Fabian Jimenez shines; Joel Santo struggles

Fabian Jimenez shines; Joel Santo struggles

Ryan Meaux has had it tough in the early going. Justin Leone continues to mash. Kyle Stutes has been nails out of the pen. Fabian Jimenez had his second straight solid outing but Joel Santo has not had a smooth transition in a relief role.

Portland lost 4-2 to Colorado Springs (Rockies) Eric Junge gave up just two hits but also walked three as three runs, two earned, crossed the plate in a loss. Two of the three runs he allowed came after he left the game. Even with two hits allowed over five innings, the opposition is hitting .333 off him.

Ryan Meaux gave up three hits, allowing two inherited runners to score and surrendering one of his own in the process. It is the second blown save that Meaux has recorded on the year. Meaux has allowed four of the six runners he has inherited to score. The opposition is hitting .455 off him after eight innings of work.

Justin Leone continued his hot streak, going 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Leone is hitting .491 through 15 games and has reached base safely in each game. He has an RBI in 12 of his 15 RBI's. With his ten walks, Leone has .569 on base percentage. Leone did commit an error, his fourth of the year, that led to an unearned run.

"He is getting better," roving infield instructor Tony Franklin said of Leone's defense. "His footwork has improved and he has puts himself into good throwing position.

Mobile's game with Huntsville (Brewers) was rained out

Lake Elsinore lost 5-0 to San Jose (Giants)

Dirk Hayhurst lasted just 3.1 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks. Four of the hits were delivered by four straight batters in the second inning and accounted for three runs. He left with two on in the fourth but neither came around to score. While the opposition does not have a hit off Hayhurst in the first inning this year, they are hitting .400 off him in innings two and three.

Left-hander Kyle Stutes ran his scoreless streak to five appearances and 6.2 innings on Friday. He has given up three hits in 24 at bats and has not walked a batter. The seven lefties that he has faced on the year have all been retired, as have the ten batters he has faced with runners on base.

Mike Cameron had one of the four Storm hits, going 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. He struck out in the first and fourth, part of a strike-em-out, throw-em-out when Peter Ciofrone was caught stealing, singled in the seventh and flied out to end the game. Cameron did see some action in centerfield after not seeing any action the night before. He recorded three outs and fielded several singles.

Josh Howard will miss just a week of action after finding out an injury to his left thumb was just a strain.

Fort Wayne lost 7-3 to Quad Cities (St. Louis)

The Wizards netted six doubles in their loss on Friday night. Their previous high for a game this year was five doubles. They now lead the Midwest League in doubles with 40 through 14 games. Kyle Blanks tops the team and the league with eight doubles. At the same time, Fort Wayne entered the game with the second fewest amount of strikeouts.

Dynamite over six innings, Fabian Jimenez left the game with a no-decision in a 1-1 game. The left-hander allowed one run on four hits and two walks. After allowing six runs in his first outing, Jimenez has given up one run over his last 11 innings of work but does not have a win to show for it. The opposition is hitting .211 off him over the last two starts and has just one hit in 18 at bats with runners in scoring position on the season.

Joel Santo has not found a home in the bullpen. In an inning and a third, Santo gave up five runs, all earned, on four hits and two walks. Since returning to the Wizards, Santo has given up eight runs in 4.1 frames. He has given up a home run in each of his two outings and has walked five.

Seth Johnston extended his hitting streak to nine games and he has been on base in each of his 14 games played this year.

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