Stauffer, Wells great; Ekstrom not so much

Tim Stauffer gives up one unearned run in a loss. Mobile pitches a shutout behind another strong Jared Wells performance and Bill Bryk expects the BayBears to improve greatly as the season goes on. Mike Ekstrom has his worst start of the year and changes are on the way with the return of one player and another headed to the DL. Rolando Valdez debuted and Bryk gave some insight on the right-hander.

Portland lost 1-0 to Nashville (Brewers)

The Beavers managed just two hits on the night with Dustin Delucchi collected one and walking twice to reach base three times. His three hits over the last two days are one less than he had over the first nine games. The outfielder batted .305 with 48 walks to 29 strikeouts for Portland last season.

The only run of the game was helped by a Jon Knott error. It was charged to starter Tim Stauffer, an unearned run. The right-hander allowed six hits and a walk, striking out four. He has now given up one unearned run over the last 13 innings after giving up three or more in his seven of his previous eight starts. He has limited the opposition to a .242 average against with runners in scoring position.

Aquilino Lopez pitched two innings of scoreless ball to push his streak to seven innings without a run allowed. He has given up three hits over that span while striking out nine, including four on Wednesday. After posting a 5.28 ERA in April, Lopez has a 3.94 ERA in May. He has given up runs in ten of his 21 outings.

Portland batting coach Jose Castro was ejected in the ninth inning.

Sledge, who was pulled from Tuesday's game, also sat out on Wednesday after coming down with food poisoning the night before.

Mobile won 8-0 over Montgomery (Devil Rays)

"I look for this team to be much improved over the second half of the season," Bill Bryk, the Padres' minor league field coordinator, said from Nashville where he was watching the Beavers. "There are a lot of guys who are getting their first taste of Double-A."

Jared Wells notched his fourth win, allowing three hits over a season-high seven scoreless innings, giving up a walk and striking out eight. The right-hander has given up two runs over his last 19 innings of work and has given up two runs or less in all but one start. Over his last 19 frames, Wells has given up just ten hits and is holding the opposition to a .199 average against.

Vince Sinisi went 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored, and an RBI. The outfielder has a five game hitting streak, going 6-for-18 after beginning the year with two hits in his first 25 at bats. His two walks doubled his season total in that category. Sinisi is batting .364 off left-handed pitching but .125 against righties.

Kennard Jones went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, three runs scored and an RBI. It was the second straight multi-hit game for the leadoff hitter and pushed his average to .264 for the month of May. He has also drawn 18 walks this month in 20 games for a .411 on base percentage. Jones has, however, attempted just six steals on the season and has been caught four times.

Stephen Smitherman homered for the second straight night and second game in the system.

Lake Elsinore lost 12-6 to Inland Empire (Mariners)

Mike Ekstrom came into the game with three straight winning decisions. He also hadn't allowed more than three earned runs in a game. That changed on Wednesday when he was roughed up for eight runs, six earned, on seven hits in 3.2 innings. He gave up a two-run homer, the second blast that has left the park off Ekstrom and second in as many games.

Rolando Valdez made his debut stateside for the Storm on Wednesday. He held an inherited runner from scoring and ended up going 2.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits while striking out one. He also hit a batter and uncorked a wild pitch. The right-hander hit nine batters in 87 innings last year but held the opposition to a .174 average with the Dominican Summer League Padres. He also struck out 104 while walking just ten.

A young kid who might be a little over his head there but he throws strikes," Bill Bryk, the Padres' minor league field coordinator, said. "Good change, average fastball."

Chris Jaile walked the only two batters he faced and both came around to score. He has walked 14 in 15 outings and has given up runs in five of his last six games. Lefties are hitting .385 off him while righties have batted .226.

"They want to build me up, as I am still a rookie when it comes to pitching," Jaile explained of his role as a reliever after spending the end of last year as a starter. "I only threw 109 innings last year and next to some of these guys who have been pitching their whole lives 109 innings is nothing. Hopefully get me in the rotation but I am very happy with my role in the bullpen. It is fun down there."

Jaile may have gotten his wish to become a starter, as he is expected to replace Brent Carter in the starting rotation. Carter will go on the disabled list after rolling an ankle in his last start. The team will also receive Manny Ayala from extended spring training to be the long reliever.

Colt Morton is expected to rejoin the club on Thursday. He has been out with a groin strain since the beginning of May.

Fort Wayne had the night off

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