Carvajal banging; Zawadzki laser

Brian Myrow clubbed two homers, but Clay Hensley had his worst outing to date. The Texas League All-Stars played - Will Venable played a pivotal role. Lance Zawadzki debuts with a bang. Yefri Carvajal, 17, shows patience and power, while Matt Bush throws fire and is excited about the returns. Euclides Viloria, also 17, debuts and talks about his goals, and Cooper Brannan wishes he had the day off.

Portland lost 8-3 to Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Brian Myrow collected two solo homers, going yard in the seventh inning and again in the ninth. Since May 24, the first baseman has slugged six homers with 31 RBIs. Since that time he has collected 44 hits in 106 at bats, a .415 average. At the time he was hitting .174 but now has a robust .342 mark to his credit. Over the last 13 games, Myrow has notched 13 extra base hits with 10 doubles and three homers. It was the first time in his career that he has connected for two homers in a game.

Royce Huffman went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and a solo blast to extend his on base streak to nine games. Each of his last six hits have gone for extra bases with four doubles and two homers. He has 36 hits in his last 100 at bats with 10 doubles, three homers and 14 RBIs. His average has jumped from .208 to .266 in the process. Eight of his 28 extra base hits have come in the fourth inning – the same frame he homered in on Tuesday.

Clay Hensley was pounded for eight runs, all earned, on 11 hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out nine. Seven of the 11 hits went for extra bases, including four balls that left the yard. He was 1-for-2 at the plate with a double. The right-hander had given up three bombs over seven Triple-A starts coming into the game. Hensley has allowed eight hits or more in five outings and six runs or more on four occasions. Over the last two games, Hensley has surrendered 16 runs, 12 earned, on 21 hits and three walks over 12.1 innings.

Texas League South won 5-4 vs. North All-Stars in 10 innings

Josh Geer pitched a scoreless sixth inning for the South squad. He allowed one hit and struck out one, tossing 17 pitches, 12 for strikes.

Paul Abraham came on in a tie game in the ninth inning and after allowing a single to open the inning the right-hander induced a double play before he was lifted. He threw just three pitches.

Will Venable singled in his first at bat in the fifth inning, stole second, and scored on a single. After a soft liner to the pitcher in the seventh, Venable led off the bottom of the tenth inning down 4-3 and hit a solo homer to left field to tie the game before the South one the game three batters later.

Peter Ciofrone, a replacement for Chase Headley, singled in the second and grounded out in the fifth.

Lake Elsinore won 8-3 over High Desert (Mariners)

Matt Buschmann followed up Pitcher of the Week honors in the California League with another impressive outing. The right-hander went six innings, allowing an unearned run on five hits and a walk while whiffing five to move to 6-4 on the year. Buschmann did hit a batter and picked off a runner at first. He has allowed three earned runs over his last four starts, giving up 19 hits over a span of 27 innings.

Craig Cooper went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and four RBIs. He also added a sacrifice fly. It is the sixth time this year he has driven in three or more runs and the third time he has notched two doubles in a game. Cooper has whiffed just once in his last 31 at bats and has reached base safely in 12 of his last 13. He is hitting .095 in the first inning but .344 during the rest of the game.

Fort Wayne Great Lakes (Dodgers) postponed due to rain

Eugene won 5-2 over Boise (Cubs)

In his first at bat in professional ball, Lance Zawadzki sent a 2-1 fastball bulleting down the right field line for a homer. His homer would spark a four-run rally in the opening frame. It was the only hit of the night for the shortstop, as he went 0-for-3 the rest of the way. A fourth-round pick, Zawadzki hit .461 as a senior at Lee University after spending three years at San Diego State. He had 106 hits, including 26 doubles, seven triples, nine homers and 71 RBI.

Rey Garramone fell an inning shy of gaining the win, giving up one hit and one walk over four scoreless innings while striking out three. The right-hander has given up four hits over his first eight innings of work in the Northwest League. Garramone had only one stretch of games where he went four or more innings over a two-game span last season, matching the feat after two starts this year. He has given up five earned over his last 25.2 innings dating back to last year.

Matt Huff earned the save, striking out the side around a walk, giving him three straight scoreless outings after giving up a run in his first outing. He went 4-1 with one save and a 3.15 ERA over a league leading 23 appearances with the AZL Padres. In 34.1 innings he allowed 33 hits and seven walks while striking out 38. He also had one appearance with the Ems in '06. Huff pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless ball in the Arizona Rookie League Championship, allowing one hit and a walk while striking out two.

AZL Padres lost 16-4 to AZL A's

Cooper Brannan had a day to forget on Tuesday. The right-hander came in with the bases loaded and two outs only to walk the first batter he faced, scoring a run. The next five batters went: double, walk, double, walk, (steal), single – all three inherited runners scored and five more crossed the dish before he was pulled with nary an out recorded. Signed as an undrafted free agent this off-season, Brannan has surrendered eight runs, five earned, on five hits, three walks and a hit batsman over one inning of work.

Matt Bush wiped up the Brannan mess, recording the final out by way of strikeout. Bush would go on to record fan the side in the next inning around a walk and a single before exiting the game. He has whiffed six in 2.1 scoreless innings. Bush sat 92-95 MPH with his fastball on Tuesday and has already shown the change from position player to pitcher hasn't been a big challenge.

"The conversion is going good," Bush said. "I feel great out there."

Euclides Viloria, a 17-year-old left-hander signed on International Signing Day last season, got the start and was charged with four runs on three hits and four walks over 2.2 innings. He struck out the side around a single in the first inning and whiffed five in the game. He also picked off a runner at first base. It was his first game pitching competitively as a professional.

"I am trying to get better with my mechanics and my overall pitching," Viloria said through a translator. "I need to clean up my mechanics. I am trying to stay on top of the ball all the time and not rush to the plate and my footwork – staying straight."

Yefri Carvajal, meanwhile, showed he has some sock in his bat, going 2-dor-4 with a double and a homer. The outfielder has a hit in each of first four games and he has reached base multiple times in each of hid contests, going 6-for-16 with three walks for a .474 on base percentage. Carvajal has also scored once in each of his games. He hit .253 with 19 hits in 75 at bats in 19 games for the AZL Padres last year after having the hook of the hamate removed from his hand and missing a good chunk of the year. Carvajal had three walks all of last year.


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