Brian Sweeney made his second start of the year for Portland and tossed blanks over six innings, surrendering just two hits while striking out four. He has given up one run as a starter in ten innings, coming on a solo homer. The right-hander has held lefties to one hit in 16 at bats in Triple-A and has a .196 average against overall. Sweeney was 4-4 with a 3.38 ERA in 16 starts for the Beavers last season.
Kennard Jones went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI's to extend his hitting streak to four games, a season-high for Jones in Portland. He has started in four straight contests for the first time in over a month and is 7-for-14 with four runs scored and three RBI's. His average has gone up from .157 to .206, the first time all year he has passed the .200 line. With five hits in his last two games, he now has more hits (20) than walks (16).
Mobile had the night off
Lake Elsinore won 6-3 over Bakersfield (Rangers)
Tim Turner went 2-for-5 with a run scored as the designated hitter. He also stole his 12th base in 15 attempts, his fifth successful steal in a row. The outfielder has seen action in three straight games as a starter for the first time in over two months and is 4-for-12 over that span. Turner did strikeout two times and has whiffed eight times in his last 15 at bats. For the year, Turner has gone down with nary a fight 78 times in 188 at bats, or 42.6 percent of the time.
Two of Tim Brown's three hits in five at bats went for doubles, giving him 32 on the season, good for the fourth best mark in the California League. Brown has logged seven or more doubles in every month of the season and 40 of his 98 hits have gone for extra bases. Since the start of July, Brown is hitting .340 with nine doubles, three homers and 19 RBI's. He has also walked 20 times while striking out just ten times over that span.
Chris Jaile picked up his sixth win of the season, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six over seven frames. Jaile is 3-1 over his last five starts but Thursday marked the first time this year he has gone more than six innings. He has given up three runs or less in six of his last seven starts and has whiffed 29 in his last 30.1 innings. In 14 innings of work in the fourth inning he had given up just two runs until all three runs he allowed scored in the fourth on Thursday.
Fort Wayne lost 6-2 to Wisconsin (Mariners)
Greg Burke took the loss after allowing six runs, five earned, while matching a season-high with ten hits allowed and notching a new season-high with three walks over six frames. Burke has given up ten hits in a game three times this season and 19 over his last two games. His three walks allowed match the total he surrendered in his previous 33 innings of work. He had issued a free pass to just eight men in his first 80 innings of work. Burke has a 4.48 ERA in 12 starts with Fort Wayne after posting a 2.87 ERA over seven relief appearances.
Nathan Staggs pitched two innings of scoreless relief, allowing a hit and striking out two. The right-hander has posted seven straight scoreless innings, allowing three hits while striking out eight. Since posting a 5.40 ERA during the month of May, Staggs has given up nine earned runs over 31.2 innings, a 2.59 ERA. The opposition has 12 hits in 58 at bats off him with runners in scoring position, a .207 average.
Brandon Gottier is riding a ten-game on base streak after going 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored on Thursday. The catcher has seven hits and six walks over that span and has seen action behind the plate or at DH in nearly every game. He is hitting .315 since being dropped to eighth in the order after hitting .179 when he bats seventh. Gottier was 0-for-1 in catching baserunners attempting to steal and has caught 16-of-44 on the season, good for 36 percent.
Eugene won 4-2 over Boise (Cubs) in 12 innings
Eugene was stymied over the first six innings against former Padre prospect Fabian Jimenez, managing just one hit off the left-hander and they had one Garner Wetzel hit through seven before adding two more in the eighth to score a run. Wetzel's second hit, a single, drove in the first run of the night for Eugene. He went 2-for-3 with a K before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. He is hitting .250 over his last six games with three RBI's. He is hitting .355 when he bats seventh in the order, as he did on Thursday, and .115 when he bats elsewhere in the lineup.
Stephen Faris went 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out one. Faris gave up a solo homer, the third blast he has given up this year in 21.2 innings. Faris has now made three straight starts, as the Emeralds have begun to use more consistent starting pitchers throughout, but have kept the piggybacking in place for the eight-man rotation. Faris has given up 20 hits over his last 13.1 innings and had come into the game with nine runs allowed over his last 7.2 frames. The bullpen threw 6.1 innings of scoreless ball.
Mike Epping hit his second homer of the year in the 12th inning, a two-run walk-off to send Eugene home with the win. The centerfielder had gone 0-for-3 with two walks prior to smashing the game-winner. It was the third time this year he has driven in two in a game with the last coming on June 22 – the last time he homered. Over his last nine games, Epping has scored ten runs and he continues to pace the Northwest League leaderboard with 38 runs scored. Although he had 22 walks coming into the game, he had drawn a free pass just three times over his last 13 games while striking out 18 times over that span.
AZL Padres won 10-9 over AZL Brewers
Yefri Carvajal hit his first professional homer on Thursday, a solo shot in the sixth inning that started a five-run rally. Carvajal went 2-for-5 on the night, giving him multi-hit games in two of his last three games and for the third time in ten contests on the year. The outfielder is hitting .333 when he plays in left field and .190 when he plays in right field. Carvajal has scored four runs in his last four games.
Geoff Vandel was tagged for five runs, four earned on two hits, two walks, and two hit batsmen in an inning of work. The left-hander has given up nine runs, eight earned, over his last 3.1 innings on six hits, five walks and the two hit batters. He has a 10.12 ERA over two leagues with 21 earned runs over 18.2 innings for the year. He has walked 17 and given up 29 hits over that span.
Adam Bourassa plated the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth with a ground rule double. The outfielder has gone 7-for-14 in the desert with at least one run scored and one RBI in each of his four games. He has scored five runs and plated six over that span.
Felix Carrasco left the game after being hit with a pitch in the first inning. No word was immediately available on if it was precautionary or whether the third baseman suffered a more serious injury. Rayner Contreras took his place, moving over from second base.