Johnston flashing power; Handley near perfect

Seth Johnston

Three of the full season squad's ended up with a night off, one because of strange circumstances. Fabian Jimenez was not backed by his defense. Orlando Lara pitched no-hit ball but Andy Underwood gave up a bomb in a Eugene loss. Matt Handley has given up just one hit in four appearances for the AZL Padres. The DSL Padres have a player who can draw a walk.

Portland's game was postponed due to travel problems

Two planes and both had difficulties getting off the ground on time, as the Beavers did not make it to Tucson in time to play their scheduled game. They will play two seven-inning games on Tuesday.

Mobile had the day off

Lake Elsinore had the day off

Fort Wayne lost 5-3 to Burlington (Royals)

Correction: Last night's game was the fourth one-hitter in Wizards' history. Originally, we had it as the third one-hitter.

The Wizards turned five double plays but two errors led to five runs, one earned, off left-hander Fabian Jimenez. He gave up eight hits over seven innings and walked one – just the second time this year he hasn't walked two or more in a game with both one walk outings coming over his last three starts. It was the second loss in a row for Jimenez who has lost two straight. It is the fourth time in seven starts he has yielded five runs or more and ninth time in 17 starts he has given up two earned runs or less.

Seth Johnston homered for the third time in five games and added a double in four at bats. The second baseman has four multi-hit games in his last five and has scored a run in each of his last five contests, crossing the dish six times. His 28 doubles on the year place him third in the Midwest League and he is in the top ten in extra base hits with 38. He has hits in 11 of his last 12 games and is hitting .339 over that span. He did commit an error, which led to one unearned run.

Brandon Gottier notched two hits in four at bats to extend his hitting streak to five games. He has three multi-hit games over that stretch and has raised his season average from .207 to .241. The right-handed hitter is batting .315 with the bases empty but just .172 with runners on base. While he was 0-for-1 in catching a thief on Monday, he has cast his net on ten of 27 basestealers, good for 37 percent.

Eugene lost 4-3 to Tri-City (Rockies)

Orlando Lara threw no-hit ball over four innings, walking three and striking out six. In his last two starts he has surrendered one run on two hits over 8.1 innings while striking out ten. In his first three starts he allowed seven runs over 9.2 innings. The opposition is hitting .222 off him this year and just .146 over his last 12.2 innings. The left-hander has a 4.00 ERA as a starter and a 6.23 mark in relief work.

Andy Underwood took his second blown save of the year and the loss, giving up two runs on two hits, including a two-run homer, over three innings of work. While the opposition is hitting .289 off the righty when he comes on in relief, five of the six earned runs he has allowed have come when he enters from the bullpen. He has given up a homer in each of his last two relief outings with five runs crossing the plate. In two starts, Underwood has allowed one earned run over a span of 9.1 innings.

Jesus Lopez pounded out three hits in four at bats, including two doubles to go with an RBI. The doubles were his first in Eugene, as was his multi-hit game, but he has notched a hit in five straight and is hitting .462 with the bases empty. It was the first time this year Lopez has collected two extra base hits in the same game, including his 47-game stint with the Wizards and matched his extra base hit total over the previous 24 games. Lopez collected two three-hit games with Fort Wayne.

AZL Padres won 6-4 over AZL Cubs

The AZL Padres overcame seven errors, two passed balls, and two unearned runs to secure the win.

Ray Stokes reached base three times and scored two runs, going 1-for-3 with two walks. Sent down to Peoria after hitting .186 over 11 games with Eugene, Stokes had just one game where he reached base three times – his first as a professional on June 19. While he has two hits in 12 at bats with the rookie squad, he has also drawn five walks for a .412 on base percentage. He has scored six runs over his last six games across two leagues.

Cedric Hunter continued his on base streak with three hits in six at bats to push his league-leading total to 20 games where he has reached base via a walk or a hit. He also knocked in two runs and scored a run and his 20 RBI's are tied for the team lead and in the top five of the Arizona Rookie League. Hunter has recorded a hit in 16 of his 20 games and has 16 walks to give him a .416 on base percentage. He is batting .350 with runners in scoring position and .407 when he bats first in the lineup.

Matt Handley made his fourth appearance and sent down the side in order. The left-hander out of Georgia State, signed as an undrafted free agent, has given up just one hit in 14 at bats to begin the year and has kept the opposition without a hit with runners in scoring position. Handley, originally picked in the 50th round of the 2002 First Year Player Draft by the Atlanta Braves, went 0-4 with a 7.34 ERA in 11 appearances, including eight starts in 2006 for Georgia State. In 41.2 innings he allowed 51 hits walked 17 and struck out 33.

DSL Padres Update

Eighteen year old outfielder Miguel Torres opened the year with one hit in his first 25 at bats with the hit coming in his first game but he does have three hits in his last eight at bats with four runs scored over his last four contests, through July 11 games. Torres is the only player on the team who has walked as many times (nine) as he has struck out (nine).

Through July 10, Juan Araujo has a 2-0 record with two saves over eight appearances. He has given up runs in two of those outings with three coming in one game where he walked two, allowed a hit, and uncorked two of his four wild pitches on the year. The opposition is hitting .194 off him and he has given up just one hit in 11 at bats with runners in scoring position. The 21-year old right-hander has held left-handers to a .091 average.

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