Antonelli clutch; Shunk, Hill key comeback

Matt Antonelli pushes the game into extras and Will Venable scores the winning run an inning later. Sean Kazmar continues his roll with the Missions. Rolando Valdez and R.J. Rodriguez can't hold a lead. Ryan Hill and Derek Shunk contribute to a comeback in Eugene. Cesar Sosa and Hans Wilson key a DSL Padres victory.

Portland (36-35) won 4-3 over Tucson (Diamondbacks) in 10 innings

Will Venable came around to score the winning run in the bottom of the tenth after a one-out double. The outfielder had three hits on the night and added a sacrifice bunt. Venable has notched a hit in 13 of his last 14 games. He is 20-for-51 over that stretch – a .392 average. Venable has an RBI in four of his last six games and has an extra base hit in five of his last seven.

Josh Geer dropped his ERA down to 4.00 after tossing six innings and allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits and four walks while striking out two. Geer has gone seven straight games without allowing more than three earned runs. He has given up two earned or less in eight of his 15 starts. Geer's four walks allowed matched a season-high while his four hits were the second fewest he has surrendered on the year.

Matt Antonelli sent the game into extra innings with a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth. The second baseman, batting leadoff, went 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs. He also stole his third base of the season. Antonelli has a six-game hitting streak, going 10-for-24 with three walks, collecting four multi-hit games over that span. He has upped his average from .166 to .191 – the highest it has been since May 19.

San Antonio (0-1, 39-31 first half) lost 7-2 to Corpus Christi (Astros)

Sean Kazmar reached base three times via a pair of hits and a walk but did not figure into the scoring. The shortstop pushed his hitting streak to nine games – his third multi-hit game during the streak. Kazmar has a hit in 13 of his last 14 games, upping his average from .196 to .249 in the process. Kazmar is hitting .412 over his last 16 games with 21 hits in 51 at-bats. He did commit his 14th error of the year on Wednesday.

Will Inman took the loss to drop to 7-3, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five across five innings. Four of the five hits he allowed went for doubles. Twenty-one of the 61 hits he has given up this season have gone for extra bases. Inman came into the game with three runs allowed over his previous three games.

Lake Elsinore (1-2, 32-38 first half) lost 9-6 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

R.J. Rodriguez came in with two men on, one out in the eighth, and the Storm clinging to a one-run lead. He would allow both inherited runners to score and give up a pair of his own across two-thirds of an inning, giving up three hits, including a two-run homer. Rodriguez has given up runs in four of his last five appearances and five of his last seven. He suffered his fifth blown save in 17 save opportunities.

Rolando Valdez dropped to 0-2 on the year after getting charged with three runs on one hit and two walks over one-third of an inning. The right-hander has given up runs in 11 of his 31 appearances on the year, giving up multiple runs five times. Valdez has walked two or more on four occasions on the year. He has given up six runs over his last seven appearances, spanning six innings.

Mitch Canham knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly and added a second RBI with a double, pushing his RBI total to 42 for the season. He has 10 multi-RBI games on the year. He was, however, 0-for-4 in catching base runners attempting to steal. The backstop has thrown out just 19 of the 105 thieves on the base paths. He has seen more than 20 more stolen base attempts than any other catcher in the California League.

Fort Wayne (37-33) had a scheduled day off

Eugene (1-1) won 9-4 over Boise (Cubs)

Ryan Hill went 2-for-4 with a double, adding a single with the bases loaded as part of a sixth run ninth inning. The outfielder hit .213 across 49 games with the AZL Padres in 2007. In 141 at-bats, he collected six extra base hits and drove in 19. Hill added 31 walks compared to 32 strikeouts, giving him a .362 on-base percentage in his first professional season.

Derek Shunk reached base four times in five plate appearances, walking once and notching three hits, including a double. His single in the ninth gave him his first RBI as a professional. Shunk recently finished a four-year Wildcat career in which he broke the program's career records for hits, games played and at-bats. He started all but one team game in his four years and wound up hitting .350 (291-831) with 291 hits, 172 runs scored, 155 RBI and 380 total bases in 216 games. He batted .377 as a senior this past season and finished the year riding a career-best 15-game hitting streak.

Rob Musgrave picked up the win, allowing one hit – a solo homer – across two innings while striking out four. After the bomb, he struck out the side in the eighth. Musgrave went 12-1 with a 2.51 ERA, six complete games, three shutouts and 101 strikeouts for Wichita State this past season. In 111.1 innings he allowed 99 hits and walked 22, keeping the opposition to a .241 average against.

DSL Padres (9-6) won 6-5 over DSL Tigers

Cesar Sosa reached base three times with a single, double and walk. He also plated a pair of runs, giving him six RBIs on the year. The outfielder had just three hits in his first 34 at-bats this season, striking out 17 times. Sosa hit .152 across 58 games with the DSL Padres in 2007. He collected five doubles and 11 RBIs across 171 at-bats while striking out 62 times.

Hans Wilson led the offensive assault with three hits, including a double, in five at-bats. The backstop collected three RBIs, pushing his total to six for the year but was thrown out at home plate trying to score. He was, however, 0-for-4 throwing out base runners attempting to steal. Wilson came into the game with four hits in his first 17 at-bats. The catcher has thrown out three of the 15 runners attempting to steal on the year.

Erick Ojeda accomplished something he did not do during the 2007 – he picked up a win, tossing an inning of scoreless ball while walking one. After seeing action in 14 games last season, this was his first appearance in 2008. Ojeda went 0-2 with a 14.14 ERA across 14 innings a year ago for the DSL Padres. He surrendered 22 hits and 21 walks, giving up runs in 11 of his appearances – none lasting longer than two innings.

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