching three innings in his initial outing, Daigle went four on Monday. He allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk without striking out a batter. The new pitcher – he was an outfielder in college – has also hit a batter in each outing. One area that might have to be monitored is steals against when he is on the mound. One player swiped three bases off the combo of Daigle and Billy Killian. Of course that same player has 26 stolen bases on the year now. The opposition was 3-for-6 off Daigle with runners in scoring position and is 4-for-11 against him on the year.

Josh Howard went 4-for-5 from the leadoff spot with two runs scored. In five games, Howard is 10-for-23 with two walks for an on base percentage of .480. He has scored five runs in the last three games and has stolen four bases in the last four. He has also added three RBI's early in his Padre career.

Chad Decker pitched for the first time since June 24, pitching a 1-2-3 inning. Decker had allowed runs in three straight games prior to being on the sidelines for two weeks of inactivity. Although he has given up five runs, he has allowed just three hits, posting a .150 average against. His five walks came in a two-game span and three of his six appearances have been perfect outings.

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