Geer goes to 15; Ramirez having a blast

Jack Cassel can't find the beat in the first inning and that is enough to give him a loss. Yordany Ramirez is having a blast, though. Chad Huffman slams and Josh Geer is in exclusive company. Steve Garrison had his first sub par outing. Mat Latos has a win snatched away by a shoddy bullpen. Simon Castro saw extra base hits fly away against him.

Portland lost 6-3 to Las Vegas (Dodgers)

The first six batters reached base off Jack Cassel (7-13) to open the game, as Las Vegas batted around, plating four with six singles and a walk. Cassel tossed 37 pitches in that opening frame. He would allow three hits, a hit batsman, and two more walks over his next four frames but no other runs would cross the plate. Cassel, however, is tied for the Pacific Coast League lead in losses and has allowed nine hits or more in 10 games, including three straight and five of his last six.

Yordany Ramirez clubbed three hits in five at bats and added an RBI and a run scored. The outfielder has successive three-hit nights for the second time in Portland and has collected five three-hit games in 24 Triple-A contests. Ramirez has collected 110 hits on the season across two leagues, obliterating his previous season-high of 82 in 2005. He is hitting .284 over two leagues and the double he hit in Saturday also gave him a new high with 20 – besting the 19 he had in 2005.

San Antonio won 7-1 over Arkansas (Angels)

Chad Huffman capped a six-run inning by shooting a ball over the left field wall for a grand slam, his second of the season across two leagues. It was the lone hit of the day for the outfielder but gave him 92 RBIs for the year – a number that places him in the top 15 among all minor leaguers. He is 6-for-18 this season with the bases loaded and 20 of his RBIs have come from the sacks being full. Huffman is, however, 6-for-32 over his last 10 games, including Sunday.

Josh Geer (14-6) became the second 15-game winner in the minor leagues with his effort on Sunday (he is 1-0 with Triple-A Portland). He allowed one run on six hits and a walk over 7.2 innings, striking out a pair. It is the 14th time in 25 starts across two leagues that Geer has yielded two runs or less but the first time in five outings. Geer is also third in the entire minors in innings pitched at 162.1, pending the night's action. He has gone seven innings or more on 13 occasions.

Home plate umpire Tyler Funneman ejected San Antonio manager Randy Ready in the fourth inning.

Lake Elsinore lost 7-5 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

The Storm had just one hit over the first five innings and it was good for two runs. David Freese hit a two-run bomb in the top of the first – his 16th of the year. Freese has homered twice in his last four games and has collected eight RBIs over that same span. Six of his homers have come in the first inning – where he is hitting .344. While it was the only hit of the day for the third baseman, Freese has collected 50 extra base hits. Freese has 88 RBIs on the season, placing him in the top ten in the California League.

Steve Garrison (2-2) gave up two-run dingers in successive innings and was on the hook for five runs, four earned, on six hits and two walks. The left-hander had not surrendered a homer in his first four starts and had gone homer-free over his last nine dating back to June 26 while with Brevard County. Garrison had not surrendered two bombs in a game since July 29, 2006 while with West Virginia of the South Atlantic League. He has surrendered five runs or more on six occasions over 25 starts across two leagues.

Fort Wayne's game was postponed versus West Michigan (Tigers) due to rain

Eugene lost 6-5 to Everett (Mariners)

Mat Latos' bid for his first professional win was foiled by a lack of support from his bullpen – for the third straight game. Latos did not allow a run over five innings, scattering four hits and a walk while striking out five. The right-hander has given up one run on nine hits over his last 15 innings, striking out 17 in the process. He has not earned the win in any of those starts. He has given up two earned runs in the first inning of his 10 starts.

Jackson Quezada allowed three runs on three hits in an inning-plus, with his one hitter in the eighth scoring after he exited the game. While all three of his hits were singles, a sacrifice bunt, ground out and wild pitch allowed two to score. Quezada has given up runs in four of his last five outings, yielding eight runs on 10 hits and three walks across a six-inning span. He had given up four runs on 12 hits over his first 18 innings of work for the Emeralds. The wild pitch was his third of the season and all have come over his last seven games.

After providing defensive heroics in the last few games, Kellen Kulbacki hammered a pitch over the wall in the fourth inning for a solo bomb and ended the day 2-for-4. He has homered in two of his last three games and three of his four have been solo shots. Kulbacki is hitting .337 with the bases empty this season and .190 with runners on base. Nine of his 14 extra base hits have come with the sacks empty. Kulbacki has four outfield assists on the season.

AZL Padres lost 11-5 to the AZL Brewers

Simon Castro gave up six runs on six hits and two walks while striking a half dozen over 3.1 innings. Five of the six hits he surrendered went for extra bases, including two homers. The right-hander has surrendered 16 runs on 12 hits and six walks over his last 6.1 innings, seeing his ERA skyrocket from 3.65 to 5.82. Castro had given up two homers over his first 40 innings in the AZL and 12 of the first 42 hits he yielded went for extra bases.

Shane Buschini went yard in the third inning, hitting a two-run homer – his third of the season. He has notched an extra base hit in three straight games and four of his last five, doubling twice, tripling and hitting the homer on Sunday. Since starting the year with two hits in his first 19 at bats, Buschini has gone 19-for-65, a .292 average. Buschini also stole his first base since joining Arizona and third base of the year. He is hitting .316 when he bats cleanup, as he did on Sunday.

Talk about the San Diego Padres minor league system on our subscriber-only message boards, the only place to find up to the minute roster moves on the entire minor leagues as they happen.

MadFriars Top Stories