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Last updated: Wed. May. 30, 2012 - 12:07 am EDT

Portillo honored by Midwest League

Fort Wayne pitcher solid in start against South Bend

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The Midwest League announced Tuesday that Fort Wayne pitcher Adys Portillo was named the pitcher of the week for May 21 to 27.

The 20-year-old pitched once in that span allowing one hit, walking one batter and striking out four in a start against South Bend on Friday.

The native of Venezuela has a 3-2 record in 10 starts to go along with a Midwest League-best 1.48 ERA.

He has engineered a stellar 2012 season after a difficult 2011 with the TinCaps. Through 10 starts with Fort Wayne last year, Portillo was 1-6 with a 7.22 ERA. He had walked 27 batters and struck out 48 in 38 2/3 innings.

This season, however, Portillo has struck out 50 batters while walking 24 in 54 2/3 innings.

His .155 batting average against ranks third among starters in the 16-team circuit and he has allowed the second fewest (8.89) baserunners per nine innings among starting pitchers.

Portillo is the first Fort Wayne player so honored this season.

Stites returns

Fort Wayne TinCap righthander Matt Stites was reinstated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old pitcher had been on the disabled list since May 21 and is 1-0 with a 0.53 ERA this season.

He has worked 17 innings, allowing one run, issuing no walks and striking out 22. He is second on the team with four saves.

Also, righthander Justin Hancock was transferred from Fort Wayne to extended spring training.

The 21-year-old pitcher had a record of 0-4 with a team-high 6.95 ERA.

He pitched 33 2/3 innings, allowing 44 hits, 31 runs and 26 earned runs. In that span, he also walked 20 while striking out 23.

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