Nine lucky Wizards number; Greg Sain back at it
Rusty Tucker

Posted Apr 24, 2005


While Mobile slipped back into its losing ways and Lake Elsinore let unecessary runs score, the game in Fort Wayne was simply whacky. Six RBI's on the night - 12 runs scored for Fort Wayne.

Portland game postponed due to rain

Mobile lost 5-1


Greg Sain was back at first base on Saturday. He had missed two starts due to a collision he had with the opposing teams first baseman while running out a pop out. He went 2-for-4 with a double in his return to the lineup and scored the only BayBear run.

Brian Whitaker gave up a season high five runs, four earned, on seven hits, two walks and two hit batsmen. Whitaker had given up just five runs total through his first three starts, spanning 18 innings of work. Whitaker also yielded his first homer of the year, a three run shot in the fifth. He is 1-2 on the year despite a solid 3.52 ERA.

Rusty Tucker and R.D. Spiehs split the final four innings and neither allowed a single hit. For Tucker, it was the first time this year he has not allowed a baserunner and Spiehs has given up 17 hits in his past 5.2 innings of work.

Lake Elsinore lost 6-1

Howie Pence came on with the bases loaded in the seventh. A Brett Bonvechio error followed and all three inherited runners scored, all unearned. One more unearned run scored against Pence, but he has allowed the past four runners inherited to score. He has also allowed a run in each of his past four appearances.

Arturo Lopez went five innings and allowed two runs on six hits and three walks, taking his first loss of the year. Lopez has walked two or more in each of his four starts to open the year.

Peeter Ramos extended his hitting streak to eight games, going 1-for-5 and driving in the only Storm run. Ramos is 13-for-35 over the streak with one extra base hit and four RBI's. He has also stolen two bases but has grounded into two double plays during the streak.

Fort Wayne won 12-9

Although the Wizards scored 12 runs, they had just six RBI's, thanks to NINE errors by Burlington. Three different players for Burlington had two or more errors. The Wizards also added three errors with Sean Kazmar accounting for two of them.

Brett Dowdy pushed his hitting streak to six games, going 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and two runs scored. Dowdy has scored a run in each game during his hitting streak and nine total over that span. He is 9-for-20 with six walks and six RBI's over the hitting streak.

Despite reaching base safely in all 16 games he has played this year, Chris Kolkhorst has just two RBI's and they both came on Saturday.

After allowing just one run over his first 17 innings of work, Mike Ekstrom was charged with six runs, three earned, on eight hits and a walk. Despite holding a 1.64 ERA for the year, Ekstrom is just 1-0.



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