Jon Knott on fire; Stephen Smitherman bomb

Jon Knott is inching his way up with a hot streak. Stephen Smitherman debuts with a bang. Dirk Hayhurst takes the loss as the Storm offense fails to come through. Ejections run rampant in Fort Wayne.

Portland won 5-4 over Nashville (Brewers)

Jon Knott continued his torrid pace, notching his third straight multi-hit game and homering for the third time in three games. He is seven for his last 15 and is 17-for-48 with six homers and 11 RBI's over his last 12, a .354 average. While he is hitting .244 for the year, Knott is batting .394 with runners in scoring position.

Eric Junge allowed one run over five innings, yielding six hits and two walks while striking out five in a no-decision, halting his consecutive win streak at three. It is the fourth time in six starts he has given up one run or less, despite the opposition hitting at a .314 clip against him. Junge has gone 36 innings without giving up a homer.

Cla Meredith picked up his first win for the Beavers, coming in with two on and allowing one of those inherited runners to score – notching his first blown save as a result. Meredith has given up one run over his last five outings and has not allowed the leadoff man in an inning to reach base.

Bobby Hill was a late scratch from the Portland lineup and Terrmel Sledge was pulled after the first inning. No word on their condition was immediately available.

Mobile lost 4-2 to Montgomery (Devil Rays)

In his first at bat for the BayBears and in the Padres' system, Stephen Smitherman homered to left field. He would go on to strike out in his next three at bats. Smitherman, 27, was last seen playing for the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League where he batted .278 with 30 doubles, 11 homers, 62 RBI's, 48 walks and 78 strikeouts in 86 games. He struck out three times or more seven times.

Geoff Jones struck out the side in his inning of work, the third time this year in 18 outings that he has retired all the batters he has faced. Jones has given up runs in eight of his outings. The lefty has limited left-handed hitters to a .250 average while righties are batting .347. He also has a big home versus road differential, .243 to .346 in his average against, respectively.

Sean Thompson was touched for four runs on seven hits and four walks over five innings. The lefty hadn't walked more than two in a start since his first outing. The leadoff man in an inning has a .326 batting average off Thompson and a .388 on base percentage. This is the fourth time this year that Thompson has given up four or more runs in a start and sixth time in nine starts that he has not reached the sixth inning.

Lake Elsinore lost 2-1 to Inland Empire (Mariners)

Dirk Hayhurst gave up two runs over five, allowing six hits and a walk while striking out six in taking his fourth loss of the year. Hayhurst did give up his first homer of the year on Tuesday with 42.2 innings now under his belt. The righty has struck out 25 over his last 18.2 innings. Hayhurst has gone five innings or less in six of his eight starts but has allowed seven earned runs over his last four starts, going 0-2 over that time.

Sean Kazmar accounted for the only run for Lake Elsinore, smashing a solo shot in the sixth inning. It was the fourth homer of the year for the second baseman and second in three games. Three of his four have been solo shots. Kazmar is 9-for-28 over his last seven games, a .321 average, but is hitting .250 for the month of May.

Jeremy Cleveland went 1-for-3 but grounded into his team-leading ninth double play of the year. While he extended his hitting streak to four games, the double play was also his fourth during that span. He was also picked off first base after his single in the fourth. Cleveland, a .276 hitter, has one extra base hit over his last ten games but he is batting .286 during the month of May and has a .299 average when he plays in right field.

Fort Wayne lost 4-3 to Lansing (Blue Jays)

A father and son get tossed out of Fort Wayne. After Nic Crosta and Randy Ready were tossed in the sixth inning, hitting coach Max Venable, along with his son Will, were tossed in the ninth inning.

The final out of the game came on a high throw from the third baseman that caused the first baseman to his toes but Kyle Blanks was called out. The Wizards nearly had an all out brawl with the umpire, believing Blanks to be safe as they had a man on third base that would have scored to tie the game.

It was the second time in a span of two weeks that Crosta has been ejected – he was 2-for-3 on the day.

Daryl Jones replaced Crosta in the lineup and hit a solo homer in his only at bat. It was his eighth homer, tied for third best in the league. Jones has homered in successive games with five of his last six hits going for extra bases. Six of his jacks have come with the bases empty and he is hitting .314 with no one on versus .239 with runners on.

Josh Geer allowed one run over five before three came across in the sixth. His final line read 5.2 innings with four runs on eight hits and a walk, dropping his second straight start. It is the fifth time in eight starts that he has surrendered four runs or more and fourth time he has given up eight or more hits. The opposition is hitting .312 off him and .357 with runners in scoring position. Seven of his 21 earned runs have come in the sixth inning.

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