Morton three, Epping two; AZL Padres rout

Frank Menechino collects three doubles in a Portland loss. Bobby Basham is probably wishing he did not wake up on Saturday. Colt Morton goes yard three times in a Lake Elsinore shellacking. Mike Epping sends two out of the park in a Fort Wayne win. Eugene gets a grand slam from Mitch Canham and four hits from Brian Lauderdale – along with postgame quotes. The AZL Padres score 19 – ‘nuff said.

Portland lost 8-7 to Sacramento (A's)

Frank Menechino bounced three balls off the outfield walls for doubles and had four hits and three RBIs to lead the Portland offense. It was the second time this year he has collected three doubles in a game and he has secured a hit in 12 of the last 13 games he has started. Menechino has three straight multi-hit games and seven over his last 10 games. Over the last 10, the infielder has 21 hits in 42 at bats with seven doubles, one homer, eight RBIs and 12 runs scored.

Clay Hensley was on the hook for six runs on six hits, four walks, and a hit batsman over 5.1 innings, striking out six. Three of the six hits went for extra bases in the no-decision. He has surrendered 29 extra base hits in 60.2 innings of work at Triple-A. Hensley has given up five runs or more in six of his 11 starts. He has also walked four batters in three consecutive games and has issued a free pass to four or more five times.

San Antonio lost 16-8 to Midland (A's)

Bobby Basham (0-1) was pummeled for nine runs, eight earned, on 10 hits and a walk over just two innings of work. He also allowed two inherited runners to score. Basham had allowed two earned runs over 8.2 innings spanning two leagues to begin the year after coming back from surgery. You have to go back to July 2, 2003 to find a time when Basham allowed as many as seven runs in a game and July 19 of the same year to find a time when he surrendered double-digit hits.

Will Venable went 2-for-4, hitting his third homer of the year in the ninth inning and knocking in four on the day while scoring two runs. The outfielder also swiped his 13th bag of the season in 15 attempts. Venable has scored nine runs over his last six games and is 9-for-22 over his last five games with six RBIs. He has two homers in his last nine games after netting one over his first 80. Venable hit six homers over his final 30 games last year for Fort Wayne. Over his last 14 contests he has driven in 17 runs.

Lake Elsinore won 14-3 over High Desert (Mariners)

Colt Morton mashed his first three homers of the year on a 4-for-5 night that included two two-run homers, a solo bomb in the ninth inning and a double. He also scored four times and drew a walk. The slugging catcher has notched an extra base hit in each of his five games with the Storm, collecting six doubles and three homers while driving in eight runs. Morton did get charged with an error for catcher's interference.

Jon Schemmel extended his hitting streak to six games by going 4-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs. He has six hits in his last seven at bats and 11 hits in 24 at bats over the course of his current hitting streak after beginning the year without a hit in eight at bats. Schemmel hit .255 with a 16-to-9 walk-to-strikeout ratio playing for Fort Wayne earlier this year but scored just seven runs despite reaching base 40 times.

Fort Wayne won 10-7 over Cedar Rapids (Angels)

Mike Epping snapped out of a 1-for-12 slump by belting two homers, doubling his season total. He also tripled and reached base a fourth time with a walk, scoring every time. Epping also knocked in three. Epping had scored four runs over his previous 10 games. His three RBIs set a season-high. Epping has eight multi-hit games on the year over 27 games. He is 7-for-17 when he bats first in the lineup, as he did most of last season in Eugene.

Aaron Breit came out of the pen for the first time this season, working three innings and allowing one run on one hit and a walk while striking out a pair. Breit came into the game with 74 runs, 64 earned, allowed over 70.1 innings as a starter. He had also walked 12 over his last 6.1 innings over two starts. The right-hander had given up four runs or more in seven of his last eight outings, only reaching six frames once and not reaching four frames four times.

Eugene won 9-7 over Vancouver (A's)

Mitch Canham
A day after not scoring with nobody out and the bases loaded and failing to score with the bases juiced and one out, Mitch Canham made that point moot by cracking a ball over the scoreboard in right-center field, a good 420-feet from home plate, for his first professional homer – a granny. With one swing of the bat he bested his RBI total for the year, going from three to seven. Canham also laid down a picture perfect bunt in a subsequent at bat with the third baseman playing back. He threw out one of the three runners attempting to steal.

"It was a 1-1 fastball that he left up in the zone," Canham said of the grand slam. "I have been working on letting the ball get deep and staying back. I have been jumping a lot. He got me on a breaking ball last time. That mentality of letting me lay back and look for it in a good spot to put it down the line.

"The wind was blowing out," he added on the distance the ball traversed, although the wind was going out to left field and not right.

After beginning the year with one hit in his first 12 at bats, Brian Lauderdale has collected nine hits in his last 17 at bats with five runs scored. He went 4-for-4 on Saturday night, falling a homer shy of the cycle and driving in two runs. Lauderdale also pummeled the opposing catcher trying to score on a ground out. While he landed the elbow, he would not score.

"I just had a good day," Lauderdale said. "I needed something to kickstart everything. I would have a good day and hit it well but would not get any hits. These just found the holes."

"I hope he does not have any hard feelings – it is just part of pro ball," Lauderdale said of the play at the plate. "I am not trying to be cheap or hurt anyone – just trying to get another run."

AZL Padres won 19-3 over AZL Brewers

Every starter in the lineup scored a run and every regular reached base two or more times. The team is 9-3 when the score is decided by three or more runs, and they set a season-high for runs scored, scoring their first 17 runs with just one extra base hit. They also matched their season-high with 18 hits and set a new season-high with 12 walks.

Tyler Mead (2-0) picked up the win in the blowout, allowing just one unearned run on six hits – all singles – and a walk over five innings while striking out three. The right-hander has allowed one earned run over his last three outings that have spanned 15 innings, lowering his ERA from 9.00 to 3.00. Mead has given up eight hits and six walks over that span and only four of the 17 hits he has allowed all year have gone for extra bases.

After seeing his 14-game hitting streak come to a close with a 0-for-6 night the game before, Keoni Ruth reached base six times with four hits and two walks on Saturday. He also added three runs scored and two RBIs. Ruth has scored 18 times on the year with five multi-run games. He also has three multi-RBI games and has had six games where he has reached base three or more times. He is hitting .509 when he bats second in the order, as he did on Saturday.

Brian Joynt had a day of perfection in his first game since being demoted, going 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and three RBIs. Joynt went 7-for-41 over 10 games with Eugene, netting two doubles, five RBIs and four runs scored. He had walked just twice during his tenure with the Emeralds, a feat he matched in one AZL game. He does have a four-game hitting streak over two leagues with six hits in 14 at bats that include five runs scored.

Edgar Garzon enjoyed a flawless afternoon, collecting three singles and two walks while scoring four runs, extending his hitting streak to 14 games in the process and his on base streak to 18 games to open the year. He is 23-for-56 over the hitting streak with 15 runs scored, 11 RBIs and six doubles. He has also walked more times (12) than he has struck out (10). Garzon has eight multi-hit games and this was the third time in four games he has reached base three or more times.

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