Stauffer in Portland; Wells in Elsinore

Tim Stauffer's debut with Portland did not go as planned despite every Portland starter having at least one hit. The loss of Kennard Jones yielded mixed results in Mobile. Jared Wells debuts with Lake Elsinore. Dirk Hayhurst could be looking at his own promotion soon. Lachlan Dale is looking for a thicker bat these days. Daniel Baca was a factor again in Peoria on Friday and Peoria smacked 17 hits on Saturday in a win.

Portland lost 10-8

Tim Stauffer made his debut with Portland after talking to us earlier in the day (interview to follow). Perhaps we are the kiss of death (more on that another day). In five innings Stauffer allowed four runs on five hits and two walks before being pinch hit for in the top of the sixth. It was only the second time this year that Stauffer has allowed more than three runs in any start or any league. Both have come over his last two times to the mound as his last start in Mobile was his worst of the year. He has given up 11 runs in his last 7.1 innings. Prior to his last two starts, you would have to look back over his last ten starts to find a total of 11 runs surrendered.

Brandon Puffer entered the game having surrendered just four earned runs in 30 innings pitched over 20 appearances. Saturday Puffer gave up six runs in an inning and two-thirds on five hits and two walks. His ERA ballooned from 1.20 to 2.84. Ricky Stone allowed two of inherited runners to score in relief of Puffer.

Alex Fernandez had his first three hit game since May 3 and the two extra base hits match his total over the past 19 games. He was 3-for-5 with a double, homer and three RBI's.

Jake Gautreau had his first two hit game with Portland and his first RBI. He is 4-for-14 overall since his promotion. Gautreau told us he has been swinging well since making an adjustment to his swing but the real indication falls on a day he struck out twice. Before Saturday, Gautreau had not struck out in 11 straight games and had struck out just twice over 16 games.

Jon Knott continues to tear the cover off the ball as mentioned here yesterday. He is now 11-for-21 since his return with six walks. He was 3-for-4 with a walk and an RBI on Saturday. He has also scored eight runs in his last six.

Mike Richardson made his first start above Double-A on Saturday. His promotion was more out of necessity, perhaps, than merit. He had been hitting just .222 at Mobile after hitting .256 at Lake Elsinore this season. On Saturday he went 1-for-4 and his sole hit was a home run. He also drew a walk and struck out twice.

Mobile lost 5-2

Kennard Jones was taken out of the game after getting hit by a pitch in the third inning. Jones was hit in the head which caused his helmet to fly off. Joe Gerber took his place on the base paths after Gary Jones checked up on K. Jones. K. Jones wanted to stay in but the team took him out as a precaution with a possible concussion looming. The move forced Gerber to man left and Ben Johnson to move to centerfield. Ben ended up missing a ball completely in the twilight later in the evening which resulted in Ronnie Cedeno's second triple of the game. Cedeno would eventually score.

Brian Whitaker delivered the first hit of the game for the BayBears. After a wild pitch, he scored on a single from Joe Gerber, the man who replaced K. Jones.

Whitaker pitched 6.2 innings and gave up five runs on seven hits and a walk. G. Jones made a trip out to the mound in the seventh but decided to keep him in the game with the score still 3-2. An RBI ground out and RBI single followed. Whitaker has now yielded five earned runs in two of his last three starts after not allowing five earned runs all season.

Steve Morales accomplished something he has not done since April 14 on Saturday. He drew a walk to bring his season total to two in 27 games.

Nick Trzesniak still cannot buy a hit. He is 2-for-40 over his last 13 games and has struck out at least once in each game. He was hit by a pitch on Saturday.

Lake Elsinore lost 6-5 in 12

Jared Wells made his Storm debut on Saturday and went six innings giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits and two walks. He did not figure into the decision. Wells has had a very uneven season up till this point. Pitching for Fort Wayne he had six games where he allowed one earned run or less in a start and five games where he gave up four or more.

