Roger Deago allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while fanning five over five frames to put himself in line for the win before Scott Cassidy earned his third blown save in the ninth. Deago also went 2-for-2 at the plate with an RBI. He had been 2-for-11 over two leagues as a hitter coming into the game – with both previous hits coming in the same game (May 14 with San Antonio). Deago has posted a 9.94 ERA as a starter with the Beavers after flashing a 3.24 ERA out of the pen.
Ray Chang collected three hits, banging out two doubles, scoring two runs and knocking in one. It is the second time this year he has collected two doubles in a game and his 12 two-baggers in Portland have surpassed his career total (10) since entering the system in 2005. Over two leagues, Chang has collected 20 extra base hits in 71 games while going 63-for-226, a .279 average. Chang has an RBI in three straight games – a feat he has accomplished once previously on the year.
San Antonio Midland (A's) suspended due to rain
Will Inman's debut was made and then wiped clean. He worked an inning and worked out of a bases loaded jam. A double opened the second inning before the game was postponed due to rain.
Lake Elsinore lost 2-1 to San Jose (Giants)
Steve Garrison (0-1) made his system debut after being acquired as part of the Scott Linebrink trade and took a hard luck loss. The left-hander allowed two first inning runs on two hits, a walk, and a hit batsman. He would retire 12 in a row before a fifth inning single – the last baserunner he would allow. Garrison's night ended after seven innings with two runs in on three hits and a walk while striking out five. Garrison went 8-4 with a 3.44 ERA over 20 starts for Brevard County in the Florida State League prior to the trade. In 104.2 innings he allowed 105 hits, walked 28 and struck out 74. He allowed two earned runs or less in 13 of his starts.
In a game that featured just six hits combined from both teams, Mike Baxter was able to reach base four times. He hit a two-out solo homer in the fourth inning for the only Storm run and drew three walks. The outfielder also stole two bases, giving him 12 on the season across two leagues. It is the first time this year he has swiped two bags in a game. Baxter has hit .300 over his last 15 games in the California League after batting just 215 in his previous 20 contests.
Fort Wayne lost 2-1 to Kane County (A's)
Drew Miller (4-5) had as many balks as hits allowed and hit as many batters as runs. The right-hander gave up just one hit – a first inning single that scored the first run of the game. He hit two straight batters in his fifth and final inning before being called for a balk – only to see a ground out score the second run. Miller also walked one while striking out seven. It is the sixth time in 12 starts he has given up four hits or less and the sixth time he has yielded two runs or less. He has hit four batters this year – all coming over his last three games.
Javis Diaz opened the game with a homer for the second time this week and collected two of the Wizards' five hits. He also swiped his 17th bag of the season. Diaz has six homers this year and all have come with the bases empty and three have led off the game. The outfielder has stolen four bags over his last two games and seven over his last seven. He has successful taken nine straight since being caught in 11 of his first 19 attempts. Diaz has reached base safely in 15 straight contests, notching five multi-hit games over that span.
Eugene lost 6-2 to Salem-Keizer (Giants)
Justin Baum hit a two-run bomb in the bottom of the first inning to cut a four-run deficit in half but that would be the totality of Eugene's offense. It was Baum's seventh homer of the season, putting him in a tie for fourth place in the Northwest League. He has homered in three straight games and has an extra base in five straight. His homer was just his second with men on basse. Seven of his last 12 hits have gone for extra bases, including five homers – all coming over his last nine games.
Jeremy Hefner (1-1) allowed as many runs in the first inning as earned runs he had given up all year long. The right-hander had surrendered just four earned all season and that number doubled after one frame on Sunday. His night was finished after 3.2 innings, leaving with the bases loaded. He was charged with four runs on seven hits and three walks – all season-highs – while also tossing his fifth wild pitch of the year. Hefner saw his ERA rise from 1.37 to 2.40 after the loss.
Dustin Gibbs worked an inning and a third – facing one over the minimum because of an error. He inherited three runners to begin the outing, inducing a ground out to end the threat. Gibbs has inherited nine runners this year and not a one has crossed home plate. The right-hander has given up runs in four of his 13 appearances this season. Gibbs came into the game having walked two batters in five straight appearances, breaking that streak. It is the eighth time he has not given up a hit during his outing.
AZL Padres won 6-5 over AZL Mariners
Brad Chalk sparked the offense and sparked a two-run rally in the ninth inning – preventing a system sweep. One of his two doubles opened the top of the ninth and an error allowed him to score before a second run came across ensuring victory. That was one of four hits he would collect on the night to go with three runs scored and an RBI. The centerfielder also stole his second base in as many games. Chalk came into the game with four hits in his first 15 at bats as a professional.
Jake Ociesa returned from injury to toss an inning of scoreless ball. Just as he was to be promoted, the left-hander was sidelined for nearly a month. Ociesa struck out the side around a single in his return to action. In his last game on July 2, the 24-year-old allowed four runs on three walks, a hit batter and a grand slam. He had struck out three batters in his first four appearances.
Matt Bush (1-0), sidelined with some soreness in his arm, also returned to the mound. The former shortstop allowed his first run of the year as he returned to action for the first time since July 5. Bush hit a batter and served up a double that tied the game at 4-4 – the first extra base hit he has surrendered. He did, however, strikeout the side around the run. He has now whiffed 14 in 6.1 innings, as 73.7 percent of the outs he has recorded have come by way of the strikeout.