Jared Wells (3-7) suffered his second blown save of the year when he was tagged for a run on two hits in the ninth inning but the right-hander picked up the win when Portland came through in the bottom half. The right-hander has given up runs in eight of his 22 relief appearances and sports a 5.52 ERA as a reliever after posting a 7.25 ERA in 10 starts. Wells has allowed a baserunner in all but four of his appearances out of the pen.
Brian Myrow's ninth inning single with the bases loaded and one out ended the ball game and sent the Beavers home a winner. The hit extended Myrow's hitting streak to 10 games and his two walks on the day extended his on base streak to 13 games. The first baseman is 21-for-47 with nine walks over his on base streak with 14 RBIs. Over his last 52 games, Myrow is hitting .392 with 76 hits in his last 194 at bats to go with 31 extra base hits and 41 RBIs.
San Antonio won 5-0 over Frisco (Rangers)
Cesar Ramos (10-7) scattered five hits over 6.2 scoreless innings, walking one and hitting a batter while striking out eight. The southpaw has won his last six decisions and Friday marked the fourth time this year he has not allowed a run during his outing. Ramos has allowed two runs or less in 10 of his 22 starts and matched his season-high in strikeouts, last accomplished on April 14.
Colt Morton was the only player in the lineup to record a multi-hit game while knocking in two runs and extending his hitting streak to five games. He has four multi-hit games over that span. Morton has gone 10-for-19 over the streak with four runs scored and seven RBIs. He was 0-for-1 throwing out baserunners attempting to steal. Morton has thrown out four of the 18 runners who have attempted a stolen base over three leagues. He is hitting .460 since July 7 when he joined Lake Elsinore for six games.
Lake Elsinore won 4-3 over Lancaster (Red Sox)
Steve Garrison appeared to be on the verge of a similar fate in his second start that befell him in his first for the Storm. After giving up two runs on three hits in his system debut, Garrison allowed one run on three hits and a walk over eight innings on Friday, striking out seven in the process. It wasn't until the bottom of the eighth that Lake Elsinore scored three runs to take the lead – but Garrison would still suffer a no-decision. The right-hander has allowed two earned runs or less in six straight starts over two leagues.
With Jon Link shipped out via trade, John Madden (1-3) found himself back in the closer's role. He saved two games on successive days in mid-July but had just two other chances since April 24. The right-hander surrendered two runs on two hits and a walk, suffering his fifth blown save of the year in 10 opportunities but managed to get the win when Juan Ciriaco hit a walk-off homer. Madden has allowed runs in 13 of his 35 outings this year, giving up runs in seven of the 10 save opportunities. Ten of the 18 earned runs he has yielded have come in the ninth inning.
Fort Wayne lost 9-8 to Wisconsin in 13 innings
Cedric Hunter snapped off four singles in six at bats while also drawing a walk, scoring a run and driving in two. One of his base knocks loaded the bases without any outs in the second inning but the Wizards would not capitalize. Hunter also threw out a runner at home in the top of the ninth inning to keep the score tied at 8-8. It is the eighth time this year Hunter has collected three or more hits. The outfielder has five multi-hit games over his last eight.
Dylan Axelrod (0-1) got his first action in the Midwest League and was commandeered to pitch three innings of extra inning ball, allowing a run in his final inning. He gave up three hits, a wild pitch, and a walk while striking out four in his three frames. The right-hander allowed runs in five of his Arizona Rookie League appearances while going 0-2 with two saves and a 5.40 ERA over 11 appearances. In 11.2 innings he allowed 15 hits, walked four and struck out 15.
Eugene lost 11-7 to Boise (Cubs)
Mat Latos (0-4) was pegged for six runs, all earned, on seven hits – all singles - and two walks over 2.1 innings. He also uncorked a wild pitch and committed a balk while fanning two. Latos has lost four straight games and has made it through three innings just once in his last five outings. The right-hander has given up 15 runs on 19 hits and five walks over his last 10.2 innings. His ERA has shot up from 3.71 to 6.18 with his recent stretch.
Danny Payne went 3-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and two RBIs. It was his third three-hit night of the season but just his second multi-RBI game. The outfielder has hits in 11 of his last 13 games and has moved his average up from .206 on July 15 to .272 today on the strength of a 20-for-57 stretch that includes 11 walks. Payne is reaching base at a .448 clip, placing him second in the Northwest League.
AZL Padres won 22-4 over AZL Brewers
There was no mercy rule in this one. The AZL Padres scored in each of the first seven innings, scoring multiple runs in each of the first five. Every regular scored a run with 11 players touching home over the course of the game and nine players notched RBIs. Their first 20 runs came on just nine hits but they drew 19 walks over those first six innings. The AZL Padres previous high for runs scored was 19 and walks was 12 while they ended up with 22 walks as a team. Jose Mayi drew five walks alone.
Shane Buschini was the only player to go yard, connecting on a two-run homer in the first inning – his second bomb as a professional. He ended the night by going 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBIs before being taken out of the game with the contest well in hand. It was Buschini's third multi-hit game as a pro and second in three starts. Buschini had just four RBIs over his first 14 games with the AZL Padres. Six of his 11 hits with the rookie league squad have gone for extra bases.
Jeudy Valdez went 1-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored. The second baseman also swiped three bags on the day, upping his total to seven for the season. It was the second time this year he has scored three runs and the second time he has drawn a pair of walks. Valdez has stolen six bases over his last four games. He has reached base at least twice in 16 of his 30 games and sports a .375 on base percentage. His 19 RBIs still lead the club and his 21 runs scored rank third.