Tim Brown bombing; Andrade owns lefties

Steve Andrade picked up the win and has been solid in Portland. Mike Ekstrom has found the winning ways with his second straight. Tim Brown leads the California League in one offensive category. Mike Baxter has seen his average soar. Brooks Dunn may have six losses but is a top ERA man. Vantroit Medina bounced back after three bad outings. An update from the DSL Padres.

All but one game in the system was decided by one run.

Portland won 5-4 over Las Vegas (Dodgers)

Tim Stauffer, in his first start back from a huge win in San Diego on Monday, worked three innings, allowing four runs on four hits, including a homer. He threw 42 pitches with 31 strikes in the no-decision. While he gave up one earned over six on three hits in his win over the Dodgers he recorded 11 of his outs on the ground and just three in the air. On Friday five outs came on the ground and three in the air in half the innings with three other balls going for extra base hits. He has a 7.20 ERA in four August starts for Portland.

Steve Andrade picked up the win with two innings of scoreless ball with 14 of his 17 pitches thrown for strikes. The reliever has a 2.68 ERA over 24 games with Portland, giving up nine runs over his last 40 innings after surrendering three in his initial outing. Andrade has held the opposition to a .214 average with Portland and has given up eight hits in the last 41 at bats. Left-handed hitters have hit just .129 off him in 62 at bats.

Mobile won 4-2 over West Tenn (Cubs)

After beginning his Double-A career with seven straight losses, Mike Ekstrom has won his last two. He gave up two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five over seven innings. The right-hander has given up two earned runs over his last 22 innings and has kept the opposition to two runs or less in seven of his 13 starts. He has not given up a homer in his last 59 innings of work and has allowed two since joining Mobile.

Michael Johnson collected two hits in four trips, including a three-run homer with two outs in the fifth. The homer was his first since June 21 – a span of 20 games. After hitting .192 over 31 games during June and July, Johnson is batting .385 over his last seven games with five RBI's in his last four. He is hitting .326 with runners in scoring position, 98 points higher than his regular season average.

Lake Elsinore won 8-7 over High Desert (Royals)

Tim Brown went 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBI's and two runs scored. It is the second homer in four games for Brown and he has notched an RBI in four of his last five games. Brown is hitting .325 over his last 49 games and his .426 on base percentages paces the California League thanks to 75 walks drawn. Brown is hitting .307 off right-handed pitching.

Neil Jamison made things interesting in the ninth, allowing two runs on four hits before holding the fort for his 28th save in 34 chances. After holding the opposition to a .194 average over his first 32 games, opponents are hitting .308 off him over his last 24. He has given up runs in 15 of his 56 games this season and has gone three games with recording a strikeout for the first time all year.

Fort Wayne lost 3-2 to Western Michigan (Tigers)

Mike Baxter doubled and scored a run in four at bats, extending his hitting streak to seven games. He is 12-for-30 over the streak with five doubles and has five multi-hit games during this span. Baxter is hitting .318 during the month of August to raise his average from .233 to .249. Ten of his 24 doubles on the season have come in the last 19 games – he has ten over his previous 79 games. He has whiffed just three times over his last ten games, including once on Friday.

Greg Burke allowed three runs on six hits over seven innings, snapping a three-game winning streak. Burke has posted a 3.38 ERA over his last five starts and has walked just four batters in his last 41.2 innings. The loss was his fourth on the road, where he has posted a 4.21 ERA. At home he is 4-1 with a 3.46 ERA. Left-handed hitters are batting .323 off him for the year while righties are hitting .240.

Eugene lost 3-2 to Everett (Mariners)

Mike Epping doubled twice and scored a run in five at bats. It was just his third multi-hit game over the last 22 contests as he improved his average to .195 over that span. After scoring 37 runs in his first 38 games, Epping has touched home 11 times in his last 22. While he has 15 doubles on the year, his last two-bagger before Friday came on July 27.

Brooks Dunn was on the hook for two unearned runs over six frames on five hits and two walks in a no-decision. Dunn has allowed one earned run over his last 12 innings of work and touts a 3.98 ERA as a starter and 0.81 mark as a reliever. While he is 3-6 on the year, his 2.89 ERA overall is seventh best in the Northwest League. The left-hander has limited lefty hitters to a .215 average and in 65.1 innings he has yet to allow a homer. Dunn has a home ERA of 1.36 over eight games.

AZL Padres won 4-3 over AZL Athletics

Vantroit Medina picked up his third win of the season with four innings of scoreless relief. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out four. He also picked off a runner. Medina came into the game with 19 runs allowed on 24 hits over his previous 11.1 innings. Left-handed hitters are batting .418 off him while righties have hit .252. He has a 6.75 ERA as a starter and 4.57 mark in relief.

John Hussey lasted three innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk while also plunking a batter. The right-hander has a 4.09 ERA over his last four outings after posting a 2.11 ERA in his previous six. Hussey has made it through five innings just twice this year, picking up the win in each of those games. While the leadoff man of an inning has a .333 average off him, he has given up just seven hits in 42 at bats with runners in scoring position.

DSL Padres Update

Outfielder Yoeli Florentino has seen his average drop to .280 on the season after hitting .245 in 17 August games, through August 20. He leads the squad with 17 extra base hits, including 13 doubles. His .294 mark with runners in scoring position is the best on the team and that number jumps to .381 with RISP and two outs. Florentino has been hit by a team-high 11 pitches on the season and is second on the team with a .373 on base percentage.

Cesar Flores has notched 13 saves in 15 chances and owns a team-best 0.87 WHIP with 12 hits allowed and ten walks in 25.1 innings. He has allowed a hit in ten of his 22 appearances and owns a .150 average against on the year with 12 hits allowed in 80 at bats. He has given up three hits in 23 at bats with runners in scoring position. Flores is 4-0 with a 1.07 ERA this year, allowing runs in four of his outings.

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