Thomas money in marathon; Sansoe sensational

Portland swept with three debuts in Triple-A. Sean Thompson had his worst outing of the year. John Thomas puts together four strong innings of relief as the Storm wins in 13. Mike Sansoe and Will Venable continue to tear up the Midwest League. Nick Tucci helps a friend but allows one for himself. Former San Diego Padres prospect Travis Chick gets the call.

Portland lost 5-2 in game one to Salt Lake (Angels), lost game two 3-2

Jared Wells lost his ninth game of the year, surrendering five runs on eight hits and two walks over five frames. Sixty-two of his 94 pitches were strikes but he uncorked two wild pitches and also had a throwing error. It is the seventh time in 11 starts he has yielded five runs or more. The opposition is hitting .327 off him over his last seven starts.

Dale Thayer made his Triple-A debut, pitching a scoreless inning and striking out two. The right-hander went 7-4 with a 2.48 ERA over 57 appearances and led the Southern League with 27 saves. Thayer allowed just 11 runs over his last 54.1 innings in Mobile, a 1.82 ERA. In the last three months heading into September he held the opposition to a .203 average.

A.J. Davidiuk went 0-for-5 over both games after not playing above Fort Wayne. He played second base and grounded into a double play before being pulled from the game for a pinch hitter. Catcher Brian Hernandez played the nightcap and went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Hernandez had not played above rookie ball. Hernandez was, however, picked off second base after his double.

Dave Matranga notched two multi-hit games and ended the night by going 4-for-8, adding a solo homer in the opener – his 11th of the year. Matranga was hitting .147 over his last 41 games coming into the doubleheader.

Jon Knott set a new Beavers modern franchise record by tallying his 110th RBI with a solo homer and added another RBI in game two for good measure.

Mobile lost 10-4 to Tennessee (Diamondbacks)

Sean Thompson had his worst outing of the year as he was pounded for seven runs on seven hits and four walks over five-plus innings – pitching to three batters in the sixth but not retiring any. He was tagged for three bombs, two solo shots and a three-run blast. It was the fourth time this year he has allowed two or more homers in a game. The last time he allowed three homers in a game was June 9, 2005. It is the fifth time in 27 starts he has given up three or more walks. Thompson was 1-for-2 at the plate.

Vince Sinisi doubled twice to push his total to 33 for the year, scored a run and added an RBI. He has four doubles in his last three games and 39 over three leagues and is fifth in the Southern League with his 33. Despite netting 41 extra base hits and reaching base 150 times on the year he has scored just 42 runs. Sinisi is hitting .315 off left-handed pitching but just .248 off right-handers

Lake Elsinore won 4-3 over Inland Empire (Mariners) in 13 innings Matt Buschmann allowed two hits over his first five innings of work and then yielded two hits and a walk in the next one-third of an inning with all three scoring. His night ended with three runs in on four hits and a walk while striking out three. He has given up one hit in nine at bats with runners in scoring position in the California League and has a 3.19 ERA over two leagues this year. Ten of his 13 outs, not including strikeouts, were recorded on ground balls.

The Storm managed just two hits over their first 12 innings of action but collected consecutive singles in the 13th from Adam Bourassa and Tim Turner before a ground out by Chase Headley brought in the go-ahead run.

John Thomas provided four innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits and striking out six. He has a 1.47 ERA over his last nine appearances spanning 18.1 innings and has allowed nine hits over his last 62 at bats, a .145 average. He has given up runs in four of his 15 appearances with the Storm and has a 2.73 ERA in the California League.

Fort Wayne won 7-2 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Wade LeBlanc gave up six hits and four walks but just one run over five innings to pick up his fourth win of the year. The left-hander has allowed two runs over his last 15 innings and has allowed one run or less in five of his seven starts. The opposition has five hits in 27 at bats off LeBlanc with runners in scoring position since joining Fort Wayne.

Mike Sansoe collected three hits and notched two RI's, pushing his average up to .377 over his last 27 games. Sansoe has 17 RBI's over that span after netting 13 in his first 46 games. He is hitting .353 over his last 38 games and has scored 32 runs over that time. He has five multi-hit games in his last seven. The outfielder has hit .328 when he hits second in the order and .266 when he leads off, as he did on Saturday.

Will Venable homered and doubled while knocking in two, giving him an RBI in six straight games. The outfielder has punched ten runs in over that span with four extra base hits. He has knocked in 32 over his last 28 games. He has six homers over his last 17 games after netting five over his first 105. He is second in the Midwest League in RBI's and batting average while being tied for the league lead in runs scored.

Eugene lost 6-0 to Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Orlando Lara allowed one run on three hits and a walk over 3.2 innings, inducing seven outs in the air and just one on a ground out. He had not given up a run over his previous 10.1 innings. The opposition is hitting .191 off Lara over his last 37.2 innings. He has given up five hits in 35 at bats with runners in scoring position. He has a 2.39 ERA over his last 13 appearances.

Nick Tucci stranded two inherited runners but allowed a run of his own on a solo homer over an inning and two-thirds. The right-hander had posted a 1.88 ERA over his last nine appearances, spanning 14.1 innings. Tucci does have a .336 average against on the year with a 1.60 WHIP. Seventeen of the 43 hits off him have gone for extra bases.

Former Padre Prospect

The Mariners will call up former San Diego Padres' Prospect Travis Chick, originally traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Joe Randa and sent to Seattle this year for Eddie Guardado, on Tuesday.

"I can't feel my legs I am so numb," Chick said on Saturday night from San Antonio. "I am ecstatic."


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