David Freese, Chad Huffman five-hole

Brian Myrow has come through when he appears. Jared Wells matched something he hadn't done since 2005. Will Venable has three more hits but are extra bases a concern? Chad Huffman and David Freese count to five. Matt Stocco breaks out.

Portland lost 4-3 to Tucson (Diamondbacks)

Brian Myrow doesn't get in the game often but maybe he should. The first baseman went 1-for-3 with a walk, a double, and two RBIs. He has two starts and has driven in five runs on two hits – both going for extra bases. He has also drawn a walk in his only three games – walking in his lone pinch-hit appearance. All five times he has reached base have come with runners on base.

Jared Wells gave up runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth – allowing four runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out three to lose his fourth game (0-4) of the year. Wells never lost more than three straight decisions last year and the last time he lost four straight came from August 2, 2005 through August 18, 2005 while with Double-A Mobile. He has given up four runs or more in three straight outings.

Royce Ring went an inning and a third, giving up one hit and striking out three. He has struck out five of the last seven batters he has faced. The left-hander has whiffed 17 in 13.2 innings and has not allowed a run in five outings. He is averaging just over 15 pitches per inning pitched and is holding the opposition to a .204 average against.

San Antonio won 6-4 over Midland (A's)

Will Venable collected three hits in four at bats and added two RBIs. He also scored a run and notched an outfield assist, doubling up a runner at first base. His hitting streak is at five games – his longest of the year. And Venable's three-hit night was his tenth multi-hit game over 22 Double-A contests. It was his first game notching multiple RBIs, and just five of his 28 hits have gone for extra bases.

Tim Brown belted his team leading sixth homer of the year, a two-run shot in the fourth. He moved into a tie for third place in the Texas League in RBIs with 15 and is tied for second in homers. Brown has four RBIs in his last two games, seven over his last four, and ten in his last seven. He also has hit four of his homers in the last seven. Five of his six homers have come off right-handers – whom he is hitting .306 off, versus his .176 average off lefties.

Jon Searles evened up his record at 1-1, pitching 3.1 innings of relief, giving up one run on four hits while striking out five. He stranded the bases loaded in relief of starter Jose Oyervidez and has allowed just one of eight inherited runners to score. He has given up just three hits in 16 at bats with runners in scoring position. It was the third time in nine appearances he has allowed a run and his five whiffs matched a season-high.

Lake Elsinore won 18-8 over Stockton (A's)

Every regular scored a run, only Matt Bush went hitless and seven players notched a multi-hit game. Every regular reached base twice and five players scored two or more runs. Also, two players racked up five RBIs apiece.

Chad Huffman led the offensive assault, falling a double shy of the cycle. He went 4-for-5 with a walk, three runs scored and a career-high five RBIs. He hit a three-run homer in the second, as his five RBIs accounted for a third of his total on the year. Huffman has RBIs in seven of his last ten games after netting RBIs in just one of his first 11 contests. He has a five-game hitting streak, matching his season-high.

David Freese hit a grand slam in the sixth and ended the night with five RBIs on a 2-for-6 night. It was his second career grand slam. It was the second five-RBI night of his career but fell two shy of his seven-RBI mark set with the Eugene Emeralds last year. Freese has eight multi-hit games and six multi-RBI games on the year. His 21 RBIs on the season pushed him into the top five in the California League. He is hitting .455 with runners in scoring position.

Seth Johnston notched four singles in six at bats and scored two runs and added two RBIs. He also stole his first base of the year but did ground into his first double play of the season. It is the fifth time in 17 games that Johnston has notched three or more hits; in four of those games he has also scored multiple runs. He is now 9-for-12 when he leads off an inning and is batting .471 with the bases empty.

Fort Wayne won 11-10 over Wisconsin (Mariners)

Everyone in the lineup had at least one hit and everyone had either a run scored or an RBI – thanks to a seven-run sixth.

Matt Stocco went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. He also swiped his first bag of the year and caught the only runner attempting to steal off him. After beginning the year with two hits in his first 24 at bats, Stocco is 3-for-8 with two walks and three runs scored over his last two. The catcher has snared just two of 15 base stealers this year.

Kyler Burke went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored, his first multi-hit game since April 12. Burke's two runs scored was also his first since the same date. He entered the game with five hits in his previous 33 at bats. Burke had also struck out seven times in his previous three games. The outfielder is hitting .150 off lefties.

For the fourth straight start, Orlando Lara did not make it past four innings. The left-hander allowed his first two homers of the year, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out a season-high seven. The leadoff man has reached base in eight of the 17 innings he has started on the year. Lara has struck out 18 in 15.2 innings but has surrendered 25 hits and five walks.


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