Freese gets six; Conlon on base six times

Peter Ciofrone knocks in the winning run for Portland. Matt Antonelli goes yard for the first time in Double-A. Three touchdowns is plenty, as David Freese plates six and four other players notch three or more RBIs. Sam Carter took another ball deep. No homers but 18 runs for Eugene in a trashing, as Keith Conlon reaches base six times. Dylan Axelrod takes the loss in a tough Arizona game.

Portland won 6-5 over Sacramento (A's) in 12 innings

Jack Cassel allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits and three walks over 6.2 innings while striking out eight in a no-decision. He also induced 10 ground ball outs. It is the third time in five starts he has surrendered one earned run or less and the ninth time in 17 starts he has been on the hook for two earned or less.

Peter Ciofrone went 3-for-5 and doubled in the eventual winning run in the top of the 12th. The outfielder also collected two other RBIs and a second double earlier in the game. Ciofrone has an RBI in each of his three games since joining Triple-A Portland and in six of his last nine games over two leagues. He hit .264 with 34 RBIs for San Antonio but doubled twice in a game for the first time since April 16.

San Antonio lost 4-3 to Frisco (Giants)

Matt Antonelli went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI coming on his first Double-A homer. The second baseman clubbed 14 homers over 82 games for Lake Elsinore and sports a 14-game hitting streak over two leagues. He is 25-for-56 over the life of the streak with a run scored in 12 of the 14 games, totaling 21 over that span. He has also knocked in 15 while drawing 12 walks. He has scored five runs over his last three games in San Antonio.

Neil Jamison (3-5) allowed a run on two hits and an intentional walk over one inning in the losing effort. He has gone seven straight outings without allowing an earned run. Jamison has surrendered runs in 16 of his 36 appearances on the year. Four of his 22 walks on the year have been intentional and he has surrendered runs in every outing he has issued a free pass on purpose.

Lake Elsinore won 21-5 over High Desert (Mariners)

Every player in the lineup reached base at least twice and every player scored a run. Kyle Blanks was the only player not to score two or more runs.

David Freese led the barrage with a 4-for-6 night that included a homer, a double, and a season-high six RBIs. He also scored three runs on a night that saw four home runs with men on base. It is the eighth time this season that Freese has knocked in three or more. Freese has a modest five-game hitting streak where he has gone 10-for-22 with eight RBIs and eight runs scored. He has struck out just four times over his last 12 games.

Yordany Ramirez went 3-for-6 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored. He has homered in successive games for the first time this year, doubling his season total from two to four. The outfielder has also notched an RBI in four straight, five of the last six and six of the last eight. Over his last eight games he has 12 RBIs. He has also scored 12 runs over his last 12 games and has been successful 12 of the last 13 times he has attempted a stolen base, although he did not try for one on Sunday.

Fort Wayne lost 7-6 over Cedar Rapids (Angels) in 10 innings

Sam Carter went yard for the fourth straight game and the fifth time in six contests on Sunday, part of a 2-for-4 afternoon that included a walk. He has notched an RBI in seven straight games, 10 RBIs over that stretch, and has scored a run in five of the last six, touching home eight times over that span. Carter is hitting .358 over his last 29 games with 15 extra base hits and 21 RBIs after hitting .277 with seven extra base hits and 10 RBIs over his first 29 contests.

Allen Harrington worked two scoreless relief innings, scattering two hits while striking out three. The left-hander has worked 4.1 scoreless after giving up two runs on three hits in his first Midwest League appearances. Harrington went 0-1 with a 3.46 ERA over six games with Eugene, allowing four earned runs on 14 hits and five walks over 10.1 innings.

Eugene won 18-7 over Vancouver (A's)

Everyone in the lineup reached base by the end of the first inning and Justin Baum's single in the sixth ensured that every regular notched at least one base hit.

"That was kind of fun," manager Greg Riddoch said. "I hope we don't have another 28 (games) to have another one."

Eric Sogard doubled up the number of two-baggers he has collected on the year with a pair. He also drove in four runs – coming into the game with just two RBIs on the year. He was the only player in the lineup not to reach base the first time through – making the only out of the first nine batters.

"I was a little scared up there," Sogard said. "I already made one out in the inning and didn't want to make two outs. A little extra pressure on me but I came through."

Sogard went 4-for-5 after the initial out with two doubles, a run scored and his four RBIs, setting a new season-high for RBIs, hits, and doubles in a game.

"The whole team – everyone was seeing the ball well and everything seemed to be dropping our way," Sogard said. "I was hitting the ball where they were and today hit the ball where they weren't so it really helped me out. I had two hits on curveballs and two hits on fastballs.

Keith Conlon takes his home run trot.
Keith Conlon reached base in four of his five plate appearances with three hits, including a two-run double and a solo homer – his first as a professional - while being plunked by a pitch. He is 7-for-13 over his last three games after beginning the year with six hits in his first 34 at bats. He scored four runs on Sunday and has touched home six times over his last two games after scoring two runs over his first 13.

"I have a rule – you go to first in less than five flat or you are coming out of the game," Riddoch said of pulling Kellen Kulbacki after a pop out and laying into him in the dugout. "He ran over five flat to first base. You set a precedent. People sitting in the stands say, ‘Look at these guys. They can't even run a ball out and we paid to watch the game.' You play the game hard – that is the way it is when you are a San Diego Padre."

AZL Padres lost 5-4 to AZL Royals

After working four innings in his previous three appearances, left-hander Shawn Estes worked three on Sunday out of the starting role. He allowed one run on four hits, including a solo homer while fanning five. The solo homer was the first leadoff man to reach base against the left-hander in his four appearances. Estes had given up two runs over his first four innings of rehab work. He has walked just one batter thus far on the season.

Simon Castro worked four innings on the piggyback, yielding two runs, one earned, on two hits, a hit batsman, and three walks while whiffing three. The right-hander has allowed one earned run over his last eight innings but has walked two or more batters in each of his last four outings, despite not going more than four innings in any game. Seven of his 11 walks have come with the bases empty and three to leadoff an inning.

Dylan Axelrod (0-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk in his lone inning of work. After allowing one run over his first four appearances, Axelrod has been tagged for seven runs over his last two. Seven of the 12 hits he has surrendered have gone for extra bases, including two doubles on Sunday. Left-handed hitters own a .500 average off the righty.

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