Collapses in Mobile, LE; Shutouts in FW

Tim Stauffer loses his fifth game. The bullpen in Mobile breaks down – but their collapse was not nearly on the level of the Lake Elsinore Storm, which blew a six run lead in the eighth inning. Fort Wayne's game ended as you expected – contributions from the big three and solid pitching, their fourth shutout in five games.

Portland lost 3-2 to Tucson (Diamondbacks)

Tim Stauffer took his fifth loss of the year, allowing three runs on nine hits and two walks over 6.2 innings. Sunday marked just the third time he has made it into inning number seven. Stauffer has given up three runs or more in nine of his 12 starts. He has also given up seven hits or more in six games and the opposition is hitting .303 off him for the year. He has kept the damage to a minimum with a .236 average against with runners in scoring position.

Terrmel Sledge went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. It was his third three-hit game of the year and eighth multi-hit game. Sledge has scored just one run over his last eight games. Prior to Sunday's game, Sledge had a .192 average when he plays in right field. He is hitting .387 when he plays elsewhere on the field. He is hitting .357 when he bats second, as he did on Sunday.

Cla Meredith pitched an inning and a third, stranding two inherited runners. The right-hander has gone 8.2 innings without allowing a run and has walked just one batter over 16.2 frames with Portland. Only two of 14 leadoff batters have reached base against Meredith and he has given up two hits over his last 5.1 innings.

Mobile lost 13-5 to Jacksonville (Dodgers)

Ryan Trytten came in with the bases loaded, faced four batters, and did not record an out. All four of his batters came around to score and the right-hander served up a grand slam to the first batter he faced. He loaded the bases again before he was lifted. Trytten has given up six runs over his last two outings with two balls leaving the park. It is the seventh time in 13 appearances he has surrendered a run. The outing raised his ERA from 3.75 to 5.25.

Paul Abraham walked a batter and gave up two singles before getting out of the inning with three inherited runners scoring on his watch. The right-hander has given up four runs in his last 5.2 innings after holding the opposition to one run over his previous 10.1. He walked another batter on Sunday and has issued a free pass to 21 in 30.1 innings. Left-handers are batting .341 off him and he is 0-3 with a 5.93 ERA on the road.

Matt Lauderdale went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI's. It was the first extra base hit for the backup catcher since April 28 and the RBI's were the first since a pinch-hit on April 24 netted one. No runner ran on Lauderdale and he has caught eight of 21 thieves in Southern League play. Sunday was the first multi-hit game Lauderdale has since joining Mobile.

Lake Elsinore lost 10-9 to Lancaster (Diamondbacks)

The Storm overcame five errors over the first seven innings, but the bullpen blew a six run lead in the eighth, giving up seven runs with three charged to Rolando Valdez, two to Richie Daigle and another two to Ryan Klatt. Evan Meek had pitched five innings, surrendering three runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks. Valdez has made it into four games and has seen 12 men reach base, including three hit batsmen.

Yordany Ramirez returned from the disabled list and in his first at bat he hit his first homer of the season. Ramirez last played on April 15 and battled recurring back problems to begin the year. The homer was his only hit of the day as his last out ended the ballgame. Ramirez had just two hits in 23 at bats coming into the game. Javis Diaz moved over to left field to make room for Ramirez in center.

Billy Susdorf went 4-for-5 with his two doubles and two RBI's, besting the amount of RBI's he had collected (one) over his first 13 games. He raised his average from .235 to .285 and has pushed his hitting streak to five games, going 10-for-22 over that span. He has been on base safely in nine straight games and had three multi-hit games in his last four. He did ground into a double play.

Fort Wayne won 6-0 over Peoria (Cubs)

The Fort Wayne Wizards have won four of their last five games and in all those wins they have shutout the opposition. They have 11 shutouts on the year, easily the best mark in the Midwest League. Ironically, they entered the game with a 3.85 team ERA, tenth best in the league, and they have given up more homers, 36, than any other team. They are also tied for the fewest amount of saves (seven) and have struck out the least amount of batters.

Josh Geer pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up five hits and a walk while striking out seven en route to his fourth win. It was the third time this year Geer has thrown shutout ball in his start but just the fourth time overall that he has given up two earned runs or less over his ten starts. Even with the shutout ball, the opposition is hitting .347 off the right-hander with runners in scoring position.

It was the big three of Nic Crosta, Kyle Blanks, and Daryl Jones that did the damage. Each notched a homer and two RBI's. Crosta has homered in successive games for the first time in his professional career and has three over his last six. Blanks smacked his sixth out of the park and second jack in five games. Jones added his team-leading tenth and first since homering in three straight games from May 22-25. Jones is in the top five in the Midwest League in homers.


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