Jeremy Hunt cracks two; Nic Crosta heating up

Jeremy Hunt launched two out of the park in the desert. Portland put up a five-spot and Dewon Brazelton threw shutout ball over four with the lead holding up. Dale Thayer has been nails this year but took the loss for Mobile. Nic Crosta is back on a tear in the California League. Eugene Emeralds' pitching allowed one run over 12 innings and lost.

Portland won 5-4 over Tucson (Diamondbacks)

Dewon Brazelton returned to the hill after a short rehab assignment in Peoria. He blanked Tucson over four, giving up three hits and striking out three. He has tossed 13 straight scoreless innings with Portland, dating back to his one-hitter on June 16. He allowed two unearned runs in his sole rehab start with the AZL squad. It is the fourth time this year, minus his injury outing where he left after one batter, that he has tossed shutout ball.

Mike Adams made his Portland debut after being acquired from Cleveland for Brian Sikorski. He allowed one run on three hits and a walk in his lone inning of work. Adams allowed one run in 4.2 innings for the Buffalo Bisons, allowed eight runs in 14.2 innings with the Norfolk Tides, both of the International League, and surrendered six earned in 16.1 innings with the Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League. He yielded runs in four of his 15 outings with the Sounds.

Mobile lost 3-2 to Birmingham (White Sox)

Dustin Delucchi collected two hits and a walk in five plate appearances. He has hits in seven of his last eight games but the walk was his first since returning to Mobile nine games ago. Delucchi had walked more times than he struck out last season. He is batting .237 since his return and does not have an extra base hit during that time. He has just three hits in 18 at bats with runners in scoring position on the season.

Dale Thayer lasted just a third of an inning before surrendering a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to take his fourth loss of the year. He had given up three hits in his last 7.1 innings. It was the third time in his last 19 appearances that he has surrendered a run and eighth time in 40 outings this year. The leadoff man in an inning is getting on base at a .432 clip.

Lake Elsinore won 7-1 over Inland Empire (Mariners)

The top five slots in the lineup accounted for all nine of the team's hits. Nic Crosta collected two of those hits in four at bats, tripling, adding an RBI, and scoring two runs. Crosta has an RBI in five straight games and a run scored in six straight. He is riding a 13-for-33 streak over his last eight games. He has raised his average from .235 to .274 during the recent stretch. Crosta did, however, ground into a double play, his third since joining the Storm.

Josh Geer pounded the zone for six innings, allowing one run on six hits and two walks to win for the second time in California League play. It is the second time in three starts he has limited the opposition to a single run but he has two six run outings sandwiched around those efforts. Right-handed hitters are batting .347 off him with Lake Elsinore after he limited them to a .234 mark in the Midwest League. Eight of the 19 earned runs he has allowed have come in the fifth inning off Geer.

Fort Wayne had the night off

Eugene lost 1-0 to Tri-City (Rockies) in 12 innings

"It has taken a little while for it to come together but it is coming along," manager Doug Dascenzo said before the road trip.

Matt Buschmann threw bullets over 5.2 innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out a career-high eight in a no-decision. Buschmann has given up two hits in his last 8.2 innings, striking out 13. The walk was just his third in 28.1 innings of work. Buschmann came into the game with a .323 average against and 6.43 ERA on the road. He lowered those marks to .250 and 3.55, respectively.

Casey Smith recorded two of the Ems five hits in 12 innings, breaking a 1-for-12 slump that saw him strikeout eight times. He has whiffed in 11 of 12 games on the year. It was, however, his fourth multi-hit game in his last nine and the eighth time in 12 games that he has reached base two times or more. He is batting .310 with the bases empty but just .154 with runners in scoring position.

Wade LeBlanc gave up two hits and a walk over three scoreless innings while striking out four, part of a pitching crew that gave up five hits over the first 11 scoreless frames. It was the twelfth inning that the wheels came off for Justin Mattison. Entering the game with two runs, one earned, allowed over his first 12 games, a span of 12.1 innings, Mattison gave up a leadoff single, the sixth leadoff man to reach base against him in ten chances, a sacrifice, a walk and another single that ended the game. He had given up just one hit in 19 at bats with runners in scoring position coming into the game.

AZL Padres won 11-6 over AZL Giants

Jeremy Hunt cracked two homers, collected four hits in five at bats, and knocked in a career-high five on Wednesday. Hunt, who had a string of seven straight multi-hit games earlier this year, is hitting .476 over his last 11 games with 20 hits in 42 at bats, including seven extra base hits and 13 RBI's. Hunt is the first player on the AZL squad to post a multi-homer game. Eight of his nine extra base hits have come off right-handed pitching. He has 15 hits in 26 at bats with the bases empty.

Yesid Salazar gave up two runs on four hits over five innings to get his first win as a starter and second of the year. The 19-year old Columbian has given up just four runs in 14 innings as a starter with a .208 average against but 11 runs, ten earned, in 8.1 innings as a reliever with a .353 average against. Seven of those runs in relief have come in his last 4.1 innings out of the pen. Salazar has not walked a batter in his 14 innings as a starter.

In his fourth rehab start, Brett Bonvechio had a double in four at bats plus a sacrifice fly and two RBI's. He also scored two runs but whiffed in his other three at bats. The third baseman is 3-for-10 with three walks and five strikeouts thus far in Arizona. He struck out 48 times in 43 games for Mobile before his injury. He is 1-for-7 with runners on base in Peoria and is 19-for-86 overall on the year with men on, a .221 average.

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