Stephen Faris pitched to the minimum through five innings and went on to toss a complete game one-hitter, walking two. He threw 92 pitches, inducing 16 groundouts, seven fly outs and striking out three. It is the second time in four games he has carried a no-hitter deep into his start – with 12 runs allowed over 8.1 innings between the shutouts. He has given up two runs or less in seven of his 13 starts. It was the first time this year he has gone past the sixth inning.
"What is sad is I talked to the guys and they said it was three feet foul," Faris said of the hit he surrendered. "I swear. The coaches and everyone came out and everyone was about to get thrown out. The only hit of the game right there – a foul ball down the first base line."
Jodam Rivera went 2-for-3 with a walk, double, homer, two runs scored and a pair of RBIs. He came into the game with two hits in his previous 20 at bats. Tuesday was the second time his year he has collected two extra base hits in a game – the first time coming on May 19 when he also doubled and homered. He has scored four runs over his last four games after touching home four times in his previous 20 contests.
Portland lost 9-7 to Las Vegas (Dodgers)
Mike Thompson (2-8) surrendered seven runs over the first two stanzas and has now been hammered for 36 runs over innings one and two in his 15 outings, spanning 29.2 innings. Forty-eight of the 116 hits he has allowed on the year have come in the first two frames. He ended up surrendering nine runs on 10 hits and three walks over five innings. Thompson has allowed five runs or more in 10 of his 15 outings this year.
Drew Macias more than doubled his RBI total for the year, collecting four from his leadoff spot on Tuesday. He came into the game with three RBIs over his first 16 games in Triple-A before going 2-for-5 with a double. Both of his hits came with runners in scoring position after netting just three hits in his first 17 at bats in Portland with runners in scoring position. Macias has been in on seven runs over the last two games with three runs scored on Monday.
San Antonio won 12-7 over Frisco (Giants)
With Colt Morton on his way to Double-A, Nick Hundley set his own statement, clubbing two homers for the second day in a row – his 16th and 17th to put him one off the Texas League lead – as part of a 3-for-6 night that also included a double. He has three multi-homer games over his last eight. Hundley has reached base safely in 19 straight games, hitting .379 with 20 walks compared to just 13 strikeouts. He has smashed 10 homers over the streak with 27 RBIs.
Chase Headley went 2-for-5 with a walk and two runs scored. He has reached base safely in every game (20) since returning from San Diego, giving him two streaks of 20 or more games. He has also reached base in 43 straight away games. Headley has 15 RBIs over his last 11 games and has scored a run in 10 of his last 11 games, touching home 13 times over that span. He continues to lead the league in average, on base percentage, slugging percentage, and extra base hits while sitting in the top five in hits, doubles, homers, RBIs, and runs scored.
Lake Elsinore won 5-4 over Lancaster (Red Sox)
John Madden earned his fifth save of the year, finding himself in the closer's role for the second game in a row. He had blown three of his previous four save opportunities prior to Monday. Madden worked a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and striking out two. He has surrendered runs in 11 of his 29 outings this year and has not worked a 1-2-3 inning since June 16, allowing a hit or a walk in each of his last 14 appearances.
The reworking of Juan Ciriaco's entire swing has worked flawlessly thus far. The shortstop, playing in his second game since going to Arizona, went 3-for-4 with a run scored one day after belting two homers and knocking in three runs. He is 5-for-8 over his last two games after beginning his sting in Lake Elsinore with a .203 average that included zero hits in his previous 15 at bats. Ciriaco hit .281 in the Arizona Rookie League prior to being reassigned to the Storm with five of his nine hits going for extra bases.
David Freese knocked in the winning run with a single in the top of the ninth inning and reached base four times with three hits and a walk. He also belted his 14th homer of the year and notched RBIs 70 and 71, becoming the third member of the team to cross the 70-RBI threshold. Freese has a seven-game hitting streak that has seen the third baseman go 14-for-30 with 11 runs scored and 11 RBIs. He has upped his average from .302 to .316 with the hot streak.
Eugene lost 9-4 to Yakima (Diamondbacks)
Given more quarter than his last outing when he was extremely wild in an inning and a third, the results weren't much better for John Hussey (2-1). While he did not hit a batter for the first time in four games, he was hammered for a season-high seven runs, six earned, on a season-high eight hits and a walk over 3.1 innings. He has not made it through the fourth inning over his last four outings.
Kellen Kulbacki, benched a game for not running out a pop out in under five seconds, got the message. "I learned my lesson," he said the next day after hearing it from manager Greg Riddoch in the dugout. The outfielder had three of Eugene eight hits on Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Kulbacki has reached base safely in 10 straight games, going 12-for-39 with six walks. Tuesday was the second game in a row he has gone without striking out – just the second time this year he has accomplished the feat. He has yet to go three games without a whiff.
AZL Padres won 10-4 over AZL Cubs
Yefri Carvajal laced three doubles as part of a 4-for-5 day that included three runs scored and two RBIs. His first double came off major leaguer Kerry Wood and he came around to score to give Wood the loss. It is the second time this year he has collected three doubles in a game, and he paces the Arizona Rookie League with 13 two-baggers, 14 extra base hits and 22 RBIs. Tuesday was the 10th time in 21 games he has recorded a multi-hit game. He has scored 11 runs over his last seven contests.
Geoff Vandel (3-0) recorded the win, allowing one hit while walking four over five run-free innings. He recorded 11 of his outs on groundouts and struck out two. The left-hander had walked just one over his first four starts and has allowed four hits or less in two starts. He induced two double play grounders and has induced five double play grounders on the year. He has surrendered two earned runs or less in three of his five outings.
Keoni Ruth added another multi-hit game to his resume, going 2-for-5 with a triple, an RBI, and three runs scored. Since going 0-for-6 to snap a 14-game hitting streak, Ruth has multiple hits in each of his past four games, going 10-for-20 with eight runs scored and four RBIs. He did strike out, just his fourth in 82 at bats but whiffing in consecutive games for the first time this year. Ruth leads the league in batting average and hits and is in the top five in on base percentage, slugging, and runs scored.