Venable cranks two; Faris with the bat

Will Venable hit his first homer of the season and then his second. Stephen Faris is brilliant on the mount and at the plate. Richie Daigle is hit hard and the Storm offense falls just shy. Jeremy McBryde picks up his first win and Zachary Brown continues the RBI streak.

Portland (17-19) lost 10-4 to Iowa (Cubs)

Will Venable, who has played in centerfield on successive days for the first time since April 11-12 when he went on the disabled list with a shoulder strain, got off the schnide with his first two homers of the season – hitting a three-run shot in the fourth and adding a solo homer in the ninth. The outfielder came into the game with eight extra base hits over his first 24 games and just one over his previous 11. He collected three hits on the day – his fifth multi-hit game of the year.

Josh Geer surrendered five runs on 10 hits and a walk over six innings to drop to 2-4 on the year. The right-hander tossed 99 pitches, seeing four hits go for extra bases, including a homer. Geer has allowed seven homers through eight starts this season. He has given up 11 runs on 17 hits over his last 12 innings and has yielded five runs or more three times while giving up one earned or less four times. Geer has also given up double-digit hit totals twice on the year.

Joe Thatcher made his first Triple-A appearance of the year after being shipped down from the big league club. The left-hander allowed one run on two hits – both of the extra base variety – while fanning a pair in an inning of work. Thatcher went 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA across 16 appearances with the Padres. He allowed runs in seven of those contests and six of the eight runners he inherited scored. The opposition hit .471 off him with runners in scoring position with the Padres.

San Antonio (17-19) won 4-0 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Stephen Faris spun a gem over six scoreless innings, yielding a half-dozen hits and a walk while striking out four. He also twirled the bat, going 1-for-1 with a walk and the first two RBIs of the contest. He is now 2-for-4 on the year with both hits producing RBIs. It is the third time this year he has gone five innings or more and not surrendered a run and comes on the heels of 13 runs allowed over a six-inning span.

Gabe DeHoyos closed the game out by striking out the side around a single to preserve the shutout. The right-hander has tossed 11.2 scoreless innings over his last six appearances, giving up six hits while striking out 17. DeHoyos has fanned 34 on the season and is averaging 12.93 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. He has held left-handed hitters to a .138 average in 29 at-bats.

Seth Johnston reached base three times via two walks and a base hit, scoring twice. He has extended his hitting streak to six games in the process. Johnston has drawn two walks in five different games this year, a feat he accomplished five times all of last season. Johnston has scored multiple runs six times this season.

Lake Elsinore (17-21) lost 9-8 to Stockton (A's)

Richie Daigle replaced Cory Luebke in the third inning with two outs and a runner on. After stranding the inherited runner, the right-hander would go on to surrender six runs in the next frame on four hits and three walks, giving up a grand slam in the process. Last year he surrendered just one hit in 12 at-bats with the bases loaded and the year before Daigle allowed a single hit in 11 at-bats.

Mitch Canham reached base four times with a pair of singles and two walks. He also added two RBIs. The backstop has drawn seven walks over his last four games and nine multi-hit games on the year. He was, however, 0-for-2 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal. Canham has seen the opposition steal more bases off him than any other catcher in the California League. He has successfully caught 13-of-64 overall.

The game was delayed due to power issues with two outs in the ninth inning, and a runner on first, the Storm down by a run and California League RBI leader Sam Carter at the dish. The outfielder, who had three hits coming into that at-bat with a double and two RBIs already on his ledger. He would not pull through in the final at-bat. Carter has nine games with two or more RBIs and Tuesday was his third three-hit game of the season.

Fort Wayne (15-21) won 2-1 over West Michigan (Tigers)

Jeremy McBryde allowed a single run on three hits and two walks while fanning three over a season-high five innings to earn his first win of the season. He pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the first and allowed two hits the rest of the way. The lone run came on a solo homer in the fifth – the first he has surrendered over his last seven outings. McBryde has posted a 2.45 ERA over his last three games, spanning 11 innings and improved his ERA as a starter to 6.11.

Zachary Brown was the only member of the squad to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a double down the right field line that produced both Fort Wayne RBIs. Brown has reached base safely in each of his first seven games, despite seeing sporadic playing time. He also has secured an RBI in five straight games, plating eight over that span. He is hitting .444 with runners in scoring position and .571 with RISP and two outs.

Jackson Quezada picked up his second save of the year in as many chances with a perfect ninth inning, striking out one. The right-hander has allowed runs in three of his 12 appearances and has given up just one earned run over his last 14.1 innings. While lefties have eight hits in 20 at-bats off him, right-handed hitters have just three hits in 35 at-bats, a .086 average. He has also kept the opposition to a .154 average to leadoff an inning.

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