Wizards bullpen super; Stauffer loses again

Tim Stauffer continues to struggle in Portland. Steve Baker isn't struggling at all. Skip Adams banged in four but it was not enough. The bullpen in Fort Wayne deserves all the credit. A single shy of the cycle in Eugene? Will Ernesto Frieri ever cool down?

Portland lost 4-2

Tim Stauffer took his third straight loss since returning from San Diego but he is getting better each time out. He allowed seven the first time out, six the next and four over seven on Tuesday. He did allow eight hits, his third game in a row allowing eight-plus hits. The opposition is hitting .375 off him in August and for the season .375 with runners in scoring position and .414 with RISP and two outs.

Dustin Delucchi went 2-for-4 with a double to raise his average to .302 with the Beavers and .281 during his Triple-A tenure in 2005. He has reached base in eight straight games with nine hits and eight walks. Delucchi owns a .388 on base percentage on the year and a .429 on base percentage since joining the Beavers. A left-handed hitter, the outfielder is batting .326 off left-handed pitching.

Mobile lost 3-0

Steve Baker is proving his .344 average with the Storm was no fluke. He lengthened his hitting streak to eight games, going 1-for-4. Snapped, however, was his seven game streak with a run scored. Baker is 15-for-35 during his hot stretch with 11 runs scored and five RBI's. He has 39 multi-hit games on the year. He has raised his average to a team best, among active players, .293. His walk-to-strikeout ratio is dismal though at 6-to-52.

"It takes awhile to adjust to a new organization, new coaches, and a new system," said Duncan who went 1-for-3 on Tuesday.

Ryan Snare made his Mobile debut after joining the team from Portland. Pitching on three days rest, and getting a little extra travel in, Snare allowed three runs on five hits and a walk in six innings of work. The lefty had given up 13 runs in 15.1 innings for Portland before being sent down. Snare was in Double-A this year – the Texas League – where he worked nine games of relief and sported a 0.79 ERA in 11.1 innings.

Lake Elsinore lost 13-8

Skip Adams went 2-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI's, matching his total of runs driven in over the previous 18 games. Even with his solid night on Tuesday, Adams is hitting just .184 during the month of August after a torrid July. The utility man is hitting .375 off lefties but .217 off righties. He has whiffed 16 times in 38 at bats this month. He also committed his 17th error of the year in 55 games in the field. Adams has played six different positions this year for the Storm.

Dirk Hayhurst made his sixth start of the year, allowing seven runs, four earned, on eight hits and two walks. The right-hander has a 6.10 ERA as a starter while sporting a 5.18 ERA in relief. While he has done a good job with the bases empty, Hayhurst has a .300 average and above against in every category with runners on base. His biggest trouble area as a starter has been the second inning where the opposition is hitting .483 off him.

Fort Wayne won 4-3 in 14 innings

Josh Geer went seven and was charged with three runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk while striking out five. He continued his streak of two earned or less over five straight starts – covering two different leagues. He has given up three runs or less in all but one of his nine starts but has given up a homer in five of his last six, including one on Tuesday. After posting a .285 average against in Northwest League play he has a .229 average against in the Midwest League.

The bullpen threw seven shutout innings with Phil Polanco leading the way by tossing three scoreless. Polanco, a close friend of Storm closer Leo Rosales, allowed one hit, walked one and struck out three. He stretched his scoreless streak to six innings, his longest stretch of the year. Polanco had given up runs in six straight games prior to his recent surge, allowing 12 runs in 11 innings. Of his 20 appearances in Fort Wayne, he has given up runs in 13.

Eugene won 4-3

When is the last time you remember a player falling a single shy of the cycle? Talk to Clint Cleland to find out how it feels. Cleland homered in his first at bat, doubled in the fifth, tripled in the seventh and was set to open the ninth – had the Ems needed to bat. Cleland scored three runs and pushed his hitting streak to six games. He is 11-for-22 over the streak with five runs scored, three RBI's and two walks.

Arnold Hughey picked up his fourth win with an inning of scoreless ball, although he did give up two hits. Since dropping out of the rotation, Hughey has dropped his ERA from 6.59 to 3.79. He possesses a 2.05 ERA in relief and has given up just one run over his last eight appearances, spanning 11 innings. He has a .248 average against since the start of July after holding a .375 average in June.

AZL Padres lost 4-3 in 14 innings

Scott Fogleson made his first start and went six innings after notching just two in his initial outing. He allowed two runs on three hits and three walks. The opposition is hitting .130 off him early in his career, allowing three hits through 23 at bats.

There will be a day that Ernesto Frieri is not in this report. Today is not that day. The right-hander pitched five innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out seven. He has a scoreless streak that has reached 21 innings and has given up just seven hits over that span while striking out 33. Frieri has lowered his ERA to 0.91 and has given up just 17 hits in 129 at bats so far this year. He has, however, walked 26.

Willy Crafort went hitless in his fourth straight game and is marred in a 5-for-43 slump. He was 0-for-5 on Monday and struck out three times. His batting average has dipped from .283 to .208 in the process. He is also hitting just .161 with runners in scoring position. Crafort did record his fourth outfield assist of the year in 25 games, tossing a runner out at second. It marked the second straight day he has gunned down a runner.

Tuesday's AZL Padres game was not available for inclusion in this report

The game report will be updated as soon as it is available.


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