Latos dominant; Venable's hit a doozy

Aaron Rakers blows up, allowing three bombs. Will Venable had one hit, but it was timely. Jon Link took the blown save and the loss. Steve Delabar drops the game after several strong outings. Mat Latos is nearly unhittable over three innings. Jeudy Valdez made up for an error by scoring three times.

Portland lost 8-3 to Tacoma (Mariners)

Aaron Rakers allowed an inherited runner to score and then proceeded to surrender five of his own over an inning of work. The right-hander gave up back-to-back homers in the seventh inning and another three-run shot the following inning. Rakers had given up six homers over his first 43.1 innings over 32 appearances. It was the second time he has given up multiple bombs in a game. He has allowed runs in 13 of 33 games overall.

Frank Menechino fell a three-bagger short of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI. Over his last eight games, the infielder has gone 15-for-32 with three doubles, a homer, five RBIs and 10 runs scored. He has batted in seven different spots in the order, despite playing in just 20 games for Portland. Menechino is hitting .414 when he bats third in the order, as he did on Saturday.

San Antonio won 9-4 over Wichita (Royals)

Josh Geer (9-4) allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits and a walk over seven innings. The right-hander has allowed three earned runs over his last three starts over 21 innings. Geer did toss a wild pitch – the first since an April 21. He has allowed two runs or less in 11 of his 17 starts. Geer allowed runs over the first two innings on Saturday; he has given up 11 runs in 34 frames over the first two stanzas.

Will Venable had just one hit but it was a fortuitous double with the bases loaded that knocked in three with two outs in the seventh. He is 15-for-34 in the seventh inning this year, sporting a .441 average in that frame, his best of any inning. He also added an RBI ground out in the first. It was the third time this year he has knocked in three runs or more. He has 11 RBIs over his last nine games.

Lake Elsinore lost 7-6 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Jon Link (1-1) suffered his second blown save of the season and the loss, giving up two hits bottom of the ninth with a one-run lead, both solo homers. He had saved his last four and nine of 10 coming into the game. Link had given up three homers all year but all of his dingers have come in his last 10 games. The right-hander has allowed runs in eight of his 33 appearances this season.

Yordany Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. The outfielder also swiped three bases to give him 21 for the season. It is the third time this year he has attempted three thefts in the same game but the first time he has been successful on all three. Ramirez is 8-for-21 over his last five games with seven runs scored, including one run in each contest. Ramirez hit .185 during the month of June but upped his average back up to .260 with his recent streak.

Fort Wayne lost 9-3 to Lansing (Blue Jays)

Steve Delabar gave up four hits but five runs over five frames, walking three and striking out six. Three of the four went for extra bases – all hit by Travis Snider who hit for the cycle after Delabar was ousted. The right-hander has not surrendered more than three runs in his first five starts and has yielded four runs on 15 hits over his last four starts, spanning 23.1 innings.

Sam Carter snapped out of a 2-for-16 skid by scoring two of Fort Wayne's three runs, doubling and knocking one out of the park in four at bats. Three of his five homers have come over his last 12 games. He is hitting .356 on the year when he plays left field. While Carter did not strikeout on Saturday, he has whiffed 60 times in 184 at bats – averaging one every 3.07 at bats.

Eugene lost 4-3 to Vancouver (A's) in 11 innings

Mat Latos struck out seven of the 11 batters he faced, fanning the side in the sixth and whiffing two in the fifth and seventh. He gave up one hit and a walk over three scoreless frames in relief. Latos has started his first three outings, giving up seven runs on 10 hits and three walks over 9.1 innings. He has now struck out 19 in 12.1 innings to begin his pro career. Latos has surrendered two hits in 11 at bats to the leadoff man of an inning.

Colt Hynes retired nine of the 10 batters he faced, issuing a free pass as the lone batter to escape his wrath. The walk was his first in 11.1 innings and he has yet to allow an earned run over 13.2 frames. Hynes has limited the opposition to a .140 average on the season and has given up just one hit in 23 at bats with a runner on base while holding the opposition hitless with runners in scoring position.

Matt Huff (0-2) hit the first batter, walked the second and a single followed a fly out to end the game in the bottom of the 11th. After earning the save on June 26, Huff has lost two of his last three appearances, allowing three runs over 1.2 innings. Huff lost just one game in 24 appearances last season over two leagues. He has yielded runs in three of his seven outings this year with all his previous runs coming on homers.

AZL Padres won 12-4 over AZL Rangers

Geoff Vandel (2-0) picked up the win, going six innings and allowing four runs, two earned, on seven hits while striking out a season-high eight and inducing eight ground ball outs. Vandel fanned eight in two of his starts last season and the left-hander has walked just one over 20 innings in 2007. He has given up six earned over his last three starts but the opposition has managed a .329 batting average. Vandel won two games all of last year.

Jeudy Valdez went 2-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. He did, however, commit his fourth error, which led to two unearned runs. The last time he scored three runs in a game came a year ago when he was plated three times on July 6, 2006 while playing for the DSL Padres. After starting the year with seven hits in his first 14 at bats, Valdez had collected four over his next 19 with seven strikeouts prior to Saturday. He has played three positions on the infield and three of his four errors have come while playing second.

Yesid Salazar gave up a single and a pair of walks while striking out one over two scoreless innings in his first appearance since being demoted from Eugene. The right-hander out of Colombia had given up five runs on 10 hits and three walks for Eugene over three appearances. He has surrendered three hits in 22 at bats with runners on base across the two leagues and has held the opposition to a .143 average with runners in scoring position.

There was an error in last night's report that stated the AZL Padres beat the AZL Angels. They actually were victorious over the AZL Athletics. Apologies for the misprint.

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