Dennis Tankersley injured; No Brad Baker

Dennis Tankersley

Dennis Tankersley left the game early after getting hit by a liner. Another game without Brad Baker spells doom for the Mobile BayBears. Greg Sain wins Hitter of the Week. News on Marcus Nettles. Aaron Coonrod gets a start. Sean Thompson is hammered. Trino Aguilar forgets the out count while Mauber Lopez debuts. Michael Johnson is hitting well – with Peoria.

Portland lost 3-1

Dennis Tankersley was struck by a liner in the fifth inning and was immediately removed from the game. The ball hit him on the left arm. Tank went 4.2 innings and gave up two runs on five hits and two walks. The injury caused Tankersley to have his shortest outing of the year.

Eddie Oropesa is making a case to be a callup by the Padres – what would be his second stint with the big club. The lefty went two innings and allowed two hits but no runs. He has pitched in 27 games for Portland and has allowed runs in just six.

Xavier Nady went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He also stole his second base of the year, both coming in the last two days.

Humberto Quintero knocked in the only run of the game for Portland with a sacrifice fly. It was the third straight game Quintero has knocked in a run and he has five RBI's in his last five games. Quintero also threw out the only baserunner attempting to steal on him. He has had a hit in 17 of his last 18 games.

Mobile lost 4-2

Mobile BayBears' first baseman Greg Sain was named the BC Powder Southern League Hitter of the Week for July 30-August 5. Sain hit .545 (12-for-22) and drove in 10 runs for the week. He also blasted three homeruns last week, pushing his season total to 27. Sain, a 2004 Southern League All-Star, leads the Southern League in homeruns and is second in runs batted in (73). A fifth round pick of the Padres in 2001, he is ranked the number 24 prospect in the San Diego system by Baseball America. Sain resides in Torrance, CA.

Roger Deago pitched eight innings, allowing one run on six hits. Since returning to Mobile on July 28, Deago has worked in 20 innings over three starts, allowing two runs on 14 hits and four walks. Deago had previously worked as a reliever for Mobile and spent time with Portland and Tijuana.

Ben Johnson lost a ball in the twilight when he went back to deep on a ball that was hit short. He could not make the play after dropping back and it fell in for a double in the sixth. He came back to record the third out of the inning on a ball that was hit hard so the misplay on fly ball did not come back to bite him and the BayBears. Johnson walked three times at the plate, the second time he has accomplished the feat. The last time was on May 19.

R.D. Spiehs will miss the next series with Birmingham. He went home to Nebraska for personal reasons related to his family.

With Brad Baker not available on Sunday because he would have not been able to pitch in the first two games in Birmingham, Alan Webb pitched the ninth with Mobile nursing a 2-1 lead. Webb allowed a two out walk and back-to-back singles, tying the game – a blown save. Two more runs scored on a triple that Johnson tried to dive for and Mobile was down 4-2. Webb and Spiehs have now both failed in their last attempts to save a game in place of Baker. Baker has also blown a save. Webb had ten straight scoreless games before Sunday.

Marcus Nettles was suspended by the San Diego Padres indefinitely for "poor conduct". Nettles was promoted from the Lake Elsinore Storm to the Mobile BayBears on June 23. He was batting .244 for Mobile.

Lake Elsinore lost 4-3

Aaron Coonrod got his first start of the year on Sunday. He went two innings and allowed just one hit, but gave up three runs. Huh? The right-hander walked five, including four in the first inning. Coonrod got the first out, issued two walks, got another out and issued two more walks, scoring one. With the bases loaded he gave up a single that scored two. The reliever has given up runs in four of his last six games after going five appearances without surrendering a run for the Storm and seven altogether including time with Fort Wayne.

This time the run was earned. Geoffrey Jones gave up a solo homer in the sixth inning to take the loss. It was the first homer he has given up in 12 appearances between Peoria and Lake Elsinore. It was the second time this year that Jones has had only earned runs score against him.

