Storm win! Storm win! Ekstrom, Delabar denied

Brian Sweeney had his longest outing of the year – a loss. Jeff Duncan homered and is looking forward to the stretch run. The Storm actually won a game. Nick Hundley debuted and Mike Ekstrom was denied a win. Steve Delabar was cruising until an error had him bruising. Chad Steiner is heating up in Peoria.

Portland lost 4-2

After not allowing four runs all year with the Beavers, Brian Sweeney has given up four in two of his past three starts. A three run bomb in the first was followed by a solo shot in the seventh as Sweeney surrendered four runs on five hits over a season-high eight innings. The right-hander has given up four homers in the last three games after giving up three in his previous 11 appearances, ten starts. He has lost three straight games after losing just once over his first 13 starts of the year.

Jason Kershner finished off the game for Portland with an inning of scoreless relief, striking out one. Kershner has a 2.70 ERA for the Beavers over 38 appearances while sporting a .209 average against. He has given up runs in 11 of his outings and has been a steady bridge to the closer since joining the team. For all his success, including a .189 average against with runners in scoring position, Kershner has inherited just four runners, preventing three from scoring. The last time he came on when it was not the start of an inning was June 16.

Mobile lost 7-3

Jeff Duncan went 2-for-4 in his third game with Mobile and has four hits in eight at bats early in his Padres career. He also homered, a solo shot, his sixth of the year. It is the 14th multi-hit game of the year for Duncan. He has played all three outfield positions this year and has been in left for Mobile since joining them.

"We only have three weeks to go," said newcomer Jeff Duncan. "I just hope we can finish up strong."

Jose Oyervidez went 5.1 innings and gave up three runs on five hits and two walks, including two homers. It is the third time he has given up multiple long balls in the same game this year. Oyervidez has walked 71 batters on the year, placing him sixth worst in all the minors. The opposition is hitting .339 off him during three August starts. Oyervidez also went 1-for-2 at the plate with an RBI.

Lake Elsinore won 9-8

The Storm gave up eight runs but still pulled out the victory – their first since June 30. Leo Rosales pitched the ninth for his 21st save, converting nine straight save opportunities. While he struck out the side, Rosales did give up his first run, on a solo homer, in eight appearances. It is the fourth time this year he has whiffed the side. Rosales has given up just two earned runs in his last 18 outings. Since the start of July, the opposition is hitting .175 off him.

Juan Ciriaco went 2-for-5 with an RBI on Wednesday. He is hitting .304 with runners in scoring position. Ciriaco has reached base seven times in the last three games. He is, however, hitting just .217 for the month of August. The shortstop stole two bases Wednesday, his first multi-steal game of the year, to give him 15 thefts on the season. Ciriaco did, however, commit his second error in as many games to give him 36 on the year in 102 games.

Fort Wayne lost 6-2

Yordany Ramirez left Wednesday's game in the seventh inning due to back spasms. He is listed as day-to-day.

Mike Ekstrom lost his chance for win number 14 when the bullpen blew the game. Ekstrom tossed six strong, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out seven. It was the third straight game he has given up one run or less – two runs over 21 innings. He has held opponents to two runs or less in 17 of his 25 starts and holds a .192 average against in August. He has given up nine runs in the first two innings of his starts, spanning 50 innings. Ekstrom hasn't lost since June 28.

Nick Hundley made his Midwest League debut, singling in a run in his first at bat as a Wizard. He ended his night 1-for-3 with a walk and went 0-for-2 in throwing runners out. The last six runners to have a steal attempt have been successful on Hundley. Hundley hit .250 for Eugene with a .391 on base percentage.

Just prior to his callup, we asked outfielder Will Venable who impressed him on the team and he responded, "Nick Hundley is pretty good. The guy just hammers the ball every game. I don't know why he is still here. He is one of the best players in this league. He is one guy who really impresses me."

Eugene lost 5-4

Steve Delabar was cruising through six frames. He had allowed just four hits and struck out eight, allowing one run. In the seventh he hit a batter to leadoff the inning, struck out the next batter before Casey Smith misplayed a ball in leftfield. After striking out the next batter for what would have been the third out, he gave up a triple before being pulled. That runner would also score as Delabar ended his night with four runs allowed, one earned, on five hits while striking out a career high ten. Delabar, who hit a batter on Wednesday, has plunked 11 batters in 11 starts.

Neil Jamison took his second loss of the year after allowing one run in the ninth, tying a season-high with three hits allowed. The closer has given up runs in five of his 25 appearances and never more than one in those five. He had given up just one baserunner over his previous six outings. The opposition is hitting just .225 off him after the explosion and it marked just the second hit he has allowed with runners in scoring position this year.

Santiago Guerrero went 4-for-5, giving him his first four-hit night of his career. The outfielder has been seven for his last 46 coming into the game, a .152 average during August. He has been hit by 11 pitches this season, most of any Emerald. Guerrero was caught stealing for the sixth time this year in 14 attempts. Batting third in the order, Guerrero had just two hits in 21 at bats in that spot in the lineup. Too bad no one could drive him in.

AZL Padres lost 16-14 in 11 innings on Tuesday

Chad Steiner had the hot bat, going 3-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBI's. It is the third three-hit game for the third baseman in the past six. He is 14-for-38 over the last nine games, raising his average from .236 to .290. Steiner has four doubles, eight runs scored and six RBI's over that span. Steiner, who began the year hitting .130 through six games with Eugene, has eight multi-hit games on the year.

Julio Sanchez surrendered six runs on three hits and five walks in three innings of work, including the two that won it for the opposition. It is the fourth straight appearance he has yielded a run, giving up ten over a span of 8.1 innings. While the opposition is only hitting .216 off him for the year, he has walked 20 and struck out 21.

Ray Gill had his first multi-hit game in a month – the last coming on July 15 – going 2-for-5 with three RBI's and a walk. He had gone 7-for-47 since his last multi-hit game, dropping his average from .333 to .245. It is the second three RBI night for Gill in the last six and his 13 RBI's on the year in 31 games rank third on the team. Gill grounded into a double play, his team leading sixth this year.

AZL Padres had Wednesday off

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