Matt Bush debuts; Jake Gautreau on fire

Jake Gautreau punctuated his slam of a night ago with two more homers. Gabe Ribas rebounded from three horrible starts to earn a win. Sterling Hitchcock had a great night for Lake Elsinore. Jared Wells, on the other hand, had his worst outing of the year. Lachlan Dale and Sean Kazmar paced Eugene's 16 run outburst while Matthew Varner got it done on the mound. Matt Bush made his much anticipated debut with Peoria.

Portland won 5-2

Jake Gautreau had nine RBI's over his last two games, hitting a grand slam on Tuesday and added two homers, a three run shot and a solo shot, on Wednesday. He is in the midst of a ten game hitting streak, going 13-for-34 with 13 runs driven in and seven extra base hits.

Tim Stauffer won his third straight decision after a six inning outing where he allowed five hits, three walks and two runs. Stauffer has allowed two runs in each of his past three outings after beginning his Portland career with eight runs over 11 innings.

Steve Watkins has made a successful transition to the bullpen in Portland. He has gone 9.1 innings without allowing a run, all in relief. In total, Watkins has not surrendered a run in 19.1 innings and has given up two runs in his last 25.1 innings of work. Over his past 19.1 innings of work he has yielded just five hits.

J.J. Furmaniak is 8-for-17 over his last five games and has three multi-hit games over that time frame. He is also 14-for-35 over his last ten with two homers and six RBI's.

Mobile won 5-2

Josh Barfield went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBI's. Barfield has had multiple RBI's in six of his last twelve games and has homered in five of his last eleven. Over the last twelve he has 14 RBI's.

Gabe Ribas gave up two runs, one earned, over five innings of work. Ribas allowed five hits and walked one. It was his finest start since joining Mobile. Ribas had given up five runs or more in each of his last three starts and had not lasted more than four innings. The righty has pitched seven innings just once all year and has had eight of five runs or less.

Jack Cassel pitched one inning of scoreless relief striking out two and allowing one hit. Although he has only allowed two runs over his last 9.2 innings of work, he has allowed eight of the last ten runners he has inherited to score. Therefore, his ERA does not reflect those runs and at 3.74 it can be misleading.

Steve Morales is in a 3-for-34 slump. The catcher pinch hit on Wednesday and went 0-1.

Brad Baker saved his 23rd game of the year as four relievers pitched four innings of scoreless relief.

Lake Elsinore won 8-7 in 10

Sterling Hitchcock struck out seven batters over four scoreless innings. He allowed two hits in his first actual game since injuring his groin while rehabbing the first time with Portland.

Jared Wells came on in relief and was crushed. In his first inning of relief on the year, Wells allowed six runs, capped by a three run homer. He went on to pitch one more inning and ended the night with seven earned runs to his name in two innings of work on six hits and two walks. Wells had not allowed more than six runs in any of his 18 starts on the year.

Luis Cruz is 10-for-26 over his last six games. He has three multi-hit games but none of those hits have gone for extra bases. He has also walked twice over the last five games while striking out just twice over the last six games. Cruz was 2-for-5 with an RBI on Wednesday.

Jesse Roman pushed his hitting streak to nine while Paul McAnulty now has hits in 11 straight.

Fort Wayne 3-2 (Suspended in third)

The game between Fort Wayne and Dayton was suspended with the Wizards up 3-2 after three innings.

Eugene won 16-3

Seven of the nine batters had hits and eight of nine drove in a run in a breakout party for Eugene.

Lachlan Dale went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a three run homer and four RBI's. It was his second three hit night over his last five games, a stretch where he is 9-for-20. He has homers in four of his last five and has driven in a run in all of the five games while also scoring at least a run in each. The homer for Dale was his tenth of the year, good for the league lead. That lasted three innings. Colt Morton hit a two run shot that placed him in a tie atop the leaderboard with ten homers.

Despite having hits in all but four of his 31 games for the Ems heading into play, Sean Kazmar was hitting only .269. That changed on Wednesday when he had his first three hit game and by the ninth inning his first four hit game. Kazmar went 4-for-5 with a triple, a stolen base, an RBI and three runs scored.

Tom Vincent had his fourth hit of the year on Wednesday and with one swing of the bat he punched across as many runs as he had hits. Vincent hit a grand slam homer in the ninth inning. Two of his four hits have left the yard and he has seven RBI's on the season – but just four hits.

Matthew Varner got his first start of the year after making nine appearances in the bullpen, one coming for Fort Wayne. His longest outing had been 2.1 innings until he went five on Wednesday. He surrendered two runs on four hits and three walks. He has walked six over his last 7.1 innings but has allowed five hits over his last 9.2 innings of work. Varner earned his first victory of the year.

Peoria lost 6-3

Matt Bush debuted and went 1-for-4 on Wednesday. The shortstop had a single, stole a base and scored a run. He also added his first error of the season, one of four the Peoria Padres made on the day.

Trey Johnston has errors in three of his last four games and had a nine game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-4 night.

Benjamin Krosschell walked three batters for the second consecutive start and unlike last outing he got burned. Krosschell allowed two runs over three innings of work, allowing two hits. He has given up just five hits in his last seven innings but has allowed six walks after giving up just one in his previous 16.1 innings. Krosschell also hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.

E.J. Shanks continued his streak of no earned runs allowed. He pitched two innings and allowed a single hit while striking out three. Shanks has now gone 9.1 innings without allowing an earned run. He has walked two and given up five hits while striking out eight.

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