Five of six teams lose; Draft picks show life

Portland had to contend with Gil Meche at Tacoma as phenom Tim Stauffer opposed him. Chris Rojas was touched up for five runs in a tight game in Mobile. A costly error by Luis Cruz put the Storm in a hole they could recover from. Howie Pence maintains his streak. Colt Morton homered again in Eugene. Daryl Jones and William Killian supplied the lumber for Peoria.

Portland lost 5-4

Ben Risinger has a six game hitting streak, his longest of the year. Risinger is 10-for-20 over the streak with two homers and six RBI's. Risinger his a two run homer in the second inning off Gil Meche to give the Beavers a 4-0 lead. It was his third homer of the year and third in his last eight games.

While Jon Knott extended his hitting streak to 11 games, Jake Gautreau has hit safely in six of his first eight Portland games. Gautreau is ten for his last 27 and is hitting .345 with Portland after hitting .259 with Mobile.

Donovan Osborne has appeared in six games and already has four decisions. He lost the game in the ninth on Friday allowing two singles that were sandwiched around a sacrifice bunt. Osborne is now 2-2 on the year with a 8.56 ERA. He has given up runs in five of his six appearances.

Tim Stauffer went six innings and gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks. Stauffer allowed two home runs, the first time he has allowed more than one in a game all year and they both came in the second inning. He had not allowed a homer in three games and had given up just three all year in 15 starts entering play Friday. Stauffer has given up 15 runs in his last three starts (two with Portland). He had given up 20 in his previous 12 starts.

Mobile lost 6-5 in 10

All Star Chris Rojas tied a season high by allowing five runs on five hits and two walks in 5.1 innings. Rojas had allowed five runs on three other occasions. He had entered the game with a 1.52 ERA over his last seven starts. Rojas allowed two homers for the first time this year, coming back-to-back in the second inning (see Stauffer above).

Ben Johnson hit his first home run in 29 games on Friday. It was his tenth of the year. After striking out in 21 straight games, Johnson has not whiffed in two of his past three.

Greg Sain continues to put on his assault of the record books. Sain hit his 23rd homer of the year on Friday night. He is four shy of the club record, 27, set by Jon Knott last year. With 61 games to go, the Southern League record of 42 by Tim Laudner of Orlando in 1981 could be his real target.

Rico Washington has reached base safely in all nine games he has played for Mobile. Hitting .233, he has had hits in five of the nine games and walked at least once in the four others games.

Lake Elsinore lost 7-2

An error by Luis Cruz cost the Storm four runs against in the fifth inning. It was his third error in his last six games and 16th in his last 34 games. He is also ten for his last 51, a .196 average that has dropped his season average from .300 to .269.

Since coming to Lake Elsinore from Fort Wayne, Eddie Bonine has been hit hard. Although only one run was earned of the five he surrendered on Friday, Bonine has allowed four runs or more in eight of his 11 starts and Friday was the only night four or more were not earned runs. He is 3-7 on the year with a 5.52 ERA. What is amazing is he has not allowed more than seven hits in any outing with the Storm.

Roger Deago made his first appearance with Lake Elsinore, pitching an inning and two-thirds of scoreless ball and striking out three. Deago had a 2.25 ERA in 13 appearances with Mobile and had given up runs in just four of those outings.

While consistency is key, Grant Gregg is feeling the effects. The last six times Gregg has walked a batter in a game, the opposition has scored against him. In fact, only once has he walked a batter in a game and a run did not score.

Fort Wayne lost 4-2

Howie Pence is teetering on the edge. Pence loaded the bases in the eighth inning without securing an out before retiring the side without allowing a run. He struck out the first two batters he faced before inducing a ground out. The significance in a losing cause is he has not allowed a run all year long, spanning 13 appearances.

Chris Tierney allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks, taking the loss. He has not given up more than three runs in any of his three Fort Wayne starts after having only two outings where he gave up three runs or less in eight Elsinore outings.

Juan Ciriaco had the only Wizard RBI, knocking in one with a double. He went 2-for-4 on the night. Over his last 12 games he is 18-for-45, raising his average from .202 to .239.

Drew Macias has a seven game hitting streak. He is 9-for-26 over the streak and is 17 for his last 39, pushing his average up from .264 to .290.

Eugene lost 4-1

Colt Morton hit his fourth homer in ten games with Eugene, all of them solo shots. It was the second night in a row that he has hit one out of the park. Seven of Morton's eleven hits have gone for extra bases.

Sean Kazmar continued his hitting streak with a single in the bottom of the third. Kazmar was 1-for-4 on the night and now has hit in twelve straight games, 16-for-50, a .320 average during the streak. He has knocked in seven runs, hit two homers and four doubles during the streak. Kazmar did commit his sixth error of the season in his 15th game.

Orlando Diaz is eight for his last 24 over a seven game hitting streak. Diaz has knocked in three runs and has scored three during the streak.

James Darby has allowed runs in three of his four appearances this year. What he has not done is allow a base hit all year! Darby has walked seven in 3.2 innings, hit a batter and thrown two wild pitches. Four runs have thus crossed the plate against him.

Peoria won 5-3

Fabian Jimenez pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless ball to get his second victory of the year in three relief appearances. Jimenez had allowed six runs in his first six innings of work on eight hits and five walks. He allowed just two hits and a walk on Friday.

Richard Steik got his first save of the year pitching a scoreless ninth. In five games, spanning five innings, he has allowed just two hits and has not walked a batter. He has not given up a run.

Daryl Jones has a six game hitting streak, going 12-for-29 with three doubles and six RBI's. William Killian went 3-for-4 and had his first two extra base hits of the year on Friday. Killian has hit safely in all five games he has played this year, 8-for-19 over the stretch.

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