Thompson gets a win; Johnson hammerin'

Sean Thompson tossed blanks over seven and talked about his night and the return of Michael Johnson and he wouldn't be a pitcher if he didn't talk about his two hits. Johnson, incidentally, sparked the offense for the second straight night, leaving the park twice. The top three in the Storm lineup, Javis Diaz, Sean Kazmar, and Tim Brown combined for seven hits.

Portland had the night off

Mobile won 8-0 over West Tennessee (Cubs)

Sean Thompson was lights out over seven frames, allowing just one hit through five and giving up three hits and a walk while striking out six on the night to earn his first victory of the year. It was the fourth time in eight starts that he has allowed two earned runs or less.

"I have been at the lowest I have ever been and now I am up to Michael Johnson," Thompson said, referring to the return of Johnson from the disabled list and the boost it has given to the team. "It has sparked everyone up. MJ is back; I'm back."

Thompson also went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. It is the third multi-hit game of his career. He has knocked in three runs over his last three games.

Thompson was the first hitter in the eighth inning and actually came to bat despite the fact that he was being pulled. He promptly singled.

"I sprayed it into left like Kenny Lofton," Thompson said after the game. "Maybe a little Ichiro out there."

Normally, when you come off the disabled list things are a little rusty. That is unless you are Michael Johnson. The first baseman went 4-for-5 with a double, two homers and four RBI's. Johnson now has seven RBI's over the last two games after being the only player to net more RBI's than games played last year, 76-to-73.

Falling a homer shy of the cycle, Luis Cruz extended his hitting streak to five games by going 3-for-5 with a double, triple, and RBI. It is his fourth multi-hit game in his last five and the shortstop has gone 11-for-20 with six extra base hits, six runs scored, and ten RBI's. He has raised his average from .204 to .250 and is hitting .323 this month.

Lake Elsinore won 4-2 over Inland Empire (Mariners)

The first three hitters in the order accounted for seven of the eight Storm hits and three of the four runs. Javis Diaz contributed his second straight three hit night.

Sean Kazmar went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored to snap a 3-for-21 skid. The second baseman has hit .235 during the month of May after a .262 April. The best contact hitter on the team, he has the best strikeout to at bat ratio among all everyday players, has batted second in 30 games, hitting .267 from that spot in the lineup. Wednesday was his tenth multi-hit game of the year.

Tim Brown went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. He is an RBI off the pace for the team lead. Brown is hitting .352 in 16 May games after a .213 month of April. Wednesday was the first game that Brown batted third in the lineup and the sixth different place he has batted this year. He has reached base safely in 18 of his last 19 games. Brown has hit .308 with runners on base.

"I have been around the game a lot longer and have seen what you have to do, and realize how you have to prepare," Brown said of how he has come from the Independent Leagues to Lake Elsinore.

After giving up eight runs in one outing, and three unearned runs in his next two outings, Chris Jaile worked scoreless ball, preventing one inherited runner from scoring. The righty has given up earned runs in four of his 13 outings on the year with his eight runs allowed blowing up his ERA as he has only yielded three other earned runs on the season. He has given up six hits in 36 at bats with the bases empty.

Fort Wayne versus Dayton (Reds) was rained out

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