Dowdy sparks Storm; Gomes nice addition

Mario Ramos and Ryan Meaux, two pitchers who have had it rough, respond. Joey Gomes debuts in Mobile and he continues his assault. Brett Dowdy is a catalyst in Lake Elsinore, according to Rick Renteria, and that proved accurate – and he was in centerfield. Kyle Blanks homers and Nic Crosta keeps up the tremendous work.

Portland won 3-0 over Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Mario Ramos was back in the rotation after a five-game hiatus as a reliever where he sported a 14.14 ERA. In his four shutout innings, Ramos gave up three hits and two walks. His outing lowered his overall ERA to 7.92 on the season and his ERA as a starter from 7.32 to 6.08. The opposition is hitting .333 off him.

Ryan Meaux pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits. Since he left Portland, Meaux had given up just one earned run over 12.1 innings but the streak is now at 17 innings with 4.2 innings of scoreless ball at Portland dating back to May 5. Even with the three appearances without a run in Portland, the opposition is hitting .414 off him and .576 with runners in scoring position.

Justin Leone went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, hoping to start off June the way he did in April when he hit .379 for the month. May, on the other end, wasn't so kind with a .211 average. The third baseman is still hitting .364 with runners in scoring position and his 41 RBI's pace the team. Leone is batting .342 in the 11 games he has batted sixth in the lineup, as he did on Thursday.

Mobile lost 7-4 to Birmingham (White Sox)

Joey Gomes made his Mobile and system debut on Thursday. The outfielder went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Gomes had a 20-game hitting streak for the Visalia Oaks last year and ended the year with a 13-game hitting streak. From the beginning of June to the end of the year, Gomes went 128-for-340, a .376 average.

George Kottaras homered for the second time in three games on a 2-for-4 night, the 14th straight game he has reached base. His eight homers lead the team, as does his .438 on base percentage and .575 slugging percentage. Behind the dish, Kottaras was 0-for-2 in throwing runners out and has thrown out 30 percent on the season, 15 out of 50.

Jose Oyervidez, incidentally, has seen 16 runners attempt to steal against him with 14 successful thefts. His 13 inning scoreless inning streak came to an end in the loss as he gave up four runs, two earned, on seven hits and four walks. It is the seventh time in his last nine starts that he has walked three or more.

Lake Elsinore won 3-2 over High Desert (Royals)

Brett Dowdy was in centerfield for the third time this year – playing twice in center for Portland before being sent down. Before this year, the last time he was patrolling center came in the final two games of 2004 with the Jacksonville Suns of the Southern League. Those numbers represent the cumulative total of his action in centerfield in the minor leagues.

"I thought it would be a good idea to stick him out there and give Turner a little breather," manager Rick Renteria said. He is the right guy right now to bring a little spark. He came in with a great attitude and it really showed today."

Dowdy made his greatest impression at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. It was his first three-hit game over 34 games at three different levels.

Cesar Ramos was hit harder than his line dictated, giving up some hard shots but it was the results that mattered and it showed seven innings with two runs allowed on four hits and two walks. The win was just the second of the season in his 11th start despite giving up two runs or less in six starts.

"He kept us in the ballgame," Renteria said. "He elevated a few pitches but two runs is pretty good. Most of his pitches that are handled squarely are up over the plate like that."

Billy Susdorf has two hits in four at bats to give him hits in six of his last seven games after netting two hits in his first 19 at bats. Thursday, he played his fourth game in right field and is hitting .313 when he plays the field as opposed to his .154 average when he is the DH. Susdorf has one hit in 12 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Fort Wayne lost 3-1 in game one to South Bend (Diamondbacks), won game two 5-0

Nic Crosta notched one of the four hits in game one, launching a pitch over the right field wall in the first inning. Crosta shows no signs of slowing down after hitting .400 during the month of May with 30 hits in 75 at bats. The entered game two hitting .371 and sports a .444 average with runners in scoring position. The RBI was, however, his first over his last nine games. He was 1-for-2 with a walk in the second game.

Fabian Jimenez dropped his second straight game after allowing three runs on six hits and four walks in 5.2 innings. The left-hander has walked eight over his last ten frames and has walked four batters or more in four of ten starts. Jimenez had posted a 1.65 ERA over his last five starts with a .198 average. He has given up just seven hits in 49 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Luany Sanchez made his Wizards debut, going 1-for-2 in game one. Sanchez had played in seven games for Mobile, going 2-for-10 with two walks.

Kyle Blanks hit a three run homer in game two, his fifth of the year. Four of his five jacks have come with runners on base. It was his only hit of the day and it matched his homer total of the previous 25 games. Blanks has been a consistent performer this year, hitting .324 in April and .328 in May. His extra base hit total has, however gone down. After netting 14 in his first 19 games, Blanks has seven over his next 23.

Greg Burke, making his second spot start of the season, did a tremendous job with another doubleheader on the horizon. The right-hander gave up three hits over five innings, striking out five. He has given up two runs over nine innings as a starter and has given up 17 runs, 15 earned, in 27.1 innings over two leagues.

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