Baxter the hot hand; Gomes gets a first

Jonathan Schemmel is the lone Portland player to reach base twice. Wade LeBlanc is dominant again and has a first. Mike Baxter continues with the hot hand and Kyle Blanks closes in on 100. Brandon Gomes gets his first Midwest League win. Corey Kluber is backed up by Robert Woodard and Colt Hynes to pick up his first win as a pro.

Portland lost 4-1 to Fresno (Giants)

Tim Stauffer (8-5) struck out the side around a single in the second and allowed three runs, two earned, on nine hits and two walks over six frames in his first appearance back in Triple-A after bombing in San Diego. Stauffer has given up 18 runs and five homers over 7.2 innings with the big league club. It was, however, his fifth straight start in Triple-A where he has not allowed more than two earned runs and has given up just one long ball over that span. Stauffer has given up nine or more hits six times with Portland.

Jonathan Schemmel had one of three hits for the Beavers and the lone RBI. He was the only player on the roster to reach base twice, adding a walk in four plate appearances. The infielder has reached base in each of his last seven games, going 7-for-23 with four walks, four runs scored and seven RBIs. Schemmel is now 69-for-253, a .273 average, across three leagues with 39 walks compared to 36 strikeouts. Nine of his 28 RBIs this year have come with two outs, including the one on Saturday.

San Antonio won 5-1 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Wade LeBlanc (7-3) twirled six innings of one runs ball, yielding five hits and a walk while fanning a pair. His one mistake left the yard – the only extra base hit he allowed. The left-hander has won his last four games, allowing three runs on 15 hits over 23 innings while striking out 25. The southpaw has allowed two runs or less in six straight and 10 of his 12 outings for Double-A San Antonio. LeBlanc also notched his first hit as a professional on Saturday and sports a .385 on base percentage thanks to four walks.

Paul Abraham struck out the side around a walk and a single to preserve the victory. It is the second time in four games that Abraham has recorded all of his outs by way of the strikeout. The right—hander has tossed six straight scoreless innings, giving up four hits over that span, lowering his ERA from a season-high of 2.76 to 2.44. The leadoff man has reached base in 11 of the 51 innings he has started, a .216 on base percentage.

Lake Elsinore won 12-1 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Kyle Blanks reached base four times, going 3-for-4 while also getting hit by a pitch. The first baseman added two runs scored and two RBIs – giving him 98 RBIs for the season. It was the 13th time this year that Blanks has notched three or more hits and the 24th time he has collected two or more RBIs. Blanks is, however, hitting .264 over his last 23 games, dropping his average from .310 to .299. Blanks has been plunked by 17 pitches this year but Saturday marked the first time since July 26.

Mike Baxter went 2-for-4 with a walk. One of his hits was a two-run homer and he added a third RBI with a single. Baxter did ground into a double play – the 14th time he has tallied a rally killer – and struck out for just the sixth time in his last 100 at bats. It was the 11th time in his last 21 games that the outfielder has notched a multi-hit game. The homer was, however, his first since July 29. Baxter is hitting .323 over his last 43 games with the Storm, pushing his average up from .249 to .279.

Fort Wayne lose 6-4 to Great Lakes (Dodgers) in the completion of a suspended game, won 11-2 in the regularly scheduled game

Andy Underwood (4-7) fell an out shy of a complete game – one that spanned two dates across several months. The right-hander had not allowed a run over the first four frames and picked it up in inning five on Saturday, allowing nine of his 10 hits and all six runs, four earned, over his final 4.2 innings. He also hit two batters and committed his first error of the year. Four of the hits went for extra bases, including a homer.

Eric Sogard banged out three hits, including a double, in four at bats and added a sacrifice fly and three RBIs. The second baseman extended his hitting streak to six games and his on base streak to 10 contests. Sogard is 10-for-24 with one run scored and seven RBIs over his last six and has knocked in 10 over his last 10, despite a .179 average with runners in scoring position since joining the Wizards.

Brandon Gomes (1-4) picked up his first Midwest League win, tossing six innings and allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out a half dozen. It was the third time in four starts that he has allowed one earned run or less but also the third time in five games he has yielded a homer after not surrendering a long ball in his first nine outings. Gomes has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .186 average.

Eugene won 4-2 over Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Corey Kluber (1-1) picked up his first professional win, allowing two runs on four hits, a pelted batter, and a walk while striking out three in 5.1 innings. Three of the four hits did go for extra bases and 10 of 28 have gone for extras on the year. The Florida native has allowed six runs, five earned, over his last five starts, spanning 22.2 innings. He has given up just one first-inning run over his seven starts.

Robert Woodard worked an inning and two-third scoreless, giving up a pair of hits while striking out one. He did allow one of two inherited runners to cross the dish. The right-hander has held 10 of the 16 runners he has inherited from scoring across two leagues. Woodard had allowed runs in four of his last five appearances with the Emeralds and has surrendered runs in 10 of his 22 outings. He has fanned 24 over his last 17.1 innings.

Colt Hynes picked up the save – his fourth – with two scoreless innings. He retired the final six batters of the game and fanned the side in the ninth. It is the second game in a row he has retired every batter he has faced and the fourth time in 28 appearances on the season. Despite the flawless work, the leadoff man of an inning is reaching base at a .500 clip against Hynes. The southpaw has held left-handed hitters to seven hits in 42 at bats, a .167 average.


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