Mayi goes cycling; Myrow preaches consistency

While the system was swept, there were a few bright moments and some not so bright. Brian Myrow hasn't slowed since turning the heat on. Will Inman had his worst start as a Mission. Nathan Culp was strong but an error cost the game. Tyler Davis has done a tremendous job all year. Robbie Blauer has three hits. The best for last – Jose Mayi hit for the cycle in a tight game.

Portland lost 8-4 to Tacoma (Mariners)

Brian Myrow was the lone Portland player to notch a multi-hit games, going 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and an RBI. Myrow has hit over .350 in each of his last three months and is batting .351 thus far in August. He has a hit in 25 of his last 28 games and his 29th double puts him three shy of matching a career-high for a season. Myrow has 30 multi-hit games in 99 contests for the Beavers. His .434 on base percentage ranks second in the Pacific Coast League.

Will Startup worked a scoreless inning of relief, walking one and striking out one. The left-hander had allowed five runs over his last 2.1 innings and came into the game with runs allowed in five of his first eight games in Portland. The four runs he allowed in his last outing set a new season-high after not giving up more than two in any previous appearance. Startup gave up runs in 10 of his 43 appearances with Triple-A Richmond of the International League.

San Antonio lost 6-4 to Frisco (Rangers)

Will Inman (3-2) dropped his second straight decision, giving up five runs – a high since joining the Missions – on seven hits, two walks and a hit batsman. Six of the eight hits he allowed went for extra bases, including a season-high three homers. Inman had allowed just 13 hits over his first 24.1 innings but 13 of his 21 hits overall have gone for extra bases. It is the third time in 26 starts over two leagues that Inman has given up five runs or more.

Paul Abraham lasted two-thirds of an inning, surrendering a run while giving up two hits and two walks, leaving the game with the bases juiced. Since returning from the disabled list, Abraham has given up runs in four of five games. He has allowed seven runs on seven hits and three hit batsmen over that four-inning span. Abraham had given up runs in five of his first 36 appearances of the season, posting a 1.94 ERA with 28 hits yielded in 41.2 frames.

Lake Elsinore lost 2-1 to Bakersfield (Rangers)

Nathan Culp (3-4) fell victim to a David Freese error that led to the deciding run. The southpaw allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits and a walk while fanning five in five-plus innings. One baserunner also swiped three bags off Culp. He and his catchers have only caught four of the 23 baserunners attempting to steal over two leagues. It was the third time in 10 California League outings that he has given up two runs or less.

Brandon Higelin struck out two in his inning of scoreless work but did toss a wild pitch and the lone runner he inherited scored on an error. The left-hander had stranded nine of the first 12 runners he inherited on the year coming into the contest. Higelin has allowed runs in 17 of his 38 relief appearances but has had his best stretch of games in August, posting a 3.48 ERA over eight games. He had allowed 11 runs in 11.2 innings in his previous 13 games.

Fort Wayne lost 10-0 to Dayton (Reds)

On a day that saw the Wizards collect one more hit (4) than errors (3), Brandon Gomes (0-4) was shelled, giving up eight runs, seven earned, on 10 hits over 3.1 innings while also hitting a batter and uncorking a wild pitch. It is the second time in nine starts he has given up double-digit hits. He has also surrendered five runs or more in four outings and has failed to make it through the fifth inning five times.

Tyler Davis tossed bullets over two frames, allowing two hits while striking out a pair and inducing a double play grounder. He has induced three double play grounders over his last four games after not netting any in his first 14. He has not allowed an earned run over his last 6.2 innings, spanning multiple leagues. The right-hander has given up runs in four of his 18 outings this season but just two of the 10 runs he has yielded have been earned, giving him a slim 0.75 ERA over two leagues.

Eugene lost 7-3 to Tri-City (Rockies)

Robbie Blauer pounded out three hits in four at bats but did not figure into the scoring. It was the second time all year he has secured successive multi-hit games and gives him three in his last six games. All but six of his 41 hits this season have been singles. The first baseman is hitting .372 with runners in scoring position but did not have any such situations on Thursday.

Colt Hynes allowed a base knock and struck out one in his scoreless inning of work, rebounding from a game that saw his first professional homer yielded. The left-hander has allowed runs in five of his 24 appearances, surrendering five runs over 31.2 innings. Hynes has allowed a baserunners in all but two of his outings but the opposition has just five hits in 48 at bats with runners in scoring position, a .104 average.

AZL Padres lost 11-10 to AZL Brewers

Tyler Mead (2-3) was slammed for a career-high nine runs, five earned, on eight hits and a walk over three innings. Four of the hits went for extra bases and three left the yard. Mead also hit a batter and sent five pitches to the backstop. The right-hander had tossed four wild pitches in his first 12 games over 50 innings, and he had given up four homers over that same span. Mead has given up six runs or more in three of his last four starts after giving up more than five runs in one of his first nine.

Jose Mayi had a banner day, going 4-for-5 while hitting for the cycle. The first baseman doubled in the third, tripled in a pair in the sixth, singled in the eighth and hit a two-out, three-run homer in the ninth inning to bring the Padres within one. He drove in five on the day, pushing his RBI total from 14 to 19. Mayi had never hit more than one extra base hit in the same game and came into the game with eight hits in his previous 52 at bats. He is, however, 6-for-9 in his last two games. Mayi knocked in five once previously, on July 16, 2006 while with the Dominican Summer League Padres.


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