Missions clinch; Viloria brilliant

Mike Thompson became the third to lose 11. Brett Dowdy's homer helped clinch a playoff berth for San Antonio. Wilton Lopez can't hold a tie while Josh Alley is streaking. Geoff Vandel has a day to forget. Co-MVP Luis Durango has a rare night. Euclides Viloria is dominant again and has numbers that are among the best in the minors.

Portland lost 6-4 to Tucson (Diamondbacks)

Mike Thompson (4-11) lasted 5.1 innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and two walks before being pulled after 76 pitches. He became the third Portland pitcher to lose 11 games this year. Thompson has given up nine hits or more in seven of his 22 starts, losing six of those contests. He holds a WHIP of 1.59 for the season and has allowed 10 or more baserunners in six of his last eight games.

Will Startup suffered his first blown save, coming in with the bases loaded and one outs and allowing two inherited runners to score. He would allow a run of his own over an inning and two-thirds, giving up two hits and walking two. The southpaw has allowed four of the eight runners he has inherited in Portland to score after holding all but five of 17 with Triple-A Richmond before joining the Padres system. He has given up runs in six of his 13 appearances on the year but has held the opposition off the board in four straight coming into the game.

San Antonio won 4-1 over Midland (A's)

San Antonio celebrates their playoff berth. (Stephanie Sanchez)
Brett Dowdy provided the muscle in their playoff clinching victory on Thursday, smashing a three-run homer in the fourth inning, his fourth dinger of the year and all the runs San Antonio would need. The utility man, who has played six different positions for the Missions, extended his hitting streak to nine games with the blast. He has gone 12-for-31 during the streak with five of his hits going for extra bases. He has seven RBIs over the streak while scoring five runs. All of Dowdy's homers have come with men on base.

Cesar Ramos (13-9) allowed the lone run on three hits, three walks, and a hit batsman over five innings while striking out two. The left-hander has won nine of his last 11 decisions and has allowed seven runs over his last six starts, posting a 1.75 ERA over that span. Ramos has allowed three hits or less in nine of his 27 starts and has yielded two runs or less in 13 outings. Two of the three hits he surrendered went for extra bases and 57 of his 153 overall have gone for extras.

Lake Elsinore lost 4-3 to Visalia (Diamondbacks)

A day after clinching a playoff berth of their own, closer Wilton Lopez (2-1) could not retire a batter in a tie game. Two straight singles and a fielding error ended the contest. Lopez, who has walked just one batter over 20.2 innings in the California League, has given up runs in seven of his 21 appearances and 13 of his 43 outings across two leagues. The leadoff hitter of an inning is reaching base at a .474 clip off Lopez with nine hits in 19 at bats.

Josh Alley went 1-for-2 with two walks, a sacrifice and an RBI. The outfielder has reached base in 26 straight games, the top current streak in the California League. He is 34-for-102 over the life of the streak with 14 walks for a .414 on base percentage. Alley has scored 22 runs over that span with 17 RBIs. He did ground into a double play on Thursday for the third time this season and was also caught stealing for the fourth time in 11 attempts.

Fort Wayne lost 9-6 to South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Geoff Vandel (0-1) did not receive a warm welcome in his Midwest League debut. The left-hander walked six of the first 10 batters he faced and allowed two singles as five runs came across in his two-thirds of an inning, exiting the game with the bases loaded. He had walked 12 all year long with the AZL Padres over a span of 65 innings and had walked four in a game twice in his three-year career. Vandel has given up 15 runs on 21 hits and seven walks over his last 10.1 innings.

Justin Baum went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored to pace the offense. It was the third baseman's first multiple run game over 17 contests with Fort Wayne and he had scored one run in his previous seven games. He has 16 doubles and nine homers across two leagues while notching 14 multi-hit games. Baum had struck out seven times in his last 13 at bats but did not whiff on Thursday. Baum is 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position since joining Fort Wayne after hitting .306 in the same situations with Eugene.

Eugene lost 4-1 to Everett (Mariners)

The Co-MVP of the Northwest League, Luis Durango, was also the lone All-Star representing the Eugene Emeralds. He was back in the lineup on Thursday after suffering from a sore back. He entered the game needing 13 hits to tie the Northwest League record for hits in a season. While he inched closer with a single, he also had a rare night, striking out three times. It was the first time in 63 games that he has struck out three times in a contest and only the third time all year he has whiffed at least two times. Durango does have a seven-game hitting streak with five multi-hit games.

Jeremy Hefner (2-4) was on the hook for three unearned runs thanks to a Lance Zawadzki error in the first inning that would have ended the frame without a batter reaching base. Hefner allowed three straight hits and a wild pitch after the error. He would give up one more hit while walking two over his next three. It is the fifth time in 10 starts that Hefner has not allowed an earned run while going four or more innings. He has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .189 average over 59 innings.

AZL Padres won 4-3 over AZL Angels

In their final game of the season and a matchup of last year's Championship game, Euclides Viloria (2-3) gave the Padres their fourth win over the last 19. The left-hander twirled five innings of one-run ball, a solo homer the lone blemish. He gave up four hits, did not walk a batter and fanned eight, striking out a pair in three separate innings. His 73 strikeouts are tied for second most in the Arizona Rookie League and he has fanned 12.09 per nine innings, the second best mark in the entire minor leagues. Viloria will also end the year with the second most walks in Arizona, despite not issuing a free pass for the second time in 14 starts.

Drew Cumberland collected two hits in five at bats and scored a run. He also swiped his sixth bag of the year in seven attempts, stealing five straight. Both of his hits came to leadoff an inning pushing his average up to .276 when he starts an inning. Cumberland is, however, a .382 hitter with men on base. He has nine multi-hit games over 21 contests. Cumberland also snapped a three-game error streak that saw five miscues take place; he has 12 errors over 20 games playing shortstop.

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