Smitherman rocking; Neil Jamison not rolling

Roger Deago was hit hard over four innings. Stephen Smitherman has been on a tear for Mobile. Neil Jamison took the blown save and loss for Lake Elsinore. Wade LeBlanc had a scoreless debut. Stephen Faris was tagged with the loss in Eugene.

Portland lost 9-1 to Oklahoma (Rangers)

Roger Deago allowed five runs on eight hits and four walks over a tough four innings to take his third loss with the Beavers. After not giving up more than six hits in his first six starts, Deago has surrendered eight in each of his last two and has yielded ten runs over his last nine innings. He has also walked three or more in six of his outings. The left-hander had allowed just seven hits in 38 at bats with runners in scoring position coming into the game.

Ben Johnson went 2-for-4 at the dish and stole his fourth bag of the year in Portland. It was his third straight multi-hit game and he improved to 9-for-22 since returning to Portland. While he has hit .400 with the bases empty, he has just four hits in 40 at bats with runners in scoring position in Portland. Johnson went 18-for-75 over 32 games with San Diego, going 11-for-37 in June before his injury.

Mobile won 4-2 over Mississippi (Braves)

Stephen Smitherman notched his fifth straight multi-hit game on Friday. He also homered for the second day in a row and has homered in five of his last eight games. Over an eight-game hitting streak, Smitherman is 14-for-32 with 17 RBI's, eight extra base hits to go along with six multi-hit games. He has an RBI in 11 of his last 15 games for Mobile and 23 in 20 games during the month of July.

Dirk Hayhurst allowed just one run on three hits and four walks over six innings while striking out a season-high eight. The right-handed hurler bested his win total in Lake Elsinore with the win, getting his third in eight games, six starts, while netting just two wins in 11 starts for the Storm. Hayhurst has allowed two runs or less in three of his six starts with Mobile and seven of 19 overall. It is the third time he has allowed three hits or less in Double-A action.

Lake Elsinore lost 5-4 to Modesto (Rockies) Josh Howard went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI from the leadoff spot. He also stole two bases, giving him 13 in 15 attempts. It was the second time this year he has swiped two bags in the same game. The outfielder has three straight multi-hit games and is batting .382 over his last 16 games, going 21-for-55 with 14 runs scored. He has scored 28 runs in 33 games from the leadoff spot.

Neil Jamison was touched for two runs on four hits in his inning of work, taking his sixth blown save of the year and sixth loss. After posting a sub .200 average against through April, May and up until his last game in June, the opposition is hitting .375 off him. Over that 12 game span he has given up 14 runs on 21 hits in 12.1 innings. He had given up ten runs over his first 33.1 innings.

Fort Wayne lost 3-1 to Southwest Michigan (Devil Rays) in ten innings

Wade LeBlanc made his Midwest League debut and tossed four shutout innings, allowing four hits while recording seven of his 12 outs by way of the strikeout. In his seven games with the Eugene Emeralds, the left-hander had a 4.29 ERA with 20 K's in 21 innings while walking six. The opposition hit .250 off him in the Northwest League with lefties hitting .385 off him. He did not give up a hit to a left-handed hitter on Friday.

Fort Wayne managed just one hit through six innings, a solo homer by David Freese, his fourth with the club and ninth of the year over two leagues. His hit ended being just one of three. Freese has RBI's in five straight games and an extra base hit in each of those games. He has homered in three of his last four games and nine extra base hits over his last 12 hits.

Eugene lost 8-3 to Yakima (Diamondbacks)

Brian Lauderdale went yard for the first time this year, his only hit in four at bats. The infielder has scored a run in four straight games and is 6-for-16 over that span. He has spent the last few games in the leadoff position, despite his one walk and 11 strikeouts in 36 at bats with the club. He does have an on base percentage of .400 when he leads off an inning.

Stephen Faris took his first loss as a professional after allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits in 4.1 innings. It was his error that led to the unearned run. He has given up eight earned runs on 14 hits over his last 7.2 frames after giving up four on nine hits over his first 7.1. Lefties are hitting at a .417 clip off him and his ERA rose to 9.39 as a starter.

AZL Padres had the night off


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