Searles comes up big; Carvajal snaps funk

Stephen Faris made a spot appearance for the Beavers. San Antonio sweeps a doubleheader with Josh Geer winning number 17 and Jon Searles coming up big. Nathan Culp storms back from a four-game losing streak. Cedric Hunter is having his best month. Mat Latos is dominant – again – and is rewarded for the first time. Yefri Carvajal cracked three extra base hits. Brian Joynt prevents a shutout.

Portland won 9-7 over Tucson (Diamondbacks) in 10 innings

Stephen Faris made a spot appearance in Portland, coming in to relieve Shawn Estes after the first. The right-hander allowed a run on three hits and three walks while striking out four in four innings of a no-decision. He tossed 76 pitches, 45 for strikes, seeing his outing delayed halfway through due to a power outage. Faris did commit an error. Faris has given up two runs on five hits over his last 10 innings and has allowed two runs or less in 15 of his 24 appearances across three leagues.

Adrian Burnside pitched to five batters in the sixth inning and all reached base successfully with four hits and a walk while also coming around to score. The left-hander has allowed runs in four straight games for the first time this season and in six of his last seven outings. He has surrendered 13 runs on 17 hits and six walks over a 10.2-inning span, making his ERA balloon from 3.48 to 5.74. He has given up runs in 10 of his 25 appearances overall in Triple-A.

Royce Huffman collected a season-high four RBIs on Wednesday night, going 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. His third inning double with the bases juiced was his second two-bagger and second extra base hit in his last 27 games. Ironically, Huffman has tied his high for RBIs in a month with 13. Having played six different positions on the field, Huffman improved to 6-for-16 with the bases loaded, collecting 16 of his 56 RBIs in those situations.

San Antonio won 5-2 over Midland (A's) in game one, won 2-1 in game two

Josh Geer (16-6) won his 17th game of the year across two leagues – tops among all minor league pitchers. He worked a complete game in the opener, his second of the season, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while fanning four. The right-hander has allowed three runs over his last three starts, spanning 22.2 innings. Geer is 8-2 with a 2.76 ERA over his last 10 starts in Double-A. He has allowed just six earned runs in the first inning of his 26 starts, including one on Wednesday.

Jon Searles (3-3) made his first start of the season and first start since May 21, 2003 while with Savannah of the South Atlantic League. The right-hander worked five innings, giving up one run on two hits, including a solo homer, while striking out one and hitting a batter. Searles has surrendered two runs on four hits over his last 12 frames. The leadoff hitter reached base in one of the five innings and he has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to seven hits in 59 at bats, a .119 average.

Luis Cruz accounted for both runs in the nightcap, hitting a two-run homer in the third inning and adding a single and a stolen base. He went 3-for-5 on the day with three RBIs and extended his hitting streak to six. He is 7-for-13 over his current streak, pushing his average up from .237 to .255. Cruz' stolen base gave him three in as many attempts on the year with his last coming on August 12. Cruz has struck out just three times over his last 17 games.

Lake Elsinore won 7-1 over Visalia (Diamondbacks)

Nathan Culp (4-4) worked seven innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits and three walks while striking out eight to break a four-game losing streak. The left-hander has seen an unearned run come across in five straight games with eight unearned runs crossing over that span. Culp has given up two runs or less in three of his 11 appearances with the Storm. He did match a season-high with three free passes, the last time coming on May 11 while with Fort Wayne.

Mike Baxter reached base three times, securing the only multi-hit game for the Storm and drawing a walk in five trips to the plate. He also scored a run and notched an RBI. The outfielder is hitting .348 over his last 24 games, going 32-for-92 with eight doubles and 13 runs scored. He has struck out just four times over that span. He is also hitting .327 over his last 41 contests. Since being inserted into the three-hole in the lineup, Baxter is hitting .383.

Fort Wayne lost 6-1 to West Michigan (Tigers)

Cedric Hunter went 2-for-3 with a walk and two doubles but did not figure into the scoring. He was also caught stealing for the ninth time this year and has been successful in only eight of his attempts. Hunter has four extra base hits in his last five games and has a 14 game on base streak. Over his last 25 games, Hunter is batting .344 with a .423 on base percentage to go with 16 RBIs and 10 extra base hits. His previous high for extra base hits in a month was seven back in May.

Jacob Ociesa allowed two runs on two hits, a walk, a hit batsman and a wild pitch in his lone inning of work, striking out a pair. The left-hander has given up runs in five of his seven appearances in the Midwest League, posting a 12.15 ERA. He has walked 10 batters over 6.2 innings and has uncorked three wild pitches. While left-handed hitters have just two hits in 11 at bats off him, righties are swatting .412 with seven hits in 17 at bats. He has not given up an extra base hit but the opposition has a .333 average off him with runners in scoring position.

Eugene won 10-2 over Everett (Mariners)

Mat Latos (1-4) struck out the side around a single in the second, whiffed the side after a leadoff triple in the fourth, and ended the game with a season-high 10 strikeouts over five innings of one-run ball. The right-hander allowed five hits and a walk and did toss two wild pitches while picking up his first professional victory. It was the fifth start in a row that he has given up one run or less, surrendering three runs on 17 hits while striking out 35 in 24 innings.

Yefri Carvajal collected three of Eugene's nine extra base hits, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a homer, two runs scored and three RBIs. The outfielder had gone 11 games without an extra base hit, slumping with five hits in his last 38 at bats while striking out 15 times. Carvajal has 14 multi-RBI games and 14 multi-hit games across two leagues in 49 contests. It was the fourth time this year he has collected multiple extra base hits in a game.

AZL Padres lost 6-1 to AZL Giants

Brian Joynt's single in the ninth plated the only run for the squad. He reached base three times in four trips, thanks to a pair of walks. Joynt has been on base eight times over his last four games. Despite a .212 average on the year, he has a 346 on base percentage. He has been on base two or more times in 12 of his 30 games for the rookie league club. The outfielder had just three hits in his first 27 at bats with runners in scoring position coming into the game.

Simon Castro (2-6) hit as many batters as the Padres had hits over the first eight frames, plunking two over four innings. He yielded two runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks while striking out five in four innings. He has lost four straight games and five straight decisions. The right-hander had allowed 24 runs on 22 hits and seven walks over his previous three starts, spanning 9.2 innings. Castro has hit nine batters this year, whacking two on two occasions.

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