Mike Ekstrom dominant complete game shutout

Mike Ekstrom threw a brilliant complete game two-hitter. Jim Brower took his first blown save and first loss, giving up a three-run jack that tied the game. Stephen Smitherman has power but lacks average. Steve Delabar left the game early after being ejected in a rough start.

Portland lost 12-11 in ten innings to Sacramento (A's)

Jim Brower took the blown save and the loss, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks, including a two-out three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth that tied the game, allowing two inherited runners to score in the process. He also hit a batter and threw a wild pitch. The right-hander has given up homers in successive games and has given up six hits in 13 at bats over his three games with Portland.

Eddie Pena came into the game without a run allowed over his first six innings of work with Portland. That changed dramatically in one-third of a frame. He was charged with four runs after walking two and yielding two hits. Pena had given up three hits in 19 at bats coming in. The right-hander has given up runs in five of his 16 games spread over two leagues. He has given up at least two runs in each of those games.

Manny Alexander went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI's. The shortstop homered for the second straight game and the third time in his last five. Alexander has three multi-hit games in his last five with four extra base hits, going 7-for-24 with five runs scored. Four of his six homers have been solo shots. He has homered the last four times he has had a multi-hit game.

Mobile lost 7-3 to Tennessee (Diamondbacks)

Jared Wells surrendered four runs on seven hits and two walks over seven innings. After giving up two dingers over his first ten starts, Wells served up two on Thursday. After giving up nine runs over his first nine starts, Wells has yielded two over the last two. The right-hander has given up 23 hits over his last three games, raising his average against from .199 to .233. He has lost two straight starts.

Stephen Smitherman hit his fourth homer of the year, a solo shot. All of his homers have come with the bases empty. He has one hit in 19 at bats with runners in scoring position. Smitherman has eight hits on the year and seven have gone for extra bases but he is hitting .154 on the season. He does have three RBI's over the last four games and is three for his last nine.

Geoffrey Jones gave up a run on one hit in a third of an inning. It is the third game in a row he has surrendered a run, giving up seven of his last 1.1 frames for a 47.25 ERA, giving up seven hits in 11 at bats. This comes on the heels of a 4.32 average during the month of May where he held the opposition to a .246 average. He has given up runs in 11 of his 24 outings.

Lake Elsinore won 5-0 to Stockton (A'S)

With a Starbucks beverage giving him fuel before the game, the superstitious Mike Ekstrom pitched a complete-game two-hitter. It is the 11th time in 12 starts that Ekstrom has enjoyed a tasty coffee mix from Starbucks and the one game he didn't have one was the lone game he was shelled for eight runs. It was the first complete game of the year for the Storm. Ekstrom moved to 7-3 in front of several members of the Padres' front office, including scouting director Bill Gayton. Ekstrom has given up two earned runs or less in 11 of his 13 starts this year.

Skip Adams doubled twice in four at bats and scored a run. Four of the shortstop's last five hits have been doubles. When Adams is hitting eighth in the order, as he was on Thursday, he is hitting .288 but he is batting .121 when he bats in the ninth position in the order. Adams matched his longest streak of the season without a strikeout, two games, as he has whiffed 62 times on the year.

Josh Howard continued with his ability to get on base, reaching base in all 11 games he has played for the Storm. The outfielder went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI's, giving him one more RBI than he had over his first ten games. Howard has seven hits in 17 at bats when he leads off an inning and is ten for 24 with the bases empty. The double was his first of the year.

Fort Wayne lost 10-3 to West Michigan (Devil Rays)

Steve Delabar had his worst outing to date, giving up six runs on four hits and four walks in 3.1 innings, ejected after a bench-clearing brawl. He also hit as many batters, two, as he had all year. The right-hander came into the game with five runs allowed over his previous five starts. It is the fifth time he has walked three or more in 12 starts. Four times this year, Delabar has failed to go four innings. He has given up four hits or fewer in seven starts.

Nick Hundley collected the only two RBI's of the game for Fort Wayne. He went 1-for-3 with a double and a sacrifice fly. Hundley leads the team with three sacrifice flies. The catcher has an RBI in each of his three games since returning from the disabled list. Since being dropped to seventh in the order, Hundley has hit .302 over 19 games with 11 extra base hits.

Jon Link hadn't pitched more than an inning and a third since April 13 but matched his season-high with two scoreless innings. He has not allowed an earned run over his last eight appearances, a span of nine innings. He has given up runs in nine of his 25 outings. The opposition has seven hits in 39 at bats with runners in scoring position.

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