Ciriaco slam; Jimenez has a first

The pitching woes continue for Brandon Emanuel and Angel Tovar. Mike Thompson has had no trouble with the baseball in his hand. Juan Ciriaco came on to pinch hit for Khalil Greene and came through in a major way. Fabian Jimenez hit his first stumbling block of the year.

Portland won 9-8

Ben Risinger went 2-for-2 and leads the minors in taking one for the team. After being hit by three pitches on Wednesday, Risinger has been hit by ten pitches in 23 games. He also ended a nine game streak without an RBI.

Josh Barfield went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI's. It was his first double of the year, coming in game 24. He has just four extra base hits on the year but has driven in multiple runs in six different games.

Brandon Emanuel allowed three runs on three hits, two of those being home runs, in one inning of work. The right-hander has now allowed a run in all but one of his seven appearances this season, including four straight outings.

Angel Tovar allowed his fourth and fifth homers of the season in ten relief appearances. Tovar allowed three runs on five hits and two walks in an inning and two-thirds. He has now allowed a run in six straight outings and the last seven runners he has inherited have scored. Tovar has given up runs in eight of his ten outings on the year.

Mobile won 5-4

Paul McAnulty had been shutout of the RBI category in eight straight games. He corrected that with a 3-for-4 performance on Wednesday, driving in one. He had also not scored a run in seven straight games, breaking that streak as well. McAnulty is hitting .360 with runners in scoring position.

After allowing runs in two straight appearances, and subsequently taking the loss in each, Dale Thayer bounced back to get his fourth save of the year. In 12 appearances, Thayer has surrendered runs in five contests, including three of the last five.

Mike Thompson went seven innings for the third time this year in six starts. He has yet to allow more than two runs in an outing and has held the competition to one earned run or fewer in four outings but has just one victory to his name on the year. He did not get a decision on Wednesday. He allowed two runs, zero earned, on a season-high seven hits and a walk while striking out a season-high six.

Lake Elsinore won 11-10

After going 0-for-2 in his first rehab start, Khalil Greene went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI.

Ironically, Greene was lifted with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. Juan Ciriaco came on to hit a pinch hit grand slam. Ciriaco extended his hitting streak to eight games with the blast and is 13-for-23 with two homers, nine RBI's and five runs scored over that span.

Drew Macias notched his fifth three-hit game of the year on Wednesday. He also scored two runs, the eighth time this year he has scored two or more times in the same game. Macias recorded his fourth outfield assist of the year in 25 games.

Arturo Lopez had his shortest outing of the year, lasting just 2.2 innings. He allowed seven runs on eight hits and two walks. Lopez had not allowed more than three earned runs in any start and has given up two runs or less in three of his previous four starts.

Fort Wayne lost 5-1

Chris Kolkhorst notched a double in five at bats to stretch his hitting streak to seven games. It is his second streak this year of seven or more games and he has reached base safely in every game he has played for Fort Wayne, 24 straight. He is 12-for-32 with seven runs scored over the streak.

After allowing three runs through his first four starts, spanning 21.1 innings, Fabian Jimenez allowed five runs on six hits and two walks in 3.2 innings to take his first loss of the year. Jimenez had not allowed more than two hits in any of his previous starts on the year and had allowed just seven coming into play.

Luke Steidlmayer extended his scoreless streak to 9.1 innings over four outings after making it through 1.1 innings of work. He has allowed just one run on the year in 15.2 innings with 18 strikeouts. He also kept two inherited runners from scoring and has allowed just one of six to score.

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