Latos back to DL? Myrow hits two

Brian Myrow cranks out two homers and Chase Headley hammers one. Steve Garrison does all he can on the mound and at the plate but it is not enough. Nathan Culp gets his ground balls but still takes a loss. Mat Latos came off the disabled list on Wednesday and appears to be headed back on it. The DSL Padres sweep behind the strong pitching of Pedro Hernandez and Luis De La Cruz.

Portland (32-32) won 9-3 over Las Vergas (Dodgers)

A day after Chip Ambres accomplished the feat, Brian Myrow followed suit. Myrow hit two homers – a solo shot in the second inning and a two-run blast an inning later – as part of a 3-for-3 day that included a pair of walks and three runs scored. The first baseman has logged an RBI in five straight games and has three straight multi-hit games, accomplishing the feat in four of the last five. Myrow has also drawn a walk in five straight, netting eight walks over that span.

Chase Headley reached base three times and added a sacrifice fly. His lone hit was a two-run homer in the fifth inning, giving him three RBIs for the day. He also added two runs scored. Headley has an extra base hit in five of his last six games, netting five doubles and a homer. He has knocked in eight runs over his last six. Headley did commit his third error of the year, playing third base for the eighth time this year. He has two errors in the last three games – both coming at the hot corner.

Mauro Zarate pitched to the minimum over 2.1 innings, striking out one. The right-hander came in with the bases loaded in the seventh and stranded all three inherited runners. Three of the five runners he had inherited this year had scored coming into Wednesday. Zarate has given up runs in eight of his 17 outings and had faced the minimum in just one of his previous 16 appearances.

San Antonio (34-30) lost 3-2 to Corpus Christi (Astros)

Steve Garrison allowed two runs on four hits and two walks over six innings of work, striking out four. The southpaw was pulled for a pinch-hitter after 80 pitches, including 55 for strikes. The left-hander went 1-for-1 with a sacrifice bunt, a double and an RBI at the plate – the first RBI as a professional. It was the sixth time in 12 starts he has allowed two runs or less but it was the first time since April 12 that he has accomplished that feat in a road game.

Mike Ekstrom took the loss, giving up a run on two hits over two frames to drop to 2-5 on the year. The right-hander did net his fourth double play grounder of the season. It was the first run he has allowed since being taken out of the starting rotation. Ekstrom had posted a 7.38 ERA in 12 starts and has a 1.80 mark in three relief appearances.

Gabe Lopez reached base twice with a single and a walk and drove in his second run of the year in the process. The second baseman is hitting .220 across 14 games with the Missions with a .291 on-base percentage. He has gone without a run scored over his last six games, despite leading off in 12 of the 14 games he has appeared. He has reached base multiple times in six of his contests.

Lake Elsinore (32-33) lost 4-3 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Nathan Culp dropped to 5-4, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three in six innings of work. The left-hander notched nine groundball outs and netted a pair of double play grounders to give him 11 rally killers in 13 starts this year. Culp has walked just three over his last seven starts. He has not allowed more than four runs in a game but has allowed four-even in four starts.

Eric Sogard doubled in a run as part of a 1-for-4 day, giving him 36 RBIs on the season. After netting 16 doubles over his first 29 games to begin the year, Sogard has three over his last 34 contests. After hitting .243 during the month of June, the second baseman is 14-for-35 with seven RBIs and seven runs scored in nine June games. He continues to lead the league with a .436 on-base percentage.

Jesus Lopez collected two hits in four at-bats, logging an RBI in the process. He extended his hitting streak to seven games – his longest such streak of the year. Lopez is 10-for-26 over the streak, upping his average from .212 to .238. The shortstop has collected an RBI in three of his last four games and has five over his last seven. Lopez has committed just one error over his last 35 games.

Fort Wayne (35-31) lost 5-4 to Dayton (Reds)

Drew Cumberland reached base five times in the loss, collecting three singles and drawing two walks to remain perfect for the day, extending his hitting streak to 11 games in the process. The shortstop has five multi-hit games in his last six and is 18-for-42 – a .429 average – over that span. He has also drawn six walks and has gone six games without striking out. He also scored a run and drove in one on Wednesday but did commit his 16th error of the season. He has an error in two straight and five over his last seven games.

Aaron Breit got the starting nod and worked to a no-decision – his first start since August 31 last season with Fort Wayne. The right-hander allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out two in four innings of work. Breit has given up one earned run on seven hits over 9.2 innings this season. He has not walked a batter and has struck out nine over that span.

Mat Latos worked one-plus inning before being pulled from the contest. He pitched to a single batter in the sixth before leaving the game after re-injuring his oblique. He had come off the disabled list earlier in the day. Latos took the loss, as an unearned run crossed after he left the game and the right-hander recorded each of his outs by way of the strikeout. Latos had not pitched since May 18 and is now 0-3 with a 3.28 ERA across seven games on the year.

DSL Padres (6-3) won 6-2 over DSL Tigers in game one, won 10-0 in game two

Joel Armstrong went 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs in the opener and added a walk, was hit by two pitches, and an RBI in the nightcap – giving him eight RBIs on the young season. Armstrong has notched an RBI in five of his six games this season. He led the DSL Padres with 26 RBIs in 2007, despite a .161 average. The first baseman did, however, commit his first error of the year.

Pedro Hernandez improved to 2-0 with five innings of one-run ball. The left-hander allowed four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out six, keeping his ERA at 0.90 on the season. The Venezuelan native has given up one earned run on seven hits without walking a batter and striking out 12 in 10 innings. He worked just 13.1 innings all of last season, walking four and striking out 13.

Luis De La Cruz moved to 1-0 after allowing a single hit and two walks over five scoreless innings while fanning two. He combined with two relievers to allow just two hits in the shutout. He induced an incredible four double play grounders on Wednesday and has five for the year. He netted six double play grounders in 22 innings a season ago. The right-hander has allowed three hits while walking four in eight innings.

Carlos Montero knocked an RBI single in the opener and added a walk and a run scored. He also went 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI in the finale – accounting for his first two RBIs this year. Known as Carlos Garcia a season ago, he hit .196 across 43 games with the DSL Padres, striking out 46 times in 145 at-bats while netting six extra base hits and 10 RBIs.

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