Confidence went from bad to worse on Wednesday for Tim Stauffer. The heir apparent to the San Diego rotation has had a miserable time of things since being demoted to Portland and this night was no different. Stauffer gave up seven runs, four earned, on eight hits and four walks over 3.1 innings. The damage could have been worse as he left the game with the bases juiced – but none of those baserunners scored. Stauffer has given up 36 runs, 33 earned, since returning to Portland – a span of 27.2 innings.
Speaking of the three inherited runners – it was Marty McLeary who came in and kept the score the same. McLeary went 2.2 innings and surrendered two hits while striking out two. He pushed his scoreless streak to 10.1 frames and has given up one run over his last 14.1 innings of work. The former starter had a 2.00 ERA during the month of August and owns a 3.57 ERA as a reliever as opposed to his 5.32 ERA as a starter.
Mobile is off until Friday
Lake Elsinore lost 10-2
Cesar Carrillo was rocked for the first time since being drafted on Wednesday. He gave up six runs on six hits in just two innings, by far his worst outing of the year. He also surrendered two long balls, including a grand slam – taking the first loss of his pro career. Carrillo had given up more than three runs in just one start coming into the game. The right-hander is slated to start the Cal League playoff opener next Saturday in Lake Elsinore.
Brett Dowdy had three hits in five at bats and six hits in 17 at bats since returning from injury. Dowdy has hit .279 in 17 games with the Storm but has scored two runs in the last nine games. The infielder has just one hit in 14 at bats with RISP since joining Lake Elsinore.
Michael Johnson had three hits but went without a homer, settling for two doubles.
Fort Wayne won game one 3-1, lost game two 5-4
Brent Carter made his playoff tuneup and Midwest League debut on Wednesday. He gave up one run on four hits in six innings of work, whiffing five. He has given up five runs over his last five starts and it is the 11th time in 14 starts that he has given up one earned run or less. The opposition has scored 12 runs, ten earned, over his last ten starts – a span of 57.1 innings.
Josh Alley went 3-for-4 in game one, doubling and knocking in a run, while going 1-for-4 in game two. He raised his average to .245 on the year with an on base percentage of .384. Alley has walked 33 times while striking out 25 times. Alley is hitting .317 with RISP but .174 with RISP and two outs.
Chase Headley made his debut in the Midwest League, going 1-for-3 with a walk in game two. He extended his hitting streak to eight games with the base hit. Headley is 11-for-31 over the streak.
Eugene lost 6-4
Javis Diaz, who was promoted earlier in the day along with Geoff Vandel from the Arizona Rookie League Padres, continued his tear in the Northwest League on Wednesday. He went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, taking giving him hits in 12 of his last 13 games. He has recorded a multi-hit games in five of the last six and seven of the last nine. He is in a 22-for-49 zone with ten extra base hits and 14 RBI's over the last 13 games.
Chad Steiner went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in his return to Northwest League play. Steiner, who hit .277 with the Arizona squad, had been hitting .130 in six games with Eugene prior to Wednesday. He has scored runs in four straight games with the Emeralds, dating back to the time he was with the Ems back in June.
Pitching on two days rest, Steve Delabar was pounded for six runs on eight hits in two innings of work. He lasted just an inning and two-thirds last time out and has given up 15 runs, 14 earned, over his last 3.2 frames. The bullpen, however, was stellar over the final seven innings. Arnold Hughey, Jon Link and Alfredo Fernandez provided seven scoreless, allowing a hit apiece while striking out eight.
AZL Padres won 5-2 to end their season on Tuesday
The since promoted Vandel recorded his first save of the year, striking out two in an inning of work. The young left-hander, who many consider to be advanced for his age (18), has gone 12.2 innings without allowing an earned run, striking out 19. The opposition has hit .164 off him this season and .111 with RISP. He now takes his show to Eugene for the final days of the year.
Riki Paewai made his final start of the year, tossing five innings and giving up two runs on five hits and three walks while whiffing four. It is the fifth time in seven games, six starts, that he has given up two earned runs or less. He has walked 25 batters in 28.2 innings while striking out 15. His ERA as a starter was 2.93 with a .239 average against on the year but overall his ERA was 3.73 with a .258 average against.
Josh Howard ended his Arizona Rookie League career perfect – reaching base in every game he played in. His reward has been a promotion to Lake Elsinore to aid them in their playoff run. Willy Crafort went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to eight games, knocking in two runs. Howard appeared in his first game with the Storm on Wednesday as a pinch runner.