Garrison great again; Hefner spurs shutout

Cesar Ramos gave up two solo homers and it did him in. Steve Garrison continues to dominate in the California League. Drew Miller had a great outing go for naught and Aaron Breit got off the schnide on the same day. The news on Matt Bush was not as good. Jeremy Hefner tosses bullets in Eugene's first shutout. Brad Chalk gets on base but can't stay on base.

Portland had a scheduled day off

Jack Cassel will have his contract purchased by the San Diego Padres on Friday, joining the Padres bullpen. Doug Brocail will be placed on the bereavement list to make room.

San Antonio lost 5-1 to Springfield (Cardinals)

Cesar Ramos (10-8) surrendered runs in each of the first three innings and was charged with three over six on five hits while striking out four. He gave up two solo homers to the same batter and also plunked a hitter while picking off a runner. The left-hander has given up four earned runs over the fifth and sixth innings this year – spanning 36 frames. He has, however, given up 14 runs in each of the second, third, and fourth innings.

Neil Jamison worked an inning-plus, giving up two unearned runs on two hits and a walk. He faced three batters in the eighth without recording an out, and it was his error that led to the pair of unearned runs. The right-hander has allowed runs in two straight games for the fourth time this year and has given up runs in 19 of his 45 relief appearances. With the double play grounder he induced on Thursday, Jamison has netted three in his last four games.

Lake Elsinore won 8-2 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Steve Garrison (1-1) put forth another solid outing in start number three since joining the system. Back-to-back doubles in the fifth scored the only run, as Garrison would go seven, allowing the lone run on five hits while striking out three. He has gone seven or more in each of his starts in Lake Elsinore while allowing just four runs and 11 hits over 22 innings. Garrison has given up two earned runs or less in seven straight across two leagues and 16 of 23 starts overall.

Kyle Blanks went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and three RBIs, giving him six RBIs over his last three games with four extra base hits. Blanks' 55 extra base hits are tied for second in the California League and sits third with 92 RBIs. The first baseman has three straight multi-hit games on the heels of a 2-for-24 mini-slump. Blanks has 13 games with three or more RBIs and 12 games with two extra base hits.

Fort Wayne lost game one 1-0 to Burlington (Royals), won 7-3 in game two

Drew Miller sprinkled three hits and two walks over five scoreless innings while striking out a pair in a game one no-decision. It is the third time this season that Miller has tossed shutout ball in his outing and the seventh time in 14 starts he has yielded two runs or less. He did hit a batter on Thursday and has plunked five in his last five games. Miller, a right-hander, has held left-handed hitters to a .171 average.

The Wizards had as many errors and hit batsmen by the pitching staff as they did hits in game one (three). It was two errors in the seventh, one on Jonathan Schemmel and the other on pitcher Allen Harrington (0-1) that led to an unearned run and the loss. Fort Wayne would get three hits in the first inning of game two along with three runs. Cedric Hunter hit a solo homer in the top of the seventh before the Wizards poured on three more runs to secure the win. It was Hunter's third homer since May 28.

Aaron Breit (3-10) picked up the win, working an inning and two-thirds while allowing two hits and striking out three. Breit had allowed seven runs on 11 hits over 2.2 innings his last time out and this was just the third time in nine relief appearances that he has not allowed a run. The right-hander posted a 8.19 ERA in 17 starts and has a 6.61 ERA out of the pen. Breit's three strikeouts are a season-high in a relief appearance.

Matt Bush was taken out of game after throwing a breaking ball to the second hitter he faced, as he grabbed his throwing arm when he released the pitch. It was his first appearance with the Wizards since being promoted from the AZL Padres.

Eugene won 5-0 over Spokane (Rangers)

Jeremy Hefner (2-2) breezed through five innings, facing two over the minimum thanks to a single and hit batsman to successive batters in the second. He put down the final 10 batters he faced and struck out a career-high nine for the day. Hefner had allowed 11 runs over his previous 6.2 innings on 13 hits. The right-hander has three starts without allowing a run while two of his other three starts have seen four or more cross the plate. Hefner has fanned 48 in 38 innings, striking out more batters than innings pitched six times.

Robert Woodard finished off what would become the first shutout of the year for the Emeralds. He went two innings, allowing a hit – just the second of the night – while walking one and striking out three to pick up his second save of the year. Woodard has allowed runs in seven of his 16 appearances while the free pass was just the sixth he has issued. The right-hander has tossed five scoreless innings since allowing runs in successive outings for the first time in his career.

Justin Baum doubled in two for his only hit in four at bats but pushed him further ahead of his teammates with 32 RBIs. He also leads the team in doubles (11) and homers (8). He has 10 multi-RBI games through 40 contests, including seven over his last 19. He is hitting .296 with runners on base with seven of his two-baggers coming with runners lining the bags. Baum is hitting .333 when he bats fifth in the lineup, as he did on Thursday.

AZL Padres lost 3-2 to AZL Giants

Jose Martinez (4-1) did not allow a hit but still took the loss. One run was charged to his ledger in two-thirds of an inning, as the right-hander walked three before exiting the game. Martinez had walked three batters all year over his first 15 innings. He has given up runs in six of his 13 outings. The leadoff man of an inning has reached base in seven of the 15 innings he has started.

Brad Chalk went 2-for-3 with a walk, hit by pitch, double and an RBI. He did, however get picked off first base and was caught stealing second to end the game. Chalk had successfully stolen three bags without getting caught. The centerfielder has collected three multi-hit games in his last four and five over his first 12 games. Six of his 16 hits have come with runners in scoring position where he has a .462 average.

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