Brian Whitaker complete; George Kottaras walk talk

Mike Bumstead has been a gem as a starter for the Portland Beavers. Brian Whitaker waited until the last week of the season to pitch a complete game. Kevin Beavers had a good game but took the loss. George Kottaras has a walking problem and in an interview he is happy about it. David O'Hagan continues his trek back with a full inning of work.

Portland won 5-2

Mike Bumstead had a two-hitter going through six innings. In the seventh he allowed the only run of the night on two hits before exiting the game with two outs. Over 6.2 innings of work he gave up just the one run on four hits and two walks. He picked up his third consecutive win. Bumstead has started five games for Portland and has not allowed more than one run in any of them. Over 23.2 innings he has surrendered four runs. He has allowed just 14 hits in that same time span and never more than four in a start.

Jake Gautreau homered for the second consecutive day. He was 2-for-4 with three RBI's. Gautreau is batting .333 with runners in scoring position on the year and when he bats seventh in the order, as he did on Wednesday, he is hitting .337. Gautreau is coming off an August where he swatted just .216 in 14 games.

Yamid Haad played just his eighth game of the year at first base and had an error while going 2-for-4. Haad has been hot at the plate and the Beavers are trying to keep him in the lineup with Quintero back. He has a six game hitting streak, going 11-for-21.

Joe Gerber returned to Portland and went 1-for-1. J.J. Furmaniak had his eight game hitting streak snapped. Xavier Nady had three hits but his consecutive homer streak ends at three. He has four multi-hit games in a row.

Mobile won 3-1

Brian Whitaker tossed the first nine inning complete game of the season for Mobile. He gave up one run on four hits, a walk and a hit batsman. He also threw a wild pitch. Whitaker had tossed eight innings in a game on three previous occasions. He has allowed three runs or less in 14 of his 22 Mobile starts. He has also hit seven batters in his last eight games and has plunked one in three straight.

After notching just four RBI's during a 19 game stretch, Josh Barfield has knocked in eight in his last eight. He went 2-for-4 with two RBI's on Wednesday and has recorded a hit in seven of his last eight games. Barfield now has 88 RBI's on the year to lead the Southern League.

Over each of the past five games Ben Johnson has recorded one hit. All of them have gone for extra bases. He has three doubles, a triple and a homer over that time and has knocked in a run in four straight games.

Kennard Jones got off the schnide, going 2-for-2 with a walk to breakout of a 3-for-40 slump. He also scored a run; just his third run scored in the last 12 games.

Lake Elsinore lost 3-0

Kevin Beavers went six innings and allowed three runs on five hits and two walks. It was the fourth time in seven starts that he has held the opposition to three runs or less and he is 2-2 as a starter. The big blows came in the form of homers. He gave up two, which accounted for all three runs. It was the second game in a row that Beavers has surrendered two homers in a game and he has allowed five over his last three games.

Peeter Ramos went 2-for-4, recording his fourth consecutive multi-hit game. He has a five game hitting streak, going 9-for-20 with five RBI's, four runs scored and two stolen bases. Ramos had been in a funk that saw his average drop from .308 in mid July to .247 before his most recent streak began. He is now back up to .264.

Grant Gregg pitched two innings and did not allow a hit, walking one and striking out two. Gregg's ERA dropped to 5.36, the lowest it has been in 17 games when he had an ERA of 5.12. He has had an ERA above 5.11 over his past 28 appearances.

Fort Wayne lost 5-2

Michael Ekstrom faced the minimum nine batters through three but got hit hard in the fourth, allowing four runs on four hits and a walk. For the day, he went six innings and gave up four runs on six hits and a walk. He has allowed 11 runs in his first two starts with Fort Wayne while it took him ten games, including four starts, to allow that many with Eugene.

Christopher Kolkhorst is up to his old tricks. After hitting .352 in Eugene, Kolkhorst is hitting .346 with the Wizards. He has hits in four straight games and is 8-for15 over that span. He has scored four runs in the past two games. He was caught stealing for the first time with the Emeralds and third time overall between three leagues.

George Kottaras has not had a hit in three games since his return but has gotten on base seven times. He went 0-for-1 and drew three walks, giving him ten over the past five games. He is one of the few, if not the only, Padre prospects to have more walks, 47, than strikeouts, 39.

"Baseball is all about trusting the guy behind you and the guy in front of you," Kottaras explains of his walks. "One person is not going to win the game so I have to do whatever I have to do to get on base, get runners over and get runners in. If I am not showing for it with not getting a hit, those walks will come into account with what I do in the lineup. I have been getting walks and it is opening doors for other guys.

"I have to do whatever it takes to help the Fort Wayne Wizards win."

Eugene won 2-1

Tom Vincent went 2-for-5 to giver him his fifth multi-hit game in five games. Vincent added his seventh stolen base of the season. Since taking over as the leadoff hitter, Vincent is 6-for-14 and is 30-for-88 when he plays in right field as he did on Wednesday. Vincent is hitting under .200 when he plays any other position. The month of August was kind as well. He hit .307 during the month and is continuing his hot hitting in the last week of the season.

William Ponce had not pitched since August 17 and found himself in a new role upon his return. Ponce joined the relievers and tossed three innings of hitless and scoreless ball. He walked two and struck out one in his best outing of the year. Ponce had been 1-8 as a starter for the Ems.

David O'Hagan lasted more than a third of an inning in his outing on Wednesday. He went a full inning and retired the side in order, getting two strikeouts. O'Hagan has struck out nine batters in his 6.1 appearances.

Peoria scouting reports will follow in the coming days

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