Vince Sinisi homers, Kyler Burke too

Mike Thompson is headed back to Portland on a night that sees Tim Stauffer lose number eight. Vince Sinisi has been hot of late, flashing the bat that made the Padres acquire him. Matt Varner was in a familiar role. Javis Diaz got on base but it wasn't enough in a loss. Brooks Dunn was pummeled in his start. Kyler Burke and Cedric Hunter paced the offense in Peoria.

Portland lost 5-1 to Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Tim Stauffer took loss number eight after allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits, two walks and a hit batsmen in three innings. The right-hander has lost four straight decisions and has given up four runs or more in four consecutive games. The opposition is now hitting .303 off him with righties swatting at a .315 clip. It is the ninth time in 17 games he has given up four-plus runs. Over his last six starts he has a 5.13 ERA.

Ray Chang collected the only RBI of the night for Portland. Coming on as a defensive replacement and playing second base for the first time this year, Chang tripled in the eighth to drive in a run. Chang has made an appearance in four games for the Beavers and is 2-for-2 with a walk. Over 19 games with Fort Wayne, Chang hit .246 with four doubles, a homer and five RBI's while adding 11 walks. He did, however, commit ten errors in the field.

Right-hander Mike Thompson was optioned to Portland from San Diego on Saturday and Eric Junge came off the disabled list.

Mobile won 7-6 over Birmingham (White Sox)

Vince Sinisi hit his first homer of the year and completed his night by going 2-for-4 with two RBI's and three runs scored. He is 9-for-13 over his last three games with six runs scored and five RBI's, including a run scored and an RBI in each. Since the start of June, Sinisi is hitting .288 with 14 extra base hits. This comes on the heels of batting .200 in May. Eleven of his last 17 hits have gone for extra bases.

Mike Ekstrom was cruising along until the fifth when he was tagged for six runs. He gave up eight hits on the day, including his first two homers surrendered in Southern League play. The right-hander had given up two homers all season over 16 starts. His string of allowing two earned runs or less in six straight was also broken. He has yet to allow an earned run over the first four innings of his starts with Mobile.

Lake Elsinore won 6-5 over High Desert (Royals)

Matt Varner picked up his first save since being suspended for 50 games. The right-hander tossed an inning of scoreless ball, striking out two to earn save number four and his first since April 12. He has not given up a run since his return, tossing 7.2 innings of no-run ball over eight outings. Varner has allowed runs in one of his 12 appearances. He has given up four hits in 23 at bats with the bases empty.

Kyle Stutes gave up a hit but held the opposition in check with his inning of work, striking out two. The left-hander has walked just two batters on the year while striking out 38 in 39.2 innings. He has held the opposition to a .188 average on the year and has not allowed a hit in 14 at bats with runners in scoring position and two outs. Stutes has given up just seven hits in 55 at bats with runners on base.

After collecting three hits in his last game played, Josh Howard recorded the only multi-hit game for the Storm, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. The leadoff hitter has scored ten runs in his last nine games and has knocked in runs in successive games for the first time this year. He has reached base in nine straight with hits in eight of those. He notched his third hit in 21 at bats with runners in scoring position on Saturday.

Fort Wayne lost 8-7 to Southwest Michigan (Devil Rays) in 13 innings

Javis Diaz collected three hits in seven at bats and knocked in three runs to pace the Wizards' offense. While he did strike out three times, a feat that has occurred three times this year, his three RBI's surpassed the total he had in his previous 14 games. Diaz has three three-hit nights over his last eight games and is 15-for-40 over his last nine games, a .375 average. He is hitting .423 when he leads off an inning.

Nick Hundley hit his eighth homer of the season and ended the night 2-for-6. He did leave two runners in scoring position but extended his hitting streak to 18 games. Hundley also has an RBI in five straight games with nine over that span. He is hitting .406 over the course of his streak with 14 extra base hits. The catcher has also scored a run in five straight games.

Eddie Pena took the hill in the tenth inning and pitched two scoreless before surrendering a run in the 13th. The right-hander took his first loss of the season as a result, giving up the one run on four hits while striking out two. It was just the second time in his last 19.2 innings that he has given up a run. Over that span, Pena has walked two batters and has held the opposition to a .194 average with 14 hits in 72 at bats.

Eugene lost 10-4 to Vancouver (A's)

Brooks Dunn was pounded for seven runs, six earned, on seven hits and a walk over three innings. He has now lost three straight games and has surrounded solid outings with six-plus run contests. All twelve of his earned runs have come in two games while he has given up one unearned run in the other two. Right-handed hitters are batting .361 off the left-hander while lefties are batting .211. He has given up all 12 of his earned runs in the first and second inning. Dunn did commit his third error of the young season.

While Mike Epping moved his hitting streak to 11 games and was the only Emerald to record a two-hit night, Luke Cannon did his damage without the benefit of a hit. He went 0-for-1 with two walks and a sacrifice fly, which drove in a run, his first RBI of the year. The outfielder has drawn a walk in five of his six games and while his average is .235, his on base percentage is sitting at .435. After scoring four runs in his first three games, Cannon has gone three without crossing home plate.

Patrick Clayton gave up a run on two hits and a walk in his inning of work and the right-hander has given up runs in three of his six outings on the year. The opposition is hitting .238 off him and has just one hit in nine at bats with runners in scoring position but he has yielded two solo homers and has a 6.35 ERA for the year. He came into the game without a hit allowed over his previous three outings but the leadoff hitter of an inning has reached base in three of the six innings he has started.

AZL Padres won 5-2 over AZL Cubs

Kyler Burke hit his first professional homer, a three-run blast in the third inning. He came into the game with two RBI's on the year and had gone five games without one. He has hit safely in seven of his first eight games to open the year but eight of his ten hits on the season have come with the bases empty, where he is hitting .421. He has two hits in 16 at bats with runners on base. Burke has whiffed four times in his last ten at bats after striking out four times over his first 25. Burke did leave three runners in scoring position on Saturday.

Cedric Hunter reached base in four of the five times he came to the plate, going 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. He extended his hitting streak to eight games in the process. Since being inserted into the leadoff position, he is 6-for-13. After netting an RBI in each of his first six games, he has been blanked over the last two the RBI column. He has now walked five times compared to three strikeouts on the year. He did, however, get caught stealing. Hunter has attempted to take second base without a fight twice and has been nailed both times.

Matt Farrington picked up the save after working three innings and surrendering two hits while striking out one. The left-hander had given up three runs in his last appearance, the only time in four outings he has surrendered runs. Farrington has yet to give up a hit to lefty batters but the opposition does have four hits in ten at bats off him with runners in scoring position. The save was the first of the season for the 4-4 squad.

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