Stauffer sizzling; Luebke wins one

Tim Stauffer was outstanding again for Portland. Will Venable and Chase Headley pace the offense in San Antonio. Richie Daigle is back but he is not greeted warmly. Drew Miller sees a season-high while Cory Luebke finds the win column. Luis Durango is back on track after a night off but Chris Perez didn't comply. Geoff Vandel is tagged in a loss.

Portland won 4-1 over Las Vegas (Dodgers)

Brady Clark went 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and an RBI. He has seven hits over his last four games and has an RBI in three of his last four. Signed to a minor league deal by the Padres last week, Clark, 34, hit .224 with five RBIs in 47 games for the Dodgers before being released in June. He has played in 757 career major league games, hitting .277 with a .356 on base percentage playing for four teams.

Tim Stauffer (8-4) baffled the opposition over 7.2 frames, allowing one unearned run on three hits and two walks while striking out four. He retired 14 in a row until a two-out walk in the eighth ended his night. Stauffer has worked 14 scoreless frames and has given up three runs over his last 27 innings. He has surrendered 10 runs over his last seven starts. Stauffer also added a double after coming into the season with one hit in his first 22 at bats.

San Antonio won 6-4 over Frisco (Rangers)

Will Venable reached base four times with three singles and a walk while scoring two runs. The outfielder also added his 20th theft of the year. While he has stolen a bag in successive games and has only been caught twice all year, Venable came into the game with three hits in his previous 28 at bats, scoring just once over that span. He has just one extra base hit over his last 19 games.

Chase Headley pounded out three hits in five at bats, doubling twice and driving in a run. Headley continues to lead the league in hitting with a .337 average, over 20 points ahead of his closest competitor – among those who qualify – and he is one of five players who are above .300. His 58 extra base hits place him third in the Texas League in that category and he is in the top five in eight different offensive categories.

Lake Elsinore lost 7-4 to Bakersfield (Rangers)

Richie Daigle (5-8) was tagged for five runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out seven in 4.2 innings. It was the first time this year he has allowed double-digit hits but the second game in a row he has given up five runs or more. The opposition swiped two bags in three attempts with Daigle on the mound and opponents have attempted a California League 50 stolen bases off him with he and his catchers gunning down just seven.

John Madden allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over an inning and a third, seeing two inherited runners touching home in the process. The right-hander had held eight of the 11 runners he had inherited this season from scoring coming into Tuesday's game. Madden has allowed runs in six of his last nine outings, giving up 11 runs on 15 hits and six walks over an 8.1-inning span. He has yielded runs in 18 of his 43 games – giving up multiple runs in nine contests.

Fort Wayne lost 6-2 to Dayton (Reds) in game one, won game two 3-0

Drew Miller (4-6) was pounded for six runs, five earned, on 11 hits and a hit batsman in four-plus innings. While he did whiff six, the right-hander gave up two homers. It was the first time this season he has given up double-digit hits. He has allowed 11 hits over his last four outings. Miller has allowed multiple bombs four times over his last eight games after surrendering one homer over his first seven contests. He has allowed five runs or more in four of his last eight games, including his last two.

Cory Luebke (1-2) peppered the strike zone over 5.2 innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out a half dozen. No runner reached third with Luebke on the hill. The left-hander has given up two earned runs over his last 17 innings and has given up four hits or less in successive outings. His two walks matched a season-high and pushed his walk total to seven over 51.2 innings across two leagues. Twelve of his first 25 hits in the Midwest League had gone for extra bases but all the hits on Tuesday were singles.

Cedric Hunter went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the nightcap and he reached base five times over the doubleheader with a walk and single in the opener. Hunter has five RBIs over his last seven games and he is hitting .338 over his last 17 games. The outfielder hit .274 over his first 101 games and has never hit above .292 in any previous month. He does have five doubles in August and had never notched more than four in any previous month.

Eugene lose 9-8 to Tri-City (Rockies)

After going 0-for-4 to end a 17-game on base streak and striking out twice in a game for just the second time all year, Luis Durango got back on track with a three-hit night that included a walk, a double and two runs scored. He has eight three-hit nights on the season and has reached base at least three times in 18 of his 57 games. He is getting on base 1.94 times each game and continues to pace the Northwest League in hitting while sitting third in runs scored.

Two walks, a hit batsman, walking in a run, bases clearing double, walk – that was the meat of the line against Chris Perez (4-1) in his inning of work with some outs sprinkled in as four runs crossed in the bottom of the eighth. The right-hander has allowed runs in four of his last five outings, giving up 14 runs on 11 hits and 14 walks over a 4.1-inning span. His ERA has jumped from 3.29 to 5.48 in the process. Perez has walked three or more in six of his appearances – five of those coming over his last eight outings.

AZL Padres lost 5-0 to AZL Mariners

Geoff Vandel (5-3) was rocked for five runs, four earned, while matching a season-high with nine hits allowed and uncorking two wild pitches. He had given up five runs over his last three starts coming in. Vandel has tossed eight wild pitches and has given up four runs or more six times in 12 starts. He also saw two successful stolen bases against; the left-hander and his catchers had caught 50 percent of the runners attempting to steal coming into the game.

Bryan Oland gave up two hits but escaped unscathed over his inning of work, striking out one. It was the second straight game he has not allowed a run – just the second time all year the reliever has gone two straight without a run allowed and he needs one more outing to match his season-high. Oland has allowed runs in nine of his 16 appearances and has allowed a baserunner in every outing. He has given up 32 hits in 20 innings and has a WHIP of 1.90. The leadoff man of an inning has reached base in 10 of the 18 innings he has started.

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