Seth Johnston knocks in eight

It was one of those nights for Eugene Emeralds shortstop Seth Johnston. Nothing could go wrong. He set knocked in eight runs on three hits, including a grand slam. Tim Stauffer is struggling in Portland. Geoffrey Jones isn't having any problems in Mobile. Adam Eaton was rehabbing in Lake Elsinore. Brent Carter allowed one hit in his start. Billy Killian is hitting but what about his defense?

Portland lost 6-1

Five first run innings doomed Tim Stauffer in his second start since being sent down from San Diego. The right-hander gave up six runs total on a season-high 11 hits in five innings of work to take his second straight loss. In his brief minor league career, Stauffer had never lost two starts in a row and only once lost two consecutive decisions. He has given up 13 runs in his last ten innings of work on 19 hits. He surrendered 12 runs over his first six starts with Portland. Ironically, Stauffer supplied the only RBI of the night for Portland with a two-out single.

Wilson Valdez had a pinch hit single to extend his hitting streak to seven games. The shortstop does not have more than one hit in any game during the streak, going 7-for-23, a .304 average. He has two doubles, one RBI and four runs scored during the streak. He has raised his average from .228 to .243.

Mobile lost 5-4 in 11 innings

Cesar Carrillo went five innings and allowed two runs on a season-high seven hits while walking two and striking out seven. It is the fifth time in seven starts that he has allowed two runs or less. The righty has allowed four hits in 19 at bats with RISP since joining the BayBears and he has held the opposition to six hits in 34 at bats with runners on base.

Geoffrey Jones ran his scoreless streak to eight straight appearances, spanning ten innings of work. The lefty has not allowed a single hit over that time frame while striking out eight. Since the start of July the opposition is hitting .132 off him and his ERA is 1.31, lowering his ERA from 4.37 to 3.27.

Lake Elsinore lost 5-1

Adam Eaton and Rudy Seanez each made rehab assignments with the Storm. Eaton's was successful, going three innings and not allowing a hit while walking two and whiffing a pair. Seanez, however, barely made it through one frame, surrendering four runs on three hits and a walk, including a pair of two-run homers. Eaton is slated to make two more rehab starts with the Storm and Seanez will likely get some more work after his terrible outing on Wednesday.

Brett Dowdy went 2-for-5 with a double, knocking in the sole run for Lake Elsinore. Dowdy, playing second base with Lake Elsinore, has an eight game hitting streak, going 12-for-34 with four doubles, a homer and three RBI's. He is hitting .329 since joining the team on August 2 but is 1-for-9 with RISP.

Fort Wayne had the night off

Eugene won 13-5

Seth Johnston didn't just have a good night, he had a career on Wednesday. The shortstop went 3-for-5 with EIGHT RBI's. Each of his hits went for extra bases and two left the park. He smoked a three run shot in the third and hit a grand slam in the sixth inning, adding a double for good measure. Johnston came into the game with six RBI's in his first 23 games and had yet to hit a homer. His .222 average is the highest it has ever been since joining the Ems.

Brent Carter pitched six innings, an outing that was overshadowed by the efforts of Johnston. The left-hander gave up just one hit, a solo homer. Carter has given up two earned runs or less in every start but one and has given up one earned run or less in seven of his ten starts. The opposition has just seven hits in 40 at bats off him with RISP and .238 overall. It was the sixth time that he has not walked a batter in his start.

William Venable had his second multi-hit game since joining Eugene (he has appeared in 24 games) and parked his second homer of the year. His only other homer came in his other two-hit contest. Venable had six multi-hit games in 15 contests for Peoria. The outfielder has 12 hits in Northwest League play and has scored 12 runs.

AZL Padres won 4-2 on Tuesday

Billy Killian lengthened his hitting streak to 11 games by going 2-for-4 but the opposition found a hole in his game, stealing six bases on him in seven attempts. He has thrown out 13 thieves in 40 attempts this year. Killian did get one back by swiping his own base but also grounded into a double play for the second game in a row. He does have six multi-hit games during his current hitting streak.

Ernesto Frieri continued his hot streak with an inning and two-thirds of scoreless ball, picking up his fifth win to tie for the Arizona Rookie League lead. While he struck out three, he also walked three to give him 25 free passes issued on the year, second worst in the league. His 1.14 ERA also leads the league among those that qualify. Frieri has earned the win in four of his last five appearances and has dealt scoreless ball over the last 13 innings.

Riki Paewai had his longest outing of the year, going five innings and yielding two runs on six hits with two walks. Paewai has walked eight batters in nine innings of work and the opposition is hitting .303 off him. He has limited the damage by allowing four hits in 19 at bats with RISP. The leadoff hitter has reached base in six of the nine innings he has worked.

AZL Padres lost 15-5 on Wednesday

Chad Steiner recorded his first three-hit game of the year and scored two runs. It was the first time he has scored more than once in a game. Three of his four doubles on the year in 19 games with Peoria have come over the last four contests. He is 6-for-15 over his last four games with four runs scored. Steiner is hitting .222 with runners in scoring position.

Cesar Rojas was touched up for seven runs, six earned on ten hits – all season-highs – in five innings of work. He has lost his last three decisions. In his last six games, Rojas has given up four runs or more four separate times, raising his ERA from 1.29 to 5.49. Despite allowing ten hits, he has limited the opposition to a .235 batting average for the year. They are, however, hitting .333 off him with RISP.

Patrick Clayton allowed two runs, one earned, on one hit and four walks in his two innings of work. Clayton also tossed two wild pitches – and the team had six wild pitches in the game. Clayton has now walked four in three of his last four games and has issued a free pass to 15 batters over the four game stretch, spanning six innings. He consequently has allowed ten runs during that time.

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