Mead magnificent; Gomes on point

Mike Thompson was solid over eight but Scott Cassidy got the win. Peter Ciofrone provides a walk-off in the 11th. Matt Antonelli nets a career-high. Brandon Gomes is as close to perfect as one can get since joining the organization. Jeremy Hefner stars while Eric Sogard get into the lineup for the first time. Tyler Mead is brilliant and Yefri Carvajal continues to streak.

AZL Padres won 13-0 over AZL Royals

After a single to open the third, Tyler Mead would not allow a hit the rest of his outing and the bullpen tossed three innings of no-hit ball. Mead worked six innings and allowed the lone base knock while walking three, hitting a batter and striking out two to move to 1-0. He induced 12 ground ball outs compared to four fly outs. The right-hander had allowed seven runs on nine hits over his first six innings of work – both coming as a piggyback starter. He has limited left-handed hitters to a .118 average.

For the 10th straight game to open the year, Yefri Carvajal reached base, going 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. He has five multi-hit games and hits in eight of the ten. The outfielder, who drew just three walks all of last year in 78 plate appearances, already has seven this season – although he did not draw a base on balls on Wednesday. Carvajal has scored 11 runs on the year and is hitting .500 with runners on base. His five extra base hits match his total from last year in half the at bats.

Keoni Ruth had three hits in five at bats, including his first professional homer – a two-run shot in the fifth – to extend his hitting streak to nine games. Ruth also drove in another run with a single and scored twice. He has six multi-hit games on the year and has not struck out in 35 at bats to start the year while drawing five walks for a .550 on base percentage. Ruth has six RBIs over his last three games and is hitting .583 with runners in scoring position.

Portland won 2-1 over Tacoma (Mariners)

Mike Thompson pitched eight strong innings, yielding one unearned run on five hits and a walk while striking out six. While it is the second straight outing he has gone eight innings, this outing was far different than the five runs he allowed on a season-high 12 hits last time. It was the first time this year he has not allowed an earned run over 13 starts and the second time he has yielded one run. His ERA has dropped in every start this season and is down to 6.00 after beginning the year at 27.00.

Scott Cassidy earned the win when Justin Hatcher touched home after a botched fielding play on an attempted force out in the final frame. The right-hander walked one and struck out two in his lone inning of work. Cassidy came into the game after allowing runs in two straight for just the second time this year. He has surrendered runs in five of his 18 outings on the year and has fanned two or more in an inning seven times.

San Antonio won 3-1 over Tulsa (Rockies) in 10 innings

Peter Ciofrone's lone hit was the most important. He swatted a two-run walk-off in the tenth inning to give the Missions the win. It was the sixth homer of the year for the outfielder but the first since May 6 and it is his only this so far this month. Ciofrone came into the game with two RBIs over his previous 16 games, despite a .333 average with runners in scoring position for the year.

Cesar Ramos allowed a solo homer for the only blemish on Wednesday's resume. He allowed five hits over seven innings allowing the lone run while striking out five. The left-hander has allowed two earned runs over his last 21 innings of work, scattering 12 hits while striking out 10. It is the eighth time in 17 starts he has surrendered two runs or less. He has held left-handed hitters to a .206 average on the year.

Lake Elsinore won 15-8 over Visalia (Diamondbacks)

Chad Huffman went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. He was also credited with an outfield assist after gunning down a runner at second base. Huffman has reached base safely in 13 straight games, going 17-for-51 with eight walks. The outfielder has also knocked in 13 over that span with five multi-RBI games. Huffman has seven outfield assists this season.

Matt Antonelli hit a solo homer, tripled with the bases loaded and added a sacrifice fly to give the leadoff hitter five RBIs on the night, besting the career-high four-RBI night he had on April 9. Antonelli has five straight multi-hit games and has scored seven times over his last four games. He has 11 hits in his last 21 at bats with four walks for a .600 on base percentage. Twelve of his 13 homers have come with the bases empty and 10 have come to leadoff an inning.

Fort Wayne lost 5-4 to West Michigan (Tigers)

Brandon Gomes worked three scoreless innings in relief, pitching to the minimum and striking out two while not allowing a baserunner. The right-hander has yielded just one hit over five inning since joining Fort Wayne, a two out single, and has given up just two hits over 11.1 innings over two leagues for an impressive .057 batting average against. He has yet to allow a run and has walked just one batter.

Stephen Faris evened his record at 4-4 after surrendering five runs on eight hits and a walk over six innings. The right-hander came into the game with three earned runs allowed over his previous 20.2 innings on 13 hits. It is, however, the fourth time he has surrendered five runs or more over 11 starts. The four runs Faris allowed in the fourth inning were the first he has surrendered in that stanza over 11 innings.

Eugene won 5-1 over Yakima (Diamondbacks)

Eric Sogard made his debut and went 1-for-2 with two walks, an RBI and a stolen base out of the two-hole. The 81st overall pick in this year's draft, Sogard was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year after he batted .400 (100-for-250) with 12 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs, 62 RBI and 74 runs scored in 64 games for the Pac-10 Conference Champion Sun Devils this season. A native of Phoenix, AZ, Sogard also earned All Pac-10 honors for the second straight season.

Jeremy Hefner tossed bullets over four innings, yielding two runs and a walk while striking out five. Hefner has allowed just one run on six hits over his first 9.1 innings to begin the season while striking out 13. He has fanned 10 over his last 6.1 innings. Hefner, a right-hander, has allowed one hit in 15 at bats with runners on base and has limited left-handed hitters to a .154 average.

John Hussey picked up his second win of the year, allowing one run on a hit, three walks, and two hit batsmen over three innings. The right-hander has given up four earned runs over four appearances, including three starts, for Eugene. The Aussie had surrendered 20 runs in 24 innings to go with an 0-5 record for Fort Wayne before being sent down.

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