Carroll, Verbick flash lumber

Wil Ledezman debuts in Portland and does not make it out of an inning. Drew Macias has four hits and Jose Lobaton notches two extra base hits in a win. Kellen Kulbacki homers again but the Storm lose. All-Star time for the Wizards. Sawyer Carroll and Bobby Verbick make statements in a Eugene loss.

Portland (35-35) lost 7-3 to Tucson (Diamondbacks)

Wade LeBlanc struck out the side in the opening frame and ended up fanning nine across six innings. The left-hander gave up two runs on three hits and three walks, giving up a solo homer in the second. LeBlanc has surrendered 12 homers on the year, seven coming with the bases empty. He has struck out eight or more in three of his last four starts and four overall on the year. Twenty-six of the 51 runs he has allowed have come across the first two innings of the game.

Wil Ledezma made his first appearance in Triple-A since being sent down by the Padres. The left-hander allowed three runs on a hit, a walk, and a hit batsman across two-thirds of an inning. Ledezma went 0-2 with a 5.04 ERA across 14 appearances, including six starts, with San Diego. In 44.2 innings with the Padres, Ledezma surrendered 43 his while walking 30 and striking out 38.

Dirk Hayhurst worked two innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk to take the loss and drop to 0-2. The right-hander has surrendered 10 runs over his last 10.2 innings on 20 hits and four walks. His ERA has jumped from a season-low on May 13 to 5.04, as he has given up 18 runs since then, yielding runs in seven of his last 10 appearances.

San Antonio (39-31) won 6-4 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Drew Macias collected four hits in as many at-bats, hitting his 16th double, scoring a run and knocking in one. The outfielder has been on base in 14 of his last 15 games with the only contest where he didn't reach coming in a pinch-hit appearance. He has 15 hits and has drawn 16 walks over that span. Macias also threw out a runner at second base, giving him three outfield assists in the last three games. He has eight outfield assists on the season.

Manny Ayala picked up his first win of the season after allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five in 5.1 innings. Ayala surrendered a homer to leadoff the game – the second time this year he has yielded a homer to Hooks batter Drew Sutton and third bomb yielded this season. While he has kept left-handed hitters to a .185 average – three of the five hits have gone for extra bases (Sutton collecting the two homers).

Jose Lobaton collected two hits in four at-bats, launching a two-run homer in the fourth and adding a double. The backstop has a double in three straight games and five extra base hits over that span. He has an extra base hit in five of his last seven games. Lobaton was 0-for-1 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal and has thrown out 13-of-52 on the year, good for 25 percent.

Lake Elsinore (1-1, 32-38 first half) lost 4-3 Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Ernesto Frieri took a no-decision after allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks over 5.2 innings. Ten of his outs came via the fly ball, and the right-hander allowed a solo homer. Frieri has gone at least five innings while giving up two earned runs or less in each of his last five starts. After posting a 2.45 ERA in relief, Frieri has amassed a 3.89 ERA in eight starts.

Kellen Kulbacki had three hits, hitting his seventh home run of the season in inning three. All of Kulbacki's homers with the Storm have come across his last 18 games. During that span, the outfielder is 22-for-65, raising his average from .179 to .258. Kulbacki did see his streak of walks in successive games end at six but extended his RBI streak to three contests.

Jesus Lopez scored two of Lake Elsinore's three runs, going 2-for-4 with a double – his ninth. Lopez has successive multi-hit games for the third time this season and has secured a multi-hit game in five of his last eight games. He is 17-for-47 over his last 13 contests with seven RBIs and seven runs scored. Lopez has struck out just three times over that span.

Fort Wayne (37-33) had the night off for the All-Star game

Andrew Parrino went 0-for-2 with three walks and a run scored at the Midwest League All-Star game, playing both second base and third base in the contest.

Derek McDaid tossed one-third of an inning, using seven pitches to record the only out he would need to secure.

Felix Carrasco doubled in the bottom of the ninth with a man on first but both would be stranded. He ended the night by going 1-for-2, striking out in his other at-bat.

Eugene (0-1) lost 6-5 to Boise (Cubs)

Sawyer Carroll notched the first hit of the Emeralds season and pushed across the first run with a triple in the sixth inning – notching successive triples after Jeudy Valdez accomplished the feat prior to Carroll. Carroll finished going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, adding a double. He led the Southeastern Conference with a .419 average, belting 19 home runs and driving in a school-record 83 RBI. Finishing his two-year career as Kentucky's career record holder for batting average (.386), Carroll added 22 doubles and a club-high three triples in 2008, swiping 12-of-12 bases. Carroll drew 44 walks and struck out just 33 times in 2008.

Bobby Verbick hit the first homer of the Eugene season, going opposite field in the sixth inning to a cap a three-run frame. Verbick went 3-for-4, falling a triple shy of the cycle. Verbick hit 14 home runs each of the last two seasons for Sam Houston State, placing him fifth on the all-time list with 28. He is also one of the top hitters in school history putting together a .357 career average, tying him for 6th on the all-time list. His 81 RBIs last season was the second-best single season at SHSU.

Angel Mercado, batting cleanup, hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to tie the score at 5-5. He also added a walk in four plate appearances. The homer was his fifth of the year across two leagues but first since May 13 with Fort Wayne. Mercado had eight hits in his final 51 at-bats with the Wizards and had just one RBI over his last 12 games.

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