Teague tagged; Frieri fine
Ernesto Frieri
Ernesto Frieri
MadFriars.com
Posted Aug 8, 2007


Will Startup served up a three-run bomb and Portland could not come back. Ernesto Frieri has quietly put together a solid season and is continuing it in Lake Elsinore. Stephen Faris gets dinged hard in a loss. Matt Teague can’t relive the days of Portland and John Hussey is pummeled in relief. Danny Payne provided the bright spot offensively.

Portland lost 4-3 to Memphis (Cardinals)

Will Startup served up a three-run homer, allowing two inherited runners to score while giving up one of his own. He had one run charged to him over an inning and two-thirds on two hits while striking out a pair. The lefty has surrendered three runs over his last two outings in Portland, giving up runs in successive outings for just the second time all year, spanning 46 appearances. Startup has given up just four homers all season and came into the game stranding 12 of the 17 runners he had inherited.

Adrian Burnside worked a scoreless inning, facing the minimum and striking out two. It is just the third time in 18 Triple-A outings that he has retired every batter he has faced but he has tossed scoreless ball in seven straight outings. Burnside has given up runs in four of his outings with the Beavers and seven of 27 overall across two leagues. The left-hander has given up just eight hits in 44 at bats with runners on base since joining Portland.

San Antonio had a scheduled day off

Lake Elsinore lost 4-2 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Kyle Blanks went 2-for-4, hitting a solo homer in the ninth – his 21st – and the only player on the Storm to have a multi-hit game. The first baseman had been in a 2-for-24 slump that had dropped his average from .315 to .300 – the lowest it has been since April 27. Over his last 29 games, Blanks is hitting .254. Nine of his homers have come with the bases empty it was just his fifth hit in 26 at bats in the ninth inning – his worst inning.

Ernesto Frieri worked two scoreless innings, stranding an inherited runner while facing the minimum. He struck out the side in the seventh, all swinging and fanning five in a row before a ground out recorded the final out. Frieri has not given up a run over his last 10 innings across two leagues. The right-hander went 1-2 with a 2.64 ERA over 40 appearances with Fort Wayne. He has given up runs in 12 of his 42 outings overall and has stranded 21 of the 28 runners he has inherited on the season.

Fort Wayne lost 8-2 to Burlington (Royals)

Stephen Faris (7-7) was plowed for a season-high eight runs on seven hits and five walks while also allowing a grand slam in the third. The right-hander had allowed one earned run over his last two starts and had given up one homer over his last 60 innings coming into Tuesday’s start. Faris had also not allowed an extra base hit with the bases loaded. He has, however, given up five runs or more on six occasions.

Dylan Axelrod threw bullets over three innings, giving up one hit and striking out one. He has surrendered one run over six innings in the Midwest League, striking out five. Axelrod has gone three innings in both of his games with Fort Wayne after going more than one inning just once in the Arizona Rookie League. Axelrod gave up runs in five of his 11 outings in the desert but has surrendered one earned over his last 11 innings across two leagues.

Eugene lost 14-8 to Boise (Cubs)

Danny Payne went 3-for-4, tripling twice, knocking in a run and scoring a pair. The outfielder came into the game with one triple over his first 41 games. Four of his last five hits have gone for extra bases; he had just four extra base hits in his first 39 contests. Payne also has two three-hit games in his last five and has scored eight runs over that span, scoring multiple runs in three different games. Payne has reached base 14 times over his last five.

After having his best outing of the season, in Triple-A no less, where Matt Teague gave up just one hit and a walk over five scoreless innings while striking out five, the North Carolina native was rocked for a career-high six runs, all earned, on nine hits and two walks over four-plus innings. Teague had surrendered one earned run over his previous 16.2 innings over two leagues. He had walked just two batters over his previous 30 innings in the Northwest League.

John Hussey came on with two men on and nobody out and stranded both runners. He induced a double play grounder and recorded the third out with another ground out. He would, however, not get out of the next frame. After notching the first out, seven straight batters reached base. Hussey was charged with eight runs in an inning and two-thirds on five hits and three walks. He also tossed two wild pitches. It is the second time this year he has given up seven runs or more. Hussey has hurled four wild pitches over his last three games. He has walked three or more four times with Eugene.

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