Stauffer on top; Hefner dynamite

Tim Stauffer had a solid outing for Portland, earning the win. Michael Johnson has homered in two straight games. Robert Perry showed he could hang at the High-A level. Drew Miller got hammered in a Fort Wayne loss. Jeremy Hefner continued to have terrific performances and explained the reason behind his success while manager Greg Riddoch lamented over missed opportunities.

Portland won 8-1 over Sacramento (A's)

Tim Stauffer (4-4) reached his pitch count after seven innings of one run ball, tossing 113 pitches in a winning effort. He allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out seven. Stauffer had allowed 16 runs over his last three outings, spanning 19 innings. During that time, the right-hander allowed double-digit hit totals in each of the three games, 33 total. Stauffer has allowed two earned runs or less in nine of his 18 appearances this year and six of his 13 starts.

Ray Chang reached base four times with three hits, including a double, and a walk – adding a run scored and an RBI from the ninth slot in the order. It was his third three-hit game since joining Portland and his fourth multi-hit game over his last seven. Chang has snapped out of a slump that saw him hit .211 during the month of June to hit .333 over his last 10 contests. He did commit his sixth error of the year but has been solid defensively after struggling a year ago at shortstop.

San Antonio won 7-6 over Midland (A's)

Michael Johnson went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and a solo homer. The first baseman has homered in successive games for the first time this year. He has had a multi-hit game in two straight as well, just the second time this year he has accomplished the feat. Johnson has an RBI in four straight, totaling six over that span. This was his fourth game hitting in the eight-hole in the lineup after consistently being in the middle of the order through his career.

Chase Headley doubled as part of a 2-for-4 night that included an RBI and a run scored. Headley has a modest five-game hitting streak and has been on base in 15 straight after appearing as a pinch-hitter and striking out on June 10. Headley has scored a run in seven consecutive games, touching home nine times over that span. The third baseman also has notched an RBI in five of his last seven.

Lake Elsinore won 8-6 over Lancaster (Red Sox)

Greg Burke (3-2) worked five innings – his longest outing of the year – to pick up the win, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out one in his third start of the season. It was his first win as a starter after allowing five runs in his first eight innings on the bump. Burke owned a 2.66 ERA in 38 relief appearances that spanned 50.2 innings. His seven hits allowed set a new season-high.

Robert Perry went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored from the leadoff spot. Perry also added his first stolen base in the California League after swiping nine in the Arizona Rookie League. Perry reached base in each of his 16 games in the desert before going hitless in his Storm debut. In Arizona, Perry scored 22 runs while connecting on 11 extra base hits and adding 10 walks to six strikeouts.

Fort Wayne lost 10-7 to Cedar Rapids (Angels)

Drew Miller (2-4) was tagged for six runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out seven over six innings of work. The right-hander was taken deep three times and five of the nine hits went for extra bases. Miller had not allowed more than three runs in any of his previous eight starts and had yielded just one homer all year in 37.1 innings. Eight of his first 33 hits had gone for extra bases. Miller has whiffed seven or more three times on the season.

Sam Carter walked, doubled, homered, scored twice and drove in three in the losing effort. The outfielder has homered in two straight and three of his last four games while driving in a run in each of his last five, totaling eight over that span. Carter is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak, going 9-for-23 with two doubles, three homers and six runs scored. He did strikeout once and is whiffing once every 3.05 at bats with 64 in 195.

Eugene won 4-1 over Everett (Mariners)

Jeremy Hefner (1-0) allowed two hits over five scoreless innings, striking out six. The Oklahoma native has allowed just eight hits and one run over his first 17.1 innings of professional ball, striking out 27 and walking just three. His current scoreless streak reached 12 innings, and the Oral Roberts product was aided by Mitch Canham, who threw out two runners attempting to steal.

"He is a real pitcher," manager Greg Riddoch said of Hefner. "He is a guy with two number one pitches. He doesn't have to set a pattern to get ahead. He just knows how to pitch."

"The fastball was good, the slider was good, and I have been working real hard on my changeup," Hefner said. "I had everything working tonight."

Kellen Kulbacki had a night of perfection, going 4-for-4 while doubling in two in the first inning. It was the second day in a row that he has staked the Ems to an early lead with a two-run double. He is tied for the team lead in RBIs with 12. It is the first four-hit night of his career after collecting three hits and a walk on June 26. It is just the sixth time in 17 games that Kulbacki has failed to draw a walk.

"We got 14 hits and they had three and we still feel like they are in the game, which is not a good feeling to have," Riddoch said. "Part of that is bases loaded and no hits, bases loaded no hits, second and third – no hits.

"I kept telling them, ‘What if I was ranting and raving and yelling and screaming?' So, it is all self-inflicted wounds. If you can't under non-pressure handle it, wait until you get a manager that is breaking bats and throwing helmets."

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