Justin Leone mission; Jeremy Cleveland rocks!

Justin Leone is on a mission to see the bigs. Cesar Carrillo had another solid outing for Mobile but earned another no-decision. Jeremy Cleveland rocks to the tune of two doubles and three RBI's. Mike Ekstrom provided the pitching and is looking to last year as a blueprint. Ben Krosschell was pounded for seven runs in a loss.

Portland won 3-2 over Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Justin Leone homered for the second night in a row and the fourth time in five games. His homer in the bottom of the ninth sent the Beavers home as winners. Leone now has a hit and an RBI in each of his six games played on the season and has scored a run in five of six. His career-high for homers in a season is 22, set in 2001. He did knock 21 out of the park in 2003 and 2004.

Tim Stauffer had a strong outing, allowing one run on six hits over 6.2 innings. He missed out on the win when an error by Jon Knott helped a run cross the plate to tie the game. In the early going, Stauffer has held the opposition to two hits in 11 at bats with runners in scoring position. He also added his first hit of the year.

Jon Adkins notched the win, pitching an inning of perfect relief. He has given up one hit in 11 at bats through three games. Adkins, a right-hander, has faced nine left-handed batters and has yet to allow a hit. Adkins spent the majority of the 2005 season as a starter but did hold opponents to a .133 average against in relief.

Mobile lost 5-4 to Mississippi (Braves)

Cesar Carrillo allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings and was in line for the win until the bullpen faltered. Carrillo has given up three runs in 11 innings and is holding left-handers to a .125 average early in the year. Carrillo allowed two runs or less in three of his five starts last year for the BayBears.

Leo Rosales, the closer for Lake Elsinore last year, allowed two unearned runs, giving up two walks but it was the two errors in the inning that cost the reliever. Rosales has given up five runs in three appearances this year. He gave up five runs in his first 11 outings for Lake Elsinore in 2005.

Adam Bourassa went 3-for-5 with a run scored in his second game starting. The outfielder batted .356 over 48 games with the Storm last year before breaking his arm at the end of August. Bourassa also walked 25 times compared to 13 strikeouts with Lake Elsinore. Prior to joining Lake Elsinore, Bourassa batted .204 in 103 at bats for the Bakersfield Blaze of the California League.

Lake Elsinore won 8-0 over Modesto (Rockies)

Mike Ekstrom pitched a four-hitter over 5.2 frames to lower his ERA to 0.84 on the year and earned his first California League win in the process. The right-hander led the Midwest League in ERA for much of the first half of 2005. Over his first ten starts in 2005, Ekstrom yielded just ten earned runs for an ERA of 1.45. He has given up one run in 10.2 innings with the Storm over two starts.

Jeremy Cleveland went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI's. The outfielder has a hit in six straight games to open the season and is batting .400 on the year.

"I always like helping out the team," Cleveland said. "Anytime I can put in some help with RBI's or with defense that is a major goal because it will help us win."

Picking up where he left off last season, Colt Morton is hitting .421 to begin the year. The catcher went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored on Tuesday. Morton hit .323 in 26 games for the Storm last campaign. He is eight for his last 16 and has doubled in four straight games. The only demerit – he has grounded into three double plays in the last two games.

Fort Wayne lost 7-2 to Southwest Michigan (Devil Rays)

Ben Krosschell was tagged for seven runs, all earned, on six hits and two walks in 3.2 frames. The young right-hander also hit a batter and uncorked a wild pitch. Krosschell went 2-7 with a 4.70 ERA for the Eugene Emeralds but also had the worst run support of any starter in the system. He gave up seven runs in one game during the 2005 season and four runs or more in six of his 16 starts.

Chad Steiner was the sole Wizard to notch two hits on the night. He tripled and knocked in a run and has a hit in four of his five games this season. The third baseman's last triple came on June 28, 2005 while he was with the Eugene Emeralds. Steiner is, however, just 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position this year.

John Madden struck out two of the three batters he faced in a perfect inning of work, part of 4.1 innings of scoreless ball thrown by the pen. Madden allowed runs in 12 of his 38 appearances in 2005 for the Emeralds, striking out 55 in 41.1 innings. Righties hit .204 off him while lefties swatted .380.


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