Adam Kroft, Sean Kazmar debuts

Portland exploded for six runs in the 16th inning. Jon Knott knocked in the winning run and everyone else joined in. Jack Cassel has been solid for Mobile but when it rains they come in pairs of two or more. David Pauley has lost 12 games this year but run support has also been a problem. Sean Kazmar debuted with Fort Wayne while Greg Conden has been solid in relief. Adam Kroft debuted in Eugene after quietly putting up good numbers in Peoria.

Portland won 10-4 in 16 innings

All eight of the Beavers position players played the entire 16 inning affair. Everyone of them had at least a hit and everyone except Jake Gautreau had at least two hits. Gautreau was the only player not to score a run while six players knocked in runs. Jon Knott knocked in the eventual winning run in the 16th and it was followed by another Xavier Nady homer before two more runs were tacked on.

Nady has four homers in his last three games and has knocked in 11 over that time. He went 2-for-6 and saw his average drop – from .335 to .334. Yamid Haad also extended his hitting streak to seven games and was at first base again.

Ben Risinger led the Beavers with four hits in seven at bats with a walk. He drove in two runs, including one in the 16th, the tenth and final run. Risinger has knocked in runs in six of his past nine games and has eight RBI's over that time frame. Risinger played his 14th game of the year at second base and is hitting .349 on the year when he is at second. He has played every infield position including catcher this year. The only thing he has not done is pitch.

Portland played another full game after Tim Stauffer's outing. Stauffer started the game and went six innings and gave up three runs on three hits and three walks. He also struck out three. The only stat where he didn't allow three – homers. He gave up two. It marks the fifth time in 13 Portland starts that he has surrendered two or more homers. He has given up two or more in three of his past five and has given up 14 this year with Portland. He had given up just two in 14 starts between Mobile and Lake Elsinore. The three hits allowed were a season low while the three walks tied his season high.

For the second straight game he has appeared in, Mike Bynum allowed a solo homer. On this night it tied the game in the eighth and eventually sent it into extra innings. He has given up runs in three straight games, the second time this year that he has accomplished that feat. The last time it happened was during the last week of April. He had made 48 appearances between the times he allowed runs in three in a row.

Alan Webb, a relief pitcher for the Beavers, went 1-for-1 at the plate in his first at bat of the year with Portland. He was 0-for-1 with Mobile of the Southern League. Webb allowed three hits and two walks in three innings of work. He held down the 11th-13th without allowing a run.

Mobile lost 7-5

Gabe Ribas was knocked out of the game after 3.2 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks. He has not made it out of the fourth inning in his last three games and has been tagged for 18 runs, all earned, over his past 7.2 innings. Ribas gave up another homer, the fifth he has yielded in his past three games and he has given up at least one in seven of eight.

Jack Cassel allowed two runs on four hits and a walk to take the loss. Cassel has given up runs in six of his past 21 games and on all six occasions two or more runs have scored. He has allowed runs in 17 of his 55 games pitched this year.

The last time Jesse Roman had two hits in a game for Mobile was June 19. He was sent down to Lake Elsinore between games but had just one hit in his previous ten games for Mobile, going 1-for-21. On Thursday he went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. It was Roman's first RBI in 16 games, dating back to his time with the Storm.

Clayton Hamilton was shipped back to Eugene after his spot start and win.

Lake Elsinore lost 6-3

David Pauley took his 12th loss of the year, going 4.2 innings and allowing five runs, four earned, on four hits and three walks. Twelve pitchers in the California League have ten or more losses this year. Pauley has the second lowest ERA of all the pitchers in the dubious category at 4.17 on the year.

Wilmer Villatoro retired the side in order in his one inning of work. The reliever who began the year with an ERA that bordered 13.00, has brought it down under 3.00. Over his last eighteen appearances he has surrendered runs in just two games and that covers 28.1 innings of work.

Michael Johnson hit his second homer in four games and second since he returned to the Storm. He added two more RBI's and has knocked in 16 runs in his past 12 games. Johnson went 3-for-5 and has hit safely in ten of his past 12 while also getting on base safely in 19 straight.

Peeter Ramos pushed his multi-hit streak to five straight games by going 2-for-3 with two walks. He is 10-for-19 over that span and added his first two extra base hits, both doubles, in 11 games.

Fort Wayne won 6-5

Sean Kazmar made the game closer than it had to be. Kazmar had two errors on the same play in his Wizards debut. It enabled a run to score and cut a two run lead in half late in the game. Kazmar had 23 errors in 65 games for Eugene, second on the team and in the top five in the Northwest League. Kazmar, though, had been better of late with just one error in his previous 11 games. Kazmar went 1-for-4 at the plate with two runs score.

In each of his past four games, Greg Conden has come on with two runners on base. None of them have scored, giving him eight straight inherited runners that have been held off the board. He came on with two on and one out in the fifth and struck out the two batters he faced. He had a perfect sixth innings, striking out two more in the process. It gave him his fourth win of the season compared to seven losses and he has won his last two decisions.

Chris Tierney went 5.1 innings and allowed four runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks. It was a throwing error on Tierney that allowed three unearned runs to score. Tierney left his last outing early with a back injury but was on the mound just four days later.

Eugene won 4-1

Adam Kroft made his first start as an Emerald and made it memorable. He went five innings and surrendered one run on four hits and four walks. He has won three straight games dating back to his time with Peoria and is a perfect 4-0 on the year. Kroft has not allowed more than three runs in any start this year and any game for that matter. The four walks, however, were a season high.

Lachlan Dale hit his 15th homer of the season that ended an 18 game shutout from the homer column. He is tied for second in the Northwest League, one behind teammate Colt Morton. Dale broke an 0-for-16 stretch by going 2-for-4. His other hit was a double. His 130 total bases place him fourth in the league.

Five games, five errors for Matt Bush. Since joining Eugene he has had an error in each and every game and has 15 misplays in 26 games overall between two leagues.

Brandon Kintzler has seen action in two games for the Ems and has two saves. He recorded six while with Peoria and has given up runs in two of his last 17 appearances, spanning 22 innings.


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