Ben Johnson and Brian Burgamy are en fuego
Brian Burgamy returned to the lineup as the designated hitter on Wednesday after missing a week of action. He entered play with a 12-game hitting streak still on the line and added to it by one with a three-run homer, his fifth of the year. Burgamy is hitting 20-for-53 over the streak, raising his average from .263 to .296. He has bated nearly everywhere in the lineup, from second to fifth through ninth, logging the most games in the seven-hole and ironically that is where he has his worst batting average at .209 in 18 games. Burgamy also had a hit on Thursday to push the streak to 14.
Jared Wells won his third straight start and fifth straight decision overall with a six inning, three-run performance. It is his sixth straight quality outing (three runs or less over six innings or more). Wells did walk three batters, giving him 11 free passes over the last three games. They are, however, the only three games this year that he has issued more than two walks. The right-hander has limited the opposition to a .194 batting average against with runners in scoring position on the season.
Portland won 5-1
Right-hander Brian Sweeney earned his first decision since joining Portland, a victory. He went seven innings, allowing one run on six hits. He did not walk a batter for the second time in three starts with Portland. Sweeney also helped his own cause at the plate, going 1-for-2 with an RBI. It was his second RBI since joining the Beavers.
Ben Johnson went 3-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to seven games. The outfielder doubled and homered to give him two doubles and four homers over the last six games. He has a seven game RBI streak going, knocking in nine, and an 11 game run scoring streak, scoring 16 runs over that time frame. Johnson is hitting .406 through eight games in June and has struck out just twice over the last seven games.
Brian Falkenborg returned to Portland and threw an inning of scoreless ball. His last appearance on May 6, prior to his promotion to San Diego, was his worst of the year when he allowed two runs. Falkenborg had allowed two runs, one earned all season long up until then, spanning 15.1 innings. He has limited the opposition to a .136 average with runners in scoring position. Falkenborg was 0-0 with an 11.05 ERA in 7.1 innings of work for San Diego.
Mobile lost 6-5 in 10
Sean Thompson, making his sixth start in Double-A, lasted five innings yielding five runs on eight hits and a walk. The left-hander served up three home runs, the first he has allowed in Southern League play. It was the fourth time he has been charged with five runs in a start since joining Mobile. The one free pass he issued was his lowest total since May 2 (with Lake Elsinore) when he did not walk a batter for the only time this year. Thompson did pickoff his sixth runner of the year.
Light hitting Jason Clements' error in the tenth brought home the winning run from first base in the tenth inning. Clements fielded a bunt and threw it wide of the bag with the runner making it all the way around the bases. It was the tenth error of the year for Clements who played third base on Thursday. He has played nearly every position on the infield, excluding first base, and has manned left field for Mobile. He is hitting .178 on the year and is six for his last 54.
Paul McAnulty homered for the second consecutive game and tenth time this year. He now has as many homers as doubles. He also extended his hitting streak to six but his average has dropped from .292 to .288, as he has gone 7-for-27, a .259 average. McAnulty has driven in six over his past four games.
Lake Elsinore lost 6-0
Drew Macias, who is day-to-day with an ankle injury, should be back in the lineup soon. The training staff in Lake Elsinore believed that had it been anyone else, the played might have broken his ankle. Because Macias has such strong legs, he only sprained it.
Clark Girardeau had two balls leave the park, accounting for three of the four runs scored against him in five innings of work. He allowed seven hits and a walk while striking out three. The righty has allowed four runs or more in six of his 12 outings this year spanning the time he spent in Fort Wayne as well as LE. He has only made it through six innings three times this year.
The Storm could manage little against Jesse Foppert as they tallied four hits, all singles, for the night with Peeter Ramos getting two. Ramos went 2-for-3 with a walk – the only player to get on base three times (Burgamy got on board twice). Ramos was, however, thrown out at home, caught in a rundown on a ground out. Ironically, three of the singles came in one inning, the top of the third. With the bases loaded and one out, the Storm could not push a run across the plate.
Wilmer Villatoro, in his return to Lake Elsinore, pitched one inning and allowed one hit and a walk. The right-hander pitched in five games with Mobile, allowing runs in three of those outings and six runs over 5.1 innings of work. Four of five inherited runners also scored on him during his first stint in Double-A.
Fort Wayne lost 8-7
Ricky Steik had pitched in 18 straight appearances without allowing a single run until his recent streak of three consecutive games with a run scored. Although the run was unearned, Steik has allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and a walk over his last three outings, taking his second loss of the season on Thursday. Steik had allowed just five hits over his previous ten appearances.
Chris Kolkhorst has reached base 14 times over the last four games but has just four hits over that time span. The outfielder has walked eight times and has been hit by two pitches to give him an on base percentage of .700 during that timeframe. He has walked in six straight games and has a walk in 11 of his last 12 – giving him 40 walks to 35 strikeouts on the year. He has reached base safely in 14 straight games – with 16 walks and four hit by pitches.
Tom Vincent came into play with two extra base hits over his last 28 games. He matched that total on Thursday after going 3-for-4 with two doubles. He also added two RBI's, matching his total of the last 18 games. He did score two runs, giving him a run scored in each of his past four contests.
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