Gribbin debuts; Hefner lights out

Mike Thompson hit a barrier in the seventh, and Craig Stansberry hits his fourth homer in the last nine games. Cesar Ramos escapes trouble until a three-run homer in the seventh. Jeremy Hefner posted zeroes over six, but John Hussey did not fare as well. Andrew Gribbin makes his system debut after signing in 2006, and Alexis Lara is impressive in relief.

Portland won 6-4 over Las Vegas (Dodgers)

Mike Thompson cruised over his first six innings. He allowed two hits and a walk over that span, posting zeroes. Five hits came over the next two-thirds of an inning with four runs crossing the dish to end his evening with a no-decision. Thompson allowed a homer during the fateful inning and has given up five homers in his last three outings. Thompson has allowed 18 bombs over 20 starts this year with multiple homers issued in four games.

Craig Stansberry hit a three-run homer in the first inning – his 13th – and added a single and a second run scored. The second baseman has collected four homers over his last nine games and has six extra base hits over that span. Stansberry has also notched 16 RBIs over his last 11 contests as he rebounds from a four-RBI month of July that saw him hit .196. He has three or more RBIs in nine games this season.

San Antonio lost 3-2 to Arkansas (Angels)

Cesar Ramos (11-9) bounced in and out of trouble through six innings, getting three double plays to keep the zeroes stacked. It was one pitch in the seventh that went awry. He gave up a three-run homer with one out on the first pitch to Ben Johnson – the only runs he would yield – and five of the 10 hits he allowed came in the seventh. The southpaw's last six runs allowed have come on three homers. Monday was the ninth time this year he has made into the seventh inning and nine runs have crossed the dish against him during the frame.

Chad Huffman had two hits in four at bats but did not figure into the scoring and grounded into a double play. His biggest contribution came defensively where he was credited with two outfield assists. He threw out a runner at second base in the fifth and tossed out a runner at third base in the eighth. Huffman had two outfield assists in his first 31 Double-A games but now has 12 on the season across two leagues. He has eight multi-hit games in 34 contests with the Missions.

Lake Elsinore had a scheduled day off

Fort Wayne versus Dayton was postponed due to rain

Eugene lost 3-1 to Tri-City (Rockies)

Jeremy Hefner worked a season-high six scoreless frames, allowing two hits and walking a pair while striking out eight. It is the third time this season he has whiffed eight or more and has struck out 62 in 49 innings this year. It is the fourth time in eight starts that Hefner has tossed scoreless ball for four or more innings. Over his last 16 innings, Hefner has allowed four runs on 10 hits and has not walked a batter. He has struck out 23 over that span.

Four of the five outs John Hussey (4-4) recorded came by way of the strikeout but he also was on the hook for three runs, one earned, on two hits – including a homer – and a hit batsman. The right-hander has given up bombs in successive outings after allowing two homers over his first 14 appearances, including seven starts. Since being relegated to the pen full-time, Hussey has surrendered 16 runs on 12 hits and 11 walks over seven innings. While he has posted a 3.60 ERA as a starter, Hussey holds a 10.34 ERA as a reliever.

AZL Padres won 11-8 over AZL Angels

Euclides Viloria allowed three runs on six hits and three walks while fanning seven in four innings. He also tossed two wild pitches. He has struck out six or more in six of his 12 starts while walking three or more on seven occasions. He has uncorked a wild pitch in three straight games and has eight on the season. Viloria gave up two first inning runs; he had surrendered four first inning runs over his first 11 starts.

Andrew Gribbin made his season and system debut on Monday and it did not go well. The Australian native, signed in January of 2006, had not pitched competitively since having surgery to correct a torn labrum early in the year. Gribbin allowed four runs on three hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning – leaving with two men on and seeing both score after his night had ended. Gribbin originally came to the states in 2006 but caught the flu before throwing a pitch and had a commitment to return to Australia.

Alexis Lara (2-0) gave up a single and a walk but struck out six in his two innings of work. He whiffed five on swinging strikes and the last 10 batters in the game from both sides actually went down by way of the strikeout. The right-hander has now fanned 33 in 24 innings while allowing just 17 hits. He has allowed runs in three of his 17 appearances and has stretched his scoreless streak to 8.1 innings. Lara has given up three runs over his last 22 innings and has given up two hits in 30 at bats with runners in scoring position.

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