On a night that saw the Portland offense collect three hits, Mike Thompson (4-10) was tagged for six runs on 10 hits and three walks over 6.1 innings. Five of the hits went for extra bases, including a homer, and the right-hander added two wild pitches. Thompson has allowed 11 homers in his last eight starts and has uncorked two or more wild pitches in a game on two occasions. Saturday marked the 12th time in 22 games that he has allowed five or more runs.
Royce Huffman collected one of the three hits. He has reached base safely in 22 of his last 23 games. While he is hitting .230 over his last 51 games, the right-handed hitter has secured a .384 on base percentage over that same span with 38 base on balls drawn. Huffman has been on base 122 times over his last 76 games, 1.61 times per game. Huffman also stole his sixth bag of the season, his first since July 21, in eight attempts.
San Antonio won 1-0 over Corpus Christi (Astros)
Cesar Ramos (12-9) was brilliant on Saturday, despite a ground-rule double to open the game. The left-hander would allow a single and two walks the rest of the way before exiting after 6.1 innings, retiring the final nine batters he saw with the last out former Padres' farmhand Michael Johnson. It is the third time in five starts that he has tossed scoreless ball and 12th time in 26 starts that he has given up two runs or less. He has given up four hits or less in eight starts.
Edwin Moreno preserved the Missions tenth shutout of the season with his seventh save, continuing to show why San Antonio leads the Texas League in ERA. Moreno put down the side in order, striking out more in an inning (2) than the rest of the staff had all game (1). Since allowing two runs in his first outing with the Missions, the right-hander has pumped 11.2 scoreless frames. He has not allowed a hit in his last four appearances and has retired every batter he has faced five times in 12 outings.
Lake Elsinore lost 7-4 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)
Jose Lobaton was one of two to notch a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a double, walk, and a run scored. He was unsuccessful in catching the lone runner stealing. The backstop has a five-game hitting streak, going 7-for-18. He had not, however, drawn a walk in 14 games until Saturday. Lobaton has also scored just three runs over his last 20 contests. The catcher has thrown out 38 of the 133 runners attempting to steal off him, good for 28.6 percent.
Mike DeMark gave up two hits in his lone inning of work and both left the yard. The right-hander has given up three dingers in his last two games after allowing three over his first 40 appearances. All of his homers have been solo shots. He has also allowed runs in three straight appearances for the first time this season, giving up five runs on six hits over five innings, and has yielded runs in four of his last five. McDaid has given up runs in 17 of his 41 outings overall.
Fort Wayne won 5-4 in game one over South Bend (Diamondbacks), lost 4-1 in game two
Jeremy Hunt's two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth padded a one-run lead – and it would be needed when South Bend got the two runs back in the top of the seventh. It was the lone hit over the doubleheader for the first baseman – his team-leading 12th bomb of the season. It was his second hit in his last 17 at bats and the homer was his first since smacking two on August 6. His 12 homers matched the Wizards season-highs from 2005 (Lachlan Dale) and 2006 (Daryl Jones). His 29 extra base hits rank second on the team.
Allen Harrington got the call as the game one starter – his first as a professional - working four-plus inning and allowing a single run on six hits and a hit batsman while striking out four. The southpaw has given up two earned runs over his last 29.1 innings, a slim 0.63 ERA. Since joining Fort Wayne, Harrington has flashed a 1.15 ERA. Just four of his 25 hits allowed in the Midwest League have gone for extra bases, including a double on Saturday. He has held left-handed hitters to a .174 average over 46 at bats.
Andy Underwood (6-9) returned to the mound after spending two and a half weeks on the disabled list. It was also his first action with Fort Wayne since July 28. The right-hander allowed one run on three hits and a walk over three innings while striking out two. He had allowed 15 runs on 14 hits, two hit batsmen and 11 walks over his previous 8.1 innings in the Midwest League. Underwood did make two appearances with the AZL Padres where he looked to fine tune his mechanics, allowing two runs on four hits over 3.2 innings in early August.
Eugene lost 7-3 to Vancouver (A's)
Kellen Kulbacki homered in his second straight at bat when he belted a first inning three-run homer on a curveball that he hammered over the right field fence, following up on his ninth inning bomb the day before. He has homered four times in his last nine games and is hitting .354 over his last 19 games after batting .254 over his first 33.
"We just got to try to turn this thing around and find a way to get out of this funk that we are in right now," Kulbacki said of a team that has lost eight straight.
Jeremy Hefner (2-3) was in the midst of a fine outing but perhaps went one too many. He tossed bullets over five but gave up three hits and a walk in one-third of an inning in the sixth – all scoring. He surrendered just one run and a single free pass over the first five frames while fanning a half dozen. Hefner has allowed two runs between the third and fourth innings this year, spanning 17.2 frames, and had not allowed any sixth inning runs. He came into the game with a 1.59 ERA at Civic Stadium before his four runs pushed that number to 2.57.
AZL Padres won 13-7 over AZL A's
The first six batters reached base to supply four runs and the team batted around in the eighth, plating seven runs. Jeudy Valdez paced the offense with three runs scored and two RBIs, going 1-for-4 with a walk while also swiping two bags. The infielder leads the team with 27 RBIs and is tied for the team lead with 30 runs scored. It is the third time this season that Valdez has scored three runs or more. He has three multi-steal games and has been successful in 11 of his 14 attempts.
Euclides Viloria struck out the side in the opening frame and whiffed five of the first six he faced. He would add one more K to that total, exiting after 3.2 innings with three runs in, two earned, on one hit, a hit batsman, a wild pitch, a balk, and four walks. The lefty has struck out six or more in seven of 13 starts but has also walked three or more in five straight and eight overall. Viloria is fanning 11.86 batters per nine innings but also walking 6.57 per nine. He has tossed a wild pitch in five straight and had nine on the year while also being charged with three balks.