Craig Stansberry delivers; John Hussey debuts

Craig Stansberry continues to rake – hitting two homers – and Vince Sinisi is not far behind. Roger Deago had a dominant outing and was pretty good at the dish too. Brent Carter was impressive, winning his fourth straight. John Hussey debuts in Fort Wayne but the Wizards offense is stale in a doubleheader.

Portland won 9-8 over Round Rock (Astros)

Craig Stansberry continued his hot hand with two homers, doubling his homer total on the season. His last two-homer game came on September 5, 2005 while with Double-A Altoona of the Eastern League. Stansberry was also hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and added a sacrifice fly to give him five RBIs on the night. It is the second time this year he has knocked in five. His 29 RBI's lead the team and moved him into the top 10 in the Pacific Coast League. He did commit his fourth error of the year on an errant throw.

Vince Sinisi fell a homer shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 and getting hit by a pitch. Besides notching his first triple since July 20 last year, he was also plunked by a pitch. It is the sixth three-hit game of the year for Sinisi and his 47 hits place him in the top 10 in the PCL in hits. Sinisi is hitting .373 with runners on base this year and .371 when he leads off an inning. Unfortunately, of the 14 times he has reached base to open an inning he has scored just three times.

Jared Wells was charged with five runs on eight hits and three walks over five innings in a no-decision. He allowed two homers for the second game in a row and third time this season and has served up eight bombs over eight starts. He is tied for the PCL lead in homers allowed and still first in losses, pending the night's action. It is the fifth time in eight starts that he has allowed four or more runs.

San Antonio won 8-0 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Roger Deago had as many hits as he allowed – going 2-for-2 at the dish with an RBI. He blanked the opposition over 5.1 innings, scattering the two hits and walking one while striking out seven to move to 2-1 on the season. Deago went 0-for-27 at the plate last season over two leagues. His last hit came on July 26, 2004 while with Double-A Mobile. Deago has not given up a run over his last 9.1 innings and has allowed three runs over his last 19.2.

Tim Brown went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs. He hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, his eighth of the year. Brown's eighth homer last year came on August 22 in his 116th game of the year, compared to 32 games this season. Brown has a six-game hitting streak and has notched an RBI in five of his last six games. Brown moved into the Texas League lead with 25 RBIs, pending the night's action.

Frank Brooks pitched an inning and two-third scoreless, stranding one inherited runner and striking out three. The lefty has inherited six runners this season, allowing just one to score. He has given up just three runs in 19.1 innings on the season and has allowed just 12 hits over that span while striking out 23. He has held the opposition to a .176 average and has given up just two hits in 21 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Lake Elsinore won 5-0 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Brent Carter gave up five hits and two walks over six scoreless innings to move to 5-2 on the year. The left-hander struck out five and induced eight ground ball outs. Carter has won each of his last four starts and has lowered his ERA from 7.11 to 4.68, thanks to a 2.60 ERA over his last three starts. While the opposition has hit .326 off him, he has largely avoided the big inning and allowed just one homer on the season.

Yordany Ramirez singled twice in four at bats, plating a run and scoring two. He also stole his sixth base of the year. Ramirez had gone seven games without scoring a run and has touched the dish twice in a game just two times this year. Since beginning the year with three hits in his first 28 at bats, Ramirez has gone 31-for-94, a .330 average. Ramirez has just three walks on the year but has gone six straight games without striking out.

Brooks Dunn posted blanks for the second time in as many California League appearances, pitching two more scoreless innings, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out two. The left-hander has held righties to a .152 average this year over two leagues and has held the opposition to a .174 mark with runners in scoring position. The leadoff man has reached base in just one of 22 innings this year off Dunn.

Fort Wayne lost 4-1 to Dayton (Reds) in game one, lost 3-1 in game two

Orlando Lara struck out the side in the opening frame but would be taken deep twice in the game, a two-run homer on a 3-2 pitch in a three-run third inning and a solo shot in the fourth. He would go six, allowing four runs on seven hits, striking out seven. For Lara, who dropped to 1-3 on the year, it was the second time this season he has allowed two homers in a game. It was the fourth time in seven starts that he has allowed four runs or more in a contest and second time he has whiffed seven.

In game one, after a one out single, the Wizards drew three straight two-out walks to plate a run but would not come any closer as Rayne Contreras flied out to the wall to end the game. The Wizards had just four hits but drew seven walks in game one and had just two hits in the nightcap. They left 10 men on base and went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Daryl Jones notched both RBIs for the Wizards, giving him an RBI in four straight games and five of the last six.

John Hussey made his Midwest League debut and was greeted rudely. Two straight first-pitch swings resulted in a run scoring triple and single to put Fort Wayne behind 2-0 in the first. He allowed a solo homer in the fifth inning and his night ended after that frame with three runs in on five hits and a walk while striking out four. Hussey went 3-1 with a 2,44 ERA over 13 appearances last year for the AZL Padres, including seven starts. In 44.1 innings he allowed 39 hits, walked 16 and struck out 32.

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