Oh Freddy! Guzman delivers big
Freddy Guzman

Posted May 2, 2006


Freddy Guzman nearly set a season-high in RBI’s with his game on Monday. Seth Etherton has had his troubles, except when runners are in scoring position. Chase Headley hit his first homer run of the year. Mike Sansoe debuted and hit seventh?

Portland won 9-6 over Sacramento (A’s) in ten innings

Freddy Guzman had two hits in six at bats but made each one of them count. He cleared the bases with a triple in the fourth and his bases loaded double in the tenth was the game-winner, giving him six RBI’s on the night. He shattered his previous high of three RBI’s on April 22, 2003 while playing with Lake Elsinore. He already has 12 RBI’s this year – his best season was 2003 when he had 33 over three leagues.

Seth Etherton allowed three runs on four hits and two walks in 5.1 innings, with two inherited runners scoring when he left the game. Etherton has struggled with getting the leadoff hitter in an inning out, as they are posting an on base percentage of .462 but he has limited the damage by limited the opposition to a .185 average with runners in scoring position.

Aquilino Lopez allowed two inherited runners to score and gave up a run of his own on Monday. He has given up runs in three straight relief appearances and in seven of his 12 outings on the year. The opposition is hitting .400 off him with runners in scoring position and lefties are hitting .333 against the right-hander.

Mobile had the night off

Lake Elsinore won 7-4 over Inland Empire (Mariners)

After hitting six homers last year, Chase Headley notched his first of the year on Monday. Headley hit a solo shot and added two singles as the number two hitter. Headley is hitting .304 since settling in at the two-hole after batting .242 elsewhere in the lineup.

Dirk Hayhurst won his second straight decision, yielding three runs on eight hits over 6.2 innings. The right-hander has posted a 3.38 ERA over four starts after a 6.75 ERA as a reliever. Of the 26 innings he has started, just three leadoff men have reached base.

Playing in place of Peter Ciofrone who was placed on the disabled list, Mike Sansoe made his High-A debut, going 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. He extended his hitting streak to nine games over two leagues with the hit. Sansoe was fitted seventh into the lineup after hitting first or second with Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne’s game was postponed with Beloit again They did, however, make up the suspended game. Here is the report via the Fort Wayne Wizards:

BELOIT, WI.---A four-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning allowed the Beloit Snappers to come from behind and defeat the Fort Wayne Wizards 8-5, in a game that began on Saturday afternoon and was completed early Monday evening at Pohlman Field.

The rally came after the Wizards had taken their first lead of the game on a two-out, two-run rally of their own in the top of the seventh inning.

Beloit broke a scoreless tie when Caleb Moore lined Josh Geer’s first pitch of the third inning over the 8-foot high wall in left field for his first home run of the season.

Fort Wayne tied the game in the top of the fourth, thanks to a lead-off single by Will Venable and a run-scoring double off the bat of Daryl Jones; both hits coming against Ryan Mullins, the second of four Snapper pitchers.

The 1-1 deadlock was broken in Beloit’s next at-bat; as Erik Lis, Juan Portes, and Dwayne White each knocked in a run with a single off Geer to give the Snappers a 4-1 advantage.

The Wizard rally in the seventh began when Venable doubled into the gap in left-centerfield against Yohan Pino.

After Jones walked, Kyle Blanks lined a single to center to score Venable with the tying run; and Chad Steiner followed with a single to left to score Jones, giving Fort Wayne the lead for the first time at 5-4.

Jon Link relieved Geer on the mound to begin the bottom half of the eighth, and immediately got into trouble; allowing Beloit to load the bases with nobody out on an infield single by Lis, a walk issued to Portes, and a bunt single from Steve Tolleson.

Moore hit into a fielder’s choice, with Lis being forced out at home plate for the first out of the inning.

White hit a ground ball that Fort Wayne shortstop Abraham Aguilar tried to turn into an inning-ending double play, but the try proved unsuccessful; as White beat out Seth Johnston’s relay throw to first base to allow Portes to score and tie the contest again at 4-4.

That brought Edward Ovalle to the plate, and he drilled Link’s first pitch to him well over the wall in left to score both Tolleson and White in front of him for his second home run of the season to put the Snappers in front for good.

Pino (3-1) was credited with the win, while Link (2-1) suffered the loss; with David Shinskie picking up his first save of the season.

The two teams were scheduled to play a second game; however, after waiting over three hours for a storm cell to leave the area, that game was cancelled, and will not be made up.



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