Wells reinvented; Diaz swipes three

Jared Wells has turned his season around – in relief. Drew Macias leads the Texas League in one category. Wilton Lopez gets hit hard. Javis Diaz steals three bags, Eric Sogard knocks in three again and Robert Perry likes hitting threes. Rey Garramone sees season-highs and Yoeli Florentino gets a rude welcome.

Portland lost 7-6 to Fresno (Giants)

Royce Huffman reached base four times, doubling twice while drawing two walks and was on base in the ninth but could not be punched in to tie the game. Huffman has been on base in 14 straight games with six multi-hit games in his last 10. Huffman, who has played six different positions this year, has four multi-double games this season. He came into the game, however, with three doubles and four extra base hits over his previous 48 games.

Ray Chang had two hits in four at bats, singling in a run in the first as part of three straight two-out hits and adding a sacrifice – his third – in the ninth that did not result in a run. Chang's two-out RBI was his 19th two-out RBI of the season, comprising 60 percent of his 32 RBIs on the year. He is batting .317 with runners in scoring position and two outs. He is hitting .297 over his last 18 games with nine RBIs. The shortstop has, however, not scored a run over his last 11 games.

Jared Wells tossed a scoreless inning of relief, stretching his scoreless streak to 14 straight games and 12.2 innings. He has given up eight hits while fanning 20. The right-hander has allowed one hit over his last five outings, striking out seven in a 4.1 inning span. Wells has walked just one batter over his last 10 games. Since posting a 7.25 ERA as a starter, Wells has notched a 3.00 ERA in 36 relief appearances. He has allowed runs eight of his relief outings.

San Antonio lost 5-2 to Corpus Christi (Astros)

Drew Macias went 3-for-4 with an RBI and added an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at third base in the eighth, hitting cutoff man Luis Cruz who relayed to Brett Dowdy for the out. Macias did, however, ground into a double play for the sixth time this year. The outfield assist was his 18th of the year in the Texas League – a number that leads the circuit – and 20th across two leagues. The outfielder has whiffed eight times over his last 88 at bats.

Will Inman (3-3) gave up three of his six hits and one of his two walks in the opening frame and allowed four runs over six innings. He struck out the side around a single in the fifth and ended the game with 10 strikeouts. It was the second time this year he has collected double-digit hits. He had two stolen bases against in four attempts after coming into the game with his catchers snaring three in 19 attempts with him on the mound in Double-A. Inman has given up five homers in his last three games after allowing one on Sunday.

Lake Elsinore lost 10-1 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Orlando Lara (2-1) gave up two runs on four hits and four walks over three innings, striking out a pair. After walking six over seven starts in the Midwest League, Lara has issued a free pass to eight in three starts for the Storm. He gave up two doubles on Sunday and five of the 14 hits he has surrendered have gone for extras. He has given up one run in the first inning of his 10 starts.

Wilton Lopez surrendered a season-high of four runs, three earned, on five hits while striking out two in one inning. He had twice allowed six hits in a contest with Fort Wayne but both of those were over two or more innings. The right-hander has allowed runs in four of his last seven games, surrendering nine runs on 12 hits over a 5.1 inning span. He had given up runs in four of his first 14 California League outings. He has surrendered runs in 14 of his 44 outings across two leagues.

Fort Wayne won 8-3 over Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Javis Diaz went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. He swiped three bases on the day, giving him an organizational high of 31 on the year. It is the sixth time this year he has stolen two or more bags and the second time he has netted three. Twenty-three of his thefts have come over his last 48 games after netting eight in his first 67. Diaz has six multi-hit games over his last nine contests and an RBI and a run scored in three straight.

For the second straight game Eric Sogard knocked in three runs. The second baseman went 2-for-5 and launched a two-run homer in the sixth – his second in Fort Wayne and fourth of the year. All three of his RBIs came with two outs, giving him nine two-out RBIs since joining the Midwest League. Fifteen of his 33 RBIs over two leagues have come with two outs. Sogard stretched his hitting streak to seven games in the process, going 12-for-29 with 10 RBIs.

Robert Perry cleared the bases with a triple in the seventh and came around to score, accounting for four of the five runs they would score in the frame. He finished the day 2-for-5 and has reached base 10 times over his last four games with six hits and four walks. Perry also has a four-game RBI streak and four-game run scoring streak, notching eight RBIs and six runs scored over that span. The triple was his first in Fort Wayne but sixth across three leagues this year.

Eugene lost 14-5 to Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Andrew Parrino pelted two doubles as part of a three-hit night, adding a walk, driving in one and scoring twice. It is the second time in seven games and the third time this year he has collected two doubles in a game. Parrino has scored four runs in his last two games and has four RBIs in his last five. The infielder is 15-for-46 over his last 12 games with seven walks for a .415 on base percentage. Parrino did whiff once and is fanning once every 3.3 at bats.

Rey Garramone (5-6) was hammered for seven runs on eight hits and a walk while hitting a batter in two innings. The right-hander had not allowed more than four runs in any outing and had given up six or more hits twice and never more than seven knocks. Garramone has lost his last five decisions over a seven-game span. Garramone came into the game with a 3.79 ERA as a starter after notching a 6.27 ERA in eight relief outings but that number jumped to 5.10 after Sunday's start.

After working a scoreless fifth in his Northwest League debut, Yoeli Florentino was pounded for five runs in his second frame. He allowed seven hits, walked one and hit a batter. The outfielder turned pitcher had allowed three runs over his first 11.2 innings of work – all coming in the Arizona Rookie League. He had not allowed more than three hits in any of his nine outings and had not clunked a batter.


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