Andrade dreaming big; Lara dominates

Stephen Andrade seems to be positioning himself for a run at the big league club. The Mobile BayBears will conclude a suspended game on Sunday. Lake Elsinore put up a ten spot and lost. Greg Burke pitched well but the Fort Wayne offense was stagnant. Orlando Lara had one of the finest outings of the year for Eugene but it took extras for a win to be secured.

Portland won 7-3 over New Orleans (Nationals)

George Kottaras went 1-for-2 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs scored. The catcher has recorded an RBI in four of his last five games and six of ten in the Pacific Coast League and is hitting .364 with runners in scoring position. He has, however, whiffed nine times in his last 20 at bats. Kottaras was also charged with his second passed ball since joining Portland. He had eight passed balls in 69 games behind the dish with Mobile.

Stephen Andrade pitched two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out three to pick up his second win with the Beavers. While he has a 3.40 ERA overall, Andrade has posted a 2.33 ERA in 16 games with Portland. Over that span, the opposition is hitting .214 off him. He has allowed three earned runs over his last 15.2 innings and left-handed hitters have just six hits in 48 at bats off the right-hander.

Mike Thompson will be recalled to take Chan Ho Park's spot in the starting rotation. Thompson is 3-2 with a 4.32 ERA in 10 starts with San Diego this season. He was optioned to Portland on July 21.

Mobile Jacksonville (Dodgers) Suspended 6-6 in eighth inning

Two batters into the eighth inning in Jacksonville the BayBears-Suns game was suspended due to heavy rain. The game began with a 21-minute rain delay. The conclusion of Saturday's game will come at 3:05 Sunday afternoon, and be followed by Sunday's regularly scheduled game. Saturday night's game was tied 6-6 at the time of the rain. The regularly scheduled game Sunday will be nine innings in length.

Lake Elsinore lost 11-10 to Modesto (Rockies)

Josh Geer was smoked for a season-high nine runs, six earned, on a season-high 12 hits in 4.1 innings, his shortest outing of the year. The right-hander also walked two, as his ERA rose to 5.61 in the California League. His average against rose from .316 to .343 with the Storm. Geer, who did not allow more than four earned runs in any of his 12 starts with Fort Wayne has given up five or more in four of his eight starts with the Storm. It is the second time he has given up double-digit hits.

Nic Crosta hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning and walked twice as the cleanup hitter. The outfielder is hitting .924 when he bats fourth in the order and .208 when he hits elsewhere. Twenty-three of his 26 RBI's have come in that slot in the lineup. It is the fourth time he has knocked in three runs or more over his 42-game stay in the California League. Crosta also added an outfield assist, throwing a runner out at second base.

Skip Adams collected two hits in five at bats, scored two runs, and drove in one. The infielder has driven in at least ten runs in each of the first four months of the season. After hitting .205 over April and May, Adams has hit .276 over his last 48 games. In his last 18 games, Adams is 22-for-69, a .319 average. He did commit his 20th error in the field, leading to three unearned runs.

Fort Wayne lost 3-2 to Southwest Michigan (Devil Rays)

Jose Lobaton collected one of five hits on the day for Fort Wayne and was one of two to reach base twice with a singe and a walk. He is 3-for-3 off left-handed pitching in the Midwest League and is hitting .308 off southpaws over two leagues. Lobaton is hitting .279 with runners in scoring position, despite his .220 average overall on the season. The catcher was 0-for-2 in throwing runners out in the game and is 1-for-11 in catching thieves this year.

Greg Burke gave up two runs on nine hits, including a solo homer, in seven frames. He did not walk a batter and struck out seven. He has surrendered four homers in the last five games and has walked just eight in 80 innings. It is the first time since his June 22 start that he has given up two runs or less, a span of six straight starts. He has a 4.97 ERA over the last six starts.

Eugene won 5-3 over Yakima (Diamondbacks) in 12 innings

Orlando Lara put together 5.2 impressive innings of work, allowing three hits and retiring ten in a row during one point. He walked a runner in the fifth and was charged with the run when Jon Kirby could not hold the inherited runner. Lara also whiffed a season-high eight and has taken out 41 in 33.1 innings. It is the first time this year that Lara has gone more than 4.1 innings but he would not get the win, as errors would lead to two unearned runs. He has a 3.42 ERA over his last seven appearances and has given up 16 hits in 82 at bats, a .195 average against.

Tom King pounded out three hits in six at bats and scored two runs. He doubled and added a two-run homer, his first of the year. After hitting .152 over his first ten games of the season, King is batting .295 over his last 19, going 23-for-78 with six doubles, 11 runs scored, and 12 walks. King is hitting just .119 with runners in scoring position but .360 when he leads off an inning. He is also batting .317 off left-handed pitching and .188 off right-handers.

R.J. Rodriguez picked up save number five for the Emeralds with a perfect inning of relief work, striking out one. He has gone nine straight appearances without allowing an earned run and 13 over two leagues, a span of 15 innings. After walking five in 4.2 innings with the AZL squad, the reliever has not walked a batter with Eugene. Over his last seven outings he has given up just three hits. Rodriguez has a .145 average against over two leagues.

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