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Reineke debuts; Kulbacki on a tear

Kellen Kulbacki

Chad Reineke has a solid debut but it goes for naught. Mike Ekstrom has become a force out of the pen. Kellen Kulbacki homers again in a win. Jeremy Hefner gets a lot of support from Zachary Brown and Andrew Parrino. Geoff Vandel is impressive; Tom Davis is not. Junior Veras gets hit early but John Hudgins takes the loss.

Portland (55-50) lost 6-2 to Nashville (Brewers) Peter Ciofrone extended his hitting streak to 23 games with a 1-for-2 night that included his second triple of the year and a pair of walks. He accounted for both Portland runs, driving in one and scoring the other. He is 46-for-92 over the streak, a .391 average with 20 RBIs. Ciofrone's .333 average for the year would be sixth in the league if...

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