Myrow's five not enough; Jones homers

Brian Myrow's five RBIs weren't enough to save Portland. Josh Geer suffered his third loss in a row and 14 hits were collected off him in the process. Daryl Jones hit his first homer of the year and Jeremy Hunt provided the rest of the offense. Also, a note on another signing that will be headed to Eugene

The Padres signed centerfielder Danny Payne on Wednesday. He will head out to Eugene, Oregon to participate in minicamp.

Portland lost 10-9 to Tacoma (Mariners)

Tim Stauffer had allowed two runs over five innings before four more came across the board in the sixth. His night ended after seven innings with six runs in on nine hits and a walk while striking out two. He had not allowed more than five earned runs in any start and the nine hits matched a season-high. Twenty-four of the 64 hits he has allowed this year have gone for extra bases, including three on Wednesday.

Brian Myrow hit a three-run homer and drove in five while going 4-for-5 at the dish with a double, and three runs scored. He is in the midst of a 14-game hitting tear that has seen the first baseman go 24-for-51, a smoking .471 average with 11 walks, 15 RBIs and 11 runs scored. He has a .457 on base percentage and his five RBIs set a season-high. Myrow has scored eight runs over his last five games.

The recently signed Frank Menechino went 3-for-4 with three doubles and two RBIs. He also added a sacrifice fly. He had been over his first four games with the Beavers. Menechino, who was released earlier this year by Colorado, had gone 2-for-9 with Colorado Springs of the Pacific Coast League. A 45th-round pick in 1993, He has collected 178 doubles in 917 career minor league games entering the year.

San Antonio lost 7-2 to Midland (A's)

Josh Geer was handed his fourth loss of the year after getting hammered for seven runs on 14 hits over just four-plus innings of work. The right-hander also hit a batter and was aided by two outfield assists from Drew Macias who threw out a runner at home and third base. Geer has lost three straight outings and has given up double-digit hits in three of his 13 starts this year. The opposition's batting average jumped from .252 to .279 after Wednesday.

Chase Headley went 2-for-4, hitting a solo homer, his 13th of the year, in the fourth inning. His homer total over 62 games has already surpassed the 12 he hit last year over 129 with Lake Elsinore. He has 37 extra base hits lead the Texas League and he is tied for fifth in the category throughout the entire minor leagues. He is also fourth overall in the minors in slugging percentage at .648.

Jon Searles allowed three inherited runners to score in his first inning of work, walking one, tossing a wild pitch and yielding a single. His ledger, however, was clean over three innings with zero runs allowed. Six of the 19 runners he has inherited have scored all year. He struck out the side in the sixth and ended the night with five. It is the second time this year he has fanned five in an appearance.

Lake Elsinore had a scheduled day off

Fort Wayne won 7-6 over West Michigan (Tigers) in 10 innings

Daryl Jones got off the schnide with his first homer of the year, a solo shot in the eighth inning. The big first baseman also collected three other hits to give him four in five at bats, scoring three runs and driving in two - including scoring the winning run. Jones has a five-game hitting streak, going 9-for-24 over the stretch with five runs scored and four RBIs. Jones has seen his average jump from .235 to .256 in the process.

Jeremy Hunt added some lumber, hitting a two-run homer and doubling in a run to give him three RBIs for the game. It was his double in the tenth that scored Jones. The first baseman has five doubles in his last seven games and eight extra base hits over that span. He has also driven in seven over that time. Hunt had just five extra base hits in his first 37 games. He has scored a run in three straight and four of his last five.

Andy Underwood plowed through eight laborious innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out six. He also surrendered two homers. It was the longest outing of the year for the right-hander and the second time this year he has been tagged for two homers. He had not allowed more than five runs in any of his first 12 starts and his nine hits were a season-high.

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