Steve Baker triple-play; Brandon Higelin back

Nick Trzesniak is having a good ole' time in Portland. Steve Baker hits into a triple play but the Mobile bats are alive, led by Kennard Jones. Juan Ciriaco has two more errors to give him five in a two-game span. Colt Morton has taken a liking to California League action. Brandon Higelin was back on the hill in Eugene.

Portland won 12-5

It never gets old saying Josh Barfield has a ten game hitting streak or that Ben Johnson has four straight multi-hit games and RBI's in four straight.

Today, however, we pay tribute to Nick Trzesniak who went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, and three RBI's. The catcher has hits in five straight, going 11-for-22 with three three-hit games during that span. Trzesniak has RBI's in three straight and is hitting .393 since joining Portland. Trzesniak is hitting .471 with runners in scoring position.

Paul McAnulty also went 3-for-5 with a double, homer, and two RBI's. He has two three-hit games in the past four and has five extra base hits over that span. McAnulty has knocked in six over the last four games and has scored five runs over that time. Seventeen of his 43 hits have gone for extra base hits since joining Portland. His homer in the first was part of a back-to-back with Johnson.

Mobile won 7-4

Despite Steve Baker grounding into a triple play, the BayBears brought out the sticks on Tuesday night. Every regular had a hit and even the sole pinch-hitter came through. Joe Gerber homered for the fifth time in his last 13 games and has 12 RBI's over that span.

Luis Cruz went 2-for-5 with two runs scored in his fourth game back from Mexico. The shortstop homered for the second time in three games and has an extra base hit in each of his past three after netting just one through his first 31 games with Mobile. He has already matched his RBI output during that time as well with two in the past three games.

Kennard Jones went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI, giving him a .348 average since the start of August. Since the start of July he is hitting .328 with 28 walks. Jones has reached base safely in 17 straight contests, going 23-for-64 with eight walks and a hit by pitch for a .438 on base percentage over that timeframe.

"I think we are all trying to throw strikes and end the season strong," said Mobile pitcher Jose Oyervidez.

Lake Elsinore lost 11-6

Ray Chang has seen action as a pinch runner in the past two games but got the start on Tuesday. Chang went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, playing above Arizona Rookie League ball for the first time. Chang had just two multi-hit games in 13 games with the Peoria squad and hit just .174 for the squad. He was in a 1-for-16 slump prior to moving up the chain.

Colt Morton went 3-for-3 with an RBI. He has hits in 13 of his last 15 games, going 21-for-57, a .368 average. He is 23-for-67 since joining Lake Elsinore with seven multi-hit games in 18 games. While he is smoking at the plate, Morton is 1-for-17 at throwing out baserunners since joining the Storm and was 0-for-4 in catching the thieves on Tuesday.

Juan Ciriaco committed two errors and has five in the last two games. His errors led to five unearned runs on Tuesday. Fernando Valenzuela's average dropped below .300 for the first time all year on Tuesday.

Fort Wayne had the night off

Eugene lost 5-1

On a night where Eugene managed just two hits, Brandon Higelin made his first appearance on the hill since August 3. He went an inning and a third, striking out two. Higelin has inherited 12 runners this year and has prevented ten from scoring, including one on Tuesday. The opposition is hitting .316 off him this year, based on a .408 average they had off him in July. In June and August the opposition has hit .167 off him.

Steve Delabar gave up season highs of four runs and nine hits in 3.2 innings, his shortest outing of the year. Delabar came into the game having allowed five earned runs over his previous four starts over a span of 24 innings, losing two of those that he allowed just one run in. It is the third time this year that he has allowed four runs or more in 13 starts. He has allowed two runs or less in eight of those starts.

Tuesday's AZL Padres game was not available for inclusion this report

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