Oh Smitherman! Freese anything but cold

Jared Wells gets hammered. Stephen Smitherman is still hammerin'. Lake Elsinore is struck out 16 times in a 2-1 loss. David Freese's torrid pace hits another gear. Nick Tucci has had a rough go of things lately. Ray Stokes has been refreshed with his stint in Arizona.

Portland lost 12-1 to New Orleans (Nationals)

For the second time in a row, Jared Wells' start was cut short due to ineffectiveness and he picked up his fifth loss in nine Pacific Coast League starts. The right-hander surrendered six runs on eight hits and four walks over 3.1 innings and has given up 13 runs in his last 5.1 frames on 15 hits and six walks. Ironically, Wells has given up just one run in the first inning over his nine starts with Portland. He has walked four batters or more four times since joining the Triple-A squad.

Manny Alexander was the only Beaver to record a multi-hit game and extended his hitting streak to nine games in the process. He was also the sole player to notch an extra base hit and added the only RBI. The shortstop has doubled in six of his last seven games and had scored a run in the first seven games of the streak. He is 13-for-42 over the streak, raising his average from .243 to .251. It is the first time since May 9 that he has eclipsed the .250 mark in average.

Mobile won 6-3 over Jacksonville (Dodgers)

Fresh off Hitter of the Week honors in the Southern League, Stephen Smitherman collected three of Mobile's four hits and drove in five of their six runs. The slugger homered twice, smashing a three-run shot in the third and adding a two-run blast in the seventh. Smitherman ended the night 3-for-5 and owns a 12-game hitting streak. Over that span he is 20-for-48 with eight homers and 24 RBI's. He is hitting .345 over his last 24 games with 30 RBI's.

Jose Oyervidez avoided his tenth loss of the year and picked up his second winning decision in a row with three runs, one earned, over six innings. He gave up six hits and a walk while striking out seven. He has given up homers in three straight games for the first time this season. Oyervidez has given up six earned runs over his last four starts, a 2.22 ERA over that span. The opposition is hitting .244 with runners in scoring position off the right-hander.

Lake Elsinore lost 2-1 to Bakersfield (Rangers)

Manny Ayala took his third loss of the year, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk in 6.1 innings. He struck out seven but did allow a homer, the fourth he has surrendered in his last four starts. The right-hander has allowed two runs or less in five of his last six starts. He does have a 4.13 ERA, thanks to a seven run outing. Ayala has walked seven batters in 54 innings with Lake Elsinore.

While the rest of the team was busy striking out 16 times, Nick Hundley notched three of the six Storm hits and his only out of the day – a whiff. Hundley has doubled in four straight games and is eight for his last 15. Hundley picked off a runner at first base in the fourth inning but was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double in the top half of the frame.

Fort Wayne won 8-7 over Wisconsin (Mariners)

David Freese pushed his hitting streak to nine games when he homered in the third inning. Freese is 14-for-33 over the streak with eight extra base hits, including four homers. Freese has knocked in a run in eight of his last nine games, driving in 11 over that span. He has also scored nine times in that time. Freese has 47 RBI's in 42 games, along with ten homers and 15 doubles this season over two leagues.

Daryl Jones homered for the second time in three games and added his second multi-hit game in his last 16 games. He also drew a walk, matching the number of free passes he had in his previous nine games. After hitting .299 in April and .241 in May, Jones struggled with a .211 average over his next two months. The first baseman has whiffed 20 times or more in each month this year.

Alfredo Fernandez tossed an inning of scoreless ball, walking one and striking out one. The right-hander has given up three earned runs in his last 13 appearances and has given up runs in 17 of his 41 outings. Right-handed hitters are batting .214 off him while left-handed batters are hitting .298 off him. He has allowed just 11 of 47 leadoff men to reach base to begin an inning.

Eugene lost 7-0 to Yakima (Diamondbacks)

Tom King had two of the four hits for Eugene. He was also one of three Emeralds to be plunked by a pitch. He did, however, ground into a double play. King has recorded a hit in nine of his last 11 games and has three multi-hit games in his last four. He has raised his average from .196 on July 19 to .239. Over that time he is 16-for-48, a .333 average. He has just six hits in 45 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Matt Buschmann dropped his second game of the year after being charged with three runs on five hits and four walks in 4.2 innings. The right-hander had gone 16 innings without allowing a run coming into the game and had walked five in his first 36.2 innings of the year. Buschmann has given up five hits in 36 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Nick Tucci allowed an inherited runner to score and was tagged with two of his own in an inning and a third, giving up a three-run homer. Tucci has given up runs in three straight games and five of his last six, surrendering seven over his last 6.2 innings. Over that time he has given up 12 hits, including two homers in his last three games. The opposition is hitting .361 off him this year.

AZL Padres lost 9-5 to AZL Mariners

Tyler Mead took the loss after giving up two runs, both on a two-run homer, over two innings of work. He allowed three hits and walked three while striking out two. Mead also gave up two wild pitches, doubling his season output in that category. The right-hander hasn't given up more than two earned runs in any game but has only gone four or more innings twice in eight appearances. Mead has a 6.48 ERA as a reliever and a 2.87 ERA as a starter.

Riki Paewai lasted two-thirds of an inning and surrendered three runs on four hits, recording his only outs by strikeout. He had given up just one earned run over his first eight appearances with the rookie squad. Paewai has allowed 15 hits in 47 at bats this season over two leagues but has only pitched a full inning twice since coming down from Eugene. The opposition is 9-for-23 off him with runners in scoring position.

Ray Stokes went 2-for-5 with two RBI's and a run scored. Stokes is 6-for-15 with five walks over his last seven games, a .550 on base percentage. His two RBI's matched his total over his first 18 games of the season, spanning two leagues. Stokes added a stolen base his second of the year in two attempts. The second baseman has 14 hits in 63 at bats on the season, a .222 average.


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