Brown powers Storm; Hunt hammers two

Ben Johnson performed well from the leadoff spot. Of not for Colt Morton, the BayBears would have been no-hit. Lake Elsinore is still unsure of its playoff fate, despite a seven-run outburst in 11 on the strength of a Tim Brown double and a Sean Kazmar homer. Nathan Culp has a nice tuneup for the playoff run. Jeremy Hunt propels Eugene to victory over a foe that had won ten games without a loss.

Portland lost 8-6 to Salt Lake (Angels)

Ben Johnson went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI's from the leadoff spot. It was the fifth time in his last seven games that he has recorded a multi-hit game. Johnson is hitting .311 over his last 19 games – a span of three months in Triple-A thanks to time in San Diego. Johnson is batting .367 from the leadoff spot in Portland while hitting .252 when he bats elsewhere.

Dirk Hayhurst was charged with seven runs on ten hits and two walks over 3.2 innings to take his second loss in Triple-A. The right-hander had allowed eight runs over his first three starts with Portland. The opposition is now hitting .345 off him with lefties busting out at a .419 clip. He is 6-14 over three different leagues in the Padres' system with a 4.73 ERA.

Jon Knott continued to distance himself from the pack with his record 32nd homer and 112th and 113th RBI's on a two-run blast in the first.

Mobile lost 4-0 to Tennessee (Diamondbacks)

The BayBears were no-hit over seven frames until a Colt Morton single broke up the bid for a place in history to open the eighth. Morton would another single in the ninth inning, the only two hits of the day for the squad. Michael Johnson did draw three free passes and Vince Sinisi claimed two walks as his own. Morton has four multi-hit games in his last six to up his average to .244 over two leagues. After hitting .152 with runners in scoring position with Lake Elsinore he is hitting .333 in such situations with Mobile.

Geoff Jones allowed one of two inherited runners to score and pitched an inning and two-thirds without allowing a run of his own, giving up two hits and striking out one. He now has not allowed an earned run over his last 13 appearances, giving up eight hits over those 14.1 innings and striking out 16. Jones has held the opposition to a .157 average over that span. For the year the southpaw has held lefties to a .214 average against while righties have hit .308 off him.

Lake Elsinore won 11-4 over Inland Empire (Mariners) in 11 innings

The Storm can win the division on Monday with a win or a Lancaster loss. If Lake Elsinore loses and Lancaster wins there would be a three-way tie with Lake Elsinore and Lancaster tied for the division and Lake Elsinore and High Desert tied for the wild card. That would create a one-game playoff on Tuesday to determine the outcome of the playoff seeding but it is unclear who would play who and the ramifications.

Tim Brown doubled with the bases loaded in the 11th to score the eventual winning runs – his 37th two-bagger of the year. Brown came on as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, drawing a walk and scoring the tying run. He 9-for-16 this year with the bases loaded, accounting for 26 of his 74 RBI's on the season. Brown is fourth in the California League in doubles.

Sean Kazmar added a punctuation to the night with a grand slam that capped a seven run 11th inning. It was the only hit of the night for the second baseman, as he came into the at bat hitless in six at bats. The slammer was his first of the year and gave him a .294 mark with the bases juiced on the year.

Yordany Ramirez drove in the tying run with a ground out in the eighth inning and added a triple, a walk, and two runs scored. The outfielder was also credited with two outfield assists, getting help from Nick Hundley in the bottom of the first when he fired a strike to Kazmar to nab a runner trying to stretch a single into a double and getting the same runner in the third inning when he hit his cutoff man Skip Adams who relayed the ball to home to prevent an inside-the-park homer.

Ryan Klatt struck out four over 2.2 innings, now allowing a single baserunner. The right-hander has allowed runs in one of his last 12 appearances and 13 of his 55 overall with Lake Elsinore. Klatt had not pitched more than two innings in any game for the Storm this season and has not given up a run in any game that he has been called upon to pitch more than a full inning. His four strikeouts matched a season-high.

Cesar Ramos was used to get the final out of the game with a man on first base in the bottom of the 11th. He induced a pop out to second to seal the deal. The left-hander hadn't pitched since August 18 with soreness in his arm from a long season.

Fort Wayne won 8-0 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Nathan Culp stymied South Bend over five scoreless innings, scattering three hits, not walking a batter and striking out three to pick up his fourth win in the Midwest League. Culp had given up 15 runs, 11 earned, on 20 hits and nine walks over his previous 11 innings of work. It is, however, the third time in seven starts that he has not allowed an earned run. He has a 4-3 record with a 3.18 ERA over two leagues.

Seth Johnston collected four hits in five at bats with a double and two runs scored. Johnston is 16 for his lat 44 to break out of a 2-for-24 slump that plagued him on his return from the disabled list. He upped his average to .281 on the year when he mans second base, as opposed to his .255 mark when he plays third. Johnston's 33 doubles are tied for fifth in the Midwest League.

Daryl Jones went 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and two RBI's. He has four RBI's over his last five games – but those account for all of his RBI's in his last 20 contests. The double was his first extra base hit in 18 games. After posting double-digit RBI totals in his first three months of the season, Jones has knocked in 17 since July 1. Jones is hitting .296 off left-handed pitching this year.

Eugene won 5-2 over Salem-Keizer (Giants)

The Ems gave Adam Cowart his first loss of the year as newcomer Jeremy Hunt cracked a two-run blast off him in the second inning, his first hit in the Northwest League. Hunt later added a solo shot for his second multi-homer game as a professional. The first baseman last smashed two homers on July 19 while playing for the AZL Padres. He now has seven on the year over two leagues. Hunt has collected 18 extra base hits in 48 games this season.

Luke Cannon added the only other multi-hit game for Eugene and hammered a solo homer in the seventh. It was his third straight multi-hit game as a starter, sandwiched around one pinch-hitting appearance. Cannon has not struck out in his last two games – matching a season high. He had whiffed 44 times in his previous 35 games. The outfielder is hitting .284 when he plays left field and .140 when he field any other position or is the DH.

R.J. Rodriguez recorded his 14th save of the year, allowing one hit in a scoreless ninth. He has allowed runs in two of his last 11 appearances and seven of his 25 contests overall in Eugene. Over his last nine innings he has not walked a batter and is holding the opposition to four hits in 27 at bats with runners in scoring position. Right-handed hitters are batting .156 off him.


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