Spiehs in Portland; Colt Morton seeing double

Colt Morton

R.D. Spiehs has a fresh start in Portland and is making the most of it. Craig Breslow allowed more runs on Friday than he had all year. Don't run on Drew Macias. Colt Morton has his power stroke working double.

Portland lost 3-1

In his first outing with Portland, R.D. Spiehs inherited two runners in the seventh and got out of the inning without allowing either to score. Promoted to take the spot of Randy Williams, Spiehs had a rough start to his year in Mobile, allowing runs in five straight. Since then, he has allowed a run in one of his past five outings and has not allowed a hit over his last three games, a span of five innings.

Marty McLeary went 6.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits and a walk. It was his longest outing of the year and only once in 2004 did McLeary go seven innings in a game. He spent the majority of the year in a relief role. McLeary has allowed two or fewer runs in four of his six starts.

The Beavers were hit by as many pitches, two, as they had hits. Ben Risinger was hit by his 11th pitch of the year. J.J. Furmaniak had his first RBI in 16 games and just his second for the year. Kerry Robinson extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a triple.

Mobile lost 6-1; won 2-1

Travis Chick lasted four innings in the first half of a doubleheader, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. The right-hander has walked six over his past 11.2 innings of work and has not made it through six full innings this year. The opposition it hitting .274 off him this year after holding them to a .216 average with Fort Wayne in ‘04.

Craig Breslow entered the game having allowed two runs all season in 11 appearances. He surrendered three runs on six hits and a walk in two innings of work on Friday. Breslow had not allowed more than one hit in any outing this year and the opposition was hitting just .167 off him. After the game, his average against went up to .241. The left-hander had come into play with a seven game scoreless streak.

Mobile managed just three hits in the first game with two going for extra bases. Kennard Jones, Greg Sain and Corey Smith accounted for all the hits in game one and four of the six hits in game two. Sain knocked in both runs in game two. He came into the game with two RBI's over his last 18 games.

Jack Cassel came on with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and no one out. He struck out the first batter, induced a force out at home and a ground out ended the threat and preserved the win. It was his first save of the year after netting one save in 2004 – coming on June 6 with Mobile.

Roger Deago had his second straight outing of holding the opposition off the scoreboard. He went five-plus innings and yielded just four hits and three walks. He has allowed just five hits over the past ten innings of work but has walked six over that span.

Lake Elsinore lost 9-4

Steve Baker returned to the lineup and went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to five games. Baker strained the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee on April 21. Jordan Pickens saw action in just his second game of the year and went 0-for-4 as the designated hitter. Pickens went 0-for-3 and was hit by a pitch in the opening game of the year.

George Kottaras went 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored, a double and his first homer of the year. He has nine multi-hit affairs in 22 games on the year and has knocked in multiple runs on five occasions. He has thrown out just one of the last eight runners attempting to steal after going 0-for-2 on Friday.

Drew Macias was credited with two outfield assists on Friday and has three in his last two games. In 26 games this year he has six outfield assists.

Chris Tierney allowed just two runs in 3.1 innings of work but was pulled after walking seven batters and allowing six hits. Tierney loaded the bases in each of the first three innings.

Fort Wayne won 6-2

Colt Morton hit two homers to bring his total up to six for the season and knocked in three runs, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored. He had four with Fort Wayne in 36 games a year ago and his last multi-homer game came on July 3 while he was with Eugene of the Northwest League. His 24 RBI's now lead the Midwest League. His three RBI night marks the fifth time this year that Morton has driven in three runs or more in a game.

Clayton Hamilton improved to 5-1 after going 5.1 innings and allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks while striking out six. His five wins, all in a row, lead the Midwest League. Hamilton has allowed two runs or less in each of his last four starts and had yielded just three earned runs over his last 21.1 innings of work. He improved to 3-0 in home games with an ERA of 0.59.

Lachlan Dale hit his third homer of the year, a solo shot. It is the second time this year he has homered in the same game as Morton but he is not having the same success as the big catcher. Dale went 1-for-4 and struck out twice. He has whiffed 43 times this year, second most in all the minors. He has struck out in 23 of his 26 games.

Ricky Steik has gone eight straight appearances without allowing a run, a span of ten innings. He also had his second two-inning save of the year. Steik, however, walked his first batter of the year on Friday.

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