Craig Stansberry fell a double shy of the cycle from the leadoff spot. He went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer in the fifth before tripling in the following frame. He also singled in a run in the ninth for a four-RBI game. Stansberry is in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak with two consecutive multi-hit games. He has seven RBIs over his last three games and has scored eight runs over the streak.
Pitching on three days rest, Roger Deago (2-3) was hammered for eight runs on 10 hits and three walks over five innings in the loss. It is the second time that he has given up seven or more runs in six Portland starts. Deago had surrendered eight runs over his previous three starts and while he has held lefties to a .129 average, the southpaw is being clubbed at a .374 pace by right-handed hitters. Twenty-one of the 30 runs he has surrendered have come over the first three innings, including six on Sunday.
San Antonio won 11-4 over Arkansas (Angels)
Drew Macias cracked a grand slam in the fourth inning and contributed a double that plated two more for a six-RBI game. On a 1-2 count, Macias almost hit a grand slam, but his drive hooked foul. Three pitchers later, he lined a shot over the right-field wall for his second grand slam of the year. The centerfielder has knocked in 10 over his last five games. Macias is 7-for-11 with four walks and 22 RBIs with the bases loaded this year over two leagues.
Will Inman (3-0) pitched around four walks over five innings, giving up two hits with two runs crossing the dish to pick up his third win in as many starts. The right-hander has allowed three hits or less in four straight starts over two leagues and has given up four hits or fewer in eight of his last 11 starts. Since giving up 16 runs over his first three starts in the Double-A Southern League, Inman has surrendered two runs or less in seven of eight starts, allowing 12 runs over that span.
Lake Elsinore won 12-7 over Stockton (A's)
Josh Alley's fourth inning homer was not only his first of the year but also extended his hitting streak to 11 games. It was his lone hit of the game but he reached base four times with three free passes. Alley scored three runs and had two RBIs but his string of six straight multi-hit games was snapped. Alley is 18-for-41, a .439 average, over his current hitting streak with five extra base hits, 10 runs scored and six RBIs.
Craig Cooper went 2-for-4 with a walk, three runs scored and an RBI to extend his on base streak to 14 games. Cooper notched a 28-game on base streak early in the season and is 17-for-49, a .347 average, with seven walks. He has knocked in just three runs, including the one on Sunday, since July 27 and his three runs scored matched his total over his previous nine contests. Cooper is batting .324 when he bats fifth in the lineup, as he did this day.
Fort Wayne lost 5-2 to Quad Cities (Cardinals) in 10 innings
Derek McDaid (7-3) worked just one-third of an inning before a three-run blast ended the game. An error to start the inning led to a sacrifice bunt and intentional walk to setup the dinger. It was the third time in four games he has surrendered runs, giving up seven over a span of 5.1 innings. The reliever has surrendered 11 bombs this season, averaging one every 6.1 innings. McDaid has given up runs in 22 of his 45 outings and the opposition is hitting .330 off him with runners in scoring position.
Allen Harrington faced the minimum over two scoreless frames, striking out a pair to keep the game tied heading into extras. The left-hander has not allowed an earned run over his last 21.1 innings of Midwest League play and has yielded just two earned over 23.1 frames. Harrington has given up just 11 hits over his scoreless streak. He has held the opposition to three hits in 23 at bats with runners in scoring position and has held left-handed hitters to a .143 average.
Eugene lost 12-9 to Spokane (Rangers)
Kellen Kulbacki had four hits and fell a homer shy of the cycle, doubling twice, scoring two runs and driving in a pair. It was the third four-hit night of the year for the outfielder and the third time he has collected multiple extra base hits in a game. Kulbacki had been entrenched in a 8-for-48 slump, a .167 average, over his last 14 games with one extra base hit and two RBIs. His average had dropped from .292 to .250 before jumping 16 points on Sunday.
Chris Perez was belted for six runs, four earned, on four hits and three walks over an inning-plus. He faced four batters in the seventh and would not record an out. Perez has walked three or more in three of his 17 appearances, none lasting more than four innings. The right-hander came into the game with a 2.51 ERA over 13 relief appearances but saw that number jump to 3.64 after his outing on Sunday. Perez had come into the game with a scoreless streak of six innings.
AZL Padres had a scheduled day off