Macias has a home; Hayhurst deals magic

Drew Macias has found a home at six. The Lake Elsinore staff is riding high behind the might of Sir Dirk Hayhurst. Fabian Jimenez struggled to find the strike zone. Joel Santo has been hammered since being called up from extended, prompting one scout to say he needs more fire in his gut.

Portland had the night off

Mobile won 12-3 over Mississippi (Braves)

Drew Macias plated five runs on a 2-for-5 evening. He doubled twice to give him a team leading eight on the year. Macias seems to have found a home in the order. After batting everywhere from second to ninth, Macias has spent seven games hitting sixth and has rewarded the BayBears with a .414 average in that slot. Five of his doubles and ten of his RBI's have come hitting sixth in the order.

Splitting time between second base and third base, Brett Dowdy has amassed a seven game hitting streak when he is in the starting lineup. The versatile defender went 2-for-5 with a double, three runs scored, and two RBI's on Wednesday. Dowdy had just one RBI and two runs scored coming into the contest. He did, however, ground into a double play.

Roger Deago dealt over six innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits and a walk to pick up his second win in as many starts and third win of the year. Deago has given up just one earned run in 11 innings as a starter and has held the opposition to a .191 batting average against in 19.1 innings. Deago, a southpaw, has allowed one hit in 15 at bats to left-handed hitters.

Lake Elsinore won 5-0 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

A staff that entered the game leading the California League in ERA just got better. Dirk Hayhurst was brilliant over seven frames, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out three. In 11.1 innings away from the Diamond, Hayhurst has given up just one earned run, compared to the six runs over six innings at home. The righty has not allowed a first inning run this year.

Peter Ciofrone reached base in each of his five plate appearances. He went 3-for-3 with two walks and an RBI. Ciofrone has a five game hitting streak, going 9-for-19 with eight RBI's. His two-walk night was his first of the year, a feat he accomplished six times last year in drawing 50 walks and whiffing 53 times.

First baseman Tim Brown notched two doubles en route to a 3-for-4 night with two RBI's. Four of his last seven hits have been doubles and he is five for his last seven with three doubles and three RBI's, raising his average from .170 to .233. It was the first time this season that Brown has batted eighth in the order. His 11 walks are tied for the team lead.

Fort Wayne lost 7-3 to Wisconsin (Mariners)

It was shades of 2005 for Fabian Jimenez. The lefty walked three or more batters 12 times in 20 starts for Fort Wayne last year and walked five on Wednesday. He also allowed six hits and left with the bases loaded and two out s in the fifth. All three runs would be charged to him when Joel Santo could not hold the fort, giving Jimenez a final line of four runs against in 4.2 innings. This is the second time he has walked five in a game this season.

Joel Santo has now given up runs in each of his four relief appearances and allowed three inherited runners to score on Wednesday. He has given up 11 runs, all earned, in 6.2 innings.

"I know he's not happy pitching out of the bullpen, but he's got to get his stuff more consistent," a Padres scout said regarding Santo. "He made a lot of strides in the Instructional League with his slider, but he hasn't shown it yet in the games. He's a very good kid, but I'd like to see a bit more fire from him. His stuff is good enough that he could be a front-line starter. It's time for him to step up and show the promise we think he has."

Abraham Aguilar went 0-for-3 as his average dropped to .167 on the year. Aguilar, who has played shortstop and third base, has at least done most of his damage with runners on base. He is 4-14 with runners on base but a dismal 1-for-16 with the bases empty. He does not have a multi-hit game this year in nine contests.

Nic Crosta continues to swing the hot bat. He went 2-for-2 in his first foray as a left fielder and hit his first professional triple. He also knocked in two and drew two walks. Crosta has walked four times in the last two games and has eight RBI's over his last five. He is also hitting .400 with runners in scoring position.

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