Bushcmann double-digits; Kulbacki king

Mike Thompson is roughed up again in a Portland loss. Will Venable is heating up – much like he did last year. Matt Buschmann wins number 10 and has been impressive over the last nine. Nick Schmidt stretches out a little more. Kellen Kulbacki joined the hit parade in a big way. Alexis Lara has put up zeroes for some time down in the desert. Plus, a DSL All-Star game update.

Portland lost 10-8 to Tucson (Diamondbacks)

Mike Thompson gave up four first inning runs and six on the day, yielding eight hits and two walks over six innings while also plunking a batter. Four of the hits went for extra bases, including three home runs. It is the second time this year he has given up multiple homers in a game and the third straight game he has surrendered six or more runs. Thompson has allowed five or more runs 11 times in 17 outings this year.

Craig Stansberry went 2-for-4 with a walk, double, and two runs scored from the leadoff spot. It was his second straight multi-hit game after netting just one multi-hit game over his previous 18 contests. During that stretch of games he hit just .180, dropping his average from .309 to .286. He is back up to .291 with four hits in his last seven at bats.

San Antonio won 8-5 over Frisco (Rangers)

Will Venable went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs. The outfielder has collected seven extra base hits in his last 16 games after netting four in his previous 28 contests. Over his last 18 games, Venable is hitting .333; this comes on the heels of a .255 average over his previous 55 games. Venable has five three-hit games this month and six multi-hit games over his last nine. He has five games with three or more RBIs this year.

Chase Headley walloped a three-run homer as part of a 2-for-4 night that ended with four RBIs. The homer was his 16th of the season and his tenth with runners on base. Headley has been on base in 25 straight Texas League games dating back to June 11 – with a stop in San Diego in between. He has had two streaks of 24 games or more this year. He has seven games with three or more RBIs and his 64 on the year is tied for the league lead. He continues to pace the league in batting average at .346.

Lake Elsinore won 7-3 over High Desert (Mariners)

Matt Buschmann (10-4) became the third pitcher in the system to earn his 10th win, allowing two runs on a season-high 11 hits while striking out three over seven innings. Buschmann has won each of his last seven decisions over a nine game span and he has not allowed more than two runs in any of those contests. His ERA has dropped from 4.57 to 2.98 with his current run, and the right-hander has kept the opposition to two earned runs or less in 15 of his 21 starts.

Craig Cooper doubled in a run over four at bats and scored twice to help keep the Storm winning streak rolling at a franchise record 12 straight. He was also credited with an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at home when he hit Brandon Gottier on the fly to nab Jesus Guzman in the sixth. Cooper has played in just seven games as an outfielder and this was his first professional outfield assist. He has scored 10 runs over his last five games.

Fort Wayne lost 6-1 to Peoria (Cubs)

Tom King his hit second homer of the season, a solo shot that provided the only offense of the day, as part of a 1-for-3 day that included a walk. Both of his homers have come over his last five games and both have come while hitting fifth in the order. He has batted in six different slots in the lineup. While he has notched a hit in 14 of his last 17 games, King is hitting just .254 over that span.

Nick Schmidt tossed three scoreless innings as he continues to stretch out his arm. The left-hander yielded one hit and a walk while striking out two. Schmidt had given up one run on three hits and two walks in his professional debut. Three of the five leadoff men to face him have reached base, but he has surrendered just one hit in nine at bats with runners on base, and he has yet to allow a hit with runners in scoring position.

Eugene won 12-4 over Tri-City (Rockies)

Every hitter in the starting lineup had a hit, as the team batted around in the first inning, getting two homers in the opening frame.

Keith Conlon cracked three extra base hits as part of a 4-for-5 evening, smacking two doubles and smashing a solo homer. He also scored four runs but did ground into a double play. Conlon is on a tear of late with 16 hits in 31 at bats over his last eight games, including six multi-hit games. Conlon has an RBI in five of his last six games, notching 10 RBIs over that span. He has also scored 14 runs over his last seven games with four multi-run games.

Kellen Kulbacki was also part of the hit parade, going 4-for-5 with a double, homer, two runs scored and a season-high three RBIs. It is his second four-hit game of the year and the fourth time he has collected three or more hits. Kulbacki has five multi-RBI games this year but came into the game with one over his last seven games. The outfielder had two extra base hits just once previously – collecting a homer and double on July 2.

Corey Kluber made his professional debut, allowing one hit over a scoreless inning while striking out one. A fourth-round pick of the Padres, Kluber led Stetson to a 2007 NCAA Regional appearance. He was 12-2 with a 2.05 ERA (26 ER/114.0 IP) in 17 starts for Stetson. Kluber, 21, held opponents to a .217 batting average while striking out 117 compared to 36 walks.

AZL Padres lost 3-2 to AZL Angels

Shane Buschini had one of the Padres four hits on Sunday afternoon, doubling in a run and adding a walk. Buschini came into the game with two hits in his first 19 at bats in Arizona with one walk over that time. The San Diego native didn't have much luck in Eugene either, collecting seven hits in 44 at bats before being demoted. The double was Buschini's third over two leagues.

Jose Martinez worked one scoreless inning, allowing a single but erasing the baserunner with a double play grounder – the first he has induced this season. Martinez had allowed three runs in his last outing and 15 hits over 10 innings this year. The right-hander has given up runs in three of his eight outings with seven coming over two of those frames. The leadoff man of an inning is reaching base at a .500 clip off Martinez.

Alexis Lara notched a scoreless inning, allowing a single and a walk but retiring the final batter on a ground out to come away unscathed. The right-hander has not allowed a run over his last 11 innings of work, giving up seven hits and seven walks but limiting the opposition to just one hit in 15 at bats with runners in scoring position. He has limited the opposition to just three hits in 23 at bats with runners on base.

DSL All-Star game

Edinson Rincon started at third base and went 0-for-2 with an RBI. He grounded out to shortstop in his first at bat and drove in a runner from third with less than two out with a ground ball to second. He is scheduled to report to Peoria, Arizona on Tuesday and join the AZL Padres as a 16-year-old.

Jose De Paula was the winning pitcher for the NL. He pitched a scoreless fourth and allowed a single.

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