Ayala stands on top; Blanks hammers two

Manny Ayala sits tied atop every league. Kyle Blanks smashed two and Matt Antonelli hits the ninth granny. Daryl Jones goes perfect in a Fort Wayne loss. Shane Buschini hits a homer – but it is the only runs the Emeralds would score. Tyler Mead has another solid outing and Tyler Davis earns his first save.

Portland had a scheduled day off

San Antonio won 13-1 over Wichita (Royals)

Manny Ayala (1-1) worked five innings to pick up his first Double-A win, allowing one run on three hits, a walk and a hit batsman while striking out two. Back-to-back doubles in the first inning accounted for the run. The right-hander has allowed two earned runs or less in 16 of his 19 starts over two leagues this year, including 10 of his last 11. His 12 wins lead the entire minor leagues and tie him with Josh Beckett and C.C. Sabathia for most in all of baseball.

Brett Dowdy hit his second homer of the season in the opening frame and came around to score a season-high three times on a 1-for-3 evening that included two walks. Dowdy is 5-for-14 over the last five games with six runs scored and four RBIs. Dowdy had scored just four runs over his first 18 games at Double-A. He has hit in seven different spots in the lineup over two leagues.

Brett Bonvechio pounded out his fifth bomb of the year, a three-run blast in the eighth and added a bases loaded walk and a single. The homer was his first with men on base. Bonvechio has been on base in all 11 games he has appeared in to open the year, and the homer is his first since clubbing one in each of his first four games. Seven of his 13 hits have gone for extra bases and his four RBIs were one less than he had all year.

Lake Elsinore won 12-7 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Kyle Blanks homered in successive innings, hitting a two-run homer in the second and adding a solo shot in the third. It is the third multi-homer game of the year for the first baseman and pushed him into fifth place in the California League with 17 jacks. Blanks added two more hits to complete a 4-for-5 night that included three runs scored. He also swiped his eighth bag of the year in 10 attempts. The big man came into the year with five stolen bases over his first two years in the league. Blanks has reached base safely in 10 straight.

Matt Antonelli smashed his 14th homer of the year in the second inning – his first career grand slam. It is the ninth grand slam of the year for Storm hitters. He also added a sacrifice fly to give him five RBIs for the game. The second baseman became the fourth member of the squad to surpass 50 RBIs for the year (54). It is the second time in five games he has knocked in five runs and the fifth time this season he has driven in three or more. Antonelli is 15-for-37 over his current nine-game hitting streak.

Fort Wayne lost 11-5 to Lansing (Blue Jays) Sam Carter went 2-for-3, clubbing his sixth homer of the year – a two-run blast in the first stanza – walking twice, and scoring two runs. The outfielder has an RBI in four straight games and has homered twice in his last three. Four of his long balls have come over his last 14 games. Carter batted third for the first time this year on Monday after hitting everywhere from fourth to eighth in the order.

Daryl Jones reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with two walks and a run scored to extend his hitting streak to eight games. It was the first time during the stretch that he has notched a multi-hit game. Jones has scored a run in five of his last six games. It is the fourth time this year he has collected four or more hits. He did, however, have two throwing errors in the third inning that led to two unearned runs – the second time this year he has notched two miscues in a contest.

Eugene lost 3-2 to Vancouver (A's)

Shane Buschini smacked his first professional home run, a two-run blast in the second inning that accounted for all the Ems runs. He also added a single en route to a 2-for-4 evening, his first multi-hit game of the year. Buschini came into the game with five hits in his first 40 at bats and two in his last 27. He did not strikeout for the second time in 11 games but has struck out once every 2.93 at bats.

Brian Joynt collected two hits in four at bats while scoring a run. It was the first multi-hit game of the year for Joynt and gave him hits in three straight after netting three hits in his first 29 at bats. Joynt has also scored a run in three straight games. He has, however, fanned in nine straight games – going down by strikes 13 times. He is whiffing once every 3.15 at bats.

Dustin Gibbs worked two scoreless innings, not allowing a hit and striking out one. The right-hander also stranded two inherited runners in the seventh inning, coming on with nobody out before inducing a ground out, pop out, and fly out. Gibbs has stranded all of the four runners he has inherited on the season and has yielded one earned run on five hits in his 10 innings of work. The opposition has two hits in 13 at bats off Gibbs with runners in scoring position.

AZL Padres won 6-3 over AZL Rangers

After allowing one hit over six innings in his last outing, Tyler Mead surrendered one hit – a solo homer – in four innings on Monday. The right-hander did, however crack three batters – a career-high – and has plunked four over the last two games after not hitting anyone over the first year-plus of his career. He has also walked five batters over his last two games and has more walks (7) than strikeouts (6). Mead has given up two hits in 24 at bats to left-handed hitters.

Tyler Davis pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out one, to pick up his first save of the year. The Hawaii native has given up one hit over his last four innings and has thrown scoreless ball in five of his six outings. He has worked the ninth inning in five of his appearances and has yielded just one hit, hitting two batters and striking out three. Davis has held the opposition to two hits in 17 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Angel Mercado began a new streak on Monday after snapping a 12-game on base streak on Saturday. The outfielder went 2-for-4 with two doubles – his sixth and seventh – while scoring a run. It is his sixth multi-hit game over his last 10 and he has four doubles in his last four games. Mercado has struck out four times in his last 12 at bats after whiffing once in his first 30. He had posted a .538 on base percentage before going 0-for-4 on Saturday.

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