Tim Stauffer's best; Rayner Contreras again

Tim Stauffer shows he still has the stuff in a win. Paul Abraham proves fallible – for once. Richie Daigle is better but not good enough. Rayner Contreras homers for the third time in four games.

Portland won 6-2 over Albuquerque (Marlins)

Tim Stauffer had his finest and longest outing of the season, holding the opposition to one hit and a season-high three walks over five innings while striking out five to earn his first win of the season. While only 58 percent of his pitches were strikes, he made the pitch when it counted. Stauffer came into the game with a 11.57 ERA but left with a 8.10 mark.

Vince Sinisi collected two hits in four at bats, notching a run scoring single in the sixth and an RBI double an inning later. The outfielder also drew a walk and stole a base – his second of the season. He has not gone more than two games without a hit this season and that has happened just twice over 32 games. Sinisi is hitting .385 when he is behind in the count.

Brett Dowdy went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, an RBI, and two stolen bases. The utility player came into the game with just one stolen base on the year. His last multi-steal game came on July 12, 2006 while with Double-A Mobile. Dowdy is hitting .346 in 15 road games but just .097 in 11 home games. He is also hitting lefties at a .364 clip and righties at a .180 rate.

Catcher Brandon Gottier was sent to Lake Elsinore after the game.

San Antonio lost 6-4 to Midland (A's)

The bullpen blew a perfectly good lead and it came from the unlikeliest of men. Paul Abraham came into the game with one run allowed all year and a 0.49 ERA, but the bubble burst on Thursday. The right-hander was tagged for five runs on six hits and two walks in an inning and a third to take the loss. He walked out of the game with a blown save, his second, and an ERA of 2.75.

Cesar Ramos pitched well over six innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits and three walks while striking out three in the no-decision. The left-hander has allowed just two earned over his last 21 innings, dropping his ERA from 7.71 to 4.08. Ramos has held the opposition to a .232 average with the bases empty and 22 of his 27 strikeouts on the year have come in those situations – one every 4.3 at bats – but the opposition is hitting .310 with runners on and he has whiffed a hitter in one every 11.6 at bats.

Juan Ciriaco went 1-for-4 but is myriad in a 5-for-45 slump over his last 12 games. The shortstop has whiffed 11 times over that time and has drawn just two walks on the year for a miniscule .190 on base percentage. While he has hit .263 off left-handed pitching, he is batting just .152 off righties. Ciriaco has committed 11 errors in 26 games this year and has had a miscue in four straight games – five total over that span.

First baseman Michael Johnson was promoted to Portland after the game.

Lake Elsinore lost 4-0 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Richie Daigle gave up three runs on four hits and three walks, taking his second loss of the year. He went a career-high six innings but his ERA remains at 6.15 on the year. The right-hander has walked three batters in five of his seven starts. While he has held righties to a .213 average, left-handers are batting .380 off him and he has faced more lefties than righties on the year.

Yordany Ramirez went 2-for-3 – the only Storm player with more than one hit. Ramirez is 24-for-70, a .343 average, over the last 19 games after beginning the year hitting .154. The outfielder is 17-for-41 when he bats in the third, fourth or fifth innings, a .415 mark. Ramirez was, however, caught stealing for the fourth time in nine attempts.

Brandon Higelin allowed one run on two hits over two innings of work. It is the eighth time in 13 appearances that Higelin has allowed a run. Nine of the 17 men to leadoff an inning against the lefty have reached base, a .529 on base percentage. And the opposition is hitting .379 off him with runners in scoring position. Six of the 22 hits he has allowed have gone for extra bases.

Fort Wayne won 6-5 over Kane County (A's) in 12 innings

Derek McDaid capped off six scoreless innings from the bullpen by tossing two, giving up one hit and two walks while striking out three to improve to 3-0. All of the right-handers wins have come at home where he has a 1.72 ERA over 15.2 innings. By contrast, however, McDaid has an ERA of 21.00 over three relief appearances on the road. He has given up runs in six of his 13 outings.

Rayner Contreras was one of two Wizards to notch a multi-hit game on a night when they managed just six hits. He singled in a run and hit a solo homer, scoring twice to pace the offense. After netting two homers in 56 games across two leagues last year, Contreras has three in 20 games and all have come over his last four contests. Contreras has eight RBIs over his last five games.

Matt Stocco went 2-for-5 to give him a season-high hitting streak of three games. He did, however, have a three-game RBI streak snapped. The catcher has two multi-hit games on the year and has raised his average from .083 to .191 by going 7-for-23 over his last seven games after a 2-for-24 start. Stocco did see one baserunner successfully steal off him and has now caught just 17.4 percent of runners attempting to swipe a bag, 4-for-23.


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