Culp masterful; Pelzer dominant

Josh Banks had a fantastic start for the Beavers but his efforts were ruined. Chad Huffman homers and Greg Burke continues his impressive streak but the Missions. Nathan Culp pitches shutout ball and the power numbers are rising for Cedric Hunter. Wynn Pelzer continues to shine after a slow start, and Shane Buschini provides the muscle.

Portland (20-22) lost 5-2 to Tucson (Diamondbacks)

Michael Barrett made his first rehab appearance since going on the disabled list with a sprained right elbow ligament. The backstop caught five scoreless innings and went 1-for-2. Barrett went 2-for-8 with three runs scored in three games for the Padres. Clay Hensley also appeared in the contest, working a 1-2-3 inning while striking out one. Since allowing a run in his first Portland outing, Hensley has worked five straight scoreless frames.

Josh Banks made his third start and by far his best. The right-hander allowed two hits over the first five frames before a pair of hits led to a run in the sixth. His outing ended with one run against over six frames on four hits and two walks while striking out eight. It was the second game in a row where he allowed four hits or less. Over his last five appearances, Banks has a 3.98 ERA across 20.1 innings.

Jared Wells came into the contest with the game tied at 2-2 in the top of ninth but surrendered three runs on three hits and two walks to take his first loss of the year. The right-hander has given up runs in three of his last four outings, raising his ERA from 3.60 to 6.16 – as multiple runs have scored in each of those outings. Overall, Wells has surrendered runs in seven of 18 appearances.

San Antonio (21-23) lost 4-1 to Frisco (Rangers)

Chad Huffman collected two of the Missions six hits and was responsible for their only run, hitting his fifth homer of the year in the sixth inning. The outfielder has successfully reached base in 15 straight games and has a hit in 14 of those contests. Over his last 18 games, Huffman is 28-for-63, hitting .333 with a .557 on-base percentage. He has a 15-to-8 walk-to-strikeout ratio and has seven extra base hits.

Steve Garrison dropped to 3-3 after allowing four runs on six hits and two walks while fanning five over 5.2 innings. The left-hander surrendered three extra base hits, including two solo homers. He came into the game with one dinger allowed and yielded multiple homers once all of last year - on August 19 with Lake Elsinore. Garrison had given up four runs combined over his last three starts. One of the homers went to a left-handed hitter - the first extra base he has allowed to lefty batters.

Greg Burke put down each of the four batters he faced over an inning and a third, striking out three. The right-hander ran his scoreless streak up to 14 innings with Monday's outing and lowered his season ERA to 1.35. Burke has yielded runs in four of his 17 outings and has limited the opposition to five hits in 31 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Just two of the 34 hits he has allowed have gone for extra bases.

Lake Elsinore (21-24) won 4-1 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Nathan Culp tossed blanks over six innings, yielding a season-low four hits while striking out a season-high seven and walking one. Seven of his outs came via groundballs. The left-hander has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his nine starts and has given up two runs or less in four of those. Culp has gone 19 innings without walking a batter.

After working in Arizona, Justin Hampson began his rehab assignment with the Storm in his return from left shoulder tendonitis. Hampson has missed the entire start to the year after pitching in just two Spring Training games where he allowed four runs on three hits and three walks over 1.2 innings. The lefty went 2-3 with a 2.70 ERA across 39 appearances for the Padres in 2007.

Cedric Hunter went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs. The outfielder, who had not homered across his first 41 games, has gone yard in successive games. He has plated five runs over that span with 18 multi-hit games over the course of the year. He is 25-for-67 over his last 16 games, a .373 average, and has fanned multiple times in a game just twice all year.

Fort Wayne (20-24) won 3-2 over Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Shane Buschini belted his eighth and ninth doubles of the year as part of a 2-for-5 night. His two-run double in the second put the Wizards ahead for good. Through 16 games, Buschini hasn't gone longer than two games without a two-bagger. He has five multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games. He is 10-for-20 when he bats either seventh or eighth in the order and 8-for-37 when he hits elsewhere.

Wynn Pelzer won his fourth game, pitching a season-high six innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out three. He recorded 10 groundball outs on the day. The right-hander has given up three runs over his last 17 innings of work and has won three of his last four games. Pelzer has also yielded just nine hits in his last 17 frames, surrendering 10 hits in 71 at-bats to right-handed hitters.

Jackson Quezada struck out the side around two hits, which produced a run, earning his sixth save of the season in as many chances. It was just the second earned run he has allowed over his last 18.1 innings. The right-hander has given up just 10 hits over that span while fanning 20. He has limited right-handed hitters to three hits in 40 at-bats.

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