Joel Santo lasted just one inning, which pushed Kyle Stutes into his longest outing of the year. Stutes' previous long had been two innings, until Tuesday when he went three innings and allowed one run on three hits. The run scored on a homer, his first jack allowed this year in 23 appearances. Closer Matt Varner also saw action on Tuesday and he too gave up a homer, his first long ball since his first appearance of the year when he served up a grand slam. Varner has also given up runs in consecutive outings for the first time this year.
Matt Lauderdale has been a regular in the lineup for the Wizards of late. After logging just 15 games though April and May, Lauderdale has made it into 19 games since the start of June, splitting time between catcher and designated hitter; On Tuesday he went 1-for-4 with an RBI, knocking in runs in three straight games. He is hitting .270 since getting regular duty but has drawn just one walk during that time. Right-handed pitcher Vern Sterry has been placed on the disabled list due to soreness in his pitching elbow. Chris Steinborn (0-0, 3.54) will get a spot start Wednesday night for the Wizards in his place. Eugene lost 10-5 After giving up two earned runs over his first 12 innings of work, Jon Link gave up three runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings of work. Link, who has an assortment of four pitches to choose from, none of which he terms overpowering, struck out a season-high seven. The right-hander did walk his first batter of the year on Tuesday. He has limited righties to a .214 average against while lefties are batting .313 off him. Left-hander Adam Gold took the loss after getting charged with four runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batsman while recording just one out on the evening. It also goes down as a blown save, his second of the year. Gold has appeared in five games and has given up runs in three of those. He also had one outing where he walked the only two batters he faced but did not get charged with a run. Gold has walked nine batters in six innings of work, including one in each appearance this year. Chase Headley went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI's. It is the fifth straight game to open his career that Headley has a hit. "My goal this year is to improve in all facets of the game," recent signee and Emerald third baseman Chase Headley said. "Switching to wood (bats) is a little bit of a change but I definitely feel it won't be too tough in the transition. Prepare myself and the time comes I can move up and be an asset to the next club. Hopefully, while I am here, I wouldn't mind winning a Championship." AZL Padres won 11-3 After tossing 12 innings of scoreless ball to open his season, Ernesto Frieri allowed his first run of the year. It came courtesy of a triple and a groundout as he battled out of trouble an inning earlier. Faced with a man on third and no one out, Frieri induced a pop out, struck out the next batter before a fly out ended the inning. Frieri went four innings and gave up four hits and a walk. He has given up six hits in his first 13.1 innings of work. Kyle Blanks went 3-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and his league leading 17th RBI, coming in 11 games. It is the third three-hit game of the year for Blanks and the sixth multi-hit game. He is also tied with two other players for third in the league with 13 runs scored. The big man was caught stealing in his first attempt of the year. Ray Chang made his debut in the Padres' system on Tuesday. He went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and two RBI's. Chang was voted to the second team NCAA Division II Central Region in 2003 and played for Rockhurst University (MO) where he hit .352 with 17 doubles, seven homers and a team leading 52 RBI's. He also scored 44 runs and had more walks (21) than strikeouts (19). The shortstop committed 11 errors in 53 games.