Antonelli likes the first; Cumberland a hit

Kyle Stutes was smoked for seven runs over two. Matt Antonelli has done some impressive things in the first. Nathan Culp hasn't had an easy time despite his record. Steve Delabar scared the batters on Tuesday, hitting four. The Eugene staff didn't allow many hits but most scored. The desert is the savior where Drew Cumberland struts his stuff and Yesid Salazar prevents disaster.

Portland lost 12-8 to New Orleans (Mets)

Frank Menechino went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs, his first homer this year with runners on base. The infielder has a hit in 10 of his last 11 games, going hitless in a pinch-hit appearance on July 22. He is 18-for-41 over his that stretch with seven doubles and two homers while knocking in seven runs. Twenty-seven of his 38 hits have come on the road where he has a .509 batting average and .567 on base percentage.

Kyle Stutes was burned for seven runs on six hits and a walk over two innings. He has given up a homer in three straight games and has surrendered 12 runs on 14 hits and three walks over his last four innings of work. He has given up runs in four of his nine outings in the Pacific Coast League, including three straight. Stutes has earned two plate appearances since joining the Beavers and has drawn a walk both times, including a free pass drawn on Tuesday.

San Antonio lost 4-3 to Corpus Christi (Astros) in game one, lost 8-4 in game two

Wade LeBlanc (3-2) gave up four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six over five innings in game one. The walk and five of the hits, all singles, came during a four-run third. After giving up five homers over his first four Double-A starts, the southpaw has gone two straight outings without allowing a dinger. LeBlanc has whiffed 13 over his last 11.1 innings but has walked 10 in 24.1 innings with the Missions.

After homering to lead off game one, Matt Antonelli went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored in the nightcap. Antonelli has led off the game twice with homers and 12 of his 26 hits have come in the opening frame where he is an incredible 12-for-16, a .750 average, with five extra base hits and seven runs scored. Antonelli is 13-for-43 over the course of the rest of the game. He has been on base in each of his 17 games in Double-A.

Lake Elsinore lost 6-1 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Nathan Culp (3-1) surrendered double-digit hits for the second time since joining the California League and third time this year. He limited the damage by allowing just one hit in 10 at bats with runners in scoring position, yielding two runs and striking out three. Culp came into the game with 10 hits allowed in 23 at bats with runners in scoring position. He had allowed five runs or more in four of his first five starts with the Storm.

Greg Burke was charged with four runs on three hits and two walks over two-thirds of an inning, leaving the contest with two men on. The right-hander has allowed 20 runs on 22 hits and five walks over his last 7.1 innings, seeing his ERA skyrocket from 3.25 to 5.32. Burke has walked 23 batters on the year after issuing a free pass to just 19 all of last year over two leagues. He has given up 28 runs, 39 hits and eight walks over his last seven appearances.

Fort Wayne lost 7-4 to Beloit (Twins)

Steve Delabar (2-4) gave up as many runs as hit batsmen, plunking four batters while surrendering five hits over 2.1 innings as four runs crossed the dish before he was lifted with one man on. Delabar has plunked 11 batters on the season and has twice hit three or more. The right-hander has given up four runs or more in four of his last five games and he has earned the loss in three straight games and four straight decisions.

Jeremy Hunt went 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored and an RBI. It was the first baseman's fourth straight multi-hit effort and extended his hitting streak to six games. Hunt is 11-for-22 over the streak, raising his average from .248 to .270. He has knocked in five runs over that span with three runs scored. Hunt is hitting .319 with runners on base this year and .227 with the bases empty.

Eugene lost 4-1 to Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Jeremy McBryde (1-3) gave up just three hits but two runs, one earned, came across over 3.1 innings as he walked two and struck out five. The right-hander has fanned 37 in 30.2 innings, striking out more batters than innings pitched in six of his 10 outings. He came into the game without allowing an earned run over his first 11 innings away from Civic Stadium before the one allowed on Tuesday.

Chris Perez gave up a hit and a walk along with a run over 3.2 innings. He stranded an inherited runner from McBryde, as the Ems move towards the more traditional five-man rotation and Perez becomes a true reliever. Two of the four runners he has inherited have scored on the season but he had not appeared in the middle of an inning while pitching as part of the piggyback rotation. Perez has given up four hits and two runs over his last 10.2 innings.

Matt Handley also surrendered a hit, walk, and run over his lone inning of work, striking out one. The left-hander had not allowed a run over his first five outings in the Northwest League. He has given up runs in nine of his 31 outings with seven of those coming during a 15-game sting in Fort Wayne. Between Lake Elsinore and Eugene, Handley has posted a 1.08 ERA with two runs allowed in 16.2 innings.

AZL Padres won 12-11 over AZL Angels

Yesid Salazar (1-0) helped prevent a full system sweep with two inning of scoreless relief, giving up one hit and striking out three. The right-hander has given up just two hits over his last five appearances and has given up runs in one of his seven outings in the Arizona Rookie League. Salazar has earned the save in his previous two outings and has a 2.03 ERA as a reliever over two leagues.

Angel Mercado didn't exactly snap out of his funk on a 1-for-5 night, but tripled in a run in the first inning and added two productive groundouts that each netted a run to give him three RBIs on the night. Mercado has one hit in his last 19 at bats, dropping his average from .429 to .311. The outfielder has three multi-RBI games on the year and he is hitting over .400 with runners on base.

Drew Cumberland went 2-for-2 with two runs scored in his second game back since suffering a fractured hand. The shortstop has three hits in seven at bats over his brief career with a stolen base. He was replaced in the fifth inning. Cumberland, the 46th overall pick in the draft out of Pace (FL) High School, was named a 2007 Louisville Slugger High School All-American after batting .518 with nine doubles, three home runs, 24 RBI, 35 runs scored and 17 stolen bases. He was also an all-state selection as a defensive back and running back in football. His brother Shaun is an outfielder in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization.

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