Brooks Dunn good; Brad Chalk debuts

Roger Deago gets pounded in a Portland thumping. Chad Huffman goes yard and Edwin Moreno makes his system debut. Brooks Dunn has an outstanding performance in another Lake Elsinore win. Ernesto Frieri has quietly put together a solid season. Cory Luebke pitches to the minimum and Danny Payne has the hits coming. Brad Chalk debuts in Arizona while Brian Joynt provides the theatrics.

Portland lost 14-6 to Las Vegas (Dodgers)

Roger Deago (1-1) was cooked for seven runs on eight hits and a walk over an inning and two-thirds to take the loss. The left-hander had yielded three runs over his first 8.1 innings with the Beavers, striking out 14. Deago had allowed more than three runs twice previously this year with San Antonio, giving up two runs or less in six of his 11 starts and yielding six runs on 10 hits on June 6 with the Missions.

Adrian Burnside was pegged for three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three over 2.1 innings. He inherited two runners, allowing one to score. Eight of the 14 runners he has inherited over two leagues have come around to score against the left-hander. Burnside had given up runs in two of his first nine outings in Triple-A, allowing three runs over that span. He has given up runs in six of his 18 appearances over two leagues.

San Antonio won 9-5 over Frisco (Rangers)

Chad Huffman extended his hitting streak to six games, notching his first multi-hit game since joining Double-A San Antonio. He ended the game with three hits in five at bats, including a two-run homer – his first in Double-A. Huffman belted 15 homers in 84 games with Lake Elsinore while adding 19 doubles, two triples and 76 RBIs. He hit .307 with 63 runs scored while adding 42 walks.

Edwin Moreno made his system debut, working the ninth inning and allowing two runs on a hit and a walk while striking out two. Moreno, 27, went 8-3 with a 2.71 ERA over 17 games, including 14 starts, in the Mexican Pacific League this year. In 103 innings he allowed 76 hits and walked 17 while striking out 80. Moreno last pitched in affiliated baseball for Double-A Reading in the Phillies system in 2005.

Lake Elsinore won 11-7 over Lancaster (Red Sox)

Craig Cooper went 1-for-2 with two walks and a hit batsman while scoring three runs as he inches his average (.298) back towards .300, spending three days under for the first time since May 12. He was in a 0-for-16 slump prior to going 3-for-7 over his last two games. Cooper has scored six runs over the last two contests and has touched home in seven of his last eight games, scoring 13 runs over that span. He is hitting .257 with one homer over his last 38 games.

Brooks Dunn (2-3) escaped the blown up ERA's with a fantastic outing to earn the win. The lefty allowed just one run on four hits and three walks while striking out three over six innings to extend the Storm winning streak to 10 games. Dunn has surrendered four runs, three earned, over his last three starts – spanning 19 innings. He has posted a 2.30 ERA over six starts in the California League after notching a 1.59 ERA in 13 relief appearances.

Fort Wayne lost 4-3 to Clinton (Rangers)

Aaron Breit (2-10) became the first pitcher in the Midwest League to record double-digit losses, and fell one behind organizational leader Ryan Ketchner for the most losses in the system. The right-hander went an inning and two-thirds, yielding two runs on two hits and three walks, including a homer. It is the fourth time in five games that Breit has walked three or more batters and the sixth time this year. He has lost six straight decisions.

Ernesto Frieri did not allow a baserunner over an inning and a third, stranding one inherited runner and striking out two. Of the 27 runners he has inherited this season only seven have touched home plate. Frieri had allowed six runs over his previous 9.1 innings on 10 hits and five walks. He has, however, struck out 11 in his last seven frames. The right-hander has yielded runs in 10 of his 33 outings on the year.

Eugene won 8-7 over Yakima (Diamondbacks)

Cory Luebke tossed no-run, no-hit ball over four innings of relief, striking out two. The left-hander has allowed just two earned runs over 17 innings this season. Luebke has also not issued a walk this season. He had given up 12 hits over his last 12 innings but pitched to the minimum on Thursday to pick up the win. Luebke has given up just two hits in 17 at bats to the leadoff hitter of an inning.

Danny Payne went 3-for-4 with a run scored on Thursday, adding two stolen bases to give him 12 on the year. The outfielder has just four multi-hit games in 25 contests and despite a .241 average he has been on base in all but two games for the Emeralds. With his 29 walks, Payne owns a .442 on base percentage, which ranks in the top five in the Northwest League. Payne has not bee caught stealing this year and has two multi-steal games. He did ground into a double play for his lone out.

Luis Durango extended his on base streak to 19 games on Thursday with a 2-for-5 night that included two runs scored. He is 32-for-86 over the life of the streak, a .372 average, with a .420 on base percentage. He has also scored 21 runs during the streak and has touched home in six straight games and eight of his last nine. Durango also has a nine-game hitting streak, going 15-for-40. It is his second hitting streak of nine games of more this year.

AZL Padres won 3-2 over AZL Giants in 10 innings

Brian Joynt doubled in the winning run in the bottom of the tenth to give the Padres a walk-off win. It was his second double of the season and the game, as the third baseman also scored a run. Joynt had been in a 1-for-11 slump prior to Thursday's game but still sports a .409 on base percentage in limited action. Joynt did whiff twice, giving him 17 strikeouts in 59 at bats over two leagues, fanning once every 3.47 at bats.

Brad Chalk made his professional debut after suffering through a back injury that had him sidelined since being signed. The outfielder went 1-for-2 at the dish with two walks and an RBI. Chalk, taken with the 87th overall pick out of Clemson, batted .366 (59-for-161) with 10 doubles, two triples, 18 RBIs, 26 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 45 games for the Tigers this past season. He led Clemson this season in batting average and on-base percentage (.483).

Tyler Davis (2-0) tossed two innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit and a walk to earn the win. The right-hander has allowed one run over his last seven outings, spanning eight innings of work. Over that span he has yielded just four hits. Davis has, however, walked a batter in three straight games. The Hawaiian native has allowed one hit in 16 at bats to left-handed hitters and the opposition has a .130 average with runners in scoring position.

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