Wilmer Villatoro pitched in his longest outing of the year on Sunday. He pitched three innings and did not allow a run, issuing one walk and striking out one. His previous long had been 2.2 innings. He has allowed a run in just one of his last 11 appearances, allowing just six hits over that time frame.

Fort Wayne lost 12-6

Sean Thompson threw 95 pitches through four innings of work. Fort Wayne has a 110 limit they like to stick to with Manager Randy Ready preferring 100 pitches to give him a little leeway. Pitch 93 went out of the ballpark, a three run homer against and brought the run total up to nine. It was the second outing in a row that Thompson has given up nine runs and he has surrendered 18 in his last eight innings of work, raising his ERA from 2.54 to 3.58. He tied a season high with five walks and the nine hits he gave up were a season high in 21 starts. He had not given up more than four runs in any start before his August 3 start.

The umpire threw a Lansing pitcher out of the ballgame when he hit Drew Macias to load the bases in the seventh. Chuck Bechtel had hit a batter in the previous inning. Bechtel allowed two runs and has given up runs in seven of his 11 appearances since rejoining Fort Wayne on July 5.

Jordan Pickens went 3-for-5 after going 0-for-7 the night before. He hit his first homer in 19 games and doubled. He leads the team with 23 doubles and 14 homers.

Fernando Valenzuela Jr. went 3-for-5 a day after going 4-for-7. He had been three for his last 30 over his previous eight games. He did, however, ground into a double play, his fifth in his last 12 games.

Eugene lost 8-3

Vern Sterry allowed just three baserunners over the first five innings, two singles and a walk. In the sixth he was slammed for five straight hits, including a double and two homers. His night ended after five plus innings, giving up five runs on a season high seven hits. It was the first time he has allowed two homers in a game but has allowed one in each of his last four starts. It was just the third time this year that Sterry has allowed more than three runs in a game, spanning ten starts.

Colt Morton had an extra base hit taken away from him when the centerfielder made a leaping catch against the wall. It goes down as a sacrifice fly as it drove in Sean Kazmar.

Mauber Lopez, acquired in a trade with Philadelphia, made his debut with Eugene. He came on to catch sidewinder James Darby. The first batter to reach base was credited with a stolen base as he was moving on a pitch that ended up hitting the backstop. Lopez, 23, was 2-for-20 with Lakewood in the Phillies organization this year and had two pass balls in four games. He hit .285 for the Gulf Coast League Phillies in 2003 and .305 in the Venezuelan Summer League in 2002. Lopez did not get an at bat.

Trino Aguilar threw out a batter in the second inning for the second out. He passed up on an opportunity for a double play – thinking it was the third out and began running off the field. That play allowed another run to score, just one of many blunder occurring in the eighth inning. Lachlan Dale had two errors in the inning and it cost James Darby two more unearned runs. The last four runs Darby has allowed over three different games have been unearned.

Peoria lost 6-2

Todd Donovan has been in Peoria a week, recovering from a broken thumb. He is expecting to hit off a tee by Thursday and could see live pitching with Peoria within the next two weeks. When rosters expand on August 19, Donovan could head to Lake Elsinore to help with the playoff race.

Michael Johnson went 3-for-4 with two doubles on Sunday. He is hitting .389 with Peoria, smacking four doubles and adding two runs scored and two RBI's. He has hit safely in four of his five games and ten of his last 11 dating back to his time with the Storm.

Nate Whitney was the only player to score a run and add an RBI on Sunday, punching a double and going 1-for-3. Whitney is tied for second on the team with 19 RBI's and is third in runs scored with 17. His .248 average is buoyed by his team leading 16 walks which put his on base percentage at .350. Whitney drew one walk on Sunday.

Trey Johnston and Luany Sanchez each committed two errors. Johnston leads the team in errors with nine from his third base position. Sanchez now has four from his catching position. The errors cost the team two unearned runs. Johnston knocked in one run and is batting .327 while Sanchez is hitting just .132.

Richard Steik is back with Peoria after allowing runs in five of his six appearances with Eugene. He pitched one inning, allowing a walk and striking out one. He has given up runs in just two of his 12 Peoria outings.

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