Cumberland cranking; Ramos better with age

Keoni Ruth has done just fine in Triple-A. Cesar Ramos is one of five pitchers in the system to record 11 wins. Craig Cooper has been on base in 21 straight. Chris Perez has not had much luck of late. Drew Cumberland is making up for lost time and having fun.

Portland won 5-2 over Sacramento (A's)

Clay Hensley was scratched from his start to move up to San Diego and start for the Padres on Thursday. Mike Thompson (4-9) got the start in his place, pitching on three days rest from his latest tour in San Diego. The right-hander surrendered two runs on six hits and two walks over seven innings, both runs coming on solo homers. Thompson has given up four homers over his last two starts and has given up multiple homers three times in his last four.

Keoni Ruth has handled himself well in the Pacific Coast League after beginning the year in the Arizona Rookie League. The second baseman reached base three times without the benefit of a hit, walking twice and reaching when he was hit by a pitch. He also added his first stolen base in Portland. Ruth has been on base in each of his seven games with Wednesday the first game he failed to get a hit. Ruth has reached base multiple times in 20 of his 36 games across four leagues.

San Antonio won 6-4 over Springfield (Cardinals)

Nick Hundley doubled and homered in four at bats, hitting a solo shot in the eighth and knocking in a run with his two-bagger. He also threw out the only runner attempting to steal. After clubbing eight homers in July, this was his first bomb in August. It was the seventh time this year that he has collected multiple extra base hits. Hundley has thrown out 29 of the 73 baserunners attempting to steal off him, good for 39.7 percent – third best in the Texas League.

Cesar Ramos (11-8) pitched five shutout innings, allowing six hits and three walks while striking out a pair. Hundley gunned down a runner attempting to steal while Ramos was on the bump. His catchers have thrown out six of the 14 runners attempting to steal while he is on the mound. It is the second time in three games he has tossed shutout ball and the fifth time in 24 starts. Ramos has given up two runs or less in 11 starts, including six of his last 10. The southpaw has walked three or more on five occasions.

Lake Elsinore lost 10-3 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Craig Cooper collected two hits in four at bats, doubling and adding an RBI, extending his hitting streak to eight games in the process. The first baseman is 15-for-31 over the life of the streak with three walks, upping his average from .293 to .308. He has five multi-hit games in his last seven and extended his RBI streak to five games, plating seven during that span. Cooper has also been on base in 21 straight.

R.J. Rodriguez gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in his lone inning of work. He has surrendered runs in two of his last three outings in the California League. Rodriguez had had a 12-inning scoreless streak across two leagues before his recent stretch. The opposition is 3-for-7 off the righty with runners in scoring position since joining the Storm after giving up 13 hits in 70 at bats in the same situations with Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne had a scheduled day off

Eugene lost 11-2 to Vancouver (A's)

Chris Perez has gone from effective to unproductive in the span of a heartbeat. Since posting a 3.29 ERA over his first 16 games, the right-hander has given up nine runs on six hits and three walks over his last inning of work. He did not record an out on Wednesday, allowed two inherited runners to score and was charged with three runs on two hits and three walks, leaving the contest with two men on. He has walked three or more batters four times this year and has allowed five of the nine runners he has inherited to score.

Matt Handley prevented two inherited runners from scoring in his first two-thirds of an inning but allowed four in the following frame, giving up four hits and two walks in an inning and two-thirds while also tossing a wild pitch. The left-hander has allowed runs in four straight games and seven of his last nine, surrendering 15 runs on 12 hits and 11 walks. It is the second time this year he has given up runs in four straight contests, allowing a run in five straight before being sent down from Fort Wayne. Handley has, however, stranded all but four of the 13 runners he has inherited with Eugene.

AZL Padres lost 12-2 to AZL Athletics

Euclides Viloria went four-plus, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out seven. He struck out two batters in the first, second, and fourth. The left-hander has struck out 52 in 41.2 innings this year but has also walked 29. Viloria has struck out six or more without passing five innings on five occasions. He has, however, walked three or more in six of his 11 starts. Seventeen of the 28 runs he has surrendered this season have come in the third inning, although he did not allow a third inning run on Wednesday.

Drew Cumberland has a hit in every start he has made and Wednesday was no exception. He went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored, pushing his hitting streak to 10 games. Cumberland is 18-for-43 over the streak, a .419 average, with four straight multi-hit games and seven over his last nine. Cumberland has scored a run in four straight games. The shortstop did commit his sixth error of the season and his fifth in his last three games.

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