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Tim Stauffer a hit; Ruben Mora five
Tim Stauffer went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored. He had been 0-for-19 on the year between Mobile and Portland. He has drawn just one walk. On the mound, Stauffer went 6.1 innings, tied a season high ten hits and walked two. He did not allow a run while striking out six. It was the first time since joining Portland that he has thrown shutout ball but the fourth time this year between three leagues. He allowed a baserunner in every inning and in five of the seven he allowed two.
Bernie Castro went 1-for-3 with a walk and his 15th stolen base. He is hitting .256 on the year. The real news is he has not struck out in eight games, has struck out once in 20 games, twice in his last 28 and three times in his last 34, spanning 179 at bats.
Steve Watkins came on with two on and one out in the seventh. The last seven runners he has inherited have not scored. He has allowed runs in two of his 13 relief appearances with Portland.
Xavier Nady extended his hitting streak to ten games and added his first stolen base of the year. He went 1-for-3 and was hit by two pitches.
Mobile lost 2-1 in 10
Brad Baker got one of the few inherited runners he has seen this year when he entered the game with two outs in the tenth and a runner on second. The only hitter he faced singled in the run – charged to R.D. Spiehs. Spiehs has pitched the ninth, allowing two singles, and got two out in the tenth before allowing a double. It is the first time this year that Spiehs has allowed runs in three consecutive games.
Clay Hensley pitched in his longest outing of the year, going eight innings and allowing one run on six hits and two walks. Hensley has gone seven or more innings in eight games this year. He has allowed one run or less in 11 of his 23 starts this year. He has allowed five runs or more in eight starts.
Nick Trzesniak drove in the tying run for the second straight day on a bases loaded single. Josh Barfield tried to score from second to win it, but was thrown out on a close play at the plate. Barfield went 3-for-4 on Saturday, his fourth multi-hit game in his last six. He did not have any in his previous 17 games.
Over the last 28 games, Mobile leads the Southern League in runs scored with 147, eight more than any other club. Over that 28 game stretch, Josh Barfield (.323-7-26), Ben Johnson (.317-6-19), Greg Sain (.330-4-23), and Rico Washington (.347-7-26) have combined to hit 24 homers, one short of the next highest TEAM home run total (Greenville, 25).
Marcus Nettles has had a hit in the last ten games in which he has had four or more at bats. He has been used as a pinch hitter on a number of occasions in between and is 1-for-9 in games where he has just one at bat.
Lake Elsinore lost 7-3
Jared Wells has lost his last three games. He gave up three runs, two earned, over five innings of work. He allowed six hits and walked two. The unearned run scored on a pass ball in the first inning which was made possible by a wild pitch seconds earlier. Wells had allowed 18 runs over his last 12.1 innings of work before Saturday.
The six-seven-eight batters for the Storm went 1-for-12 with nine strikeouts and one grounded into a double play.
Paul McAnulty went 2-for-4 with a double, homer, and two RBI's. The homer was his 20th of the year. He is tied for second in the league in that category. McAnulty still leads the California League in walks, is fifth in runs scored, fourth in on base percentage and in the top ten in almost every category.
Five of the seven runs that Geoffrey Jones has allowed on the year have been unearned. On Saturday the unearned run was his fault as he threw a ball away. It was his second error in his last three appearances. He was charged with one earned run, the first time he has given up an earned run with the Storm. His ERA is at .077 but runs have scored in three of his six games with the Storm.
Fort Wayne lost 10-8 in 15
Travis Chick made his second start with the Wizards since coming over from the Marlins organization. Chick gave up six runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings of work. It was the highest run total Chick has surrendered in any of his 13 starts. His previous high had been four runs in a start. Chick has allowed six runs or more in three outings, two coming in relief before Saturday's third such outing. For the second straight game he allowed a homer and has given up 13 in 101.1 innings of work.
Ruben Mora has been with the Padres since 2000 and the 21 year old is getting his first taste of Fort Wayne. On Saturday, Mora went 5-for-7 with a double and two RBI's. It was a career high in hits for Mora. He has knocked in five runs since joining Fort Wayne and it was the fourth time this year between two leagues that he has driven in two runs in a game.
For the seventh time this year in 38 appearances Leo Rosales allowed a run. This run cost him his 19th save and goes down as his first blown save of the season. He had converted 18 straight save opportunities. His ninth walk of the season proved fateful when a double quickly followed to score the run. Rosales also pitched the tenth inning, the first time since early June 15 that he has gone two innings.
Justin Smyres returned to Fort Wayne on Saturday. He had played in three games with the Wizards, two with Peoria and had two stints with Lake Elsinore. He went 2-for-5 with an RBI. It was his first multi-hit game since May 14. Smyres was also hit by a pitch.
Eugene lost 7-5 in game one and 12-1 in game two
The Ems self destructed in the first game on Saturday. They let another lead go – this one a four run lead that disappeared in the sixth inning. It all began with an error on Brett Burnham and led to five unearned runs.
Michael Ekstrom allowed season highs in hits, seven, and walks, three, but held the opposition to two runs over five innings in game one. He has walked a batter in all of his four starts after walking one in six relief appearances. He also struck out a season high eight batters after not striking out more than three in any game.
Christopher Kolkhorst tried to score on a wild pitch but the ball hit off the padded backstop and right back to the catcher in game two. Kolkhorst slammed on the breaks and was thrown out at third. He did extend his hitting streak to seven with hits in both games and was the only Emerald to have an RBI in each. He is 10-for-22 over the streak.
In game two, both pitchers to enter the game had to simply suck it up. Clayton Hamilton and William Ponce each gave up two homers and six runs.
Hamilton allowed six runs on six hits and a walk in an inning and two-thirds. His two homers accounted for five of the runs he allowed. He also allowed one inherited runner to score. He has allowed runs in each of his first three games with the Ems.
Ponce dropped his seventh game of the year. He gave up six runs, four earned, on seven hits and four walks in 4.1 innings. Both homers were solo shots sandwiched around a strike out and the fourth man up in that inning just missed hitting a homer by inches to the deepest part of the field. It was the fourth time this year that Ponce has walked four or more in a game. In 11 starts he has allowed five runs or more on five occasions.
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