Some rewarded, others not as starters flourish

Xavier Nady hit another home run while Tim Stauffer took just his second loss. Roger Deago was superb on the mound – in what is becoming the norm. Jared Wells was roughed up but the blame falls on the failing defense again. Travis Chick is at it again in Fort Wayne and is becoming the ace of the staff. Mike Ekstrom had his best outing of the year but has nothing to show for it. Adam Kroft is stringing together a number of good outings as a starter with Peoria.

Portland lost 5-2

Tim Stauffer lost his second game since joining Portland by going six innings and allowing four runs, three earned, on nine hits and two walks. Stauffer has now gone eight straight games without allowing more than three earned runs. He did, however, allow a homer on Wednesday – the fourth homer he has allowed in two games and tenth since joining Portland ten games ago.

Xavier Nady extended his hitting streak to eight games by hitting his fifth homer in six games. He has had an RBI in each of his past six, 13 overall during that time. J.J. Furmaniak extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single on Wednesday. It is hit third hitting streak of six games or more in his last 32 games.

Matt Hampton made his 29th Portland appearance of the year after starting the year with Mobile. Dominant at Mobile in 13 games, Hampton has not been nearly as solid as a Beaver. He went two innings and gave up one run. He has now given up runs in 15 of his Portland appearances.

Mobile won 10-0

Roger Deago pitched another solid game for Mobile. He has been better than outstanding over the past five games since returning from Portland. He went seven innings and did not surrender a run on five hits. He walked none and struck out nine, a season high. Over his last five games, Deago has allowed two earned runs in 32 innings, giving him an ERA of 0.56 during that time frame. His season ERA with Mobile is 1.21.

Jason Clements was one of only two Mobile hitters to not have a hit and has not had a hit over his last nine games with an at bat. Kennard Jones extended his hitting streak to ten games with a three hit effort. He also scored three runs.

Joe Gerber hit his second homer in five at bats since returning to Mobile. It was his only hit of the day coming in the first inning and capping a six run scoring barrage. He has two hits in his past three games with Mobile, both obviously homers. In his first game back it was one of the longest recorded on the year.

Josh Barfield ended a drought with a bases clearing triple in the first inning. He had one RBI in his past 13 games entering play on Wednesday. The triple was his third of the year but he had not had an extra base hit, much less a triple in his 12 previous games. His three RBI's give him 80 on the year.

Lake Elsinore lost 9-7

Jared Wells was behind the eight ball from the get go. The first four runs to score on him were unearned and three more would be tacked on. He ended his night after five plus innings and surrendered seven runs, three earned, on eight hits and a season high four walks. After starting the year 2-0 with the Storm, he has lost his last five starts.

Michael Johnson was used as the DH on Wednesday and his replacement at first, Jesse Roman, had two errors which cost the team two unearned runs. Johnson went 1-for-4 and added his first RBI since his return to Lake Elsinore. He did strike out three times.

Paul McAnulty hit his 22nd homer of the year, a solo shot in the fourth inning. He had not hit more than eight in a season and had 15 over his past two years combined. McAnulty has RBI's in eight of his last ten games and 11 over that time frame. He has also had nine extra base hits in his last nine games.

Fort Wayne won 7-1

Travis Chick went 5.1 innings and gave up one run, unearned, on two hits and two walks. The first hitter Chick faced reached on a Juan Ciriaco error and came around to score on a sacrifice fly. Chick whiffed seven on the day and over his last two outings he has given up just four hits in 12.1 innings and no earned runs. He has struck out 17 over that time frame. In three of his four starts he has given up two runs or less.

Peter Ciofrone went 1-for-4 with a homer and three RBI's. The homer was his first of the year for the Wizards and second overall. He last hit one on June 1 while he was with Augusta. His two homers equaled his season high from 2002. Ciofrone is hitting .345 with runners on base this year and has knocked in 11 in 35 games.

Greg Conden returned to Fort Wayne after a one game stint in Mobile where he allowed five runs in three innings of work. He went two and did not allow a run. He has gone seven straight innings in Midwest League action without allowing a run, covering his last three appearances.

The Wizards pulled off a double steal in the second inning when Ciriaco stole second and Luke Carlin took off for home when the throw went to second. It was the first steal of the year for the catcher.

Eugene lost 9-8

While all eight of the Ems runs were earned, only four of Vancouver's runs were.

Mike Ekstrom followed his worst performance of the year with his best. He went five innings and did not surrender a run. He yielded five hits and one walk while tying his season high with eight strikeouts. Ekstrom has now struck out 22 over his last 14.2 innings pitched and has 42 in 39 innings of work while walking just ten.

Three hits, a walk and an error by Lachlan Dale pushed Jake Vose from the mound in the top of the sixth without recording an out. He would end up being charged with all five runs, four earned. It was easily the worst outing of the year for Vose. Jose Cespedes came on in relief and had to suffer through another Dale error and he would be charged with three unearned runs.

Dale now has wrestled the error lead in the Northwest League away from Sean Kazmar with his 23rd and 24th errors of the year. Kazmar trails by one with 23 and the next closest remains at 21. It is the fifth straight game that Dale has erred and he has seven during that time span.

Every Emerald except Colt Morton had a hit. In fact, every Emerald except Kazmar and Morton had two hits. Christopher Kolkhorst led the way as he has the past three games with a perfect 4-for-4 night with a walk, RBI and two runs scored. Tom Vincent and Jose Lobaton each had two doubles and Vincent is hitting a respectable .300 in August after a horrible start to the year.

Peoria won 3-1

Kelvin Vasquez was shut out of the hit column for the fifth time in his last six games. He is in a 1-for-18 slump over those six games but has drawn six walks, including a stretch of five games in a row with a walk. Over the last eight games, Vasquez is 3-for-28. His average has dropped from .310 to .274.

Brian Medley went 1-for-3 and had his first extra base hit of the year – a double. Medley has played in 14 games for Peoria and has yet to record a multi-hit game. His average is at .178 on the year and he has struck out more times, 18, than combined hits, 8, and walks, 5.

Adam Kroft had another well pitched game. He went four innings and gave up one run on three hits and two walks. Kroft has not allowed more than three runs in any outing this year, although some were short which accounts for his 4.54 ERA. Over his last two games, however, he has gone ten innings and allowed just two runs.


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