Grant Gregg took the loss in extra innings when he allowed a two out single with runners on second and third. He has now given up five runs in his last 3.1 innings over four appearances.

A pinch hit walk has broken up what would be a seven game hitting streak but is a streak of eight games reaching base safely for Casey Baker. Baker, 2-for-5 with a double and run scored on Saturday, is 13-for-30 over his last eight games.

Josh Carter added his fifth multi-hit game in his last seven on Saturday. He has reached base in six of those seven and is 11-for-26 with six RBI's and four walks.

When it rains it pours. Luis Cruz had gone 22 games without a walk before drawing TWO on Saturday and it you would have to look back over each of his last 31 games to find two walks total.

Two more errors have brought Kervin Jacobo's three day total to four. He has erred in each of his last three games and one of his errors on Saturday was directly responsible for a run scored.

Fort Wayne won 5-2

Dirk Hayhurst turned in another fine performance. Hayhurst went six innings and gave up just one run on eight hits. In nine starts, after converting from a relief role, Hayhurst has given up more than two runs in a start just twice. He has not given up more than two runs in any of his last six starts.

Leo Rosales has not given up a hit in nine of his last 12 relief appearances. He has seven saves in that time period and has given up just one run in his last 17 and four runs overall in 22 appearances on the year. He saved his seventh of the year on Saturday.

Ernesto Garay, playing in his ninth game of the season, got his first RBI of the year. Garay has hit safely in seven of the nine games but is only hitting .219. He has not had a multi-hit game yet.

Chris Miller is the definition of clutch. He is hitting just .196 on the season and has nine hits in 46 at bats on his resume but the catcher also has eight RBI's, one less than number than he has hits in case you didn't notice. He drove in two on Saturday with a bases loaded single in the fourth. It was the only time that he got a hit and the only time he was up with men on base.

Eugene lost 5-3

After a 6-for-13 start, Lachlan Dale is 0-for-15 with 12 strikeouts. On Saturday Dale went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts (remember that kiss of death talk after talking to us?).

Mark McRoberts hit his second home run of the year, occurring in his seventh game with Eugene. McRoberts had just one home run in 30 games with Fort Wayne earlier this year. His average, though, is almost the same, .168 with the Wizards and .176 with Eugene.

Danny De La O made his second Eugene start and went 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks. For the first time in four total appearances between two different leagues he did not allow a homer.

Jonathon Ellis entered the game with a 16.20 ERA. It would be hard to believe that it could go higher. That is exactly what happened to Ellis after he gave up two runs on one hits and a walk. His ERA is now 16.88 and he is 0-2 on the season in three appearances.

Peoria lost 4-3 on Friday and won 8-4 on Saturday

A day after earning the win, Daniel Baca suffered the loss on Friday. He went an inning and a third and gave up the tiebreaking run on two hits and two walks. He already has more decisions (two) than he had all of last year with Idaho Falls.

Brandon Kintzler, a 40th round draft pick, made his Padres debut and went three innings without allowing a run. The right hander had a 9-0 record with a 1.16 ERA in 2004 for Dixie State.

Kintzler, who the Yankees drafted last year but didn't sign, was expecting to be drafted higher after his success this season, but his height, 5-10, may have hurt those chances.

With three hits in his first two games, Luis Lopez is on pace to shatter the amount of hits he had in 2002 and 2003 combined. Lopez managed just six hits in 34 at bats over his first two seasons in the Padres system. He went 2-for-3 on Friday.

Peoria pounded out 17 hits on Saturday with one player getting four and two others recording three. Oddly enough, only two went for extra bases.

Julio Cruceta had his second four hit game of the four game old season on Saturday. He is now 10-for-18 with six RBI's on the year, hitting safely in each game.

Benjamin Krosschell, a high schooler out of Highland Ranch, CO. got the start on Saturday. The 16th round lefty went 3.2 innings and gave up one run on four hits while striking out four.

E.J. Shanks got out of a jam in the eighth and returned in the ninth to get his first save of the year.

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