Tim Stauffer three homer outing; EJ Shanks debut

A blowout was made close when Matt Hampton gave up two homers and four runs in the ninth. Tim Stauffer gave up three homers of his own. With the bullpen back to full strength as RD Spiehs returned, the BayBears picked up the win, getting four scoreless innings of relief. EJ Shanks made his debut with the Storm while Dirk Hayhurst talks of his game. Sean Thompson returned to dominance but did not get a decision. Roy Howell was tossed and Henry Colbert got shelled in his return to Eugene.

Portland won 10-8

Tim Stauffer allowed just four hits in five innings of work but three of those hits left the park. He surrendered three solo homers on the night, accounting for the only three runs he gave up. It was the most homers he has ever surrendered in a game after giving up two in a game twice. After not giving up any while with Lake Elsinore, he surrendered three in eight Mobile starts and has now been touched for nine in nine Portland starts.

Freddy Guzman went 1-for-4 with a walk but scored three runs. He swiped three bases to bring his Portland total up to 45 on the year and added a double. Despite playing in only 63 games, he is third on the team with 46 runs scored. His 28 walks place him second on the team in that category.

Xavier Nady went 3-for-4 with a homer. He knocked in five runs and plated a run with each of his hits. He had not knocked in five in a game since he drove in six on April 14, 2001 while with Lake Elsinore. Nady has had three straight multi-hit games and has scored five runs in those three games.

Jose Nieves went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI's. Nieves now has RBI's in four consecutive games and six over that time frame. It was his first homer in 46 games and fourth of the year.

Since an 0-for-3 streak broke his 14 game hitting streak, Humberto Quintero has rolled off a seven game streak. He went 3-for-5 on Friday with two doubles and is 11-for-22 over his past seven. Over his last 22 he is 35-for-78 and has upped his average from .267 to .325.

Portland had a 10-3 lead in the eighth inning and 10-4 lead heading into the ninth. Matt Hampton made the game close when he gave up two separate two run homers in the ninth inning. It was the first time this year he has surrendered two in a game and the five runs he allowed were the most he has surrendered this year. Marty McLeary had to come on in relief and he picked up the save.

Mobile won 3-2

Steve Morales went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. It was the fourth time this year he has had three hits in a game. He was 0-for-12 between his three hit night on Friday and his last three hit night. Before that he was 5-for-50 between three hit games. In fact, not including his three hit games he is 16-for-111 for the year.

Marcus Nettles went 1-for-1 in his return to the Mobile lineup from a suspension. He pinch hit for Jack Cassel in the sixth to knock in Morales and came in to score on an error. He is 2-for-11 as a pinch hitter with Mobile and has knocked in a run in two of his last three pinch hitting opportunities.

Roger Deago went five innings and allowed two runs, none earned, on five hits and three walks. Another error on Ben Johnson, his third in the last two games, scored two runs. Since rejoining Mobile on July 28 in a starting role, Deago has given up two earned runs in 25 innings of work. His ERA is down to 1.40 on the year.

Brad Baker pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save and tie the club record for saves in a season with 28. Rusty Tucker saved 28 games for the BayBears in 2003.

Lake Elsinore lost 5-0

"I have just been like the turtle of the race," Dirk Hayhurst said. "Slow and steady. Consistency is just the way I try and market myself. I walked six guys (over my first) 70 innings. That's really good I think. I just try and throw as many strikes as I can and some days I give up more hits than others but I am not going to walk a lot of guys. I might not K a lot of guys but I will keep giving our team a chance to win hopefully by pitching smart and pitching ahead."

E.J. Shanks made his debut with Lake Elsinore and pitched a scoreless inning, not allowing a baserunner. Shanks was selected by the Padres in the 29th round of the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft and is the first player from the draft to make it as high as Elsinore. Shanks spent the beginning of the year with Peoria and the right-hander out of Oklahoma City University pitched in 19 innings allowing three earned runs while striking out 18. In four of his 12 appearances he did not allow a baserunner while with Peoria.

Rusty Tucker made his second appearance with the Storm. He pitched the eighth inning and gave up one run, unearned, on one hit and a walk. In 12 games between Peoria and Lake Elsinore he has given up seven runs, five earned, on 11 hits and five walks in 12.2 innings.

Jared Wells went six innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks. He struck out five and gave up a homer. He has walked a batter in all but one of his 23 starts on the year. The homer was the fourth he has given up in nine Storm starts. He has lost four straight games with LE after starting out 2-0.

Michael Johnson went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his first full game back with the Storm.

Peeter Ramos had his fourth two error game in his last 24 and each error allowed a run to score. He was also 0-for-4 with two strikeouts at the plate.

Fort Wayne lost 3-2

For the fourth straight game, Paul Abraham allowed a run and it wasn't earned. He has worked four innings in his last four games and given up five runs. An ERA of 3.34 at the beginning of that stretch of games has gone down to 2.94. It was his 12th unearned run of the year compared to 11 earned runs.

Sean Thompson left his last two disastrous starts behind by pitching six innings and allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out seven. It was the eighth time this year that Thompson has allowed three or fewer hits in 22 starts and the ninth time he has allowed one run or less.

Matthew Varner allowed his first run as a Wizard. He gave up a two out single with runners on second and third in the bottom of the ninth to take the loss. He had gone 9.2 innings to open his Fort Wayne career without allowing a run.

Fort Wayne produced 13 hits on the night but went 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position. Seven of the nine batters got on base twice during the game. They had two runners on in seven of the nine innings and a runner in scoring position in eight of nine.

Eugene lost 15-4

Colt Morton could not tag a runner out in the fifth inning. A high throw from Michael Ekstrom required a sweep tag from the catcher but he could not make the play, missing the tag before the runner touched home. Morton threw out just one of seven runners to steal a base and also committed an error.

Henry Colbert returned to the Ems after spending a week and a half with Peoria. The first batter to face him, Falcon, welcomed him with a home run. It got worse after that. Colbert lasted an inning and a third and was hammered for six runs on seven hits. He surrendered two homers, which matched the total amount of homers he had given up in 15 games between Eugene and Peoria. Coincidentally, Colbert did not allow a run in his three appearances with Peoria.

Roy Howell came out to argue the ball was foul and was thrown out of the game immediately. It was the first time Howell has been ejected from a game this year.

Lachlan Dale hit his 14th homer of the year, again tying teammate Colt Morton for the Northwest League lead. Dale has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games and has a six game hitting streak. He is 10-for-24 over the streak and has upped his average to .256 from where it was 14 games ago at .213.

Ernesto Garay was thrown out at home plate in the third inning. Tagging on a fly out to right field, Garay tried to slide to the outside part of the plate but catcher, and former Emerald, Omar Falcon made a swipe tag to nail him at the dish.

Peoria did not report their scores on time for this notebook

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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