Yefri Carvajal debuts; Leone shows well

Justin Leone at least had one of two hits for the PCL All-Stars. Matt Lauderdale collected the game-winner in extras and Nick Hundley made good on his California League debut. Jodam Rivera had his first multi-hit game in Fort Wayne but also added two errors. Willy Crafort had two hits and two RBI's. Yefri Carvajal made his much anticipated debut. A 0.87 ERA for one pitcher in the DSL.

Portland had the night off for the PCL All-Star game

Justin Leone collected one of just two hits from the PCL squad, doubling in three at bats. The infielder has hit .278 over 83 games this season, including a .379 mark during the month of April where he collected 12 of his 25 extra base hits. He has a .291 average when he plays third base and is hitting .231 when he plays elsewhere in the field or at DH.

Mobile won 3-2 over West Tenn (Cubs) in 12 innings

Matt Lauderdale sent a flare over the infield with the bases loaded, his only hit of the day in six at bats to win the game in inning 12. Getting the start after the promotion of George Kottaras to Portland, Lauderdale came into the game with one RBI over his last nine games. He is hitting .205 when he is behind the dish as a catcher. The catcher threw out one of two runners attempting to steal on him.

Mike Ekstrom is still looking for win number one in the Southern League despite giving up one unearned run over 6.1 innings on Wednesday. The right-hander gave up three hits and two walks while striking out three. Ekstrom has given up three runs, one earned, over his last three starts and is 0-1 over that time. In his last 19 innings he has given up nine hits, three per start. In six starts with Mobile, Ekstrom has allowed one earned run or less in four.

Brett Dowdy, who has played four different positions and been slated in six different spots in the lineup, led off on Wednesday and went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Dowdy has a .357 on base percentage when he bats first in the lineup and has scored nine runs in 13 games from that spot. He is hitting .313 when he leads off an inning.

Lake Elsinore won 5-4 over Lancaster (Diamondbacks)

Nick Hundley began his California League career where he left off in the Midwest League. The catcher went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI's in his debut and threw out the only runner attempting to steal. Over his last 23 games with Fort Wayne, Hundley hit .326 with seven doubles, eight homers and 25 RBI's – which included a 17-game hitting streak, the top mark in the system to date.

Chris Jaile picked up his fourth win of the year with 5.1 innings of two runs ball. The right-hander gave up six hits and walked three while striking out six – and was aided by Doug Brocail who held two inherited runners from scoring. Jaile is 2-2 with a 4.75 ERA as a starter over 41.2 innings after posting a 4.97 ERA in 25.1 innings as a reliever. He had given up three or more runs in five straight starts.

Fort Wayne lost 13-4 to Lansing (Blue Jays)

Although the offense recorded 12 hits, the same as Lansing, they were unable to capitalize. Jodam Rivera collected two hits in four at bats and added an RBI but also committed two fielding errors in his second game at shortstop for the Wizards, which led to six unearned runs. The infielder had just one hit in 19 at bats in Midwest League play coming into the game but came from the AZL Padres where he hit .409 over 11 games with 16 runs scored. He has not scored a run in six games with Fort Wayne.

Eddie Pena came in with two inherited runners on base and both ended up scoring. He also allowed two runs of his own, giving up four hits and striking out four. Pena, a sidearming right-hander, has given up runs in four straight games after giving up runs in four of his first 13 appearances this season. In his last eight innings, Pena has allowed ten runs on 14 hits, as opponents hit .359 off him over that span.

Eugene won 8-5 over Yakima (Diamondbacks)

Nate Culp hammered out four innings of scoreless ball, giving up two hits and striking out one. Culp has tossed blanks in seven straight innings and has given up two unearned runs on the year. The opposition has zero hits in 12 at bats with runners in scoring position. He has given up seven hits in his last 38 at bats, a .184 average against.

Everyone in the lineup but Willy Crafort added at least one walk to their resume but Crafort was busy driving them in with two hits and two RBI's. The outfielder came into the game with two hits in his last 26 at bats. Seven of his 13 hits have come in 22 at bats versus left-handed pitching while he has six hits in 28 at bats versus righties.

Chad Huffman smashed a three run homer and scored two runs for the Ems. Ten of his 16 hits this year have gone for extra bases, including six of his last seven. Since being inserted into the fifth spot in the lineup, as he was on Wednesday, Huffman has hit .325 with 12 RBI's over ten games. He has just three hits in 19 at bats over the five games he has appeared elsewhere in the lineup. Huffman has also hit .417 off left-handed pitching.

AZL Padres won 13-6 over AZL Mariners

Felix Carrasco extended his hitting streak to 14 games, the top mark in the Arizona Rookie League and Cedric Hunter pushed his on base streak to 16 games, the best in that category. The AZL Padres are second in the league in hitting, have scored the most runs, and have drawn the most walks. Their pitching staff entered the game with the third best ERA in the league.

Yefri Carvajal made his professional debut and singled in his first at bat before ending the night with two hits in five trips to the dish. Signed for $350K last summer, Carvajal comes to the system with high expectations.

"(Yefri) can be a difference-maker," said minor league field coordinator Bill Bryk after watching him in the Instructional League last fall. "He's the most exciting young hitting prospect we've gotten from the Dominican."

Jeremy Hunt continued his torrid pace by reaching base four times in five plate appearances. Hunt walked, was hit by a pitch, singled, homered and scored three runs. Hunt has notched a multi-hit game in seven straight contests, going 16-for-31 with 11 runs scored and eight RBI's. Hunt has an extra base hit and an RBI in five straight games. A right-handed hitter, he is 9-for-15 off left-handed pitching. The homer was his first of the year.

Brian Hernandez went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBI's. He has collected an RBI in three straight games and has five over that span. He is hitting .364 with runners in scoring position and has drawn six walks compared to two strikeouts on the year. Hernandez threw out 2-of-3 runners attempting to steal and has caught five runners in 14 attempts on the year.

DSL Padres Update

Jesus Soto has won two straight games, one as a reliever and one as a starter. The left-handed 20-year old has not given up an earned run in 9.2 innings of relief and has surrendered two runs in 11 innings as a starter. Soto has given up eight hits in 45 at bats with the bases empty, a .178 average. He has walked four batters in 20.2 innings and holds a 0.87 ERA for the year.

Elider Rojas tied for the league lead in losses with his fourth on July 10. The 20-year old Venezuelan lost despite allowing just one run. It is the second time he took a loss and allowed just one run and fourth time in six starts he has surrendered one run or less. He has walked two or more in five of his starts and three or more in three contests. The opposition is hitting .212 off him with runners in scoring position.

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