Tim Stauffer left Wednesday's game in line for the win but received a no-decision instead. The right-hander worked through seven innings on 99 pitches, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out four. It is the second game in a row he has not allowed a homer – accomplishing the feat for the first time since late May, early June. Stauffer's three walks matched a season-high. He has given up three runs or less in six of his 14 outings.
San Antonio won 4-1 over Frisco (Rangers)
Josh Geer (11-4) pitched a complete game three-hitter, yielding just one run in the second inning on two doubles. After a single to open the fifth, the right-hander retired the final 15 batters in succession. He did not walk a batter and struck out eight. Geer had gone eight innings once this year – on May 11. He has surrendered one earned run or less in four of his last five starts and his 11 wins pace the Texas League. He has won four straight decisions after losing three in a row.
Colt Morton's three-run blast – his lone hit of the game – in the eighth inning broke a 1-1 tie to send the Missions home winners. Fresh off California League Player of the Week honors, Morton deposited his blast into the left field stands. In six games with Lake Elsinore, Morton hit .500 with 12 hits in 24 at bats. He belted three homers and added seven doubles. He has been on base in 16 straight games over three leagues, collecting 11 doubles, four homers and 18 RBIs over that span.
Lake Elsinore won 18-14 over Lancaster (Red Sox) in 10 innings
Winners of eight straight games coming into the game, starter Greg Burke was rattled for nine runs, eight earned, on 10 hits and three walks over 2.2 innings. He left the game with two men on – both stranded. Burke surrendered two homers – the first time this season more than one ball has left the park against him and his three walks were a season-high. Burke surrendered 10 hits in three games for Fort Wayne last year but never allowed more than eight runs or six earned.
Robert Perry capped a six-run 10th inning with a three-run blast over the left field wall, helping to push their winning streak to nine straight games. His blast was one of seven straight hits and followed a nine-run eighth inning where he added a two-run triple to snare five RBIs. He also walked twice and scored three runs. The outfielder has four multi-hit games in his last six. Perry has four triples and 14 extra base hits in 23 games over two leagues.
Every regular in the lineup had a hit, a run scored and an RBI in the game. Sean Kazmar was the only regular who didn't reach base more than once. Seven players scored multiple runs. Lake Elsinore is now a league-best 35-14 in games decided by three or more runs. Lancaster is the same team they scored 30 runs off earlier in the year and the win against them put the teams into a tie for first place in the California League South Division. The Storm are second to Lancaster in nearly every major offensive category.
Fort Wayne won 6-4 over Clinton (Rangers)
Nick Schmidt made his professional debut, allowing one run on three hits and two walks over two innings while striking out one. Schmidt, the Padres first-round pick this year, went 11-3 with a 2.69 ERA in 18 starts for the Razorbacks in 2007. He left Arkansas as the school's all-time strikeout leader (345) and ranks among the school's all-time leaders in victories (third place with 28), innings pitched (third, 340 1/3 IP), starts (second, 52) and ERA (eighth, 2.83).
Drew Miller (3-4) picked up the win, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out six over six frames. The right-hander allowed three extra base hits, including two homers, and hit a batter for the first time this season. After not surrendering a homer in his first seven starts, Miller has allowed six over his last three games. He has limited left-handed hitters to a .190 average while righties are swatting .321 off him.
Fort Wayne batting coach Bob Skube was ejected in the first inning for arguing balls and strikes.
Eugene won 7-4 over Yakima (Diamondbacks)
Jeremy McBryde continued his solid string of performances, tossing three innings of scoreless ball while scattering three hits and striking out two. The right-hander has yielded one earned run over his last 14.2 innings, lowering his ERA from 5.40 to 2.11. He has yet to give up an earned run in his 11 innings of relief work in the piggyback rotation, surrendering five earned in 10.1 innings as a starter. He did commit hit second error of the year on a pickoff attempt.
Keith Conlon's hot hand continued on Wednesday. The outfielder went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs. Conlon has a modest five-game hitting streak where he has gone 10-for-20 with nine runs scored and six RBIs. He has scored a run in four straight games and knocked in a run in three straight. Conlon had scored just two runs prior to his recent stretch and has four extra base hits in his last five after netting one in his first 12.
The AZL Padres had a scheduled day off