Laforest, Antonelli HR happy; Busch the mann

Pete Laforest hits two homers, including a grand slam. Matt Antonelli goes yard twice as well and Chad Huffman continues to scorch. Matt Buschmann has been the best pitcher in the system over the last three months. Mat Latos is dominant – for the first time all year – but it would not matter. Tyler Mead gives up a granny of his own in his first loss of the season.

Portland won 11-4 over Memphis (Cardinals)

Pete Laforest cranked out two more homers, his 28th and 29th bombs, hitting a solo shot in the second and swatting a grand slam in a six-run eighth inning, giving him five RBIs for the evening. It is the sixth time this year he has notched a multi-homer game and the fifth time he has gone yard with every base occupied. In fact, all of his hits with the bases loaded have been home runs. He is three off the pace of the current PCL leader and has driven in three runs or more eight times.

Peter Ciofrone had two hits in five at bats, hitting a two-run homer and scoring a pair of runs. The outfielder has hits in each of the last eight games he has started, going 13-for-37, a .351 average, with five extra base hits and eight runs scored. He has four multi-hit games over his last six starts and has scored a run in all but one of those contests. Ciofrone has pushed his average up from .216 to .272, including four pinch-hit appearances.

San Antonio won 12-8 over Springfield (Cardinals)

The Missions blasted 14 hits over the first four-plus innings and would not get a hit the rest of the way but it didn't matter since the damage was done. Eight players in the lineup scored a run, including the pitcher, and eight notched a hit – again, pitcher included. Five players knocked in multiple runs and four players notched multi-hit games.

Matt Antonelli pounded out three hits, smashing two solo homers in the process – one coming with two outs in the third and then again to lead off the fifth. He now has 21 homers on the season, third most among all players in the Padres system. He had homered twice in a game once previously this year, hitting two solo shots on May 26 with Lake Elsinore. Seventeen of his homers have been solo shots. He has reached base in 24 straight games to open his Double-A career.

Chad Huffman fell a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-5 with a solo homer, two RBIs and three runs scored. It was the first time since joining Double-A that the outfielder has notched multiple extra base hits in a game, a feat he accomplished six times in the California League. After netting one extra base hit over his first 12 games with San Antonio, Huffman has six over his last 11. He has reached base safely in 12 straight, raising his average from .216 to .300.

Lake Elsinore won 7-1 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Matt Buschmann (11-6) had one blemish on this night's resume, a solo homer in the fifth inning. He allowed a walk to one batter but induced a double play grounder to the next hitter and yielded a single that was wiped away by a caught stealing. The right-hander would face one over the minimum in eight innings, striking out eight. Unlike last time out when he took the loss despite allowing a run over eight innings, Buschmann got the win on Wednesday. He has allowed two runs or less in 11 of his last 12 starts.

Josh Alley went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs from the leadoff spot, extending his hitting streak to seven games and giving him a multi-hit game in three straight and four of the last five. Alley did, however, strikeout twice – the third time in 32 games he has fanned multiple times in a game. He still has more walks (23) than K's (18) with the Storm. Alley has drawn just one walk over his last nine games. He is 10-for-21 out of the leadoff spot in California League play.

Fort Wayne's game was suspended due to rain

Eugene lost 3-1 to Spokane (Rangers)

Mat Latos had his finest start to date, allowing a pair of singles and two walks over five scoreless frames, striking out a half dozen. The right-hander was called for his second balk in as many games and third of the season. Latos' previous best was a three inning performance where he did not surrender a run. Since that game on July 7, he had allowed 16 runs on 25 hits and seven walks over 15.1 innings, sending his ERA up from 4.38 to 6.18. One strong outing brought it back down to 5.23.

Rey Garramone (5-2) suffered the loss, giving up three runs on two hits and four walks over two frames while striking out three. He was also called for a balk. He has been called for four balks on the year, including one in three straight games. Since being used solely out of the pen, the right-hander has surrendered 10 runs on eight hits and seven walks over six innings. Garramone sported a 3.33 ERA in six starts but has posted a 6.75 ERA in a half dozen relief appearances.

AZL Padres lost 10-2 to AZL Giants

Tyler Mead (2-1) was hit hard for what seemed like the first time all year. The right-hander gave up six runs, three earned, on four hits and two walks over three innings. He was also called for two balks but the big blow was a grand salami surrendered in the second inning. It was the second grand slam AZL Padres pitching has surrendered on the year. Mead had given up two runs or less in each of his seven starts to open the year. He lone dark day previously was a five-run outing out of the pen. He had compiled a 1.59 ERA as a starter until this outing. Mead has given up homers in each of his last three starts.

Lance Zawadzki banged out two hits in four trips with a double and a run scored but also committed his first two fielding errors in the AZL from his shortstop position. It was his second two-error game of the year across two leagues, giving him four in seven games playing the field. Zawadzki does have three straight multi-hit games and four in his last seven. He has scored five runs over his last three and sports a .483 on base percentage through nine games.

Clint Naylor went 2-for-3 with a walk, his second multi-hit game of the year and first since June 26. He came into the game with one hit over his last 21 at bats. Naylor has seven hits on the season and all have been singles. The walk, his 11th, drew him even with his strikeout total. He was 0-for-1 in throwing out baserunners attempting to steal. Naylor has thrown out seven of the 34 runners attempting thievery, a 20.6 percent mark.

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