Stauffer sizzling; King streaking

Tim Stauffer and Paul McAnulty power Portland to a win. David Freese hits a grand slam and Mike Baxter throws out lots of runners but that is not enough. Cory Luebke had a solid outing and Tom King goes yard but Fort Wayne takes the loss. Geoff Vandel takes care of the front half and Alexis Lara ends a tight game.

Portland won 3-0 over Sacramento (A's)

Tim Stauffer (7-4) pounded the zone over 6.1 shutout innings, allowing just three this and a pair of walks while striking out four. It is the second straight start he has given up four hits or less and the fourth time in 18 starts. The right-hander has surrendered 10 runs over his last six starts, spanning 40.1 innings for a 2.23 ERA. He has lowered his season ERA from 5.99 to 4.69. The shutout was the fifth of the season for a team that ranked third from the bottom in ERA.

Paul McAnulty accounted for all three runs, hitting a solo homer – just his third bomb of the year – and singling in two. He ended the day with three hits in four at bats. McAnulty did, however, get picked off first base. He had not homered since May 15 in the minors, going 25 games between jacks. McAnulty did homer once during his tour in San Diego. The outfielder has collected eight RBIs over his last eight games in the Pacific Coast League.

San Antonio game was postponed

Lake Elsinore lost 13-10 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

David Freese hit a grand slam to cap a seven-run fifth inning with the entire scoring coming with one out. The third baseman improved to 10-for-15 with the bases loaded, hitting two homers, a triple and two doubles while driving in 29 – a team high with the bases juiced. Freese had gone 25 games without a homer coming into Thursday. It was the 10th slam of the season for Storm hitters. Freese did, however, commit two errors, despite coming into the game with the best fielding percentage among third basemen in the California League.

Nathan Culp gave up a season-high eight runs, four earned, on 12 hits and a walk over four-plus innings. The Storm committed four errors while he was on the mound and logged three miscues on three straight plays in the fifth. Culp has given up double digit hits three times in nine California League starts after holding the Midwest League to one double-digit game over 14 starts. Just one of the hits went for extra bases. It is the fifth time Culp has surrendered five runs or more.

Mike Baxter made up for his fourth inning error in a big way. The outfielder fired a strike to Sean Kazmar who relayed it to Aeden McQueary on the same play to record an out at home. In the fifth inning his work backing up a play produced his second outfield assist of the game. He tossed out a runner at second base after a Mike DeMark error. He threw out the same runner at second base to end the eighth inning, giving him three outfield assists for the game. Baxter came into the contest with six outfield assists on the season.

Fort Wayne lost 3-2 to Lansing (Blue Jays)

Cory Luebke (0-2) was saddled with the loss, despite allowing just two runs, one earned, on four hits over six innings. The left-hander struck out a career-high nine. He has given up two earned runs in his last two games and has lost both. Luebke had struck out seven on August 6 and has walked one over his last three starts. Twelve of the 25 hits he has allowed have gone for extra bases, including two on Thursday.

Tom King hammered out three hits in four at bats, doubling in a run in the sixth and adding a solo homer to open the ninth to close within one. King extended his on base streak to 21 games – the top mark secured by any Wizard this year – 22-for-78 with 12 walks, a .378 on base percentage. King has five homers over his last 15 games after netting two in his first 52. it is the third time this year he has collected multiple extra base hits in a game.

Eugene had a scheduled day off

Matt Teague will go up to Portland to make a second spot start for the Beavers.

AZL Padres won 2-1 over AZL Rangers

Geoff Vandel (5-2) allowed one unearned run over six innings, yielding six hits and hitting a batter while striking out four. He also picked off a runner at first base. The win tied him for the second most in the Arizona Rookie League. Vandel has given up two runs or less in three straight and six of his 11 starts but the win was his first since July 27. The left-hander induced two double play grounders on the evening and has nine rally-killers this season.

Alexis Lara picked up his first save of the year in his first opportunity, working a perfect ninth while striking out one. The right-hander has allowed runs in three of his 16 relief appearances and has fanned 10 over his last 5.1 innings. Lara has retired all the batters he has faced four times on the year and had allowed a baserunner in 11 of his last 12. He has given up just two hits in 30 at bats with runners in scoring position, a .067 average against.

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