Baum dialed in; Garrison great

Portland pitching falters, as Enrique Gonzalez and Sean Henn have rough nights. Steve Garrison propelled the Missions to their second straight shutout. Nathan Culp was fantastic again, but the pen almost blew it. Justin Baum 7, Lansing 5 – the Wizards are now five games over .500. Juan Rosario was impressive in a DSL start but the bullpen was not.

Portland (29-30) lost 9-2 to Sacramento (A's)

It took Sean Henn 26 pitches to secure two outs. The left-hander allowed an inherited runner to score and surrendered a run of his own on two hits and two walks while also uncorking a wild pitch. Henn allowed 11 hits and nine walks across 9.1 innings with the San Diego Padres but did hold all but one of the three runners he inherited from scoring. He posted a 7.71 ERA, allowing runs in three of his four appearances.

Enrique Gonzalez took the loss, dropping to 3-3 on the campaign. The right-hander surrendered six runs – all earned – on seven hits and three walks while striking out eight in 4.1 innings. It was the third time this year he has allowed six or more runs. He tossed 109 pitches – his highest total of the season. The Venezuelan native has walked three or more in six of his 11 outings with Portland and has issued a free pass to 29 in 47.1 innings.

All three outs that Joe Thatcher recorded came by way of the strikeout, but the left-hander also allowed an unearned run on one hit and a walk over his inning of work. Thatcher had not allowed a run over his last five appearances but has given up at least one base runner in every single one of his eight appearances since coming to Triple-A.

San Antonio (31-28) won 2-0 over Frisco (Rangers)

Steve Garrison and two relievers combined to toss the second straight shutout for the Missions and their Texas League leading 10th of the year. Garrison allowed five hits and a walk to move to 4-3, striking out a half-dozen over six innings. It was the fourth time this season that the left-hander has not allowed a run and the sixth time in 11 starts he has given up two earned runs or less.

Mike Baxter accounted for both San Antonio runs, tripling in a pair in the sixth inning – one of five Missions hit and the only one to go for extra bases. It was the fifth time in 27 Double-A games that the outfielder has notched multiple RBIs. Baxter entered play having struck out in four straight games – the first time he had whiffed in more than two straight since joining the Missions.

Jon Ellis worked two scoreless frames, striking out two and facing the minimum to keep the game scoreless, moving the San Antonio pitching staff into second in league ERA at 3.94. The right-hander had walked a batter in four straight and seven of his last 10 coming into play. Ellis has allowed just two runs over his last 20.2 innings.

Lake Elsinore (30-30) won 5-4 over High Desert (Mariners)

Nathan Culp pitched into the eighth, leaving with one out and a man aboard. That run would score, as the lefty was charged with two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five and recording 11 groundball outs. It was the first time this year he has worked past the seventh inning. Culp has allowed two runs or less in three of his last four starts and six of 12 overall. He entered the game as the second best player in the league in leaving runners on base at 79.2 percent, amongst pitchers with more than 40 innings.

Mike DeMark recorded just one out but it was an important one. With three runs already plated during the eighth inning and two runs on with the Storm clinging to a one-run lead, the right-hander notched the final out of the frame, stranding two inherited runners. Of the 17 runners he has inherited on the year just four have scored. He has held the last seven off the board.

Rayner Contreras went 1-for-2 – his lone hit driving in a pair. He also stole his fifth base of the season. He was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning and had to leave the game. The third baseman extended his hitting streak to eight games with the knock. He is 11-for-27 over the life of the streak with seven runs scored. Contreras has five RBIs over the last four contests.

Fort Wayne (33-28) won 11-5 over Lansing (Blue Jays)

Justin Baum powered the Wizards to victory, knocking in a career-high seven runs on two homers – one a solo shot in the second and a the second a grand slam in the seventh – while also tripling in two more in the ninth inning. Baum fell a double shy of the cycle on a 4-for-5 day that included three runs scored. The third baseman has an extra base hit in eight of his last 10 games, netting 10 over tha span. He also has 15 RBIs over that same span and has scored a run in four straight games.

Bryan Oland inherited two runners and stranded them both, working an inning and two-thirds scoreless ball while allowing one hit and striking out one. The right-hander has stranded three of the four runners he has inherited on the year and has not allowed a run of his own. Oland has allowed one hit in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Brandon Gomes earned the victory to move to 4-1, giving up an unearned run on a hit and two walks while striking out four in 2.1 innings. He has not allowed an earned run over his last 10.2 innings and has struck out eight batters in his last 4.1 frames. Gomes has given up runs in nine of his 17 appearances – most coming in a long relief role. He has earned the win in three of his last four outings.

DSL Padres (2-2) lost 7-1 to DSL Nationals 1

Manuel Nuno logged the only RBI for the DSL Padres, singling in a run and drawing a walk. He did, however, ground into a double play in his only other plate appearance. The first baseman hit just .167 last season for the DSL Padres across 36 games. He notched just 17 hits in 102 at-bats and drove in four runs. Nuno grounded into two double plays last season and hit .045 with runners in scoring position.

Juan Rosario was impressive in a starting role. The right-hander allowed a single run on three hits without walking a batter and striking out three over six innings, earning a no-decision. Rosario spent last season in the pen, going 3-2 with one save and a 4.41 ERA over 20 appearances. In 32.1 innings, he allowed 30 hits, walked 18 and struck out 35.

Juan Herrera made his professional debut after signing as an international free agent this off-season. The promising right-hander was tagged for four runs on four hits and four walks over an inning and a third, giving up a solo homer. Eight of the 10 batters he faced reached base in some fashion, as he was helped by a caught stealing and a runner thrown out trying to extend a single into a double.

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