Mora, Morton produce in 12; Nady triumphant return

Xavier Nady

Xavier Nady, upset at his recent demotion took his frustrations out on Fresno. Mobile was rained out and will be made up on Saturday. The BayBears need just one win to clinch. Easy Eddie Bonine is finding out the California League is not so easy. Brian Buchanon went 0-for-3 with Lake Elsinore in a rehab assignment. No pitcher in Fort Wayne went unscathed in a thrashing. Eugene wins in extra innings on the bats of Ruben Mora and Colt Morton. Lachlan Dale starts where he left off – hot.

Portland won 5-3

Portland scored three runs off a Brett Tomko led Fresno team and went on to win 5-3 with Chris Oxspring making his second start since returning from the disabled list. Oxspring went four innings and did not allow a run on three hits and two walks. He struck out five and was limited to a strict pitch count in his second game back. Oxspring went just 2.2 innings in his return engagement.

Xavier Nady belted two homer runs, including the game winner in his first day back with Portland. Nady was 0-for-9 with San Diego, but went 2-for-4 and knocked in four runs in his return.

Humberto Quintero collected a hit to extend his streak to ten games. He has 17 hits in 39 at bats during the streak with five RBI's.

Mike Bynum allowed his first run in eight outings and first earned run in ten but got the win to bring his record to 4-5. The reliever has two more decisions than any other pitcher on the team with the next in line also a reliever.

Tim Byrdak has allowed runs in six straight relief appearances and nine straight overall. He had three spot starts. Amazingly, he is 2-0 during the stretch.

Brandon Puffer has now saved two consecutive games since being sent down to the minors. Puffer appears to be the team's new closer, supplanting Bart Miadich who blew his last opportunity at a save, his second in five chances. Miadich also lost two games prior to Puffer's return.

Mobile doubleheader tomorrow

The BayBears need just one win or a West Tenn loss to clinch the first half Championship.

Lake Elsinore lost 7-3

You have to go all the way back to May 5 while he was playing with Fort Wayne to find the last time Casey Baker had an extra base hit. C. Baker tripled on Friday night and went 3-for-5, his first three hit night since joining the Storm on June 3.

Eddie Bonine walked just three batters in 27.1 innings of work while pitching for Fort Wayne. Since joining Lake Elsinore, however, Bonine has walked 19 in 49 innings, including three in five innings on Friday. It is part of the reason for his struggles with the Storm. After posting a 1.98 ERA with Fort Wayne, Bonine boasts a 6.43 ERA through nine starts and has not had an ERA lower than 5.92 during the stretch.

Bonine surrendered six runs, all earned, on six hits in five innings of work. The big blow was a grand slam home run in the top of the first, setup by three straight walks issued from Bonine.

"You have to make sure you get ahead of these guys," Bonine said. "If you get behind, they can hurt you. That is what has happened to me a few times so far."

Fort Wayne lost 9-3

Brian Wahlbrink returned to the lineup, but not in his customary leadoff spot. He came into the game in the sixth inning as a replacement for Jordan Pickens and went 0-for-2 with an RBI. Wahlbrink was knocked out of the extra inning affair a few days ago and spent some time in the hospital.

Fernando Valenzuela extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 1-for-3 night, adding an RBI and two walks.

Greg Conden followed up two outings where he allowed just one run in 11.1 innings with a five inning stint on Friday where he allowed four runs, three earned, in five innings of work. He allowed eight hits, tying a season high, and walked two. Conden has been either on or off this season. He has allowed two runs or less in four of his starts, five or more in two, and four in one. He is 2-4 on the season and has lost two games where he allowed just one run per game.

Danny De La O moved into the bullpen for his second game with Fort Wayne. De La O went two innings and gave up two runs. He has allowed a homer in each of his two appearances this year.

Eugene won 4-2 in 12

Ruben Mora knocked in 2004 6th round draft pick Sean Kazmar with a triple in the top of the twelfth inning. Mora then scored on a Colt Morton single. Kazmar had opened the inning with a base knock. It was the first hit of the day for all three players as they saved their best for last.

Alfredo Fernandez earned the opening night start for the Emeralds. Fernandez, you may recall, had one spot start for the Portland Beavers and the 19 year old held his head up high after allowing two earned runs in 4.2 innings of work. In the opener on Friday, Fernandez went six innings and gave up two runs on three hits and a walk. Two of the hits came in the fourth inning, an inning where he hit two batters as both charged runs to the Ems came home.

The bullpen worked six innings of shutout ball with Michael Ekstrom getting the win and former Stanford closer David O'Hagan getting the save.

Lachlan Dale was the only Emerald player to record more than one hit. He homered to left in the top of the first to get the season off with a bang, walked in the third, singled in the eighth, and doubled to open the tenth. Dale spent the past two seasons in Idaho Falls, where his career totals include a .242 batting average, three home runs and 34 RBIs. In his final eight games in 2003, he was 10-for-28 with six doubles and 11 RBIs.

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