Kulbacki blasts two; Inman dynamite

Josh Geer puts in a solid eight-inning effort in a win. Will Inman does it on the hill and at the dish. Kellen Kulbacki blasts two in a LE win. Fort Wayne loses a heartbreaker, as Jackson Quezada blows his first, and they proceed to lose the second game. The DSL Padres take two behind Freddy Henrique's pitching, and the bats of Jonathan Galvez – formerly Spraud – and Jhonaldo Pozo.

Portland (31-30) won 4-3 over Sacramento (A's)

Josh Geer hurled eight innings of three run ball, yielding seven this and a walk while striking out six. Sixty-six of his 96 pitches went for strikes and the right-hander secured nine groundball outs in his longest outing of the year. Geer did allow two solo homers and has surrendered 12 bombs in 13 starts this season. He has earned a decision in seven straight starts, allowing three runs or less in five straight.

Matt Antonelli doubled in a run in the third – his seventh two-bagger of the year – as his lone hit in four at-bats. It was his first extra base hit since May 15 and snapped a 0-for-16 stretch. The second baseman has 18 hits in his last 120 at-bats – a .150 average – and is hitting .168 for the year. He has just seven multi-hit games and three such games over his last 42 contests.

Edwin Moreno picked up his second save of the season, striking out two as he retired the side in order. The right-hander has allowed runs in three of his 11 appearances in Triple-A and 10 runs have crossed in those games on six hits and seven walks. In his other eight appearances, Moreno has given up four hits and three walks while striking out 12. Moreno has held left-handed hitters to a .154 average.

San Antonio (33-28) won 4-1 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Colt Morton notched multiple hits for just the third time this season and first since May 15 and he logged his first RBI since that same day. He also recorded his first homer of the year – coming in game number 17. Morton had two hits in his previous 25 at-bats; he has struck out 20 times in 58 at-bats. The backstop is hitting .132 with runners on base for the year.

Will Inman moved to 6-2 after allowing one run on four hits and three walks while striking out three in 5.1 innings. The lone run came on a solo homer, as the right-hander tossed 97 pitches, including 64 for strikes. It is the seventh time in 13 starts that he has given up two runs or less, but the third game in a row that he has allowed a homer. Inman also went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt in three plate appearances. He is 3-for-8 on the year.

It took Mike Ekstrom just 19 pitches to work through two perfect issues, as the right-hander struck out two. In the process, he earned his first save of the year and of his minor league career, which began in 2004. Ekstrom has not allowed a run over his last 5.1 innings of work. As a starter, Ekstrom had surrendered 48 runs in 50 innings of work on 77 hits and 18 walks. He has given up just one hit and a walk in two relief outings.

Lake Elsinore (31-31) won 13-9 over Inland Empire (Mariners)

Kellen Kulbacki reached base four times in six plate appearances, going 3-for-5 with a walk. Two of his hits left the park, giving the outfielder six homers for the year – all coming over his last nine games. Kulbacki plated three runs and scored three times. He is 14-for-37 over his last 10 games with 12 RBIs and 11 runs scored. Nine of those hits have gone for extra bases.

Sam Carter touched first base safely five times with three hits and a pair of walks. He hit a solo homer – his eighth – and drove in three runs while scoring two. It is the fourth time in eight games he has notched a multi-hit contest. The outfielder is now hitting .313 across 29 road games while batting just .198 in 26 games at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore.

Mitch Canham went 2-for-5 with a walk, a run scored and two RBIs – both coming on his third dinger of the season. Canham has an RBI in three straight games, plating six over that span while extending his hitting streak to six games as well. The backstop has drawn 44 walks on the season compared to 36 strikeouts for an on-base percentage of .422. Despite reaching base 94 times on the year, he has scored just 29 runs.

Fort Wayne (33-30) lost 7-6 to Lansing (Blue Jays) in conclusion of Saturday's suspended game, lost 3-2 in regularly scheduled contest

Jackson Quezada suffered his first blown save of the year in unusual circumstances. The right-hander had walked the first batter of the inning on Saturday before rain suspended the game. Quezada came on to finish the duel on Sunday and walked a second batter before giving up a single that tied the game, ending his run of 13 straight saves. Quezada had allowed four runs, three earned, over his last 25 appearances. He walked a season-high three batters, including one intentional walk. Four of the 13 batters he has walked have been intentional.

Robert Woodard took the loss in the completion of the suspended game, giving up a solo homer to the first batter he faced in the bottom of the tenth inning. The right-hander came into the game with two runs allowed over his last 12 innings of work. Woodard has allowed five homers on the season and 27 of the 47 hits he has allowed have gone for extra bases. Fifteen of the 25 runs he has yielded this year have come in the sixth inning and beyond. Woodard put in three scoreless innings in the second game, allowing three hits while striking out one.

Matt Teague got the start in the regularly scheduled contest but had his outing shortened due to a rain delay. The left-hander did not allow a run over three innings, giving up one hit, a hit batsman, and walking four while striking out one. The four walks he allowed were a career-high; he had walked just 12 over 54 innings coming into the game. Teague, who allowed nine runs in his previous outing, has a 5.08 ERA as a starter and a 4.26 mark as a reliever.

DSL Padres (4-2) won 3-2 in game one over DSL Tigers, won 16-4 in game two (Saturday's action) – off on Sunday

Freddys Henrique was dominant in his first appearance with the DSL Padres, allowing one single, hitting a batter and walking one over five scoreless innings to pick up the game one win. The right-hander also struck out four. Henrique picked off a runner at first base and saw one runner successfully steal off him, as he faced two above the minimum in his outing.

Deiber Sanchez picked up his second save in as many opportunities in Saturday's opening game, tossing a scoreless inning while striking out two. The right-hander out of Colombia has not allowed a hit through his first three professional innings. The 19-year-old has also struck out five during that span while walking two.

Jonathan Galvez – formerly known as Jonathan Spraud – extended his hitting streak to five games to open the season with hits in both contests. The shortstop went 3-for-4 with three walks during the doubleheader, driving in runs in both games. Galvez hit a three-run homer in the first inning – his first as a professional – and added his fifth RBI of the day later in the contest. He has been on base 12 times through five games. Galvez, 17, appeared in the Padres Instructional League last season.

Jhonaldo Pozo drove in five runs in the nightcap, hitting a grand slam in the eighth inning as part of a 2-for-5 night that included a pair of runs scored. The catcher has been on base 11 times through six games and has an extra base hit in three of his last four. Pozo split time between first base and third base last season – seeing one game at catcher and two in left field - for the DSL Padres, hitting .140 with nine extra base hits and 12 RBIs across 53 games, drawing 21 walks while fanning 74 times in 164 at-bats.

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