Ayala, Higelin toss shutout

Vince Sinisi shows a double or three. Mike Ekstrom gets another no-decision and unfortunately Neil Jamison cannot say the same. Manny Ayala and Brandon Higelin combine for a four-hit shutout. Aaron Breit faces his worst outing as a pro on the heels of his worst outing as a pro.

Portland won 11-7 over Las Vegas (Dodgers)

Vince Sinisi went 3-for-5 with four RBIs – driving in all his runs with two outs. Sinisi hit three doubles, giving him 13 on the year. Ten of his 13 doubles have come on the road. It is the third time this year he has collected multiple extra base hits in a game and Sinisi has scored a run in four straight games. His four RBIs set a season-high; he had not knocked in more than two prior to Monday. Sinisi batted third in the lineup for just the fourth time this year.

Brian Myrow collected his third homer of the year, a three-run blast as part of a seven-run fifth inning. He ended the day 2-for-4 with a walk. It was Myrow's second homer in four games and fourth multi-RBI game of the season. He also collected just his third multi-hit game of the year with two coming over his last three games. He is hitting .370 away from PGE Park and just .107 when he suits up at his home field.

Royce Huffman had three hits in five at bats, shooting two doubles into the gaps, scoring a run and driving in one. It was his second straight multi-hit game and fourth over his last eight. Huffman is 11-for-33 over his last nine games with three walks while striking out just four times over his last 15 contests. Huffman has scored two runs over his last 12 games with one coming on Monday.

San Antonio lost 5-4 to Springfield (Cardinals) in 10 innings

Luis Cruz went 2-for-5 with a run scored on Monday from the leadoff spot in the order. He has a hit in three of the four games he has appeared in with Double-A San Antonio. All of his hits have been singles. The shortstop had collected 16 extra base hits with Portland out of his 26 hits. Cruz had batted leadoff in just one game in Triple-A, spending the majority of his time hitting seventh through ninth.

Neil Jamison blew his fourth save of the year in the bottom of the ninth, allowing a solo homer after striking out the first two batters in the inning. He then surrendered a bases loaded single in the tenth to take the loss, his third of the season. Jamison's final line read an inning and a third with two runs in on three hits and two walks. He has given up runs in six of his last nine appearances and has given up multiple runs in each of those outings.

Mike Ekstrom worked five innings, surrendering three runs, all earned, on five hits and three walks while striking out three. The original scoring had given Cruz an error and one Ekstrom one earned run before it was later changed. The right-hander has allowed one earned run or less in four of his 10 starts this year but has earned a no-decision or loss in three of those outings. He has gone eight starts without a win. Ekstrom has walked nine batters over his last 10 innings after walking nine over his first 42 frames.

Lake Elsinore won 8-0 over Lancaster (Red Sox)

Manny Ayala earned his seventh win of the year, pitching six shutout innings while scattering four hits and striking out five. He has won each of his last seven decisions since dropping the opener to Bartolo Colon. It is the third time in 11 starts he has shutout the opposition and is the ninth time he has given up two runs or less. Ayala has allowed four hits or less in six starts and has held the opposition to three hits in 33 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Brandon Higelin faced the minimum over three innings, setting down the nine batters he faced in order, striking out one, to pick up his first save of the year and his career. His three innings pitched marked a season-high. The left-hander had taken the loss in his last outing when a season-high five runs crossed the dish over an inning of work. Higelin has allowed runs in nine of his 17 appearances on the year and the opposition is hitting .311 off him despite their 0-for-9 on Monday.

David Freese went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two walks and two runs scored. The third baseman inched his average up over .300 for the first time since May 6, giving the Storm six regulars who are hitting over .300 for the year. Freese is also one of four players to boast an on base percentage above .400. After netting four doubles in his first 25 games, Freese has 10 over his last 22 with 22 runs scored over that span and 16 walks.

Fort Wayne lost 11-5 to West Michigan (Tigers)

Aaron Breit lasted just an inning and a third, getting shelled to the tune of a career-high nine runs, all earned, on nine hits while plunking two batters. The right-hander has lasted just two innings over his last two starts, giving up 13 runs on 13 hits, two hit batsmen and three walks. His ERA has spiked from 5.73 to 8.39 in the process. He is now tied for the Midwest League lead in losses with six.

Cedric Hunter hit a two-run homer in the third inning as part of a three-hit night. It is the third consecutive multi-hit game for Hunter as he is 7-for-14 with three RBI over the stretch. After getting blanked from run scored column over a nine game stretch, Hunter has scored a run in three straight. The outfielder is hitting .200 in the first inning of the game but is hitting over .300 from innings two through nine.

Sam Carter went 2-for-4 with a two-run bomb in the fourth inning. He is 3-for-8 over his last two games to bust out of a 0-for-17 slump. Carter had more RBIs on Monday than he had in his previous 15 games (1). The outfielder did whiff twice on the day, giving him 36 strikeouts in 87 at bats – good for 41.4 percent. It is the tenth time he has struck out two or more times. Carter is hitting .306 with the bases empty and .143 with runners in scoring position.

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