Fossum debuts; Ciriaco, Johnston slamming

Casey Fossum is signed and starting for the Portland Beavers. Chad Huffman is responsible for six runs. Juan Ciriaco and Seth Johnston have grand affairs. Aaron Breit pitches well over four but not so well in the next frame. Corey Kluber was denied his win after a solid start and Keoni Ruth led a dramatic comeback before Eugene fell apart in the ninth.

Portland won 9-6 over Tacoma (Mariners)

Casey Fossum, signed by the Padres after being given his unconditional released by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on August 10. Fossum went 4.1 innings, allowing one run on six hits and a walk while striking out two in his system debut, throwing 61 pitches – 35 for strikes. Fossum was 5-8 with a 7.70 ERA in 40 appearances, including 10 starts for the Devil Rays. The southpaw is 37-52 with a 5.46 ERA over seven major league seasons with Boston, Arizona and Tampa Bay.

Craig Stansberry hopped on a fastball for his 14th homer of the season in the fifth, a two-run shot. It was half of a four-RBI night for the second baseman and upped his RBI total to 75 for the year. He is 11 RBIs shy of matching his career-high for RBIs in a year, set in 2005 over two leagues. He has five homers in his last 11 games. Stansberry has collected 20 RBI over his last 13 games with six multi-RBI games. He is hitting .311 with runners in scoring position.

San Antonio won 14-3 over Frisco (Rangers)

Chad Huffman was in on six of the San Antonio runs, going 3-for-6, hitting a two-run homer and knocking in three for the day while scoring four times. He did, however, commit his first error in Double-A. It is the second time in four games that Huffman has collected three or more RBIs and third time since joining the Missions that he has had a three-hit night. The outfielder has nine games with three or more RBIs across two leagues and 10 games with three or more hits.

Tim Brown reached base four times with two hits in four at bats and two walks. He also scored three runs and collected his 14th double of the season. The first baseman has scored a run in four straight contests, being played seven times over that span. It was the first time since May 11 that he has drawn multiple walks in a game. Brown had gone 17 games between extra base hits, last hitting a double on July 18.

Lake Elsinore won 11-7 over Bakersfield (Rangers)

Juan Ciriaco belted his first grand slam of the season off former Padres farmhand Michael Bumstead in the second inning. Ciriaco ended the day with three hits, adding a double, and scoring two runs. He is 5-for-12 with the bases juiced this season with 13 RBIs. He has homered three times in his last five games – his only two hits in his previous 21 at bats. Five of his first seven homers with the Storm were solo shots and he came into the game with a .196 average with runners in scoring position.

An inning after Ciriaco's bomb, Seth Johnston pumped a grand slam of his own off Bumstead – the third homer of the day for the Storm and the 12th grand slam of the season for the club. Johnston also drew a walk and scored two runs in five plate appearances. The infielder is 5-for-8 with four extra base hits with the sacks packed with baserunners and he has collected 14 RBIs in those situations. The homer was his second in three games and gave him seven RBIs over that span.

Fort Wayne lost 6-2 to Dayton (Reds)

Aaron Breit (3-11) retired the first six batters he faced and struck out the side in the third after a pair of base knocks. After a perfect fourth, Breit allowed a leadoff homer and was charged with four runs over the next two-thirds of an inning, thus ending his night. He would match a season-high by whiffing eight in the game and not walk a batter. The right-hander had allowed one run over his last 8.1 innings and has not walked a batter over his last 13, significant since he walked 12 over a 6.1-inning span earlier in the season.

Justin Baum bounced two doubles off the outfield walls and was in on all of the Wizards runs, scoring once and knocking in the other. Baum doubled his extra base hit total in Fort Wayne after netting two over his first eight games with all four coming over his last four contests. He has collected 24 extra base hits in 50 games across two leagues and has a .277 average combined. Baum, who led Eugene in RBIs with 33 at the time of his departure has just two in the Midwest League, both coming in the last two days.

Eugene lost 8-7 to Tri-City (Rockies)

Kellen Kulbacki reached base in four straight plate appearances before adding a sacrifice fly in the ninth. He notched three singles and was hit by a pitch but did not score a run as Kulbacki was thrown out at home in the second inning trying to score on a fly out. The outfielder has reached base 12 times over his last four games with eight hits, three walks, and a hit by pitch.

Keoni Ruth, back from his stint in Triple-A started the game by going 0-for-3. It was, however, his instrumental work in the ninth that tied the game – before the Ems lost it in the bottom half. He singled to open the inning and came around to score before tying the game with his second base hit in the inning. Ruth went 8-for-27 in Portland, reaching base in all but one of his nine games. The infielder has a five-game RBI streak going in Eugene and has knocked in nine over that span. He has 27 RBIs over four leagues in 39 games.

Corey Kluber allowed a single hit but an unearned run crossed the dish against him in 5.1 innings. He walked three and struck out six in a no-decision. The right-hander has given up three runs over his last 13.1 innings, allowing two runs or less over his last three. He has walked 10 batters over his last 15.2 innings and two or more in three straight games. Just five of the 23 hits he has allowed have gone for extra bases.

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