Venable slam; Vandel finds comfort

A slugfest in Vegas as Portland prevails in the 11th – 16-15 is the score. Drew Macias connects for the first time in quite a while. Lake Elsinore played the part of the nail well on Friday. Will Venable hits a grand slam and David Freese knocks in four. Justin Mattison can't record an out. Geoff Vandel finds comfort in starting.

Portland won 16-15 over Las Vegas (Dodgers) in 11 innings

By the end of the fourth inning the game was tied 11-11. Jared Wells lasted just an inning and a third and was charged with seven runs, six earned, on six hits and two walks with 52 pitches thrown. He did have an RBI in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly with Portland putting up a nine-spot before he ever took the mound. It is the third time in his last five starts that he has not lasted more than 3.1 innings and he has given up six runs or more in four of his last five starts and five of 12 since joining Portland.

Every regular in the lineup had a hit and all but one scored a run. Manny Alexander led the way with five hits in seven at bats, four runs scored and two RBI's. All five of his hits were singles. He was thrown out at second base but has 22 hits in his last 60 at bats, a .367 average that has seen his average go from .249 to .265. He has scored a run in seven straight games, touching home plate 11 times.

Paul McAnulty tied the game in the top of the ninth with a double to score two runs and scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning. He also had a two run homer and ended the night with five RBI's. McAnulty was 3-for-4 on the day with two walks and three runs scored. His only out was a double play. McAnulty came into the game with 15 hits in his last 66 at bats over 15 games, a .227 average. After five straight games at third, he was back at first base on Friday but still committed his 17th error of the year.

Mobile won 5-2 over West Tenn (Cubs)

Drew Macias went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, matching his homer total of his previous 56 games. The outfielder has four multi-hit games over his last 41 games and is hitting .211 over that span with seven RBI's and eight runs scored. He has touched home plate just 16 times in his last 68 games and is batting .198 with runners in scoring position. On the road this season Macias is hitting .174 over 58 games with three extra base hits while he is hitting .305 at home with 23 extra base hits.

Jose Oyervidez picked up his fifth win of the year, going five innings and allowing one run on four hits and three walks while striking out eight. The right-hander has struck out 27 in his last 23 innings and has a 3.13 ERA over his last four starts with a .227 batting average against. For the first time this year Oyervidez has won two games in the same month. It is the 13th time in 25 starts he has given up two earned runs or less.

Lake Elsinore lost 17-2 to Visalia (Devil Rays)

Arturo Lopez was back in Lake Elsinore after a one game stint with the Arizona Rookie League Padres where he gave up a run on three hits while striking out two in an inning of work on Wednesday. Lopez, who began the year in Mobile and was loaned to the Dablos Rojas del Mexico, last pitched in Lake Elsinore last season. He gave up four runs on four hits and a walk an an inning and a third of relief. Lopez posted a 9.49 ERA over 21 games in the Mexican League. Five times he went less than an inning but gave up multiple runs. In fact, in those five games he got three outs but surrendered 16 runs.

Mark Roberts had given up ten runs in his first 19 appearances with the Storm in 25.1 innings. He gave up six on Friday in one inning on four hits and two walks as he saw his ERA rise by nearly two from 3.55 to 5.47. He has now given up runs in six of his 20 outings. The right-hander had held the opposition to a .186 average over his last 17 appearances before they went 4-for-7 off him on this day.

Tim Turner got his chance to pitch with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth. He proceeded to allow all three runners to score and gave up three runs of his own on four hits before closing the game out. The outfielder, a .236 hitter over 66 games this season, had pitched once before in his professional career, pitching a scoreless inning on July 9, 2006. His ERA is now at 16.20 for the year, although he did record his first strikeout.

Fort Wayne won 13-4 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Will Venable smashed a grand slam in a five-run second inning and had five RBI's while going 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Venable has homered in successive games for the first time in his career and has gone deep four times in his last five games. The outfielder has an RBI in five straight games, totaling 13 over that span. His 80 RBI's rank second in the Midwest League and 21 have come in his last 16 games.

David Freese added a three-run blast, going 2-for-5 with four RBI's. It is the fourth time this year over two leagues and 58 games that he has driven in four runs or more in a contest. Freese has notched 11 multi-RBI's in 40 games with the Wizards but came into the game with five in his last 14 games. Freese is batting .340 at home with 23 RBI's in 25 games. Freese had scored four runs in his last 14 games coming in. He is batting .383 off left-handed pitching.

Wade LeBlanc allowed one run on three hits and a walk while striking out one over five frames to pick up his second win with Fort Wayne and third of the year. The left-hander has allowed one run or less in three of his five starts with the Wizards. LeBlanc lowered his home ERA to 2.13 and his overall ERA to 3.50 over two leagues. He has held left-handed hitters to six hits in 26 at bats in Midwest League play.

Eugene lost 8-4 to Spokane (Rangers)

Matt Buschmann was pulled after facing two batters in the sixth and ended his night with one unearned run on his ledger on four hits while striking out five. It is the fourth time in his last six starts that he has not allowed an earned run. Over that time he has given up nine runs, seven earned, on 23 hits and eight walks over 32 innings, a 1.97 ERA. Buschmann gave up one hit in three at bats with runners in scoring position on Friday but has surrendered eight hits in 50 at bats on the season in those situations.

Chad Huffman went 3-for-4 with a two-out, three-run homer in the third inning. He extended his hitting streak to ten games in the process and is 17-for-34 with six walks and eight RBI's over the streak. Over his last 16 games he is hitting .393 and is now hitting .375 off left-handed pitching with ten of his 15 hits off southpaws going for extra bases. He is also hitting .302 with runners in scoring position, 31 points lower than his batting average.

Justin Mattison walked the only three batters he faced before being lifted with the bases loaded and nobody out, tossing two wild pitches in the process. He wound up being charged with all three runs and his ERA rose from 2.45 to 3.68 in the process. The left-hander has issued a free pass to 22 in 22 innings on the year and has walked a batter in nine of his last 11 games. He has allowed six earned runs over his first 20 appearances with the Emeralds.

AZL Padres won 5-1 over AZL Rangers in seven innings

Geoff Vandel moved into the starting rotation (his second start of the year in two leagues) and allowed just one hit and one unearned run over five innings, hitting a batter and striking out eight to give him his first win of the year. He has allowed one earned run over his last 9.2 innings and has struck out 13 over his last 7.2 frames. He had given up a run in six of his ten relief appearances – none spanning more than 2.2 innings.

Jeremy Hunt hit a solo homer in the sixth inning, his lone hit of the day in three at bats. In nine games this month, the first baseman has just six hits in 33 at bats. Hunt hit .444 with 32 hits in 72 at bats, including 11 extra base hits and 20 RBI's over 20 games in July. Three of his five jacks have been solo shots and he is hitting .449 with the bases empty and .273 with runners in scoring position.

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