Cooper, Lobaton dialed in; Myrow still hot

Brian Myrow continues to his in his bid for a September call-up. The flu hits San Antonio and it is quite untimely. Jose Lobaton racks up the extra base hits, Craig Cooper hammers two and every member of the Storm contributes. Rolando Valdez blows a save as the Wizards lose two. John Hussey is rocked – again. Yoeli Florentino's transition to the mound has gone smooth.

Portland lost 4-3 to Tucson (Diamondbacks)

Brian Myrow went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI, pushing his average up to .355 for the season, second in the Pacific Coast League, pending the night's action. He also leads the circuit with a .439 on base percentage. Myrow has 41 extra base hits over his last 73 games. Over his last 77 contests, the first baseman has gone 109-for-284, a .384 average, with 60 RBIs. He has collected three or more hits in 11 games.

Paul McAnulty snapped a 2-for-30 slump with a 2-for-4 game that included his fourth homer of the year and two RBIs. McAnulty now has eight hits in 16 at bats in the fourth inning this season. The outfielder matched his homer total over his previous 31 games with his fourth-inning bomb. Despite his recent slump, McAnulty has reached base in 11 of his last 13 games, thanks to eight walks over his last 10 games.

San Antonio lost 6-5 to Midland (A's) in 11 innings

With several players battling flu-like symptoms, Kyle Stutes had to be used as a pinch-hitter when Nick Hundley was ejected from the contest in the third inning after being called out on strikes. Stutes did not fare so well at the plate, going 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. He had not had an at bat all year long. He also appeared on the mound, working an inning and a third of scoreless ball. Stutes did, however, allow one of two inherited runners to score. It was the first time this year in Double-A that an inherited runner has come around to score, as he held the first eight off the board.

Jon Ellis (3-4) allowed a solo homer and three hits in the 11th to take the loss. He escaped a second run scoring when Chad Huffman hit relay man Brett Dowdy who gunned down a runner at home. The right-hander came into the game with a seven appearance scoreless streak. He had, however, allowed at least one baserunner in all of those games. While Ellis has allowed fewer hits than innings pitches, the right-hander has walked 32 on the season, giving him a WHIP of 1.52 for the season.

Lake Elsinore won 16-6 over Visalia (Diamondbacks)

Every single player in the lineup had a run scored by the end of the sixth inning, as the team scored in each of the first six frames. Twelve of their 16 hits went for extra bases, six leaving the yard. Seth Johnson reached base five times, going 3-for-3 with two walks. He doubled twice and homered, adding two RBIs. Johnston has a eight-game hitting streak, going 13-for-29 with five walks, four doubles, three homers, and 12 RBIs.

Homer – double – double – homer. That was the start to Jose Lobaton's night. After hitting a two-run blast in the second inning, Lobaton doubled to open up the fourth and fifth innings before hitting a solo shot in the sixth. He scored four runs on a 4-for-5 evening with three RBIs. It was the second multi-homer gave of the year for Lobaton and third time he has smoked two doubles in a contest. The backstop has a six-game hitting streak, going 11-for-23 with four doubles and the two homers.

Craig Cooper got the homer out of the way in the opening frame, hitting a two-run shot. He added a bases loaded triple in the fourth before singling in two runs in the fifth, giving him six RBIs with a double left to hit for the cycle. Instead of getting his double, Cooper launched his second bomb of the game and ended the day 4-for-6 with a career-high seven RBIs. His previous high was his five-RBI night on July 27, 2006 while with Eugene. It was his second multi-HR game of the year and his triple with the bases juiced gave him 20 RBIs with the bags full and a .438 average in those situations.

Fort Wayne lost 7-6 to West Michigan (Tigers) in game one, lost 4-1 in game two

A day after being named the Wizards Most Valuable Pitcher, Rolando Valdez (2-6) failed to live up to the hype. With a two-run lead in the bottom of the seventh during game one, Valdez suffered the blown save, his third, and the loss when he allowed three runs on three hits and two walks over one-third of an inning. He has given up runs in three straight games for the first time this year and has allowed runs in five of his last seven. Over the last seven, Valdez has given up eight runs on 10 hits and four walks over 6.1 innings, pushing his ERA from 2.90 to a season-high 3.76.

Eric Sogard nearly doubled his RBI total in the Midwest League, knocking in four runs with two hits, doubling in two to cap a three-run third and singling in a pair to cap a three-run seventh that gave Fort Wayne the game one lead. He now has nine RBIs over 14 games with the club. Seven of the RBIs have come over his last five games. The second baseman went 3-for-7 in twin-bill but Sogard was caught stealing for the second time in a row after swiping two in a row to begin his Fort Wayne career. He has stolen six bases in 10 attempts over two leagues.

Javis Diaz went 4-for-8 on the day from the leadoff spot, scoring two runs and adding his 28th stolen base of the year, tying him for the system lead. He has, however, been caught 14 times this year. The outfielder has four multi-hit games over his last five with nine hits in his last 19 at bats. He is hitting .284 when he bats leadoff and .269 when he hits elsewhere in the lineup. Diaz is also hitting .317 when he leads off an inning.

Eugene lost 9-4 to Everett (Mariners)

John Hussey was pounded for five runs on five hits and three walks in an inning and two-thirds, striking out a pair and tossing a wild pitch. The right-hander has issued a walk in all but one of his 20 appearances this season, 14 in relief. He is averaging 6.9 free passes per nine innings pitched. Hussey has allowed 27 runs on 28 hits and 25 walks over 20.2 innings of relief work after notching a 3.70 ERA as a starter.

Brian Lauderdale pumped out two doubles in five at bats, scoring a run and adding an RBI. It was the third time this season he has collected multiple extra base hits in a game. The utility man has eight of his 12 RBIs over his last 10 games after collecting four over his first 22. He has a hit in 12 of his last 14 games, pushing his average up from .259 to .275 in the process. Lauderdale did strikeout once and has gone down to strike three once every 3.0 at bats.

AZL Padres lost 7-2 to AZL Cubs

Phil Laurent had two of the Padres six hits, driving in a run while striking out twice. He was also caught stealing in his first attempt of the season. The outfielder came into the game with three hits in his first 27 at bats with the rookie ball squad and he has fanned 13 times this year, striking once every 2.3 at bats and striking out multiple times in five of his first 10 games. The RBI was his first as he came into the game hitless in eight at bats with runners in scoring position.

Yoeli Florentino worked a scoreless inning, giving up a single and a walk while striking out a pair. After the first two hitters reached base, Florentino shut down the opposition. He has given up three hits in 22 at bats with runners in scoring position this year. The right-hander has given up runs in two of his eight appearances and has fanned 10 in 10.2 innings. He has retired all of the batters he has faced just once in his eight appearances.


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