Cruz all about extras; Faris career best
Stephen Faris
Stephen Faris
MadFriars.com
Posted May 22, 2007


Luis Cruz doesn’t have many hits this year but he has made them count and leads all regulars in extra base hit percentage. Josh Howard also came alive for the Beavers. Stephen Faris pitched his best game as a pro but earned a no-decision, as the bats didn’t awake from their slumber until his night had ended. Javis Diaz led the charge offensively, accounting for four runs.

Portland won 9-7 over Tucson (Diamondbacks)

Luis Cruz got a hold of three pitches to collect two doubles and a homer in five at bats. He scored twice and added three RBIs. Cruz came into the game with four hits in his previous 37 at bats but did homer and double in the same game on May 17. Fifteen of his 25 hits have gone for extra bases with 10 doubles, one triple and four homers – good for 60 percent of his hits. It is just his third multi-hit game and first time he has notched three hits in a game.

Josh Howard came on in the second inning, replacing Brett Dowdy, and went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. He came into the game with just three hits in 34 at bats this season and had just one RBI. He had also been hitless in his last 16 at bats. Howard hit .294 for Lake Elsinore last year with two less walks (45) than strikeouts (47). The outfielder does have three steals in as many attempts.

Tim Stauffer picked up his second win of the year despite allowing five runs on six hits and a walk over five innings – seeing his ERA rise from 7.48 to 7.76. The right-hander threw 94 pitches, 60 for strikes, hitting a batter and tossing a wild pitch. Stauffer did add an RBI ground out in a five-run third inning, his first RBI since May 19, 2006 with Portland. Since allowing one hit over five innings in his first win of the year, Stauffer has given up 11 runs on 14 hits over his last 10.

San Antonio had a scheduled day off

Lake Elsinore had a scheduled day off

Fort Wayne won 6-2 over Clinton (Rangers)

Stephen Faris pitched six scoreless innings, allowing six hits while striking out two. He induced 11 ground ball outs but did not figure into the decision. It is the third time in four starts that he has allowed two earned runs or less and the first time in his career that he has blanked the opposition in a start. Prior to this year, Faris had never pitched six innings – a feat he has accomplished three times in 2007. He has allowed just two hits in 22 at bats to the leadoff man of an inning.

Javis Diaz went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs, accounting for four of the Wizards six runs. He singled in two and scored a run in a four-run eighth and was plated again an inning later. Diaz has a five-game hitting streak, going 9-for-23 with five runs scored and five RBIs. It is the fifth time this year he has recorded three hits in a game. Diaz, incidentally, is hitting .313 with the bases empty and .233 with runners on base this year.

Jesus Lopez went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, matching his hit total over his previous nine games. He came into the contest in a 2-for-26 slump. It was just his fifth multi-hit affair in 28 games this year and Monday was the first time this year he has scored multiple runs. Lopez entered the game second in the league in fielding percentage among all shortstop who have logged 30 or more games with a .953 fielding percentage.



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