Jared Wells best outing; Portland gains ground

Portland extends their lead over Tacoma to 1.5 games. Mike Bynum gets a well deserved save. Gabe Ribas took his seventh loss since joining Mobile, another drumming. Jared Wells had his best start of the year and just in time as he pitched the Lake Elsinore Storm into the wildcard lead. Fort Wayne will continue a suspended game on Sunday. Eugene cracked 100,000 but the pitching faltered again. Henry Colbert has been knocked around since rejoining the Emeralds.

Portland won 6-3

Tim Stauffer went 5.2 innings and allowed three runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks. He did not give up a homer after surrendering six in his previous three games. Over his last two starts he has given up eight runs, but only two have been earned. Stauffer has not given up more than three earned runs since his first two starts with Portland, the last one coming July 4.

Mike Bynum last saved a game on July 8. He pitched two innings and walked two to pick up his fifth save of the year. It is the sixth straight game that he has pitched scoreless ball in. He has walked seven over his last three outings but has not given up a hit in those games. Looking for a left reliever in San Diego? Bynum is holding lefties to a .138 batting average this year through Friday.

Yamid Haad is the second player in two nights to reach base five times. He went 4-for-4 with a walk. He added one double and scored a run. Haad is now 9-for-17 over his last five games with a three hit game thrown in.

Ben Risinger went 1-for-2 and was hit by two pitches. He also drove in two runs and committed an error which cost two. Risinger has had RBI's in four of his last five games and five during that time frame.

Miguel Ojeda homered for the second time in three games and has hit safely in all four games he has played in for Portland. He also has knocked in a run in three of the four and is hitting .357 during his rehab stint.

The Beavers stranded 12 runners, including eight in scoring position on the night. Chris Oxspring will return to the mound on Sunday.

Mobile lost 12-5

Gabe Ribas had another night to forget. He lasted just 3.1 innings and left the bases loaded with five runs already in. All three would come around to score and get charged to Ribas. Eight runs, all earned, on five hits and four walks. He gave up two homers for the second consecutive game after not allowing more than one in a game prior to that. Over his last four innings, Ribas has given up 13 runs. His ERA has jumped from 6.07 to 8.04.

Mobile starting pitchers have failed to go at least five innings in five of the last six games, posting a combined ERA of 10.88 over those six games. Mobile is 60-23 when their starting pitcher allows three runs or less; 7-40 when he allows four or more.

Nate Sevier, perfect through his seven games with Mobile saw that come to an end. He allowed all three base runners he inherited to score and gave up two runs of his own. The four hits he allowed were more than he had given up all year with the BayBears. He has also held the last four runners he inherited from scoring.

Jason Clements went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a double, a homer and two RBI's. It was the third homer of the year for Clements who last hit a homer on April 20 or 80 games ago. That day he hit two jacks. Saturday was the first day since then that he has had two extra base hits in the same game. Clements has had four multi-hit games in his last five and is 10-for-17 over that time frame.

Lake Elsinore won 13-0

Jared Wells had his best start of the year and that takes into account his time with Fort Wayne. Wells was dominant, allowing just three hits and a walk over seven innings of work. The last time he threw shutout ball was on July 4. His best start before Saturday was back in April with Fort Wayne when he gave up three hits in five innings of work. Wells has now won two straight after losing the previous five.

Clark Girardeau made his bullpen debut. He pitched a perfect inning of relief for the Storm. His last outing on August 21, he went four innings before his elbow flared up and the Storm manager did not want to risk further harm to him by keeping him in the rotation. Girardeau has had a stellar season as a starter with Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore.

Casey Baker extended his hitting streak to nine games, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Baker has scored a run in all but one of the past nine games and has knocked in eight. The leadoff hitter is 17-for-39 over the streak, raising his average from .270 to .291. He also stole two more bases to give him 14 on the year and six during the current streak.

Three games, three hits in each. Kervin Jacobo continues to complete his turnaround. He is hitting .380 in August after another 3-for-5 night. He is 9-for-14 over his past three games with RBI's in each. He knocked in three more on Saturday and has six in his past three.

The Storm (32-30, 66-66) now lead the wildcard race by one game with eight games to play. They have won the last four and seven of eight. The last time they led the Quakes was on August 13. They followed that up by losing seven of eight.

Fort Wayne game suspended

The Wizards and Lugnuts game on Saturday night was suspended in the bottom of the sixth inning with the game tied 3-3, with one out and one on and the Wizards at bat. The game will be resumed on Sunday at 1:00pm and will be played to a nine-inning conclusion.

Game number two, the regularly scheduled game for Sunday, will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the suspended game and will also be a nine inning affair.

Eugene lost 10-4

The Emeralds eclipsed 100,000 in seasonal attendance with 2,818 filling Civic Stadium on Saturday night.

Every Emerald except Figueroa has a hit on the day but the team left ten on base. The Ems were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Danny De La O lasted five innings and gave up six runs, five earned, on nine hits and a walk. De La O had given up three runs over his previous ten innings of work before Saturday. He has proven to be better in relief than when he starts. His last five starts have seen him give up 27 runs.

The old saying is when they stop doing it we will stop talking about it. For the sixth straight relief appearance, Henry Colbert gave up a run. While his last three were overall, it still hasn't been pretty. Colbert has given up 18 runs over his last six games, spanning 9.1 innings.

Colt Morton hit his first home run since August 12 in the bottom of the ninth. Morton maintained his league lead in home runs with his two-run shot and fifteenth bomb of the season as Yakima's Chris Carter hit his fifteenth home run in a 5-1 win over Spokane earlier in the night. It was the only hit of the day for Morton and even with the hit he is 4-for-47 over his last 12 games with three RBI's.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@Sandiegosports.net

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