Stauffer cooks competition, LE wins

Freddy Guzman has officially begun his assault on the stolen base lead in the minors. Tim Stauffer threw eight innings of shutout ball as his ERA dropped under 2.00. Two players made their Elsinore debuts in a rout that saw Kennard Jones go 4-for-5. Jared Wells was rocked and the Wizards could not overcome the gap.

Portland lost 5-2

Freddy Guzman has stolen eight bases over his first seven games in Portland. He has had three games where he has stolen multiple bases.

Yamid Haad has a five game hitting streak going and is 8-for-20 over that span with two homers, two doubles, five RBI's and a run scored in each game.

Marty McLeary made his third start of the year, converting from reliever with several promotions of Portland players. He has surrendered five earned runs since the conversion, although Thursday he gave up five runs, only three of which were earned. His walk totals have suffered since taking over as a starter. McLeary had gone five straight games with issuing a walk. In the last three games he has issued at least two per game.

Blaine Neal continues to pitch well. He has extended his streak without an earned run to eight. In that time, spanning 13 innings, Neal has given up just six hits and walked four, three coming in one game. In 24 appearances, Neal has surrendered a run or more in just five and has surrendered an earned run or more in only four.

Mobile won 3-0

Tim Stauffer combined with Brad Baker for the shutout. Stauffer went eight innings, matching his longest outing of the year. He gave up five hits, one walk and struck out a season high nine. He has not given up more than three runs in any start this year in two different leagues. In eleven total starts, Stauffer has surrendered three runs just twice and in one outing only two were earned. His ERA in Mobile through five games is now 1.80, nearly identical to his Lake Elsinore ERA of 1.78 in six games.

Stauffer could be in line for another quick promotion if he continues his dominant pace. There has been talk about it happening but others within the organization prefer he stay at Mobile for some time before another promotion. He is quickly changing their minds.

Gary Jones shuffled the lineup on Thursday with Todd Donovan lost to the team. He put Ronnie Merrill in the leadoff spot and Jesse Roman second. Expect the tinkering to continue. Josh Barfield was also moved back into the sixth spot after batting third last time out.

Nick Trzesniak knocked in two runs and has increased his hitting streak to eight games. He is 12-for-30 over the streak and has raised his average from a season low .208 to .252. Over his last two games, Trzesniak has four RBI's, both multi-hit games. He has struck out just four times, three coming in one game, and has not whiffed in the last four games.

Lake Elsinore won 13-3

Trino Aguilar and Matt Lauderdale made the debuts for the Storm. Aguilar went 0-for-3 with a run scored. He also grounded into a double play. He was the only starter not to record a hit. Lauderdale went 0-for-1, flying out to left field in the eighth.

Michael Johnson extended his hitting streak to seven and his RBI streak to five. He also has an extra base hit in six of the seven games. Paul McAnulty hit his first homer since May 15 and his first extra base hit in eight games. It was his eighth of the year. McAnulty knocked in four runs on the day.

Kennard Jones had a four hit game, his second of the year. Jones had a four hit game back on April 29. He scored three runs and added a triple and two RBI's.

Eddie Bonine had his second solid performance since joining the Storm. He has made six starts for Lake Elsinore and two have been quality starts. He has, however, only allowed five hits per game in each of his last four games. He has thrown a wild pitch in each of his last three games and four of five. He went six innings on Thursday and gave up three runs, two earned.

Fort Wayne lost 5-4

Jared Wells gave up five runs on eight hits in six innings of work. Three of the runs came on two homers he allowed, one in the fourth and another in the fifth. It was arguably Wells worst performance of the season. He had given up six runs in one outing, but only four were earned. It was the fourth time this year he has given up eight hits, his season high.

After giving up runs in three straight appearances, Ryan Klatt has gone eight consecutive without allowing an earned run. He did allow one unearned run in that span. He has walked just one over his past nine innings pitched.

Another day, another hit for Brian Wahlbrink who has a 12 game hitting streak. He smacked his fifth homer of the season Thursday, a solo shot. He now has seven RBI's during his current streak but has raised his batting average only eight points, from .252 to .260.

Juan Ciriaco's average has plummeted from .241 to .216 over his last eight games. He is 2-for-26 since ending a five game hitting streak.

Fernando Valenzuela has grounded into double plays in consecutive games. One occurred with two men on and nobody out as the Wizards failed to score and the other also came with two on and nobody out and cost the team a run when George Kottaras followed with a double.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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