Startup, Inman debut; Morton mashes two

Yordany Ramirez knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Will Inman dodged some bullets and came out with a win, aided by Colt Morton's two bombs. Josh Alley continues to up his on base percentage. Jonathan Schemmel has reached base at a solid clip. Eugene drops nine games back with another loss. Emmanuel Quiles' offensive outburst is not enough.

Portland won 4-3 over Nashville (Brewers)

Yordany Ramirez singled in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, one of three hits he collected in five at bats. The centerfielder also scored a run and stole two bases. It is the second time in Triple-A he has swiped multiple bags in a game and fifth time over two leagues. He had been caught in four of his last five attempts. Ramirez has collected three-hit games in successive games for the first time this year and has seven multi-hit games in 15 contests with the Beavers.

Will Startup made his debut in the Padres system, putting down the side in order in the eighth – his only inning. The left-hander went 3-2 with one save and a 2.19 ERA over 43 appearances with Triple-A Richmond of the International League, walking 18 and striking out 49 in 49.1 innings. He held the opposition to a .219 average over that span. The Nashville native has given up runs in 10 of his 44 outings over two leagues.

San Antonio won 5-1 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Will Inman (1-0) officially made his system debut on Wednesday, allowing one run on three hits and five walks while striking out four. The right-hander surrendered a solo homer but limited the opposition to one hit in seven at bats with runners in scoring position. Inman gave up seven bombs in eight starts with Double-A Huntsville of the Southern League and walked four or more three times previously over 21 starts in two leagues. He has allowed nine runs over his last six starts spanning two leagues.

Colt Morton homered in each of his first two at bats, hitting a two-run homer in the opening stanza and adding a solo shot in the fourth. It is his second multi-HR game of the year – the last coming when he belted three on July 14 while playing for Lake Elsinore. Morton went 3-for-5, his third multi-hit game in the last four, but did have a passed ball and had three of four runners successfully steal off his arm. They were the first stolen base attempts off him since joining Double-A.

Lake Elsinore lost 5-2 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Josh Alley went 2-for-4 from the leadoff spot and was in on both runs with an RBI and a run scored but was pinch-hit for in the ninth (Seth Johnston walked), despite a .421 on base percentage in California League play. Alley has reached base at least twice in 16 of his 28 games with the Storm but Wednesday was just his second game this year leading off. The outfielder has drawn more walks (23) than he has struck out (15).

Richie Daigle (5-6) allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk while striking out four. He also hit two batters. It is the fifth time in six starts he has given up two runs or less and he hasn't given up more than three runs since June 15 during a relief appearance. Daigle has hit two batters in three games this year. He has a 2.67 ERA in his last six starts but is 2-2 over that span.

Fort Wayne lost 5-4 to Beloit (Twins) in 12 innings

Allen Harrington went a season-high four innings, allowing one run on two hits while matching a season-high by striking out four. The left-hander had tossed 13.2 scoreless innings before the run came home. Harrington has fanned 24 in 17.2 innings while allowing just 11 hits. Harrington has struck out three or more in seven of his relief outings, never going more than 2.1 innings prior to Wednesday. He has given up runs in five of his 15 outings over two leagues.

Jonathan Schemmel went 3-for-6 with an RBI – his second three-hit night in Fort Wayne and third multi-hit game in his last five. The infielder has knocked in a run in four of his last seven games. Schemmel has walked more times (23) than he has struck out (16) in the Midwest League and sports a .389 on base percentage over 42 games – the top mark on the team by 41 points over the next closest teammate. Just seven of his 37 hits have gone for extra bases.

Eugene lost 11-0 to Salem-Keizer (Giants)

In what likely spelled doom for the Emeralds playoff chances, Eugene dropped their fourth straight to Salem-Keizer and now trail the Volcanoes by nine games, despite a 25-17 record which would be 4.5 games in the lead if they were in the Eastern Division but is dwarfed in comparison to Salem's 34-8 record and .810 winning percentage. Eugene is now 7-11 away from their home park.

Corey Kluber (0-1) lasted three innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits and a walk. He gave up more runs and hits in this outing than he had in his previous three appearances since joining the club. Kluber had not allowed a hit with runners in scoring position in the early going but the opposition went 3-for-5 in those situations on Wednesday. The double he allowed was just the second extra base hit he has surrendered.

Dustin Gibbs was pounded for five runs on four hits and three walks over two-thirds of an inning – leaving two runners on when he exited the game. He was also called for a balk – his third of the season. The right-hander had given up six earned over his first 16.2 innings of the year while allowing just nine hits. Gibbs has walked two or more in six of his last seven appearances, despite not going more than two innings.

AZL Padres lost 11-4 to AZL Mariners

Emmanuel Quiles singled in two runs in the second and singled and scored in the fourth. It was his first multi-hit game of the year and doubled his RBI total from two to four. Quiles has hits in four straight games and is 5-for-15 over that stretch after beginning the year with one hit in his first 20 at bats. He had grounded into more double plays (5) than hits (4) prior to Wednesday. The catcher has thrown out three of the 11 baserunners attempting to steal.

Geoff Vandel (4-2) was charged with a season-high six runs, five earned, on nine hits and a walk while striking out five over 4.1 innings. The left-hander left with two men on – both coming around to score after he left the game. Vandel also hit two batters and tossed a wild pitch. He has given up seven or more hits in five of his eight starts and four or more runs on four occasions. It is only the second time this year he has failed to pitch through the fifth inning.

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