Portland lost 6-2 to Las Vegas (Dodgers)
Tim Stauffer was lifted after 80 pitches, including 45 strikes, which amounted to five innings of work. He was on the hook for five runs, two earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out three as he took his 12th loss of the year – the second most in the Pacific Coast League behind former Beaver Dennis Tankersley. It is the sixth time in seven starts that five runs have crossed the dish with Stauffer on the hill.
Jon Knott went 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI, his 97th on the year. The first baseman is 11-for-52 over his last 14 games, a .212 average, with seven RBI’s after hitting .327 with 34 RBI’s in 28 games during the month of July. He has one homer in his last 18 games but remains second in the league with 25 and it tops in RBI’s. Knott also stands second in the PCL in extra base hits with 58.
Mobile won 6-5 over West Tenn (Cubs)
Brett Bonvechio crushed a three-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth to lead the BayBears to victory. It was the third hit of the night for the third baseman, as he singled and doubled earlier in the game, and gave him four RBI’s. After getting two hits in 20 at bats over eight July games, Bonvechio has gone 12-for-41, a .293 average, with eight RBI’s over his last 14 contests. He has five extra base hits in his last six after not amassing any in his previous 20.
Jonathan Ellis struck out the side, the fifth time this year in 33 appearances he has whiffed every batter he has faced in an outing. Ellis has allowed runs in seven of those outings over two different leagues and holds a 2.78 ERA on the year between Mobile and Lake Elsinore. Ellis, a right-hander, has held lefties to a .189 average this year while righties are hitting .301 off him.
Jeremy Cleveland was ejected in the ninth inning after he grounded out to end the top half of the frame.
Lake Elsinore lost 2-1 to Inland Empire (Mariners)
Manny Ayala dropped his fourth game in the California League, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out four. It is the sixth time in nine starts he has allowed two runs or less and the third time in the last five starts that he has not walked a batter. Ayala sports a WHIP of 1.07 on the year but the leadoff hitter has reached base in 26-of-72 plate appearances this year, a .361 on base percentage.
Yordany Ramirez went 3-for-3 with a triple, accounting for all but one of the Storms hits. The outfielder has a hit in eight of his last nine games and is 12-for-32 over that span, a .375 average. Over his last 34 games, Ramirez has hit .279 with 11 extra base hits and 23 RBI’s. He has also stole 17 bags in 19 attempts this year.
Fort Wayne won 3-1 over Dayton (Reds)
Will Venable went 2-for-4 and broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run bomb in the eighth inning, as he accounted for all three Fort Wayne RBI’s. He has three homers in his last four games and an RBI in each of his last four, eight total over that point. The outfielder also stole a bag, his 18th of the year in 22 attempts. Over his last 15 games he has hit .348 with 16 RBI’s. After drawing 18 free passes in July, he has walked just once in August.
Jarrett Gardner earned a no-decision despite pitching well enough to win. He allowed one run on five hits while striking out four over seven frames. He had allowed 15 runs over his previous 12.2 innings on 28 hits. Thursday was the fourth time in ten starts he has allowed one run or less. He has gone six straight starts without walking a batter and has issued a free pass to just two in 51.1 innings with Fort Wayne. The opposition is hitting .412 off him with runners in scoring position.
John Madden earned his sixth save in August, accounting for more saves in a half a month than he had in any of his previous months in Fort Wayne. His previous high for a month had been five in July. Madden has allowed one run over his last 17 appearances, giving up eight hits and six walks over that 17 inning span. He has limited the opposition to a .197 average over the last three months.
Eugene won 4-3 over Spokane (Rangers)
Drew Miller allowed three runs on six hits and three walks over 5.1 innings. The right-hander has walked 14 in his last 17.1 innings and though he has a .211 average against Miller has a WHIP of 1.55. Miller has given up just two hits to 17 batters leading off an inning. He has posted a 3.12 ERA as a starter with a .183 average against as an Emerald.
Jon Kirby pitched a perfect inning of relief, giving him four straight outings without a run. He has given up runs in six of his 15 outings this year. The right-hander has held lefty hitters to a .167 average with five hits in 30 at bats while righties are swatting .333 off him. He has allowed just three leadoff men in 19 to reach base this season.
Rolando Valdez returned to form with his seventh win of the year, the most for any reliever in the Northwest League and second most among all players. Valdez struck out two in his inning of work. The right-hander has given up runs in six of his 21 appearances this year and has given up just seven hits in 56 at bats with runners on base. After walking 18 over his first 13 outings, he has walked one in his last eight.