Brian Sweeney almost perfect; Mike Thompson too

Brian Sweeney had a perfect game heading into the seventh. Tim Stauffer pitched in the All-Star Futures Game. Mike Thompson had a three hitter through seven. Jon Huber held the opposition off the board through six. Fort Wayne was postponed. Danny De La O picked off two runners. Benjamin Krosschell threw five innings of shutout ball. The only team that lost was Eugene as De La O ended up surrendering five runs.

Portland right-hander Tim Stauffer pitched the second inning for the U.S. team in Sunday's All-Star Futures Game at Minute Maid Park in Houston Sunday afternoon, striking out a pair.

Portland won 8-1

Brian Sweeney had a perfect game through six and a third. Then he walked a batter. That was followed by another walk and then the only hit he would give up on the day, a single that scored a run. Sweeney allowed just the one hit and two walks over seven innings of work. He struck out a season high eight batters to earn his eight victory of the year. Sweeney has allowed one run and four hits over his last 15 innings of work and has given up four runs over his last 27 innings of work amassing four starts. Ben Risinger has caught Sweeney the last two times he has thrown.

Freddy Guzman went 4-for-5 with four runs scored for Portland. It was his second four hit game since joining the Beavers, the first of which came in his third Portland game. He scored four runs that game as well. Guzman also stole his 27th base for Portland and has 44 on the year.

Kerry Robinson has hit safely in all five games he has appeared in. He is 6-for-21 and he got his first multi-hit game on Sunday along with his first RBI. He also stole his sixth base of the year.

Steve Watkins pitched two innings of relief and has been perfect in that role since rejoining the Beavers. Watkins has a 15.1 scoreless streak spanning time spent in two different leagues and has allowed just one earned run over his last 22.1 innings of work.

Mobile won 8-1

Mike Thompson did not pitch with a batter in scoring position until the sixth inning and all three hits through seven innings were singles. A homer against opened the eighth inning, but it was the only blemish of the night for Thompson. He went eight, allowing one run on four hits and a hit batsman. He struck out three and moved to 5-0 on the year with four victories since his conversion from the bullpen eight games ago. He has allowed five earned runs, six overall, in his last four games.

Josh Barfield is 10-for-18 over his last five games. On Sunday he hit his third homer in his last four games and has knocked in nine over his last five, including at least one each game. He leads the team in RBI's with 59 and is tied for second in the Southern League in that category.

By going 12-for-25 over a seven game hitting streak, Ben Johnson has upped his average from .216 to .239. He has hit three homers in his last six games and has driven in eight, all via the long ball. Johnson has also walked five times.

Ronnie Merrill had the only three hit game of the day for the BayBears. Merrill has now had two three-hit games in his last five and is 8-for-22 over that span. He also tripled for the first time in 21 games.

Lake Elsinore won 5-3

Storm outfielder Josh Carter was selected the Cal League's Player of the Week for the week ending July 4. Carter, 23, went 11 for 17 (.647), drove in five runs and scored four in four games last week. He had a .941 slugging percentage and a .647 on-base percentage. Carter raised his average from .298 to .341 in that span. Carter went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI on Sunday.

Jon Huber went six plus innings, allowed his lowest run total in seven games but came out of Sunday without a victory. Huber allowed one run, on a solo homer, on five hits and a walk. He struck out a season high ten batters and left the game with the score tied at 1-1. Huber began the seventh inning with a 1-0 lead but allowed a homer to the leadoff man and a single to the next batter before he was pulled.

Natanael Mateo came on in relief and retired the side. He then got the win when the Storm added three runs in the top of the eighth. Mateo has struck out at least one batter in all 16 of his relief appearances on the year.

Dale Thayer came on with two on and one out in the ninth and induced two fly outs, one scoring an unearned run, to seal the victory and gain his tenth save of the year.

Six Storm batters had two hits in the game. Paul McAnulty was one of those with two hits, adding his 12th homer of the season and first in eight games. McAnulty has three RBI's in his last two games and five runs scored over his last three.

Peeter Ramos went 1-for-5 but extended his hitting streak to ten games. He is 17-for-44 and has nine runs scored during the streak.

Kervin Jacobo had four at bats and struck out each time he was up. He left five men stranded on base.

Fort Wayne game postponed

Fernando Valenzuela Sr. led the World team in the All-Star Futures game at Minute Maid Park in Houston. He is the father of Wizard first baseman Fernando Valenzuela Jr. His team lost 4-3 to the U.S. squad.

The game between the Fort Wayne Wizards and West Michigan Whitecaps on Sunday was rained out. The two teams will play a doubleheader when the Wizards travel to West Michigan August 9th through 12th.

With the rain out, the Wizards (10-6, 43-43, +2.5) complete the homestand with a 4-3 record and will go on the road for seven games beginning in Beloit, WI on Wednesday, July 14th. Monday and Tuesday of this week are off days due to the Major League All-Star game.

Eugene lost 9-1

Danny De La O picked off two runners on first base before three innings had been played. He had not allowed a run up until that point. A misplayed rundown resulted in the first run crossing the plate in the third.

Although Sean Kazmar ran down a man between first and second, he failed to throw home, as a runner from third safely scored while Kazmar was executing the rundown.

De La O then surrendered four more runs in the fifth inning before being pulled. He went 4.1 innings and gave up five runs on six hits and four walks. It was the most runs scored against De La O this year in six starts. De La O has surrendered a home run in all but one of his seven appearances this year (one was in relief).

Orlando Diaz hit his first professional homer in the fourth inning, the lone RBI for the Emeralds. Diaz added a double in a 2-for-4 night, one of only two Emeralds with two hits in the game. Matt Thayer was the other. It was the eighth multi-hit game of the year for Thayer. Thayer was, however, caught stealing for the first time this year.

For the first time this year Gary Gallegos did not allow a run in one of his appearances. He has started three games and had two relief appearances prior to Sunday and had allowed homers in three consecutive games coming into play. Gallegos pitched one inning and allowed two baserunners but came away unscathed.

Brian Fryer was removed from the game with a possible injured hand. Fryer made a diving stop on a ball in the third inning and it may have been the culprit that re-injured a hand he had been slowed by earlier this year. Trino Aguilar took his place in the lineup.

Peoria won 13-2

Brian Medley was hit by a pitch and had to leave the game. His replacement, Jodam Rivera went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

Nate Whitney went 2-for-5, smacked his first homer of the year, drove in five runs and stole his first base of the year. He also drew a walk, his team leading seventh of the season. Whitney is 6-for-14 over a four game hitting streak, driving in seven over that span.

Kelvin Vasquez was 4-for-6 with three runs scored and three RBI's on Sunday. It was the third time this year that Vasquez has scored three runs in a game. Vasquez stole his second base of the year and added his sixth double, tying him with Daryl Jones for the team lead. He has hit safely in 12 of the first 15 games he has played in as a professional.

Christopher Kolkhorst, in just his second game, went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. He was hit by a pitch, punched his first double and added his first RBI of the year.

Benjamin Krosschell shut out the opposition for the second time in three games. Krosschell went five innings and surrendered four hits. He did not walk a batter for the third straight game and has given up just one in 16.1 innings of work. He struck out a season high six batters and got his first win of the year. He has given up just four runs this year.

E.J. Shanks was the only pitcher to allow any runs to cross the plate. Two came across on his watch, both unearned, on one hit, a hit batter and a walk. His ERA remains at 0.00 through five games this year.

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