Tim Stauffer has been terrible since being sent back to Portland and it got worse on Friday night. The right-hander gave up seven runs, all earned, on 11 hits in 2.1 frames. He has lost four of his last five starts, giving up four runs or more in each of the five and 29 over a span of 24.1 innings. Stauffer has given up 45 hits over that span and has hit a batter in four straight games. He has an August ERA of 10.73 and the opposition is hitting .413 off him this month.
While Paul McAnulty has notched an RBI in six of the last seven games, Josh Barfield's hitting streak reached 13 games. He is 23-for-55 over the current streak, a .418 average, with four homers, four doubles, 12 runs scored, and 11 RBI's. He is 67 for his last 182 with 15 of his 39 extra base hits coming in August. Barfield has 44 multi-hit contests on the year.
Mobile won 2-1
Jack Cassel made his second start since joining Mobile, tossing six brilliant innings and allowing just one unearned run on four hits while striking out seven. He has a 3.63 ERA in five starts between Mobile and Portland and that includes a six run outing last time out. He does have errors in consecutive games and has committed three on the year.
Dale Thayer recorded his Southern League leading 26th save of the year. He allowed two hits but did not allow a run, lowering his ERA to 2.43 and giving him 12 straight appearances without allowing a run. Thayer has given up just three runs, two earned, over his last 29 appearances. He has an ERA of 0.43 since the start of July.
Steve Baker had two more hits to give him a ten game hitting streak and hits in 19 of his last 20.
"Anytime the offense plays well, it takes pressure off the starting pitcher," said BayBears right-hander Brian Whitaker.
Lake Elsinore won 10-7
Cesar Carrillo got the start but lasted just two innings. He was replaced after giving up one run as Clayton Hamilton took the hill. The club is taking it easy with Hamilton as he returns from a groin injury and he remains on a strict pitch count that is slowly rising in time for the playoff run. Hamilton went four innings and got the win, allowing one run on three hits and a walk while striking out four. It is his first win since July 9 and second win since June 7. Hamilton has given up one run over his last seven innings, spanning two appearances.
Ryan Klatt was on a roll before giving up eight runs in one appearance. Since then he hasn't been quite the same. Klatt has given up runs in five straight appearances after giving up a run on two hits in 1.2 innings on Friday. Klatt had given up runs in six of his first 19 outings but has given up runs in eight of his last 11, raising his ERA from 2.25 to 5.40. He has not allowed hits in the last five outings he has pitched scoreless ball in but every one of the last eight he has given up a hit in, a run has also scored.
Fort Wayne's game was suspended in the top of the sixth due to rain, score tied 2-2
Eugene lost 5-4 in ten innings
Brent Carter pitched his last game in Eugene as he was promoted to Fort Wayne directly after the game on Friday. And he left another lasting impression behind. In his tuneup for the Midwest League playoff run, Carter went five innings, struck out a season high ten, allowed one unearned run and scattered just two hits. Over his last four starts he has given up just four runs, three earned, on 11 hits – an average of fewer than three hits allowed per contest. He has given up two hits or less in three of the past four games and lowered his ERA to 1.88 for the year.
William Venable had his second three-hit night since joining the Ems and raised his average up over .200 since his first night as an Em when he went 1-for-4. Venable is 11 for his last 36, a .305 average. Over his last nine games with a registered at bat he has four multi-hit games. Venable also added his second stolen base as an Emerald and fifth of the year. He did, however, commit an error.
Mike Sansoe returned to the lineup as the designated hitter. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored in his first game action with an at bat since August 15. After batting .315 in July, Sansoe is clubbing just .232 in 16 August games. He is still hitting .290 on the year with a .304 average with runners in scoring position.
AZL Padres won 7-4
Trey Johnston doubled up on Thursday, hitting two homers and driving in four runs. Johnston hit a three run shot in the sixth, a solo homer in the eight, and also drew a walk. He entered the game with three extra base hits and six RBI's on the season in 16 games across two leagues. He is 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position on the year.
Riki Paewai went six strong, allowing one unearned run on two hits and four walks while whiffing four in his best outing of the year. Paewai has given up one earned run or less in three of his six starts. While the opposition is hitting .247 off him, they have just five hits in 29 at bats with runners in scoring position. The one bane in his starts has been the second inning – he has given up as many runs in the second, five, as he has in every other inning this year.
Jarol Gonzalez went 0-for-1 with a walk and has tanked since a hot start. After batting .345 in July, Gonzalez has hit just .152 in 20 games with August. He is in a 2-for-35 slump, dropping his average from .290 to .230. Gonzalez has one extra base hit in the last 24 games and has committed 13 errors on the year.
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