Geoff Vandel-izing batters; Eddie Bonine debut

We've said it before. Make the conversion of Brandon Emanuel to starter permanent. Eddie Bonine was masterful in his Pacific Coast League debut. Sean Thompson allowed one run but walked out without a win. Luke Steidlmayer hit three batters and leads the team in plunks. Neil Jamison is striking em all out. Geoff Vandel is just as good in the Northwest League as he was in the Arizona Rookie league.

Portland won 6-3

Brandon Emanuel got the spot start, his sixth of the year, and allowed one unearned run on two hits and a walk in four innings. Emanuel lowered his ERA as a starter 2.25 on the year in 24 innings. He has kept the opposition to a .198 average against when he takes the hill at the start of a game. By contrast, Emanuel has a .283 average against in 31 relief appearances while posting a 7.08 ERA. He has pitched nine straight scoreless innings out of the starting rotation.

Eddie Bonine, called up from Lake Elsinore after the Beavers roster was ravaged, pitched two scoreless innings, striking out the side in one frame and whiffing two more in the other. He picked up the win, his fourth game that he has come out on the winning side. With the Storm, Bonine had made seven straight starts and appeared in 35 games, 25 in relief. He had a 7.26 ERA as a starter and a 5.88 ERA as a reliever. The opposition hit .324 off him – a sharp contrast to his .000 average against after a solid PCL debut.

Mobile won 2-1 in ten innings

Sean Thompson had more walks, five, than hits allowed, four, over seven innings, allowing just one run in a no-decision. The lefty has now walked three or more in 16 of his 26 starts and five or more in three starts. He is just 2-4 in those starts. It is the 12th time he has allowed five hits or less on the year. Thompson came off his worst month of the year where he sported a 6.33 ERA with 15 walks in 27 innings. His one run outing is the 16th time he has given up two earned runs or less in a start. He has a 4.10 ERA for the year over two leagues.

Luis Cruz was the only BayBear to record two hits and he also added a walk in four at bats. The shortstop is 8-for-45, a .177 average, since returning from the Mexican League in 11 games. Five of those hits have gone for extra bases after netting just one extra base hit in his first 31 games of the year. Cruz is still just 2-for-41 with runners in scoring position this year, a .049 average.

Lake Elsinore lost 6-1

Luke Steidlmayer allowed four runs, three earned, over six innings on seven hits, three walks and three hit batsmen. He leads the team with nine hit batsmen and has plunked 14 total on the year over three different leagues. He has walked three or more in four different games. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 4.333 ERA over nine starts with the Storm. The opposition has hit .278 off him and .300 with RISP.

Brad Blackwell gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in two innings of work. It is the fifth time in 14 relief appearances that he has given up a run. The reliever has a 4.19 ERA over 19.1 innings with the Storm after posting a 4.71 ERA with the Charleston RiverDogs. Blackwell came into the game having allowed five hits and one run at the Diamond. Even after surrendering two runs his home ERA is 2.70.

Fort Wayne lost 9-3

Mike Ekstrom was tagged for six runs on nine hits, including two homers, over 5.1 innings. The right-hander has lost three straight starts and hasn't won since July 30 – his longest span of the year without a win. Over the last two outings, in 9.1 frames, Ekstrom has given up 15 runs. It is his worst stretch of the year (he gave up 15 over ten innings during one stretch earlier in the year). It is the third time this year he has given up multiple homers in the same game and the first time he has lost such a game. Ekstrom has given up 16 runs over the first two innings of a ballgame over 28 starts, a 2.57 ERA.

Neil Jamison recorded five outs on Friday and all came by way of the strikeout. He did allow three hits and walked one but did not allow a run, nor did he allow an inherited runner to score. He has inherited just five runners this year and two have scored, both coming in his last such situation on August 21. The righty rebounded from his first blown save of the year – when he gave up a season-high five hits and a season high two runs to take the loss on August 31. He has given up runs in seven of his 31 appearances over two leagues.

Josh Alley notched two of the three Fort Wayne hits on the night and Matt Lauderdale homered and was in on all three runs, none of which included Alley.

Eugene lost 2-1

Geoff Vandel has been nothing short of dominant this year. After blistering through the Arizona Rookie League, allowing one earned run in 21 innings of work and posting 0.47 ERA, the young left-hander allowed three hits over five more scoreless innings, striking out five in his Northwest League debut. He has held the opposition to a .171 average this season. He has struck out 34 in 25 frames while walking just five. He has allowed two hits in 19 at bats with RISP. Too bad Daniel Baca blew the lead in the seventh.

Chad Steiner had a double in four trips to the plate, notching the lone RBI for the Ems. The third baseman has a seven game hitting streak going over two different leagues, going 11-for-30 with two doubles and five RBI's. Steiner has six RBI's in his last six games with the Ems, dating back to his six game stint with the club in June. He has raised his average from .130 to 229 over the last three games, going 5-for-12. He is hitting .313 when he bats in the two-hole in the lineup over two leagues.

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