Clark Girardeau and Dirk Hayhurst are for real

Portland managed just two hits and no player recorded an RBI but they won the game thanks to fine pitching from Brian Sweeney and Ben Risinger behind the plate. Edgar Huerta is drifting further and further away from the Majors. Clark Girardeau was spectacular again and Dirk Hayhurst is not too far behind. Brett Burnham is starting to really come along as Danny De La O pitched his finest to date. Peoria wins in 12 as Yordany Ramirez stays hot and steals his eighth bag of the young season.

Portland won 1-0

Brian Sweeney allowed just three hits over eight innings of work, holding Edmonton scoreless. Sweeney walked two and struck out six, tying a season high for K's. It was the second time in three games that he has pitched shutout ball. Sweeney has won all seven games where he has kept the opposition to two runs or less this year.

Freddy Guzman and Alex Fernandez were the only two Beavers to register hits. Fernandez' double in the eighth inning proved to be the difference when he scored on an error, the lone run of the game.

Ben Risinger gets the star of the game for throwing out two runners trying to steal second. After he threw out a runner in the sixth Ron Calloway singled, thus saving a run. Risinger has only seen action in one previous game this year at catcher before Tuesday.

Tagg Bozied committed his first error in 30 games. It was just his third error in 47 games playing first base.

Mobile lost 4-3

Edgar Huerta lost for the second time in three games. He has lasted just an inning and a third over his last three games and each time out has allowed multiple runners to reach base. Huerta has allowed runs in four of his last six appearances.

Josh Barfield committed an error for the second game in a row, the second time he has done so this year, despite having just eight errors on the year. The last time he accomplished the dubious feat was April 29 and 30.

After not hitting a homer in 28 games, Ben Johnson has hit two in his last five games. Johnson's homer, a two run shot, was his 11th of the year – good for second on the team. He has also walked in three consecutive games for the first time since early May. Johnson was also hit by a pitch on Tuesday.

For the seventh time this year Brad Baker got all three of his outs by way of the strikeout. For the first time in nine appearances Baker allowed two runners to reach base but for the 11th game in a row he did not surrender a run, the second stretch of ten plus games that he has not allowed a run.

Lake Elsinore won 5-1

Clark Girardeau allowed just two hits over eight innings of work. He allowed one run, coming in the second inning on a walk, stolen base, ground out and single. He walked two on the night and struck out five. It was the third time this year that Girardeau has lasted eight innings, the most by any prospect in the system. He has allowed two runs, one earned, in his first two starts at Lake Elsinore and he has given up six runs over his last four starts.

Luis Cruz went 2-for-3 with three RBI's and a walk. Cruz has a five game hitting streak, going 8-for-22, and has a four game RBI streak. He has knocked in seven over his last six games and only has one extra base hit, a double, during that time. Cruz was caught stealing on Tuesday and has been snagged in three of his last five games and has been caught five straight times.

After getting off to a 1-for-13 start with the Storm, Peeter Ramos is 11-for-25 during a six game hitting streak that has his average to where he is accustomed, at .316. On Tuesday, Ramos went 3-for-5 with two doubles, his first two extra base hits since joining Lake Elsinore. Ramos hit .296 with Fort Wayne before his promotion.

Fort Wayne won 5-1

Is Lake Elsinore looking for a new starter? They may not have to look based on how well Dirk Hayhurst is pitching. Hayhurst (7-2) went seven innings and gave up one run on five hits and a walk. The lone run came on a solo homer, the first round tripper he has surrendered in six starts. Hayhurst has allowed just two runs over his last four starts, covering 26 innings. Minus two starts, Hayhurst has allowed two runs or less each time he has taken the mound, totaling nine starts where he has allowed 11 runs combined. He allowed nine runs in his two other starts combined.

Paul Abraham pitched a scoreless eighth, his third scoreless outing in eight times on the mound. He has only retired the side once without allowing a baserunner.

Drew Macias has hit safely in nine of his last ten games after a 1-for-4 night. He is 12-for-37 in his last ten and added his tenth stolen base of the year on Tuesday. Macias whiffed for the first time in six games and has only struck out five times in his last 25 games.

Eugene won 4-3

Brett Burnham has taken over the team lead in RBI's after a 2-for-5 night where he knocked in two. Burnham now has seven RBI's in his last three games and ten in his last five. His 12 lead the team by two over Colt Morton and Lachlan Dale.

Brian Burks earned his first save of the year, pitching an inning and a third of scoreless ball. Burks now has a win and a save in his last two outings and has yet to allow an earned run this year in 6.1 innings and six different outings.

Danny De La O had his finest pitching performance of the year. He went six innings and gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk. It was his longest outing of the year and the first time he went five innings plus and gave up two runs or less in a start. He did allow his seventh homer of the year, spanning two leagues, in six total games pitched as a starter and reliever. He is giving up a homer once every 13 batters.

Reilly Embrey is just 3-for-30 to start the year and he committed his first error of the season on Tuesday. It cost the team a run in the seventh inning. Embrey does, however, have a .289 on base percentage as he has drawn eight walks in ten games.

Matt Thayer is 10-for-22 over a six game hitting streak and is 13-for-34 on the year, sporting a team leading .382 batting average. Thayer was 2-for-4 on Tuesday with two runs scored and two RBI's. He has five RBI's and six runs scored during his current hitting streak and has knocked in nine runs total in nine games played.

Peoria won 6-4 in 12

Yordany Ramirez has successfully stolen a base in four straight games. Ramirez has swiped eight on the year and has been caught once. He has reached base safely in all 12 games to start the year.

Daniel Baca is the man Peoria brings in when the game is tied late in the game. So far he is 2-1 pulling the duty. On Tuesday he went two innings and did not allow a run to get the win. His ERA is down to 1.35, having allowed one run in 6.2 innings of work over four appearances.

Richard Steik has recorded a save in his last two appearances and is perfect in six outings on the season. Things got a little hairy on Tuesday when he loaded the bases before recording the final out of the game. It was the first time he has allowed more than one baserunner this year.

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