Eddie Bonine strong; Steve Delabar in Eugene
Eddie Bonine
Eddie Bonine

Posted Aug 26, 2004


The Portland game was rained out. Eddie Bonine had another strong outing and was finally rewarded. Steve Delabar made his first start with the Eugene Emeralds after getting promoted from Peoria. Fabian Jimenez was knocked around hard while Juan Jimenez put out the fires and spared the Peoria Padres further misery. Christopher Rayborn had his best start of the year and Pete White is setting the Arizona League aflame.

Portland was rained out

Wednesday’s scheduled game between the Portland Beavers and Tacoma Rainiers at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma was postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday, Aug. 26 at 6:05 p.m.

“It is by far the greatest victory in my career,” Chris Oxspring said of pitching his team into the gold medal round at the Olympics. “I actually don't know if I can pitch any better. We believed we had a chance to win and now we have a good chance for the gold.”

Mobile had the day off

Lake Elsinore won 6-2

Eddie Bonine went six innings and gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks. Bonine has gone three straight starts without allowing more than two earned runs and has given up four earned runs in his last 17.1 innings of work. Despite his fine work of late, Bonine had not recorded a victory since June 3.

Casey Baker continues his torrid pace. The centerfielder is 8-for-16 over his last three games and has knocked in runs in four straight. The seven RBI’s account for more than 20 percent of his total number of RBI’s on the year. He has played in 66 games with the Storm and when he bats first in the order he is hitting .304. He is also hitting .307 in 25 August games.

Grant Gregg went two innings and did not surrender a run. He walked one and struck out three. Gregg has allowed runs in 15 of his 33 appearances with Lake Elsinore. Usually when runners get on versus Gregg they score. Hitters are smoking the ball at a .405 clip when runners are in scoring position. August has been his best month as he has compiled a 4.76 ERA for the month.

Aaron Coonrod, Natanael Mateo and Wilmer Villatoro, Ferdin Tejeda, Kervin Jacobo and Michael Johnson have been asked to participate in the Padres' Instructional League, which begins Sept. 22.

Fort Wayne had the day off

Eugene lost 7-0

Three errors in the span of a minute ruined Steve Delabar’s first start with Eugene. That and no offense.

Delabar had already allowed one run to score when he committed an error that advanced runners. It was followed by a Lachlan Dale error and on the same play Tom Vincent threw one awry, scoring two more runs. Delabar would go 5.1 innings, his longest outing of the year, and allow five runs, three earned, on six hits. He has allowed three runs, two earned, over his last two starts with Peoria in ten innings of work. He had walked a batter in eight straight games before Wednesday.

Ricky Steik had walked five batters all year between Peoria and Eugene before Wednesday. He gave up three this night and surrendered two hits in an inning of work. The result was two runs against, the first time he has surrendered two in an outing with the Ems.

Billy Hogan, Baudilio Figueroa and Tom Vincent were the only three Ems to record a hit. Hogan swatted a double in the seventh and the Ems loaded the bases with one out before Trino Aguilar hit into a double play. Hogan has a current hitting streak of three games, which leads the team. He also walked and was the only Em to reach base twice.

Sean Kazmar is in a 3-for-29 slump after going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. The shortstop has seen his average drop from .287 to .266. Over the last ten games, Colt Morton has done him worse. He is 3-for-38 and has seen his average plummet from .290 to .251.

Reilly Embrey has been in rehab at his home in Poway, CA. He had surgery on his arm and his cast was scheduled to be removed this week. If all goes well, he will report to Peoria for a rehab assignment on the 22nd of September with the Instructional League in Peoria.

Peoria lost 10-5, won 9-1 on Tuesday

Fabian Jimenez got tagged for eight runs, seven earned, in one inning of work. He allowed seven hits and one walk in taking his sixth decision in a row and sixth game in seven starts. His ERA stands at 7.19 on the year but he has not allowed a homer this year.

Juan Jimenez, no relation, took the mound in his stead to start the second inning. He ended up going seven innings and allowing two runs on five hits. In 13.1 innings of work, Jimenez has allowed just the two earned runs. Last time out he struck out seven batters in 4.1 innings of work. He has walked just one batter all year.

Christopher Rayborn had his best start of the year. He went six innings and allowed one run on five hits and a walk. The only blow he took was a solo shot, the third homer he has allowed this year. Rayborn earned his third win of the year and has gone six innings in each of his last three starts.

Matt Bush went 1-for-2 with an RBI for the second consecutive game. He also committed his ninth error of the year in 18 games this year. Bush was in a 1-for-27 slump before the last two games. He has gone ten straight games without an extra base hit.

Craig Johnson had a seven game hitting streak earlier this year that saw his average drop from .288 to .274. Now he is in the midst of a three game hitting streak that has his average up from .265 to .288. The difference is multi-hit games. He had one during the seven game streak but has had three straight during the current one. He is 6-for-12 and has knocked in a run in four straight games.

Trey Johnston has not had a hit in eight straight games. He is 0-for-25 over that time frame with eight strikeouts. He has also committed four errors in his last four games.

Pete White was hitting .238 on August 10. Since then he has had hits in nine of his last 11 games and has raised his average to .302 by hitting .395 over that span, going 17-for-43. He has knocked in nine runs over that span and has added five walks for an on base percentage of .458 in his last 11 games.

Nate Whitney has a six game hitting streak, going 10-for-29 over the streak. He has two extra base hits over the streak but has knocked in runs in five of the six games. In total, he has eight RBI’s and six runs scored over the streak.



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