Hefner fans nine; Underwood a rotational rock

Mike Sansoe hit his homer for the year. Mike Ekstrom picks up the win for the Missions. Brooks Dunn does the job but still takes the loss. Andy Underwood tosses seven solid innings for the win. Seventeen strikeouts for Eugene pitching and Jeremy Hefner missed a lot of wood.

Portland lost 6-4 to Tacoma (Mariners)

Ryan Ketchner (1-10) became the third pitcher to crack double-digit losses in the Pacific Coast League, surrendering six runs on right hits while striking out five over 6.2 innings. Six of the hits he allowed went for extra bases, including two homers. Ketchner has allowed a homer in seven straight games and five over his last two. Forty-three of the 104 hits he has allowed have gone for extra bases. The batter he hit on Sunday was just the second he has tagged this year.

Mike Sansoe went 2-for-4 with a triple, homer, two RBIs and two runs scored. The solo homer was his first over two leagues and 73 games in 2007 and the first since September 4, 2006 – the only one he clubbed a year ago. Sansoe does have three triples on the year and has three straight multi-hit games for the Beavers. It is the second time this year he has pounded out two extra base hits in a game. He had been 5-for-43 over his previous 13 games prior to his current four-game hitting streak.

Craig Stansberry went 0-for-1, grounding out in his lone at bat in the Futures Game at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

San Antonio won 5-1 over Wichita (Royals)

Mike Ekstrom (4-5) gave up nine hits but just one run over six innings. He walked one and struck out four before being removed with a 2-1 lead thanks to having runners thrown out at home in each of the first two innings and the fourth. Ekstrom held the opposition to two hits in 11 at bats with runners in scoring position. It was just the sixth time in 17 starts the he has surrendered two runs or less.

Paul Abraham struck out the side around a single in a non-save situation. It is his eighth straight scoreless appearances and dropped his ERA under 2.00 for the first time since he allowed five runs on May 10. His ERA has ballooned to 2.75 after that outing but he has since yielded just three runs over his last 21 innings of work (1.29 ERA) to drop his ERA 76 points. Sunday was the second time this year he recorded all of his outs by way of the strikeout.

Lake Elsinore lost 4-2 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Brooks Dunn (0-3) took the loss, despite allowing just one run on eight hits while striking out a pair over six frames. Dunn has lost his last three games and is 1-4 over two leagues. The left-hander, who had a 1.89 ERA as a reliever between Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore, now sports a 2.95 as a starter. The Alabama native has allowed 17 hits over his last two starts.

Josh Alley went 2-for-5 with an RBI from the leadoff spot while Matt Antonelli got a rest. It was his first multi-hit game with the Storm and second of the year after netting one in Triple-A Portland. He has reached base in seven straight games with hits in six of those contests. Over that stretch of games, the outfielder is 7-for-27 with eight walks and seven runs scored. The RBI is his second of the year over two leagues, and he failed to score a run for the first time in five games.

Fort Wayne won 5-1 over Lansing (Blue Jays)

Andy Underwood (6-6) worked seven masterful innings to pick up the win, allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out four. After allowing 15 runs over a 13-inning stretch, Underwood has allowed two over his last 15. It is the eighth time in 16 starts he has given up one run or less and the 10th time he has surrendered two or less. The right-hander has yielded four runs or less five times.

Matt Stocco went 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI. The backstop also threw out one of two runners attempting to steal. Stocco came into the game with one hit in his previous 19 at bats and he has struck out eight times in his last 22 at bats. He is whiffing once every 3.26 at bats over 163 at bats. He has snared 21 of the 79 runners attempting to steal this season, good for 26.6 percent.

Eugene won 5-1 over Vancouver (A's)

The Eugene pitching staff struck out 17 batters with Jeremy Hefner recording eight strikeouts over his first three innings of work and added a ninth in his final scoreless frame, as he earned the save. One of his whiffs came on a wild pitch where the runner was able to reach first – his second wild pitch of the game. It is the second time in three outings he has tossed two wild pitches in a contest. Hefner has struck out 22 over 13.1 innings, including 19 over his last 10.1. He has given up just one hit with runners on base and lowered his ERA to 0.68.

John Hussey allowed one run on two hits and three walks while striking out six over 3.2 innings. The right-hander has walked six over his last 6.2 innings but has whiffed 15 over his last 10.2. Hussey has allowed two earned runs or less in each of his outings with Eugene, none shorter than three frames. He has held left-handers to a .154 average with the Emeralds and has not given up a two-out run through five outings.

Mitch Canham appeared in his first game at catcher after being the designated hitter the night before. He went 3-for-5 at the dish with a double and a run scored after getting plunked and going 1-for-3 with a walk in his debut. He did commit a throwing error, his first of the year. Canham hit .326 during his final campaign at Oregon State with 13 doubles, 10 homers 52 runs scored and 59 RBIs n 65 games for the College World Series Champion Beavers. He was named Oregon State's 2006-07 Pacific-10 Conference Medal winner, awarded annually to each member institution's outstanding female and male student-athlete based on the combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.

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