Rock the Kazmar; Eugene shutout sweep

Paul McAnulty is tuning up for San Diego. Lake Elsinore scored a season-high 20 runs with Sean Kazmar and Adam Bourassa leading the charge. Jarrett Gardner did not have his good stuff. Eugene throws consecutive shutouts in their doubleheader. The AZL Padres will play another day – for the Championship.

Portland lost 11-8 to Fresno (Giants)

Mike Adams was torched for six runs, two earned, on five hits in an inning and two-thirds. He was saddled with his second blown save and second loss, the first with Portland – surrendering a homer to cap the scoring. The right-hander has allowed ten runs over his last 2.2 innings and has given up runs in seven of his 16 outings with the Beavers. Adams added a throwing error, one of five errors on the day for Portland.

Paul McAnulty went 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI's and two runs scored. He has five RBI's in his last two games and has knocked in 24 over 29 games this month with five homers and five doubles. He is hitting .333 when he plays the hot corner and has a .331 mark with runners in scoring position on the year. Playing third base, he did commit his 20th error of the year.

Mobile had the night off

Lake Elsinore won 20-10 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

"What has carried us to where we are right now has been our pitching and defense," Headley said prior to the game. If he only knew.

Nine runs came across against starter Josh Geer, seven earned, on ten hits and two walks over five innings – and he earned the win. It is the second time this year he has allowed nine runs – and the right-hander did not take the loss in that game either. Of the four games he has yielded six or more runs he has lost just one. It is the third time this season he has allowed double-digit hits and the seventh time in 14 starts he has allowed five runs or more.

Lake Elsinore went on to set a new season-high in runs scored, marching past the 17 they scored on July 4 against Inland Empire. Every batter in the lineup had an RBI and all but Tim Turner, who came in as a pinch-hitter scored a run.

Adam Bourassa led the way, going 3-for-5 with a double, two walks, two RBI's and five runs scored. Although he hit .356 in 48 games for Lake Elsinore last season, he had never touched home plate more than three times in a game. Bourassa has now scored ten runs in eight games and has been on base 13 times in his last four games with seven hits and six walks. He has whiffed just twice this year and has not seen a strike three over his last seven games, spanning 35 plate appearances.

Sean Kazmar also reached base five times, going 2-for-4 with three walks, a double, three runs scored and three RBI's. He has knocked in a run in each of his last four games and is hitting .294 over his last 29 games with 18 walks, 15 K's and 24 RBI's.

"It was a great team win," Kazmar said. "Geer got through five and got the win out there. For him to not have his best stuff and still give us five – you have to give him a lot of credit."

Kazmar did commit an error, his 22nd of the year.

"It was a tough play up the middle and I didn't handle it clean. I wish the next one was hit right back to me. I don't let errors bother me. I don't take them up to the next at bat with me. I just go out and try and help out the team as much as I can."

Fort Wayne lost 8-5 to Clinton (Rangers)

Jarrett Gardner was pummeled over 4.2 innings, surrendering six runs on a season-high 12 hits. It is the third time in six starts he has allowed double-digit hits. He had given up just one run in his previous 13 innings coming into the game but the opposition is hitting .388 off him over his last six starts and the right-hander has amassed a 6.23 ERA over that span. He has walked just four batters in 62 innings but has allowed 82 hits over that span.

Mike Sansoe reached base in each of his five plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with three walks and a run scored. It is his fourth straight multi-hit game, going 9-for-12 over that span with five runs scored and five walks. Sansoe is hitting .367 during the month of August with 33 hits in 90 at bats to go along with 21 runs scored. Over his last 35 games he is batting .352, raising his average from .226 to .287.

Eugene won 1-0 over Everett (Mariners) in game one, won 6-0 in game two

Brooks Dunn pitched a gem in the front half of the doubleheader, not allowing a run over six innings, scattering five hits while striking out eight. The left-hander upped his record to 4-6 and has allowed one earned run over his last 18 innings of work. Over seven outings in August, Dunn has posted 1.59 ERA over 34 frames. His 2.65 ERA on the year is sixth best in the Northwest League, pending the day's action.

Orlando Lara recorded five of his six outs by way of the strikeout as the starter, walking two. He has not allowed a run over his last 10.1 innings, holding the opposition to a .162 average over that span, and has given up one run over his last 16. Lara has given up 22 hits in his last 119 at bats, a .185 average against. In 43.2 innings he has whiffed 57, including 24 over his last 16.

Matt Stocco belted two homers, his first two of the year, and knocked in three RBI's. He has five RBI's in his last three games and has an extra base hit in four straight years. The catcher had whiffed in each of his first 17 games with Eugene, whiffing 26 times in 57 at bats. Wednesday was the first day he did not see a strike three call. He is hitting .286 since being dropped to ninth in the order.

AZL Padres lost 1-0 to AZL Angels

John Hussey took the ball with an eye on clinching the Championship with a win. He did his job in his longest outing of the year, yielding just three hits over six scoreless innings, walking one, hitting a batter and striking out five in a no-decision. He lowered his ERA as a starter to 2.35. He has given up just seven hits in 46 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Rey Garramone took the loss, giving up a single and two wild pitches, which plated the runner in his lone inning of work. Garramone entered the game with four wild pitches thrown but none over his last 19.2 innings. He had allowed two earned runs over his last 16.2 frames. Left-handed batters are hitting .368 off him this year while righties are batting .214. Garramone has a 3.24 ERA as a reliever.

The two teams will have a rematch on Thursday for the Arizona Rookie League Championship. Pablo Menchaca pitches for the Padres.


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