Josh Barfield on fire; Luke Steidlmayer not

Brandon Emanuel is more than just a spot starter – he is effective. Josh Barfield is on a tear. Luke Steidlmayer flops in his Double-A debut. Fabian Jimenez is walking too many to stay in the game. Santiago Guerrero is known for triples. Chad Decker was back on the hill.

Portland won 12-0

Brandon Emanuel has been a different pitcher in the starting rotation. The righty posted a 4.10 ERA in 26.1 innings of relief with opponents hitting .243 off him. In 20 innings as a starter, Emanuel has an ERA of 2.70 and the opposition is batting .208. On Sunday, he tossed five innings of scoreless ball to pick up his second win in three starts. It is the second time he has thrown scoreless ball in his last three games and he has gone 13 innings without allowing an earned run.

While Ben Johnson extended his hitting streak to 14 games and J.J. Furmaniak homered for the second time in as many days, Josh Barfield was the star of the offense, reaching base all five times he came to the plate. The second baseman went 4-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI. Barfield had driven in just two runs in his previous 21 games. Since the beginning of June, however, Barfield is batting .345. It is hard to believe he only has 39 RBI's given his .348 average with RISP.

Third baseman Sean Burroughs, optioned to Portland from San Diego yesterday, will join the club on Tuesday when the Beavers return home to face the Omaha Royals.

Mobile lost 11-0

Luke Steidlmayer made his Southern League debut, the third league he has played in this year. Steidlmayer was pulled after 4.1 innings in a tough outing. The right-hander tied a season-high in hits allowed with ten and gave up the second most runs he has allowed on the season, seven – six earned. Steidlmayer was promoted from Lake Elsinore after four starts, posting a 5.25 ERA with 22 runs, 14 earned, in 24 innings. Since being promoted from Fort Wayne, Steidlmayer has given up six homers after allowing three in 59.1 innings. He also committed two errors.

After being two-hit on Saturday, the Mobile squad pounded out four hits on Sunday with Steidlmayer collecting one of those. Mike Richardson, playing in his first game since Independence Day, also notched a hit in three at bats. He is hitting .194 on the season with a .320 on base percentage due to his 19 walks. After batting .157 in April, Richardson is batting .231.

Lake Elsinore was postponed

Fort Wayne lost 8-6

Fabian Jimenez was pulled after five having given up four runs, two earned, on four hits and five walks. The left-hander hasn't pitched into the sixth inning over his last seven starts. Jimenez has now walked 55 in 85.2 innings while striking out just 36 and has a WHIP of 1.93. Although he has held the opposition to two unearned runs or less in his last three starts, his ERA since the start of June is 9.50.

Seventy-four games into his season, Tom Vincent hit his first homer of the year. The outfielder smacked four out of the park in 56 games a year ago with Eugene and has 18 doubles and two triples this year. After hitting .373 in the opening month of the season, Vincent has hit .236 over the last three months. He also has just 20 hits in 92 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Eugene won 10-3

A season-high six innings for Josh Geer cemented his first victory as a professional. The right-hander gave up two runs on six hits while walking four. Both runs scored on solo home runs. While Geer has a .311 average against on the year, he has limited opponents to a .154 average with runners in scoring position.

Santiago Guerrero tripled for the second time in as many days and it is the second time this year that he has tripled in successive games. Guerrero has five three-baggers on the year to lead the Northwest League. He went 2-for-5 with two RBI's and now leads the Emeralds in RBI's with 19. After notching 13 RBI's in his first 14 games, Guerrero has six over his last 14, four coming over his last two games. Guerrero has also been hit by six pitches this year, most on the team.

Seven players notched RBI's, seven scored runs and everyone except Billy Richardson had a hit. Mike Sansoe pushed his hitting streak to ten games and first baseman Daryl Jones had two hits and hit a solo homer. After starting the year in a 3-for-34 slump, Jones has hit .227 since with three homers and seven RBI's. He has, however, whiffed in 25 of his 33 games played – 39 total – while walking just 11 times.

AZL Padres lost 11-2

John Hussey was pulled after three innings in his shortest outing of the year. The right-hander gave up six runs, five earned, on seven hits – which included his first homer surrendered on the year. Hussey had gone into the fourth inning in each of his other six starts. He has given up five runs over the first two innings in his starts and 14 runs over innings three and four, including six in the third inning on Sunday.

Chad Decker saw his first action since July 12, giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits and two walks. The two runs came across on a two-run homer, the first jack he has yielded on the season. After opening the year with two scoreless outings, Decker has allowed runs in three straight. Despite a .217 average against, Decker has a 7.71 ERA. He has hit three batters over his last two appearances.

Abraham Aguilar pushed his hitting streak to ten games going 2-for-4, scoring the only two runs for Peoria. Jarol Gonzalez had two hits in five at bats to extend his streak to seven games. The shortstop also had one RBI and is 10-for-29 with four extra base hits and three RBI's over the streak. Gonzo and Aguilar, however, each committed two errors. For Gonzalez, it was his second multi-error game over the last six and Aguilar has three over his last two games.

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