Casey Fossum (0-1) dodged quite a few bullets over five innings, seeing baserunners in every inning. He gave up just four runs, despite a season-high 12 hits allowed and a walk in taking the loss. He has given up nine hits or more five times over 12 starts between the majors and Triple-A. Fossum, who never had an ERA under 6.11 during his time with Tampa Bay, has allowed 18 hits in 8.1 innings for Portland.
Jonathan Schemmel did his job all night long with the stick, going 2-for-2 with a double and a walk. He also added a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly, driving in two. The infielder did, however, commit his first Triple-A error and 15th over three leagues and 71 games played. Schemmel is 4-for-6 over his last two games with a double, homer and four RBIs. It was his fourth multi-hit game in his last seven contests over two leagues. Schemmel reached base safely in his last 12 games with Lake Elsinore prior to moving up to Portland and has been on base in four of his six Triple-A contests.
San Antonio won 8-1 over Corpus Christi (Astros)
Wade LeBlanc (6-3) baffled the opposition over seven frames. While he allowed a first inning run on two hits, the third inning single he allowed became the last man to reach base. He retired the final 14 batters he faced, striking out the side in the fifth. He fanned 10 for the day and did not walk a batter. It is the fourth time this year he has whiffed 10 across two leagues. LeBlanc has given up four runs over his last four outings and has won his last three starts. The southpaw also drew a walk and scored a run.
"It is a lot of fun to run around the bases," LeBlanc said. "You try not to pull a hamstring."
"He was in complete command of the game from start to finish," manager Randy Ready said.
On the day he was named to the Texas League post-season All-Star team, Will Venable banged out three hits in five at bats, doubling in two in the sixth and adding a run-scoring single an inning later. Venable has a .383 average in the fifth inning this year with 15 RBIs – his best numbers for any inning. The outfielder has 11 RBIs over his last seven games with three homers and a double. The two-bagger was, however, his first in 25 games. He has also scored seven runs over his last eight.
Lake Elsinore had a scheduled day off
Fort Wayne won 6-3 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)
Yesid Salazar (2-0) came in with two men on and nobody out in the fifth and prevented both from scoring while pumping three scoreless innings and striking out four. The right-hander has allowed two runs over eight innings in the Midwest League and has given up two hits in 19 at bats to right-handed hitters and has allowed two base hits with runners in scoring position. Salazar posted a 4.50 ERA in three Northwest league games and a 1.17 ERA over 10 appearances in the AZL, tossing scoreless ball over his final 11 frames before coming to Fort Wayne.
Sam Carter reached base four times in five trips, going 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. He also added his 12th bomb of the year, tying him for the team lead. The outfielder has reached base in seven of his last eight plate appearances. He struck out once and has 111 strikeouts on the season, the most on the team. While he has not in the top ten in whiffs on the season, Carter has struck out once every 2.8 at bats. Carter also threw out a runner at second base. It was his 13th outfield assist of the season.
Eugene lost 13-6 Vancouver (A's)
Corey Kluber recorded nine of his 13 outs by way of the strikeout, tossing 4.1 scoreless while issuing two walks, two hits and a hit batsman. Both hits went for extras and seven of his 24 hits have gone for extras. The right-hander has allowed one earned run on six hits over his last 12.2 innings. Kluber has walked 12 over his last 20 innings, but he has fanned 15 over his last 9.2 frames.
Chris Perez (4-2) stranded an inherited runner out of the pen over his first two-thirds of an inning, striking out a pair, but was lit up in the next frame. He faced six batters in the following frame and all would not only reach base but also score. Five hits, two walks, and a hit batsman added up the tally. The wheels have fallen off for the right-hander, as he has been tagged for 20 runs on 16 hits and 17 walks with three hit batsmen over a 7.2 inning span. His ERA has ballooned from 3.29 to 6.26 since. He has allowed runs in 10 of his 21 relief appearances, including seven of his last 12.
Aeden McQueary took the hill in the ninth for Eugene, tossing a scoreless inning while striking out one and putting down the side in order. He had told MadFriars.com that he would like to pitch if his catching career did not pan out and several pitchers noted he picks up on things they do better than anyone they have worked with. The backstop hit .290 with four RBIs and seven walks over 10 games with Lake Elsinore before returning to Eugene. Over 16 games with the Emeralds, McQueary has hit .261 with six RBIs.
AZL Padres had a scheduled night off