Kazmar half-dozen; Alls Wells in relief

Jared Wells may have found a home – in relief. Two hits for San Antonio – again – and Will Inman loses. Sean Kazmar and Aeden McQueary are picture perfect. Rey Garramone is much better as a starter. Cooper Brannan is pounded hard. Zachary Brown likes having men on base.

Portland won 4-2 over Las Vegas (Dodgers)

Yordany Ramirez picked up three hits in five at bats while adding an RBI. The outfielder was, however, thrown out trying to steal second – the fifth time in Triple-A that he has been gunned down. Ramirez had been 0-for-8 since coming off the disabled list but picked up his fourth three-hit game in 23 Triple-A contests. He had been successful in his last three stolen base attempts and is 28-for-39 on the season across two leagues.

Jared Wells earned his fourth save of the season, allowing a single and a wild pitch whiles striking out one to close out the ninth. The right-hander has tossed scoreless ball in his last seven appearances and has given up one run over his last 9.1 innings. After posting a 7.25 ERA over 10 starts, Wells has put together a 3.53 ERA in 29 relief appearances with four saves in six chances. The opposition is hitting .250 off him as a reliever after pegging him at a .345 clip as a starter.

San Antonio lost 4-0 to Arkansas (Angels)

The Missions offense ran into Arkansas hurler Nick Green – the same pitcher that held the team scoreless over 6.2 innings last time out. He bested his mark by keeping the San Antonio offense to one hit over eight innings on Saturday. Brett Bonvechio was the only player to connect off Green, hitting a double. In three starts against the Missions, Green holds a 0.40 ERA and allowed only nine hits while pitching 22.2 innings. Matt Antonelli would single in the ninth. They have been held to six hits over the last three games. The Missions .255 average coming into the game is the worst mark in the Texas League. While they lead the league in walks, they have the fewest amount of at bats and hits.

Will Inman (3-1) surrendered four hits, including two doubles, and three walks as three runs crossed the dish over six innings. The right-hander has walked at least three in three of his four San Antonio starts, although Saturday was the first time he has allowed more than two runs. He has given up four hits or less in each of his last seven starts across two leagues and nine of his 12 Double-A starts.

Lake Elsinore won 13-4 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

The bullpen worked four innings of scoreless ball to preserve Stephen Faris' first California League win. Matt Buschmann worked an inning out of the pen and Wilton Lopez finished the game out with a scoreless ninth. It was Buschmann's first relief appearance of the season, as the Storm looks to keep his innings – now at 147.1 – in check. Lopez has tossed scoreless ball in nine of his last 10 appearances.

Sean Kazmar made it to the dish a half dozen times and was successful at reaching base each time. The shortstop drew three free passes and collected three hits, including two doubles. He also added two runs scored and three RBIs to pace the offense. It is the second time this year he has drawn three walks in a game and the fifth time in Lake Elsinore he has notched three or more hits. Kazmar did not accomplish a three-hit affair in 78 games of Double-A. It was also the first time he hit two doubles in a game this year.

Aeden McQueary went perfect from the plate on Saturday. The backstop reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a two walks. Along with the first three-hit game of his professional career, he notched his first double in High-A and added an RBI and a pair of runs scored. McQueary did commit a fielding error and went 0-for-1 in throwing out baserunners attempting to steal. McQueary has thrown out 6-of-34 thieves across two leagues, good for 17.6 percent.

Fort Wayne lost 2-1 to West Michigan (Tigers)

Brandon Gomes was not rewarded for his near perfect efforts. The right-hander allowed just two hits, including a solo homer, did not walk a batter and struck out four in a no-decision. He faced one over the minimum in seven innings. Gomes had allowed four runs or more in four of his first seven starts, and after not allowing a homer in his first 13 outings across two leagues, he has given up a bomb in two straight.

Rolando Valdez (2-5) gave up a walk and a run-scoring double in the top of the ninth of a 1-1 tie to take the loss. He has given up runs in 15 of his Midwest League leading 51 appearances. With one strikeout on Saturday, Valdez has whiffed a batter in 13 straight games – without going more than an inning in any contest. Valdez has worked more than an inning just once this year and has worked less than an inning just once.

Eugene lost 4-1 to Everett (Mariners)

Rey Garramone (5-4) allowed two runs on six hits and a hit batsman over five frames while striking out a trio in the loss. It was his first start since July 26 – a span that has seen him lose two games and allow 13 runs on 12 hits and eight walks over 10 innings of relief. Garramone has posted a 3.38 ERA over seven starts while struggling to a 6.27 ERA in eight relief appearances.

Danny Payne collected two of the Emeralds five hits and reached base in each of his three plate appearances. The outfielder doubled and scored the lone Eugene run on a wild pitch but was picked off first base as well after a walk. His free pass in the seventh gave him as many walks (45) as strikeouts for the year. Payne, who has batted everywhere from one through eight in the lineup, is hitting .333 when he bats fifth, as he did on Saturday.

AZL Padres lost 16-8 to AZL Rangers

Cooper Brannan (1-4) had a rough two-thirds of an inning. The right-hander was pummeled to the tune of seven runs, all earned, on two hits, four walks and a hit batter. His outing was planted in the middle of a 12-run seventh inning for Texas. The right-hander has allowed runs in three straight and 10 of his 16 relief appearances. Over his last 3.2 innings he has given up 13 runs on 10 hits and five walks. Over 21 innings, Brannan has posted a WHIP of 2.14.

Zachary Brown went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and two RBIs. The first baseman has an RBI in four of his last five games, knocking in five over that span. He has also collected four doubles over his last five games after netting a pair of two-baggers in his first 24 games with the AZL Padres. Brown is hitting .349 with runners in scoring position this season but is batting just .125 with the bases empty.

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