Faris' starting debut; Sweeney in Portland

Brian Sweeney is back in Portland. Leo Rosales gave up a run, something he hadn't done in a while. David Freese and Will Venable are seeing the ball clearly. Josh Geer took the loss in Lake Elsinore in an up and down campaign. Stephen Faris made his first start. Pablo Menchaca threw five shutout innings but the AZL Royals threw nine as the Padres lost 2-0.

Portland won 8-4 over Las Vegas (Dodgers) in 11 innings

Mike Thompson managed to keep the opposition to three runs on six hits and four walks over six innings. Since returning to Portland the first time, he has allowed 11 runs in 17.1 innings. For the year, Thompson has allowed three runs or less in seven of 11 starts and two runs or less in five. Monday was the first time Thompson has walked more than three in a start.

Brian Sweeney made his Triple-A season debut, allowing one run on three hits over two innings of work, taking a blown save in the process. The right-hander went 2-0 with one save and a 3.33 ERA over 31 games, spanning 46 innings. He held the opposition to a .246 batting average and had a 1.20 WHIP, walking 13 and striking out 18.

There were five outfield assists in the game, two by Portland and three from Las Vegas.

Mobile lost 3-2 to Mississippi (Braves) in 13 innings

Mike Ekstrom went seven strong, yielding two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five. He also tossed two wild pitches, one more than he had all year with Mobile. It is the fourth time in his last six starts he has held the opposition to two runs or less. Ekstrom has allowed two runs or less in 12 of 21 outings over two leagues. He has still now won a decision in Mobile through seven starts.

It was the only hit Leo Rosales surrendered and it would cost him the game – a homer in the top of the 13th. Rosales pitched two and struck out for but took his fourth loss of the year. Rosales had thrown scoreless ball over his last ten outings, spanning 10.2 innings. Since June 1, Rosales has posted a 0.99 ERA with 18 hits allowed in 27.1 innings. Last season, Rosales posted a 1.55 ERA from July 1 through the end of the season.

Lake Elsinore lost 9-0 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Yordany Ramirez collected two of the four hits the Storm managed. The outfielder has been in a 2-for-23 clump before Monday. Nine of his last 14 hits have gone for extra bases. Ramirez is hitting .257 at home this year with 19 hits in 74 at bats and just .174 on the road with 16 hits in 92 at bats. Ramirez is hitting .234 during the month of July, his best month to date.

Josh Geer took the loss, his fourth in the California League, after surrendering five runs, two earned, on nine hits and a walk. It is the fourth time in seven starts that he has allowed five runs or more while he has given up one run or less in his other three outings. He has given up a homer in five of his seven starts with the Storm, including one on Monday, and has allowed four in his last three games.

Fort Wayne won 8-3 over Clinton (Rangers)

David Freese doubled twice in four at bats and added two runs scored and two RBI's. He was also hit by a pitch. It is the sixth time since joining Fort Wayne that he has notched a multi-RBI contest. Five of his last six hits have gone for extra bases. In 16 games with the Wizards, Freese is hitting .423 with the bases empty and .237 with runners on base. He is also hitting .361 at home, as he was on Monday, and .250 on the road.

Will Venable extended his on base streak to 11 games with a 2-for-3 night that included two walks, a double, two runs scored and three RBI's. The outfielder leads the Midwest League in hitting at .321 and is in the top five in the league in doubles with 29. He has drawn 14 walks in his last 21 games while striking out just eight times. Venable is hitting exactly .321 off both right-handed and left-handed pitching.

Greg Burke matched his season-long outing by going seven innings and allowing three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five. The right-hander has walked just eight batters in 73 innings. Left-handers are swatting .369 off him while righties have been held to a .223 average against. Burke has given up three runs or more in each of his last six starts and exactly three in three of his last four. He is 2-1 in his last three games.

Eugene won 10-7 over Vancouver (A's)

Stephen Faris made his first start as an Emerald, giving up five runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings. He also committed two errors. Faris allowed five runs, four earned, on nine hits in 7.1 relief appearances. He had given up one earned run over his last 4.2 innings. He had given up just one hit in eight at bats with runners in scoring position but ended up with two hits allowed in those situations on Monday. Lefties are hitting .385 off him.

Abraham Aguilar reached base three times with three singles in four at bats. It is the second day in a row he has reached base three times in a game, walking three times on Sunday. Aguilar has an RBI in three of the four games he has played with for Eugene. The last time he reached base three times prior to Sunday as May 8 while he was with Fort Wayne. Aguilar batted .202 over 45 games playing second base, shortstop, and third. He has played exclusively at third since joining Eugene.

Luke Cannon went 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBI's, a walk and three runs scored. The outfielder has seven RBI's over his last five games and is 8-for-20 with three walks over that span. Seven of Cannon's eight RBI's have come at home along with four of his five extra base hits. Cannon has struck out in ten straight games and 15 of the 16 he has played in.

AZL Padres lost 2-0 to AZL Royals

Pablo Menchaca threw blanks over five innings, allowing just two hits while walking two and striking out four. It is the first time this year he has thrown shutout ball in his outings and he came into the contest with a .345 average against in six appearances, spanning 19.2 innings. His ERA as a starter dropped from 2.25 to 1.38. Menchaca has a 8.49 ERA in 11.2 innings of relief work.

Matt Huff pitched an inning and a third of scoreless ball, holding one inherited runner from scoring and striking out two. Huff hasn't allowed a run in 5.2 innings, allowing three hits over that span while striking out six. He has given up runs in four of his ten appearances. Since posting a 8.31 ERA in the month of June, Huff has posted a 3.08 ERA in July with a .214 average against.

Ray Stokes collected the only mutli-hit game of the day for the Padres. He went 2-for-3 but did commit his first error with the Rookie League squad. Stokes matched his hit total of his previous five games and upped his on base percentage to .450 with the team thanks to five walks. Stokes had eight hits in 43 at bats with the Eugene Emeralds before being sent down. Both of his hits with Peoria coming into the game had come off left-handed pitching but his singles on Monday were off right-handers.


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