Stauffer solid; Ayala, Geer drop second

Six perfect innings wasn't enough to keep Tim Stauffer from a loss. Josh Geer took his second loss of the year even though he surrendered just three hits. Manny Ayala loses for the first time since opening night. Cedric Hunter collected four hits but it was not enough to make a difference.

Portland lost 3-1 to Omaha (Royals)

Tim Stauffer took a perfect game into the seventh inning before allowing a leadoff walk. After a sacrifice and a fly out, his no-hitter and shutout disappeared as well. He gave up two doubles around an error, pushing three runs across the board before ending the inning, one earned. He had given up 16 runs over his previous 15 innings of work. Stauffer has allowed one earned or less in two starts and two hits or least in those same two. He is 2-2 with a 5.34 ERA as a starter.

Aaron Rakers worked two scoreless innings, allowing one hit in the process and needing just 17 pitches to get through both frames. It is the first time in nearly a month that he worked two straight scoreless appearances. The right-hander has given up runs in eight of his 21 outings. He has allowed a baserunner in all but two outings. The right-hander has given up six hits in 40 at bats when he is ahead in the count but 15 hits in 37 at bats when he is behind.

Luke Carlin was the only player to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with the lone run scored. The catcher is batting .615 this year in the fifth inning – the same frame he singled and scored in on Saturday. He is hitting .189 in every other inning combined. Carlin, a switch-hitter, is hitting .292 off right-handers but just .158 off lefties. He has scored four runs over his last five games after not scoring any over a seven-game stretch.

San Antonio lost 3-2 to Arkansas (Angels)

Josh Geer dropped to 7-2 on the season, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out four. It was his first loss since April 26. It is the third time in six starts he has given up three hits or less but he has yielded six walks over the last two games after walking six over his first nine starts. For the first time this year he issued a first inning walk and it led to a three-run frame. It is the first time in six starts that he has given up more than two runs. Geer has gone seven innings or more in five of his last six.

Will Venable went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored from the leadoff spot. Since being inserted into the number one hole in the lineup, the outfielder is 9-for-20 with two walks, five runs scored and three RBIs. He is hitting .343 when he leads off an inning and .321 in the first inning this season. He has a five-game hitting streak, going 10-for-20 to raise his average from .262 to .286.

Neil Jamison worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and a walk while striking out one. The right-hander had allowed runs in six of his last nine appearances and Saturday marked the first time this season that he has gone two innings and only the second time he has worked more than one full frame. He has walked 16 batters in 23 innings this year, one more than he allowed in 61 innings in the California League in 2006.

Lake Elsinore lost 4-2 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Matt Antonelli went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base. The second baseman has reached base safely in 15 straight games and has maintained an on base percentage over .400 since April 29. The stolen base was his 15th of the year in 17 attempts, placing him just outside the top five in the California League. He did commit two errors in the game, his eighth and ninth of the year, that led to two unearned runs in separate innings.

Brandon Gottier got the nod behind the dish and threw out two of the three runners that attempted to steal. Prior to Saturday, he had nabbed just one of the seven baserunners who notched a stolen base attempt. He also went 1-for-3 at the plate, giving him hits in all but one game that he has started with the Storm. Gottier is 7-for-20 with three doubles and a homer over his last five starts. He is hitting .350 when hitting ninth in the order and .100 when he bats elsewhere.

Manny Ayala lost for the first time since opening night, giving up three runs, one earned, matching a season-high with nine hits allowed while walking two over 6.1 innings. He induced two double play grounders for the second time this year and is second on the team with nine. It is the tenth time in 12 starts he has allowed two earned or less. Ayala has given up just four hits in 39 at bats with runners in scoring position, a .103 average.

Fort Wayne lost 8-4 to West Michigan (Tigers)

Cedric Hunter hammered out four hits, all singles, in five at bats, scoring a run and driving in one. It was his second four-hit night of the year – the last coming on April 19. The outfielder has recorded five multi-hit games in his last seven. He has pushed his average up from .261 to .284 in the process. He has 15 multi-hit games in 51 contests but has scored just 20 runs despite reaching base 75 times.

Aaron Breit took his seventh loss of the year, tying him for the Midwest League lead, going 4.1 innings and allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks. He has given up 19 runs over his last 6.1 innings. It is the fifth time in 11 starts he has surrendered six runs or more. Breit was on the hill for two steals against. The opposition has attempted 19 steals against the right-hander this year and he and his catchers have caught just two of those thieves.

Steve Delabar made his season debut with the Wizards and was charged with two runs after walking two and allowing a single in one-third of an inning for a 54.00 ERA. The right-hander has allowed runs in four straight over two leagues, giving up seven runs over his last 4.2 innings. Delabar has also surrendered runs in five of his last six. He posted a 2-6 record with a 5.59 ERA in 20 appearances with the Lake Elsinore Storm.

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