Paul Abraham troubles; Brandon Kintzler promoted

Paul Abraham

Tagg Bozied may be "back" sometime soon. Brian Sweeney continues to pitch like it is 2004. Paul Abraham hasn't figured out the Southern League. Brett Bonvechio homered for the second straight day. Brandon Kintzler is back in Eugene after being promoted. Kyle Blanks accomplished a very rare feat, especially for him. Clint Cleland needs a little help with his defense.

Portland lost 8-3

Tagg Bozied, who has been on the disabled list with a herniated disk in his back since June 20th, has been taking batting practice with the team over the last few days. It is unclear when he will return to the lineup.

Mark Loretta went 1-for-3 with two walks in his second game with the Beavers. He was joined on the squad by Phil Nevin who went 1-for-4 with an RBI, a strikeout and grounded into a double play.

Brian Sweeney went 5.1 innings, allowing one run on six hits and three walks. It is the seventh start in a row that Sweeney has given up two runs or less and he has not surrendered more than three runs in any start. Three of those seven starts have resulted in no-decisions, much like Saturday. It is the second game in a row that he has walked three, a feat he has accomplished three times on the year. He has only two other walks on the docket, giving him five starts and one relief appearance without a walk.

A day after hitting his 11th homer of the year – topping his career best by six ('01-Lake Elsinore) – Bobby Scales was at it again. He went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI's. Over the last five games, Scales has eight RBI's. That gives him 49 on the year, sprinting him past his previous career high of 42 set in 2001. Scales is hitting .367 with runners in scoring position (RISP) and has knocked in 16 with RISP and two outs.

Mobile lost 9-7

Jose Oyervidez went five innings and allowed five runs, four earned on seven hits and four walks. The right-hander has walked 55 on the year, second most in the Southern League pending the outcome of Saturday's games. It is the tenth time in 18 starts that he has given up four or more walks in a game. It is also the sixth time in the last nine games that he has given up four runs or more.

Paul Abraham allowed five earned runs in 35 appearances in the California League and after Saturday, when he gave up four runs, three earned, on two hits and two walks, he has been touched for ten earned runs in ten appearances with Mobile. Abraham also committed his second error in his last five games. The right-hander has a .296 average against with Mobile and while he has allowed a .276 average with runners in scoring position (RISP), that number jumps up to .417 with RISP and two outs.

Lake Elsinore lost 5-4

Luke Steidlmayer was on the hill for his fourth start with the Storm. He tied his season-high by going seven innings and allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks. It was the third time in four starts that he has given up eight or more hits. After posting a 2.28 ERA with the Wizards, Steidlmayer has a 5.25 ERA with the Storm. He has surrendered 22 runs, 14 earned, in his starts.

While Peeter Ramos has a nine-game hitting streak, Brett Bonvechio is the nine game streak to look out for. The third baseman homered for the second straight game and has now hit safely in 17 of his last 18 games with seven doubles, five homers, 16 RBI's and 13 runs scored. Bonvechio is hitting .361 during the month of July, raising his average from .266 to .284 with a team leading .402 on base percentage. Bonvechio is also tied for second in the Cal League in walks and second in strikeouts.

Fort Wayne's game was suspended because of rain

Eugene lost 12-7

Brandon Kintzler was promoted to Eugene from Peoria after his last outing in Arizona and made his season debut on Saturday, pitching one inning and allowing one hit. The right-hander had pitched in three games with the Emeralds last year, posting a 0.00 ERA while notching three saves. The three saves were good for second place on the team behind Brian Burks who saved four games for the 2004 Emeralds. Kintzler made eight appearances with Peoria, going 2-0 with one save and a 4.09 ERA. In 11 innings of work he gave up 15 hits and four walks while striking out 17, including whiffing the side on one occasion.

Check out this line as reported by the scorekeeper:
Alfredo Fernandez: one hit, six runs, one earned, two walks.
Not known for being a mathematician, that is only three baserunners. Fernandez, who blew his second save of the year, also hit a batter, along with two errors committed in the inning. One by the Ems closer and another by Kelvin Vasquez helped earn the boxscore of the week. It was just the second time this year in 14 appearances over two leagues that Fernandez has given up a run.

Mike Sansoe entered Saturday's game with two extra base hits and four RBI's on the season, with his last extra base hit coming four games into the season. The outfielder doubled up in both categories after netting a career-high four hits in five at bats, including two doubles and four RBI's. The outfielder has reached base safely in 11 of his last 12 games and is batting .347 when he is in centerfield and just .176 when he plays left field.

AZL Padres lost 11-5

Kyle Blanks entered the game with three walks total in 17 games. In the same time span, he was hit by five pitches. On Saturday, Blanks went up to the plate five times and did not register an at bat. "Gigantor" walked four times and was hit by a pitch. One of those walks came with the bases juiced, scoring a run. Blanks entered the game in an 0-for-9 slump, his worst stretch of the season.

Javis Diaz, a Dominican Summer League (DSL) import, went 0-for-5 in his second game with the team. He had opened up the year going 2-for-4 with Peoria on Friday. Diaz played in 20 DSL games, hitting .322 with a .447 on base percentage. The outfielder walked 14 times while striking out just eight times and he also added ten stolen bases.

Clint Cleland led the offensive assault, going 3-for-6 with a double and a run scored. The real story, unfortunately, is two more errors on the docket for the infielder. Cleland was at second base for the first time this year on Saturday after playing shortstop last time he was in the field. Cleland now has five errors over his last two games and nine for the season. He has also played third base – a position where his four other errors have come. His nine errors place him second in the league.

Ray Gill went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a walk as the designated hitter and he is 9-for-23 over his last seven games with five extra base hits. He also has RBI's in three of his last four games. In the ninth, Gill moved from being just a hitter to the mound where he tossed an inning of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit.

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