Sean Burroughs in Portland; Hamilton, Klatt debut

Sean Burroughs is back in Portland, netting two singles in three at bats. Corey Smith broke out of a two month slump to hit two. Clayton Hamilton and Ryan Klatt debuted in the California League. Ben Krosschell is pitching well but the defense behind him is not cooperating. Billy Killian is suddenly an RBI machine but don't look for him to score any runs.

Portland won 9-4

Sean Burroughs notched singles in his first two at bats before drawing a walk in his third at bat. His only out came on a fly out in the seventh. Burroughs last game in Triple-A came on September 1, 2002. He went 1-for-4 with a walk in that game. In August of that season, Burroughs hit .358 with Portland in 22 games. During that 2002 campaign with the Beavers, Burroughs hit .302 with 16 doubles, two triples, two homers and 23 RBI's.

Paul McAnulty homered for the second day in a row and went 2-for-5 to maintain his plus .400 batting average. McAnulty's homer, his second in the PCL, was a two run shot, giving him RBI's in four consecutive games. He has four extra base hits in the last three games and has also scored six runs over the past three games. McAnulty has played exclusively at first base for Portland after spending most of the time in the outfield with Mobile.

Jack Cassel provided the Beavers with his second spot start and was outstanding. After allowing two runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings in his first start, Cassel powered through five, allowing one run on four hits and two walks. Cassel has been hit hard this year with his outing on Tuesday one of the few that he stalled the opposition. He has a .349 batting average against and that numbers balloons to .458 with runners in scoring position.

Mobile won 5-4

Days after getting a beat-down in the prospect report, Corey Smith smashed two homers and drove in four to propel Mobile to victory. Both homers came with two outs. Of his last nine RBI's, eight have come via the long ball. In 18 July games, Smith has 13 RBI's – tying his best RBI month of the season but in 11 less games. Although Tuesday's game was a home game, Smith is hitting .296 on the road and just .206 at home.

Jose Oyervidez went six, allowing two runs, one earned, on eight hits and a walk while striking out six. It was the fifth time in 20 starts that he has walked one or less. In five July starts, Oyervidez is sporting a 3.38 ERA and he has his lowest walks per nine innings total this month. Ironically, his average against has gone up from his highest month of .225 to .264 in July. The right-hander has allowed just three first inning runs on the year.

Lake Elsinore won 10-7

Welcome to the California League, Clayton Hamilton. The right-hander gave up a season-high 11 hits in 4.1 innings of action, allowing five runs – his second highest total of the year. Hamilton had allowed three runs or less in 16 of his 20 Midwest League games prior to his promotion. He left with the bases juiced in the fifth and was charged with one run from that situation.

Ryan Klatt, promoted to Lake Elsinore along with Hamilton, fared much better than his counterpart. He pitched two innings of scoreless ball, allowing one hit and striking out two. Klatt has run off a streak of nine innings without allowing an earned run, lowering his season ERA from 5.19 to 2.55. The right-hander has given up just two hits in 16 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Michael Johnson continued his assault on the Cal League. When healthy, Johnson has been smashing the ball with authority and knocking in plenty of runs. He added four more RBI's to his growing number on Tuesday with a three-run homer and a sacrifice fly. Johnson has knocked in eight runs since returning to the lineup three days ago. He is averaging 1.2 RBI's per game with 42 in 35 contests. Johnson is hitting .306 on the year but has just 41 hits. Twenty-one of those have gone for extra bases.

Fort Wayne game postponed due to rain

Eugene lost 6-1

Ben Krosschell took his fifth loss in seven starts after going five and yielding three runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk. Krosschell struck out a season-high five and has allowed two earned runs over his last two starts. Since the start of July, Krosschell has a 3.32 ERA – coming after a 8.64 ERA in June. He has given up seven earned over his last five starts but has won just one of those.

Seth Johnston collected one hit in three at bats, giving him hits in consecutive games for the first time this year. His average jumped over .100 for the first time on the year with five hits in 49 at bats on the year. The shortstop has yet to notch a hit with runners in scoring position. In the field, Johnston committed two errors and has four over his last three games.

William Ponce didn't allow a hit but surrendered a run after walking two. The former starter had come into the game with one run allowed over his previous six appearances. Ponce is 2-0 with a 3.07 ERA on the year. He has limited opponents to a .232 average against, although righties are hitting .321 off him and lefties are batting just .143. Ponce, a right-hander, has given up just six hits in 32 at bats with runners in scoring position

AZL Padres won 9-4

Cesar Rojas lasted just three innings, surrendering three runs on three hits and a season-high five walks. Over his last 12 innings, Rojas has allowed 11 runs. His five walks also give him more base on balls (15) than strikeouts (14). Rojas has limited the opposition to a .196 average against through 26 innings but opponents are swatting .304 of him with runners in scoring position.

Tough to mad with third baseman Clint Cleland for two more errors to bring his total to 11 for the year in 22 games. Why? He went 4-for-5 with three doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. His nine doubles on the year lead the club and are tied for the Arizona Rookie League lead, pending the results of Tuesday's games. Over the last three games, Cleland is 8-for-15 with five runs scored.

Billy Killian took out the lumber on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI's. The catcher is 6-for-11 over his last three games with five RBI's. Amazingly, in 15 games played for Peoria, which includes reaching base 17 times, Killian has yet to score a single run. In fact, Killian played in six games for Eugene and did not cross the plate once there either! The good news is he is hitting .302 since the start of the month.

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