Matt Teague, on loan from Eugene for a spot start, made a bid to stay for good. The left-hander, drafted this year in the eighth-round of the MLB Draft, tossed a season-high five scoreless innings and allowed just one hit and a walk while striking out five in a no-decision. He threw 74 pitches, including 44 strikes while facing one above the minimum. Teague has allowed one earned run over his last 16.2 innings, surrendering just nine hits over that span and striking out 12.
Terrmel Sledge went 2-for-3 with a walk in his return to Triple-A after being optioned by the Padres earlier in the week. The outfielder is now 7-for-17 in four games with the Beavers, spending three games with Portland on a rehab assignment in July. Sledge hit .216 with six doubles, six homers and 16 RBIs over 62 games and 148 at bats with San Diego. Sledge hit just .189 in May and struck out 44 times on the season, averaging a K once every 3.4 at bats.
San Antonio lost 4-3 to Corpus Christi (Astros)
Josh Geer (12-5) helped his own cause but was also his biggest enemy in Thursday's loss. The right-hander singled and scored a run but it was his first error of the year that led to two unearned runs, the difference between a win and a loss. Geer allowed four runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out three over six. Geer had won his last five starts over two leagues and had won six straight decisions. It was the seventh time in 22 starts he has allowed four or more runs.
Jon Searles pitched an inning and two-thirds scoreless, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out a pair. The right-hander has allowed runs in 11 of his 31 appearances, including multiple runs on seven occasions. He has faced the minimum amount of batters just once all year, despite his longest outing lasting three innings and shortest lasting one-third of a frame. He sports a 1.52 WHIP on the year, despite holding the leadoff hitter of an inning to under a .200 on base percentage.
Lake Elsinore lost 1-0 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)
Matt Buschmann (10-6) pitched as well as he could, allowing one run on six hits and a walk over eight innings while striking out three. He has lost two straight starts on the heels of winning seven straight decisions. It is the tenth time in 11 starts that Buschmann has allowed two runs or less and the 13th time this season. The right-hander has gone seven or more innings six times on the year and eight innings twice. Buschmann is 6-2 with a 1.82 ERA over his last nine starts.
A David Freese triple with two outs in the fourth was the only whisper the Storm offense would muster until a single in the eighth, the only two hits they would collect on the day, as Lake Elsinore dropped their seventh straight game and will begin a weekend series versus first place Lancaster. It was Freese's second triple in four games and fifth on the year. The third baseman has 44 extra base hits on the year, accounting for 35.8 percent of his total number of hits.
Fort Wayne won 2-1 over Beloit (Twins)
Cedric Hunter went 2-for-4, the only player in the lineup to record a multi-hit game, doubling and scoring a run. He has recorded four multi-hit games over his last seven and has reached base safely in eight straight games, going 10-for-33 with four walks. The double gave the outfielder 20 extra base hits for the year, accounting for 18.3 percent of his hits. He did strikeout once on Thursday, giving him a K in four straight games for just the second time all year. He has whiffed 13 times over his last 11 games after striking out 46 times in his first 92 games.
Stephen Faris (7-6) scattered eight hits and a walk over six innings, allowing one unearned run while plunking a batter. While he came into the game with an average against of .324 with runners in scoring position, the opposition went 0-for-11 in the same situations on Thursday, dropping his average against to .282 for the year with men in scoring position. Faris has allowed two runs, one earned, over his last 12.1 innings and has held the opposition to two runs or less in six of his last nine starts. He is holding the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .221 on base percentage.
Eugene won 11-7 over Salem-Keizer (Giants)
John Hussey (4-1) allowed a first inning run but that would be the only blemish over five innings as he scattered four hits and walked two. The right-hander hit a batter and tossed a wild pitch while striking out a career-high nine. His previous high was the eight he fanned on June 12 of this year with Eugene. Hussey has hit seven batters this year while tossing four wild pitches. He has given up four runs over his last four outings, spanning 14.1 innings.
Brian Lauderdale went 3-for-4 with a walk, double, and three runs scored. The third baseman also swiped his third bag of the year. It was his third three-hit night of the year and the first time he has scored three runs in a contest and third multi-run game. Lauderdale had just four hits in his previous 23 at bats and the utility man has fanned 22 times in 57 at bats, averaging one per 2.6 at bats.
Keoni Ruth went 2-for-5 with a double, homer, walk and three RBIs. He has three hits in his first two games with the Emeralds, all extra base hits, after netting three hits in 17 at bats with Lake Elsinore. Ruth has 15 multi-hit games over 26 total games across three leagues. He has also added 18 RBIs and 26 runs scored. It is the third time this year that Ruth has knocked in three or more runs.
AZL Padres had a scheduled day off