Zawadzki homers; Sogard knocks in three

Yordany Ramirez provides the game-winner with a three-run bomb. Wade LeBlanc isn't finding the Texas League to be kind. Nathan Culp can say the same for the California League. A position player, Jonathan Schemmel, is on the mound again for Fort Wayne. Eric Sogard powers the Eugene offense. Euclides Viloria tossed five shutout innings and Lance Zawadzki shows some muscle.

Portland won 6-5 over Memphis (Cardinals)

Yordany Ramirez belted a three-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning to put the Beavers up by one. It was his second hit of the game, the only player in the lineup to record a multi-hit game, and gave him four RBIs. It was his eighth multi-hit game in 19 contests for Triple-A Portland. Ramirez has homered in two of his last three games and his four with the Beavers match the amount he had over 82 games in Lake Elsinore. It is the sixth time this year he has collected three or more RBIs.

Aaron Rakers (3-3) allowed one run on one hit and a walk while picking up the win. It was the first run he had allowed in seven outings, going eight innings between runs scored. Rakers has allowed runs in 19 of his 47 relief appearances. With the double he allowed on Sunday, 29 of the 65 hits he has allowed have gone for extra bases, accounting for 44.6 percent of the hits he has given up. The right-hander has a 5.85 ERA at home, giving up 18 runs in 20 appearances.

San Antonio lost 7-2 to Frisco (Rangers)

Wade LeBlanc (3-3) surrendered four runs on five hits and a walk over five frames to take the loss, as two balls left the yard off the left-hander. He has now given up seven homers in seven Double-A appearances after giving up five over 16 starts and 92 innings in High-A. LeBlanc has surrendered a long ball in five of his seven outings and has allowed four runs or more in successive outings for the third time this season.

Neil Jamison allowed a run on two hits while striking out four in a pair of innings. The right-hander surrendered a solo homer, the first long ball he has allowed since June 12. Jamison had allowed just two earned runs over his previous 15 appearances, spanning 17 innings. He has allowed runs in 18 of his 44 outings on the year. Jamison has a 1.84 ERA over his last 22 appearances, lowering his overall ERA from 7.71 to 4.29.

Lake Elsinore lost 7-0 to Lancaster (Red Sox)

Nathan Culp (3-2) went six innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out four. It was the fifth time in seven California League outings that Culp has yielded four or more runs. He allowed four runs or more four times in 14 starts in the Midwest League. In 37.1 innings, the southpaw has surrendered 55 hits. His two walks, however, doubled his season total with Lake Elsinore from two to four.

Mike DeMark worked two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two. He has a streak of 7.2 innings without surrendering an earned run. He has given up just two hits over that span. DeMark has given up runs in 12 of his 34 outings and 10 of his 22 runs against have been unearned runs. The right-hander has given up five hits in 34 at bats to the leadoff hitter of an inning and has held left-handed hitters to a sub-.200 average.

Fort Wayne lost 19-10 to Wisconsin (Mariners)

For the second day in a row, a position player took the mound. Jonathan Schemmel took care of the last out in the eighth inning, coming in with two men on and stranding both. He also worked through a scoreless ninth while yielding a single. Schemmel had never pitched before in a minor league career that began in 2005. Schemmel also went 1-for-5 at the plate with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. He extended is hitting streak to seven games in the process and has knocked in a run in three straight and seven of his last 11 with nine of his 15 RBIs for the year coming over that span.

Steve Delabar gave up nine runs on seven hits and four walks over four innings but came away with a no-decision. Four of the hits went for extra bases, including three home runs. He also hit two batters and tossed a wild pitch. Delabar has given up 18 runs on 18 hits, eight walks, and six hit batsman over his last 10.1 innings. While none of the hits Aaron Breit allowed left the yard, the right-hander surrendered 11 of them over 2.2 innings as seven runs crossed the dish. It is the seventh time this year Breit has given up six or more runs and the second time he has allowed double-digit hits.

Cedric Hunter paced the offense, going 5-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored – the first five-hit night of his minor league career. It was his fourth game with four or more hits this season, two coming over his last three games, and extended his on base streak to 11 games. Hunter has six multi-hit games over his current streak while going 19-for-49 with six walks for a .455 on base percentage. The outfielder did commit his third error of the year, leading to an unearned run.

Eugene won 8-2 over Boise (Cubs)

Eric Sogard had hits in each of the first two innings, singling in a run in the first and doubling two in the following frame. He would go 0-for-3 the rest of the way but his offense was enough to five the Emeralds a win. He has nine multi-hit games this season and four games with three or more RBIs. Sogard fanned once but has struck out just 14 times compared to 16 walks drawn.

Robert Woodard (3-1) worked a season-high three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out a season-high five. Both of the hits he yielded went for extra base hits; he came into the game with just three extra base hits surrendered all year. Woodard has given up runs in six of his 15 outings and had allowed three runs on seven hits in his last two outings – the first time this year he had given up runs in successive games.

AZL Padres won 6-0 over AZL Athletics

Euclides Viloria gave up just one hit and walked three over five scoreless frames, striking out six – rebounding from his worst start of the year when he allowed six runs on eight hits over three innings. The left-hander has fanned more batters than innings pitched in six straight starts. Viloria has given up two hits or less in four of his starts but has walked three or more on four occasions.

Lance Zawadzki hit his second homer as a professional, a solo shot, and first since his debut game when he went yard for the Eugene Emeralds. After going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts last time out, Zawadzki went 3-for-4 with a walk, scoring two runs and knocking in two. He did, however, ground into a double play. The shortstop has collected five RBIs over his last four games with two multi-hit games.

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