Carter slamming; Faris gem

Portland pitching is mauled to the tune of 18 runs. Josh Alley's homer held up, as Stephen Faris pitched a gem in his return to the hill. Sam Carter provided the heroics in grand fashion. Derek McDaid is called upon to save the day.

Portland (7-12) lost 18-2 to Las Vegas (Dodgers)

Enrique Gonzalez was placed back in the rotation, taking the spot of Arturo Lopez who was loaned to Mexico. The right-hander gave up six runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks while fanning a half dozen in the loss, tossing 74 pitches. Gonzalez made 27 starts for Tucson of the Pacific Coast League last season, allowing two runs or less in nine of those outings. He did, however, allow five runs or more in 10 of those starts. Gonzalez had thrown three innings of scoreless ball while fanning seven coming into the game.

Josh Banks was hammered for eight runs – all earned – on 10 hits and a walk over an inning and two-thirds. The right-hander tossed 53 pitches in his brief outing, giving up three extra base hits – including two homers, one of which was a grand slam. It was his worst outing since giving up 10 runs on 11 hits over a single inning of a start on May 25 last year with Triple-A Syracuse.

With the game out of hand, Marshall McDougal came on to pitch the final two-thirds of an inning with the bases loaded. Two of the three scored, as the third baseman allowed a single. McDougall last pitched in 2001 while playing for Visalia of the California League, getting the win that say after pitching an inning of scoreless ball. He did not play in the field before being called upon.

San Antonio (11-10) won 3-0 over Midland (A's)

All three of San Antonio's runs came on solo homers. It was Josh Alley's bomb to open the game that stood up – his lone hit of the contest. The outfielder has reached base safely in all 12 games he has started with his only games not reaching come in three pinch-hit appearances. Despite getting on base 28 times over 15 games, Alley has scored just six runs.

Stephen Faris returned to the mound in style after missing two starts. The right-hander picked up the win, throwing shutout ball over five innings while yielding three hits and a walk and punching out seven. Faris' seven strikeouts set a career high with his previous mark six on June 15, 2007 while with Fort Wayne. Faris has given up just two runs in his first 12 innings in Double-A and is holding the opposition to a .175 average against.

Edwin Moreno finished the shutout by working a scoreless ninth. He gave up a hit and fanned two, picking up his sixth save in as many chances. The right-hander has not allowed an earned run in 10 innings, giving up just four hits over that span while fanning 11. The hit he allowed Saturday was the lone knock he has allowed over his last eight frames. Moreno has allowed just three hits in 17 at-bats with runners on base.

Brett Dowdy also homered, extending his hitting streak to 19 games dating back to last season.

Lake Elsinore (13-10) won 7-5 over Lancaster (Red Sox)

Sam Carter hit a grand slam in the top of the ninth inning to put the Storm up by two – a lead they would not relinquish. While it was his only hit on the day, the outfielder collected five RBIs thanks to an RBI ground out in the second. He jumped ahead of his teammates and now leads the squad with 20 RBIs. Fifteen of those RBIs have come over his last eight games. The grand slam was the first of his career and he is 5-for-12 with 12 RBIs in his minor league career with the bases juiced.

Cedric Hunter picked up a pair of hits in four at-bats while also drawing a walk and scoring twice. He also added his second stolen base of the year. The outfielder has collected 11 multi-hit games in 21 contests and has scored at least twice in six games, including five times over his last three. He has touched home 22 times this year, tying him for the California League lead, pending the night's action.

Dylan Axelrod picked up the victory, his second, after tossing 2.1 scoreless innings. The right-hander gave up two hits, walked one and struck out two. He also stranded two inherited runners. Axelrod has stranded the last four runners he has inherited over his last two appearances. He has given up runs in six of his 10 outings and lefties have amassed a .393 average against him this season.

Fort Wayne (8-14) won 5-3 to Peoria (Cubs)

The Wizards went with Derek McDaid over two innings to net the save rather than turning the ball over to Tyler Davis who has struggled of late. McDaid pulled through, allowing one hit and striking out one to pick up his first save of the year and his career. Since allowing three runs in his first appearance of the season, McDaid has not allowed a run over his last 7.1 innings. He has given up just three hits over that span and has walked just one on the year.

Allen Harrington had been relegated to save duty as the piggyback starter but picked up his first win on Saturday. The left-hander worked five innings, giving up two runs on five hits while fanning six. He also hit a batter and tossed a wild pitch – both firsts for the season. Harrington has held the opposition to a .125 average with runners in scoring position and two outs and has yet to surrender more than two runs in any outing.

Yefri Carvajal collected a double and triple while scoring once, one of two Wizards to net a multi-hit game. It was his fourth multi-hit game of the year and second with multiple extra base hits in the same contest. The triple matched his season total from a year ago. Carvajal has drawn just three walks in 21 games while fanning on 21 occasions.

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