Tim Stauffer back to form; Brian Whitaker toasted

The Tim Stauffer that fans know and love returned on Thursday. Jon Knott ends an impressive streak in the process. Brian Whitaker has had a rough couple of outings and the beating continued. Greg Conden pitched well enough to win but didn't and Brett Bonvechio in the bottom of the ninth put the Wizards 2.5 games up on its competition. Eugene went to extra innings, blowing a two run lead in the eighth, tying it in the bottom of the ninth before losing in twelve.

Portland won 6-2

Tim Stauffer went 7.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out eight. It was his longest and finest outing since joining Portland although the three walks matched a season high for Stauffer. He has now allowed two earned runs or less in 13 of his 17 starts on the year. His three worst starts occurred consecutively, including his first two starts with Portland. His ERA dropped down from 6.55 to 4.91. His ERA in six games with Lake Elsinore was 1.78 and in eight games at Mobile was 2.63.

Mike Bynum came on with two on and one out and the eighth, got out of the jam without allowing a run, and pitched the ninth to earn his fourth save of the year. Bynum blew a save his last time out and is 3-of-4 in save opportunities over his last four outings.

With Kerry Robinson threatening to take more playing time away from him, Alex Fernandez delivered a three run home run in the fourth inning for the Beavers. He went 2-for-4 on the night. Fernandez has only had RBI's in three of his last 31 games.

After a stretch where J.J. Furmaniak smacked nine homers in a span of 25 games, he had a drought of 23 until his next homer, coming on Thursday. Furmaniak is 6-for-13 over his last four games.

Freddy Guzman had stolen 15 straight bases until Thursday when he was caught trying to take an extra bag. Guzman has been caught twice in 28 attempts since joining Portland.

Jon Knott's streak of consecutive games reaching base ended at 27 on Thursday. He is now 0-for-14 over his last four games but had reached base via a walk or hit by a pitch until Thursday. He was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.

Mobile lost 8-3

Josh Barfield attempted a steal for the first time in 32 games and was nabbed, the second time this year he has been caught while managing just two successful thefts. Barfield was 1-for-4 with a homer, his 11th of the year. He has four RBI's in his last two games.

Rico Washington homered for just the second time this year and his first with Mobile. Washington had 17 homers in 460 at bats (one every 27 at bats) last year but only two in 153 at bats this year (one every 77 at bats). Washington was the second half of back-to-back homers, occurring on consecutive pitches.

Brian Whitaker tied his shortest outing of the year, a four inning outing. He gave up five runs, the third time in the last four games he has surrendered five, on seven hits. Whitaker gave up two homers, including an inside-the-park homer. It was the first time he has allowed two homers in a game since joining Mobile.

Lake Elsinore had the night off

Fort Wayne won 3-0

Greg Conden had his longest outing of the year on Thursday. Conden went seven innings and gave up six hits without allowing a run. He also tied his season high of strikeouts with eight. For the first time in eight games he did not walk a batter. Despite his stellar outing he did not end a four game losing streak, taking a no decision instead.

Brett Bonvechio's first home run in 19 games was the game winner. Bonvechio connected in the bottom of the ninth with two men on to lead the Wizards past West Michigan. The blast came with two outs in the inning after West Michigan intentionally walked George Kottaras to get to Bonvechio.

Leo Rosales continues his dominance. Rosales has allowed just four runs all year long in 25 appearances. He was the beneficiary of Bonvechio's homer and got his second win of the season. His ERA has dropped down to 1.32 and his WHIP sits at 0.92.

Eugene lost 9-7 in 12

They can stop making fun of Colt Morton now. After his first six homers of the season went the way of solo shots, Morton has struck gold with his last two. On Thursday he hit a two run homer, his eight of the Emerald season and 15th in 39 games with the club over a two year span. His eight homers this year lead the Northwest League.

Sean Kazmar left the game in the third inning but it is unclear at this time if he was injured or taken out of the game for another reason.

Peoria had the night off.


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