Missions excited at home; Beavers roll

Peter Ciofrone and the long ball have become synonymous of late, as the Beavers roll with 17 runs and 24 hits. Jose Lobaton and Manny Ayala provide some theatrics at home plate, as we have lots of postgame reaction live from San Antonio. Keoni Ruth comes through in a pinch. Drew Cumberland knocks in two with a pair of hits but also commits his 14th error.

Portland (24-22) won 17-4 over Salt Lake (Angels)

Every player in the lineup recorded a hit, as the Beavers banged out 24 on the evening. Eight of the nine players scored a run and seven recorded RBIs. Seven players had multi-hit games and six had multi-RBI games.

Peter Ciofrone went yard for the third time in five games and the fifth time in 11 games with a solo shot in the opening frame. All of his homers have been solo shots. He also doubled and drove in three runs on a 3-for-5 night that included a sacrifice and four runs scored. Ciofrone did commit his second error of the year, leading to a pair of unearned runs. He has an eight-game hitting streak, going 13-for-31 with six extra base hits. Ciofrone has scored a run in 10 of his last 11, touching home 14 times over that span and has a five-game RBI streak, playing eight.

Tom King reached base five times out of the nine-hole, going 3-for-4 with two walks and two runs scored. His only out, however, was a double play grounder. The infielder has drawn five walks since joining Portland and has yet to strikeout. After hitting .158 across 76 at-bats with Lake Elsinore, King is hitting .400 with the Beavers.

Craig Stansberry went 5-for-6 with a double and three runs scored to lead the hit parade. He had not collected more than two hits in any of his first 39 games and had been in a 9-for-54 slump that saw his average dip from .244 to .215. Stansberry had also scored just three runs over his previous 14 contests. Stansberry did commit his eighth error of the year, leading to an unearned run, and was picked off first base.

San Antonio (22-25) won 5-2 over Springfield (Cardinals)

Stephen Faris worked 5.2 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on seven hits and a walk while fanning five. The right-hander tossed 93 pitches on the day, 65 for strikes. It is the fourth time this season that Faris has given up one earned run or less over five or more innings. Fifteen of the 19 runs he had allowed this year have come across the first two innings – but he did not allow a run in those frames on Friday.

"I make an adjustment here and there," Faris said of the slow starts. "You don't know. Every day is different, even in bullpens. You have to adjust and sometimes, for whatever reason, it might take me some time to get going. I feel like the later innings I get into a rhythm and get better as the game goes along."

Jose Lobaton went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks, a run scored and an RBI. He was also credited with a stolen base on a botched hit-and-run. Perhaps his most important contributions came defensively when he tagged out a runner at home plate on a wide Chad Huffman. The backstop has a hit in four straight and six of the last seven. He has been on base nine times in the last four contests and has a .293 average with runners on base.

"I am so happy," Lobaton said. "It was a hit-and-run and it was my second time trying to steal. When I saw Kazmar swing and miss, I said, ‘Oh man.' He threw it bad so I was ok.

Manny Ayala pitched an inning and a third scoreless, giving up one hit and coming up big after a wild pitch scooted past Lobaton with a runner on third. Ayala broke for the plate and Lobaton got him the ball just in time, as Ayala's glove came down on the runner's head as he tried to slide by, preserving the defecit at 2-1 at the time. The right-hander has worked 5.1 innings of scoreless ball since giving up a run in his first outing and is holding the opposition to a .143 average against. He has not allowed a hit with runners in scoring position.

"I didn't expect the ball to get by," Ayala said. "Loby is great at blocking balls. Out of my peripheral vision I see the runner take off. It is kind of a race. If I didn't tag him in the head – which was the only place I could tag him, he probably would have beat me there. He did beat me there. I managed to get him in the head, and I couldn't stop myself and I almost pummeled into the umpire, waiting for the call, before realizing I was holding him."

"Sometimes that happens," Lobaton said. "I missed that one. I was looking for the ball quickly and Manny was coming. It was a nice play."

Lake Elsinore (22-25) won 4-3 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels) in 14 innings

Keoni Ruth, pinch-hitting for Aeden McQueary, came through with an RBI single in the bottom of the 14th inning to end the game and send the Storm home winners. Ruth, who came into the game hitting .203, has an RBI in three straight games and improved his average to .290 for the year with runners on base and .304 with runners in scoring position.

Brooks Dunn picked up the win to improve to 2-2 on the year, tossing two scoreless frames while giving up one hit and striking out three – completing a eight-inning stretch of scoreless ball from the relief corps. The left-hander has given up one earned run over his last six innings. After posting a 8.01 ERA as a starter, Dunn has amassed a 4.15 ERA across seven relief appearances.

Javis Diaz opened the 14th inning with a single and scored the winning run, collecting three hits in seven at bats while also scoring a second time earlier in the contest. He also added his 14th stolen base of the year. It was his second three-hit game in five games and his fifth with three or more hits on the year. Diaz came into the game as a .181 batter when he leads off an inning but went 2-for-3 in those situations on Friday and scored both times he reached base.

Fort Wayne (23-25) won 9-3 over Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Bryan Oland made his season debut after beginning the year in extended spring training. The right-hander worked one inning, striking out one while putting down the side in order. The California native worked 20 innings for the Arizona Rookie League Padres in 2007, going 0-0 with a 6.30 ERA across 16 appearances. He gave up 32 hits and walked six, as opponents hit .360 off him.

Ray Stokes also debuted as the designated hitter, going 1-for-3 with a run scored. The infielder hit .255 with a .468 on-base percentage across 18 games with the Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League. He scored 17 runs and stole nine bases in 12 attempts. Stokes reached base in 17 of 18 games for the Ems, drawing 15 walks compared to 14 strikeouts. Stokes went 0-for-3 with an RBI in one game with the Wizards last season.

Drew Cumberland went 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs. While playing shortstop, he did commit his 14th error of the year. Cumberland has a six-game hitting streak, going 8-for-25 with four RBIs to raise his average from .208 to .225. Cumberland has committed three errors over the last two games and 12 of his 14 errors have coming while playing shortstop. He has successfully stole 10 of his last 11 bases, including two over the last four.

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