Watson debut a success; Storm streak ends

Adrian Burnside is much better against righties than lefties. Lake Elsinore sees its streak go up in homers – three allowed by Greg Burke and three by Grant Varnell. Brandon Gomes had his worst outing as a pro. Yefri Carvajal homers in his first Northwest League at bat. Reggie Watson debuts and is instrumental in the AZL win.

Portland lost 6-1 to Oklahoma (Rangers)

Adrian Burnside surrendered a single in his lone scoreless inning after surrendering five runs over his previous two outings. The left-hander has given up runs in four of his 12 outings with the Beavers, giving up multiple runs on three occasions. Burnside has surrendered runs in seven of his 21 outings over Double- and Triple-A. He has limited right-handed hitters to a paltry .176 average on the year.

Ray Chang had one of three hits for the Beavers, doubling in the fifth and scoring the lone run. After seeing his average dip from .291 to .237 over a 13-game span that saw him go 7-for-42, Chang is back on the upswing with 16 hits in his last 52 times to the dish, a .308 average. It was just the 13th run scored for Chang in 45 Triple-A games, spending the majority of his time batting seventh, eighth, or ninth in the order.

San Antonio postponed versus Corpus Christi

Lake Elsinore lost 12-7 to Bakersfield (Rangers)

The streak is over – Greg Burke (3-3) was tagged for seven runs on nine hits in three-plus innings in the losing effort. Six of the nine hits he allowed went for extra bases and three left the yard. Burke allowed nine runs his last time out but was saved by the Lake Elsinore offense. He wasn't so lucky on this night. Over the past 5.2 innings, the right-hander has allowed 19 hits and 16 runs. Burke has given up five homers over that span.

Grant Varnell surrendered four runs on four hits over three innings, allowing two inherited runners to score and also giving up three homers. The six homers allowed tied a season-high for Lake Elsinore. The right-hander has surrendered runs in five straight relief appearances, giving up 15 runs on 15 hits over his last 6.2 innings with seven balls leaving the yard. His ERA has ballooned from 3.14 to 8.57 in the process. He had held five of the six inherited runners from scoring coming into the game.

Fort Wayne lost 9-3 to Peoria (Cubs)

Brandon Gomes (0-1) was charged with seven runs, six earned, on 11 hits over 4.2 innings, all career-highs and a double play grounder to end the third staved off further damage. He has induced a double play grounder in four straight games. He walked one and struck out three. The Louisiana native had surrendered seven runs, four earned, over his first 16 innings of work in the Midwest League and 6.1 innings of the Northwest League combined. Gomes had given up just 12 hits over that 22.1 inning span.

For the 21st time this year, R.J. Rodriguez came in during a non-save situation. He faced the minimum in his lone inning, striking out one. It is the tenth time over 40 appearances that he has faced the minimum during his outing, and Rodriguez has surrendered runs in 13 of his outings. Coming into the game, Rodriguez had surrendered 14 hits and seven runs in his previous 8.2 innings of work.

Eugene lost 3-2 to Tri-City (Rockies)

In his first at bat since being promoted from the Arizona Rookie League, Yefri Carvajal smacked a two-run homer over the left field wall – his second bomb of the year. It would be the only hit he would get and the only runs Eugene would score. He ended the day 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Carvajal hit .340 with 13 doubles and 22 RBIs over 25 games in the desert. He also added five stolen bases without getting caught.

Matt Teague was on the hook for an unearned run over 4.2 innings, giving up four hits and a walk while striking out three. He also picked off two runners at first base. The southpaw has not allowed an earned run over his last 7.2 innings. Teague's free pass was just the second he has issued all year. While 10 of the first 21 hits off Teague went for extra bases, the opposition netted only singles on Tuesday.

Tri-City Dust Devils Manager Fred Ocasio was ejected prior to the first pitch for actions happening the night before.

AZL Padres won 5-2 over AZL Royals

Reggie Watson went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in his system debut after being signed out of the Frontier League this past weekend. Watson was recently voted the MVP of the 2007 Frontier League All-Star game when he went 3-for-4 with two triples, a double, walk, three RBIs and two runs scored. At the time of his signing, Watson was leading the Frontier League in batting average (.357), hits (79), and was 2nd in stolen bases (20), and 3rd in on base percentage (.437).

Adam McDaniel (1-0) picked up the win, throwing an inning of scoreless ball while surrendering two hits. He has not yielded a run over his seven innings of work in the Arizona Rookie League. He has gone nine straight appearances over two leagues without allowing a run and has given up three runs over 12.2 innings, giving up nine hits. The righty has given up three hits in 17 at bats to left-handed hitters this season.

Yesid Salazar picked up his first save of the year, pitching a scoreless ninth and retiring the side in order. The right-hander has given up one hit in 15 at bats to righties since joining the AZL squad, and he has given up four hits in 27 at bats with runners on base across two leagues. After giving up five hits in his first two outings in the desert, Salazar has not allowed a hit over his last three while one man has reached base via the walk.

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