Daigle on track; Viloria too

Steve Watkins was fantastic over six before a bump in the seventh. Manny Ayala gets hit hard in the first game; Brett Bonvechio propels the offense in game two. Lake Elsinore keeps its winning ways behind a strong Richie Daigle effort. Andy Underwood is blasted again in a shellacking. Justin Baum is on track after a slow start to the year. Euclides Viloria does his job but for naught.

Portland lost 3-0 to Tucson (Diamondbacks)

Steve Watkins (2-2) got the start on Saturday and threw scoreless ball through his first six innings of work. Already at his longest outing of the year at that point, and the first time he had worked more than three innings since May 8, Watkins was sent out for the seventh. Hw would be on the hook for two runs over the next third of an inning to take the loss. Watkins threw just 69 pitches in the game, allowing seven hits and walking three, getting double play grounders in the third and fifth. He has a 2.77 ERA over three starts and a 4.13 ERA in 26 relief appearances.

Aaron Rakers worked an inning and two-thirds, giving up one hit and not allowing a run of his own. He did allow one of two inherited runners to score. He has seen five of the 13 he has inherited through the year come around to touch home plate. Rakers had given up runs in six of his last seven games coming into Saturday, yielding 12 runs on 16 hits and two walks over 7.2 innings. His ERA had ballooned from 4.24 to 5.81, dropping to 5.62 at the conclusion of this game. He has allowed runs in 16 of his 38 appearances.

San Antonio lost 6-0 to Frisco (Rangers) in game one, won 5-2 in game two

The Missions managed just two game one hits, as Manny Ayala (1-2) was hit around for five runs on eight hits and a walk in the loss. It is just the second time in 21 starts over two leagues that the right-hander has allowed five runs or more. It is also the fifth time he has given up eight or more hits. Five of the hits he allowed on Saturday went for extra bases and 11 of the 21 hits since joining Double-A have gone for extras. Twenty-five of the 95 he surrendered in the California League went for extras.

After going 0-for-2 with a walk in the opener, Brett Bonvechio went 1-for-2 with a solo homer and a sacrifice fly in game two to lead the offense. His sac fly was one of three such productive outs in the nightcap. He has homered in two of his last three games and has drawn a walk in 13 of his last 17 games. While he has struck out more than twice as many times as walks drawn in his career, the third baseman sports a 16-to-12 walk-to-strikeout ratio this season. His three sacrifice flies on the year, spanning 20 games, are one of the team lead.

Lake Elsinore won 6-5 over High Desert (Mariners)

Richie Daigle (5-4) threw five shutout innings to nab the victory. The right-hander scattered six hits and two walks while striking out three. Daigle has given up four earned runs over his last four starts – coinciding with him rejoining the rotation after being sent to the pen. Two earned runs have crossed on Daigle over his last 18 innings of work, dropping his ERA from 7.22 to 5.98. It is the first time since May 15 that he has seen his ERA drop below 6.00.

Mike Baxter went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. He logged his seventh triple of the season over two leagues in the third inning to score two, but he did ground into his eighth double play of the year. Baxter is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak with four multi-hit games over his last five. He has also scored a run in each of the six games, touching home plate 10 times over that span. Over his last 11 games, the outfielder is 18-for-46, a .391 average, with 13 runs scored and seven extra base hits.

Fort Wayne lost 9-0 to Peoria (Cubs)

Andy Underwood (6-8) lasted just 3.2 innings, surrendering five runs on five hits and five walks while also hitting a batter and tossing a wild pitch. The five walks he surrendered were a career-high and the right-hander has been tagged over his last two outings to the tune of 15 runs on 14 hits and eight walks over a span of 7.2 innings. He had only walked as many as three once before. He has hit a batter in three of his last four games and has tossed six wild pitches over his last six games.

On a night that saw the Wizards offense grounded into more double plays (3) than hits collected (2), Derek McDaid was tagged for three runs on six hits over 2.1 innings after working out of a jam with two inherited runners. The right-hander has now been called upon to strand 28 runners over his 36 appearances and he has been successful 17 times in accomplishing the task. McDaid has, however, surrendered runs in five of his last nine appearances. Over his last 12.1 innings, McDaid has allowed 10 runs on 20 hits.

Eugene lost 4-3 to Yakima (Diamondbacks)

Justin Baum was in on all three of Eugene's runs. He connected on a solo homer in the first inning, his third of the year, and added a sacrifice fly to add a second RBI on a 2-for-4 night that included two runs scored. After beginning the year with four hits in his first 23 at bats, Baum has collected 20 hits over his last 61 for a .328 average. His 17 RBIs lead the team, as do his six doubles.

John Hussey struck out five over 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up three hits and walking one. Hussey had given up seven runs in his previous outing on eight hits and had hit four batters over his four previous games. The opposition stole one bag with Hussey on the mound, and he has yet to see a caught stealing while in Eugene. His catchers have nabbed two of the 11 runners attempting to steal on him all year across two leagues.

Robert Woodard (2-1) did his job in the eighth inning, stranding two inherited runners to preserve the tie, but he wound up taking the loss when he gave up a run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Woodard has stranded five of the seven runners he has inherited this year and came into the game with one earned run allowed over his first 9.1 innings. The right-hander has retired the leadoff hitter in eight of the nine innings he has begun and he had yet to surrender an extra base hit until a double in the ninth ended the contest.

AZL Padres lost 4-2 to AZL Cubs

Euclides Viloria struck out the side around a walk in the first inning and went on to fan a career-high eight in five innings of work – his longest outing professionally. He allowed one run on two hits and two walks and was in line to earn his first professional victory. The lefty has struck out 14 over his last nine innings but has issued a free pass to 11 over his last 14.2 frames. Viloria has given up two runs or less in three of his past four outings.

The Padres scored their first two runs courtesy of double play grounders and it would be the only scoring they would get. Edgar Garzon was the lone hitter to log a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double and one of the runs scored to break out of an 0-for-13 slump. Prior to his recent skid, the infielder had snapped off a 16-game hitting streak, the top mark to date in the Arizona Rookie League. He hit .406 over that stretch with 26 hits in 64 at bats while drawing nine walks for a .493 on base percentage.

Cooper Brannan (1-2) suffered the loss and his second blown save, giving up three runs on three hits, including a double and three-run homer, over his one inning of work. The homer was the first he has allowed and just three of the first 13 hits he had yielded went for extra bases. Brannan has given up runs in three straight outings after not allowing a run in three straight and has surrendered runs in five of his eight outings. Eight of the 16 hits he has allowed have come with men in scoring position.

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