Tim Stauffer Loss; William Ponce does not

Tim Stauffer took his first loss since joining Portland. Dennis Tankersley came on – to pinch hit. Brad Baker is closing in on a milestone, literally. Jared Wells was pounded for seven runs – the second straight game he has been hit hard. Paul Abraham did not have any runs charged to him but was responsible for three and owes apologies to Greg Conden. Ruben Mora continues his hot bat as Eugene pummeled the opposition. William Ponce secured his first victory.

Portland lost 5-1

Tim Stauffer allowed more runs than he had ever given up since joining Portland. He allowed five runs, but only two were earned on the night. He has given up two earned runs in each of his last four outings. Stauffer took his first loss since joining Portland.

J.J. Furmaniak has RBI's in three straight games, doubling in the sole run of the day in the second inning. Furmaniak also committed his 20th error of the year in the sixth, resulting in an unearned run. Furmaniak has a .949 fielding percentage on the year.

Dennis Tankersley pinch hit for Eddie Oropesa in the seventh inning and singled. He is hitting .318 on the year. He is 7-for-22 on the year with one RBI. All his hits have been singles.

Mobile won 4-2

Ben Johnson hit his third triple of the year clearing the bases with one swing. It was his only hit on the day and with one out in the third inning, he would get stranded at third. It was his first triple in 33 games. Johnson has extra base hits in five of his last seven games.

BayBears closer Brad Baker tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his league-leading 24th save. Baker is now only four saves shy of the single-season club record of 28 set in 2003 by Rusty Tucker. He has allowed just one run over his last 19 appearances, spanning 20 innings and has allowed seven runs all year in 44 outings. Only once this year has his ERA graced 2.00.

Clay Hensley started his team leading 20th game and went 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks. He surrendered a homer for the second game in a row after not allowing one in his previous four. Hensley leads the team in every statistical pitching category, including innings (111), hits allowed (123), runs (60), earned runs (57), walks (35), strikeouts (82), homers allowed (11), and wild pitches (5). He is also the only staffer to have a complete game.

Lake Elsinore lost 7-2

Jared Wells was shellacked for the second straight game. Wells made a brief appearance in relief last time out but was back in the starting rotation on Tuesday. For the second outing in a row, Wells allowed seven runs. He had not allowed more than six runs in any game before July 21. Seven runs, six earned, on ten hits – tying a season high. He lasted five plus innings. Five of the ten hits were doubles and every run scored on a double of some sort. Four run scoring doubles and a double play provided for the seven runs.

Wilmer Villatoro struck out the side in relief of Wells in the sixth and ended up whiffing five batters in his two innings of work. He has gone six straight outings without allowing a run and has seen his ERA steadily drop over the course of the season from 12.96 to a season low of 3.30 today.

Paul McAnulty had two of the Storm's five hits. Three of the five Storm hits were doubles. Luis Cruz had his ten game hitting streak snapped but did have another error, pushing that total up to 33 on the season. Cruz has 75 errors over the last two years and a fielding percentage of .930 in 222 games.

Fort Wayne lost 5-3

Drew Macias has had 15 singles over the past 11 games including one in the first inning of Tuesday's game. He has not had an extra base hit in that span. Macias broke that string in the sixth inning with a double and doubled again in the eighth. Macias went 3-for-4 with an RBI and is 18-for-46 over his last 12 games, a .391 batting average. He has raised his average from .286 to .301 in the process, the first time he has been above .300 in 51 games.

Paul Abraham went 1.2 innings and did not have a run charged against him. He did, however, let three runs get charged to Greg Conden. He entered the game with the bases loaded and let fly a wild pitch to score one and an RBI and error scored the other two. He has personally not been charged with an earned run in 11 straight appearances.

Chris Tierney walked four batters but gave up just one run in four innings of work. Tierney has walked four or more on five separate occasions this year, three resulting in losses with a win and a no decision. He allowed five hits and hit a batter in taking his third loss with Fort Wayne. It was the first time since Tierney's opening start of the year that he has allowed just one run in a start, comprising 16 starts.

Eugene won 11-3

Every batter except Mark McRoberts and Sean Kazmar had a hit and all but McRoberts scored a run on Tuesday. All reached base at least once and five batters had multiple hits.

Ruben Mora had three multiple hit games all year before last week began. Over his last four games Mora has doubled that total. He went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a walk on Tuesday. He is 8-for-17 over the four game span.

Colt Morton had just three multi-hit games in 36 games with Fort Wayne. Morton now has nine in 33 games with Eugene. Morton went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI's. Three of the multi-hit games have come in his last five. He is batting .292 on the year and owns a .401 on base percentage.

William Ponce had his best outing with Eugene and it resulted in his first win of the year after five straight losses. Ponce went seven innings and gave up three runs on a season low four hits. All three runs came across in one inning where he gave up three of the four hits, capped by a three run homer. It was the fifth homer he has allowed in six games. He also walked one and struck out one.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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