Myrow-mania; Crosta cranking; Basham back

Brian Myrow should be player of the month, any month, for the run he is on. Mike Ekstrom turns in a gem but goes unrewarded. The tear continues for Nic Crosta while Brooks Dunn enters the rotation. Drew Miller continues to round into form after injury. Justin Pickett gets it done at the plate and behind it. Bobby Basham is back to competitive action and Keoni Ruth plays the hero and the villain.

Portland lost 6-5 to Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Brian Myrow smashed three doubles as part of a 4-for-5 afternoon, and he was part of all the Portland runs, driving in four and scoring the fifth. He also added his first stolen base of the year. Myrow has 41 hits over his last 98 at bats, spanning 28 games, with 11 doubles, one triple, two homers and 22 RBIs. His last stolen base came on August 5, 2005 while playing for Triple-A Las Vegas. He would be second in the league in hitting and on base percentage if he had enough at bats to qualify.

Steve Watkins took the loss and dropped to 2-1. The right-hander came on with two men on in the sixth and stranded both runners but wound up allowing a single run over the next inning that proved the difference. His line was a run on two hits and two walks over an inning and two-thirds. Watkins has held seven of the 10 runners he has inherited from scoring this year, but he has given up runs in four of his last six appearances and seven of his last 11. He has walked two or more in five of his 21 relief appearances.

San Antonio lost 3-1 to Midland (A's)

For the second day in a row, a pitcher in the Padres' minors went seven innings and gave up two runs but still took the loss. Mike Ekstrom was on the wrong side this day – yielding six hits and three walks. It is the fifth time this year that Ekstrom has given up two runs or less and he is 1-2 in those contests. With two runs scored against him in the second inning on Sunday, he has allowed 22 of the 48 runs he has allowed all year over the first two innings of the game in 15 starts.

Jon Searles walked one in his scoreless inning of work, as he continues his recovery from a brutal May. While he walked the leadoff man – who have a .176 on base percentage against him all year – he induced a double play grounder to the next batter. The right-hander has given up two runs over his last 9.1 innings but has walked eight over that span after surrendering 11 runs on 17 hits and nine walks over 13.1 innings in May. He has issued a free pass to the opposition in 16 of his 23 appearances.

Lake Elsinore won 8-4 over High Desert (Mariners)

Brooks Dunn was moved into the starting rotation after beginning the year in the bullpen. The left-hander moved in and out of the rotation last year for Eugene. Dunn had a 1.89 ERA over 38 innings spanning two leagues and came into the contest with a 1.59 ERA over 13 relief appearances. Having not gone more than 2.1 innings in any of his relief outings, Dunn went three innings on Sunday, allowing two unearned runs on three hits and a walk. He has given up one earned run over his last 16.2 innings.

For the second time in three games, Matt Antonelli went yard in his first at bat. Eight of his 11 homers have come leading off an inning and 10 have come with the bases empty. Antonelli also swiped his 18th bag of the year, doubling his total from a year ago. Antonelli has whiffed 37 times with the bases empty this year while drawing 17 walks and has walked 21 times while whiffing 12 times with runners on base.

Nic Crosta became the fifth member of the Storm lineup to hit 10 homers when he smacked a solo shot in the fourth inning. He also delivered a two-run single and walked twice. Crosta has homered in successive games and has seven RBIs over the last two days. He has knocked in three or more runs in eight games this season and has 19 hits in his last 53 at bats with nine walks. Crosta drew just eight walked over the first two months of the season.

Fort Wayne won 6-1 over Lansing (Blue Jays)

Javis Diaz went 2-for-5 with a triple, a solo homer and two runs scored. The homer was his third of the year and all have been solo shots. It is the second time this year he has collected two extra base hits in a single game. Diaz' triple was his fifth of the season, besting his total of four over three leagues last year. He did have seven triples in 2005 over three leagues. He is hitting .347 over his last 19 games.

Michael Campbell, who was recently called back up from extended spring training, went 2-for-4 with a two-out, two-run homer to cap a five-run eighth inning. The outfielder is 12-for-36 over his last 12 games in Fort Wayne to push his average up from .184 to .232. He had been in a 2-for-24 slump prior to his recent stretch. While he is hitting .333 off left-handed pitching, both of his homers have come off righties.

Drew Miller was touched for one run on four hits and two walks over 4.1 innings while striking out three. The right-hander has given up four runs on 10 hits over his last four outings, spanning 18.1 innings. Since coming back from injury, Miller has allowed one run on four hits. He has given up two earned runs over the first and second innings of his six starts but has yielded four runs, including one on Sunday, in the third inning – his worst inning for runs scored.

Eugene won 5-4 over Boise (Cubs)

Justin Pickett did most of the damage with his bat, cranking two pitches over the wall in successive innings. He hit a solo homer to open the sixth and smashed a solo blast with two outs in the seventh, pushing the Ems ahead for good. He has three homers over his last two games. He also sat behind the plate for the second time in a professional ball on Sunday after being reintroduced to the catcher's role in extended spring training. Pickett threw out the lone runner attempting to steal but did have a passed ball. The most important play of the game came when he applied a full body tag to a Boise baserunner attempting to score. Pickett hit .260 with 20 hits in 77 at bats over 23 games with the AZL Padres in 2006, collecting just one homer.

Matt Teague made his debut and got the start, allowing two hits over three scoreless innings while striking out one. One player reached scoring position thanks to an error. An eighth-round pick by the Padres this year, Teague posted a 7-2 record as the ace of the Carson-Newman pitching staff, leading the Eagles with 74 strikeouts in 86 innings pitched. He walked just 16 batters all season and none in four of his last five starts.

Jeremy Hefner faced the minimum in his lone inning of work, striking out one. The right-hander out of Oral Roberts was a fifth-round pick of the Padres. At Oral Roberts, he was named the Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year, going 9-2 with a 3.03 ERA, striking out 107 in 86 innings and throwing a league-best five complete games.Drafted by the Mets in the 46th round in 2004 and again in the 48th round in 2005, the right-hander spent two years at Seminole (Okla.) State.

AZL Padres lost 8-6 to AZL Brewers

Keoni Ruth went 2-for-3 with two walks an RBI, giving him multiple hits and an RBI in each of his first two games. He did, however, make two errors and the three errors as a team led to six unearned runs. Ruth batted .339 with 16 doubles, 45 runs scored and 29 RBIs in 50 games for Concordia after he spent his first three seasons at the University of San Diego under the guidance of head coach Rich Hill. He also drew 24 walks while whiffing just nine times. With the Toreros, Ruth was a three-time all-West Coast Conference pick, batting as high as .358 during his junior season.

After going 0-for-5 in his stateside debut, Jose Mayi reached base three times with a double and two walks in five plate appearances. While he did ground into a double play, Mayi also scored three runs. Mayi hit .226 last year for the Dominican Summer League Padres, collecting three doubles, seven homers and 30 RBIs over 65 games. He also drew 45 walks while whiffing 56 times.

Bobby Basham, continuing to recover from elbow surgery, worked five innings and allowed three runs, one earned, on seven hits and a walk. Acquired in exchange for David Ross on March 21, 2006, Basham went 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA over two starts with Double-A Mobile before being lost for the year. He has been on the mound since April, slowly working his way back into game shape.

"I worked as hard as I could to be able to go out there, be healthy, and play baseball again," he said.

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