Long ball seals Missions win
Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson
Posted Jun 19, 2007

A solo homer off the bat of Michael Johnson proved to be the difference, as the San Antonio Missions edged Corpus Christi (Astros) 5-4 on Monday night.

After striking out in three of his first four at bats, Johnson smashed a one-out fastball over the fence in left, his ninth Double-A homer. He has five homers over his last 13 games with the Missions and ha reached base in 16 straight with hits in all but two of those contests. Johnson has also scored six runs over his last five contests.

Brett Bonvechio went yard for the second straight day while also adding a double and two runs scored in five at bats. The last time he homered in successive days was May 10 and 11, 2006 while playing for Double-A Mobile. He entered the year with 47 homers over 466 career minor league games. Twenty-six of those have come over the last two years after he netted 21 over his first four.

Nick Hundley went 2-for-4 with a walk and a two-run homer. He did, however, commit his fifth error of the year. The backstop has just three multi-hit games over his last 20 contests, hitting .208 over that span. He is hitting .350 in the fifth inning – the same frame he homered in on Monday – and .213 in every other inning combined. Three of his eight homers have come with men on base.

Josh Geer was handed a no-decision, allowing four runs on 10 hits and a walk over 5.2 innings. Geer has given up double-digit hits in two straight games, three of the last five and four times overall this year. Over his last three games, spanning 14.2 innings, Geer has surrendered 33 hits and given up 15 runs. Monday marked the fifth time this year in 14 starts he has given up four or more runs.

Jon Ellis got the win, his first of the year, after pitching a scoreless eighth. Paul Abraham picked up his fifth save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Portland had a scheduled day off

Lake Elsinore and Fort Wayne had a scheduled night off for the All-Star break in their respective leagues

The Eugene Emeralds begin their season on Tuesday against Spokane

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