After batting leadoff for much of his starts, Brett Dowdy has been dropped to the bottom of the order. He accounted for one of the two Portland runs with an eighth inning homer – his second of the year. He also drew a walk. Dowdy has as many RBIs over his last two games (2) as he did over his first 25 in Portland. He came into the game with four hits in his previous 31 at-bats but has scored a run in four straight.
Justin Germano dropped to 2-3, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks while fanning two in 5.2 innings. He recorded 12 groundball outs but also surrendered four extra base hits – including a homer. The right-hander has given up five homers in five starts but had allowed just five extra base hits over 25 innings coming into the contest. Germano had gone at least six innings in each start until Tuesday.
San Antonio (4-2) had a scheduled day off
Lake Elsinore (2-4) had a scheduled day off for the California-Carolina League All-Star game
Starters Sam Carter and Eric Sogard each went 1-for-2 with a single. Sogard was thrown out at home in the fifth inning after trying to score from second on a single. Carter lined out in his other at-bat and Sogard struck out. Cedric Hunter replaced Carter in the sixth in right field and singled but was picked off first base. He would fly out to open the ninth with the Cal League down by two – a game they would lose 3-1.
Fort Wayne (1-4) lost 7-6 to West Michigan (Tigers)
Brad Chalk had two hits, including a double, and drove in three runs, two coming with a pair of outs. After going through a 1-for-24 stretch, the outfielder has five hits in his last 11 at-bats with two walks. He also has four RBIs across his last two games. Chalk has gone four games without whiffing and has more walks (23) than strikeouts (22).
Lance Zawadzki reached base three times in four trips with a pair of singles and a double. He also scored twice but did ground into a double play and his 13th error of the year helped lead to an unearned run. The infielder has grounded into nine rally killers on the year. Zawadzki is 32-for-98, a .326 average, with 19 runs scored over his last 25 games, upping his average from .201 to .254.
Colt Hynes worked two scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits and striking out one. Since returning to Fort Wayne from extended spring, the left-hander has given up two runs across nine innings of work, striking out eight. Hynes has cut his ERA in half in the process. The southpaw has kept left-handed hitters to a .231 average on the year while righties are batting .350.
Eugene (3-5) lost 6-2 to Spokane (Rangers)
Angel Mercado provided the only offense for the Emeralds and accounted for 25 percent of their hits, hitting a two-run homer in the sixth inning – his second in the Northwest League and sixth across two leagues. Mercado has nine RBIs in eight games with Eugene and four multi-RBI games. He has 30 RBIs across two leagues but just four multi-RBI games in 42 contests with Fort Wayne.
Rey Garramone took the loss, giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits and a pair of walks while striking out three in three-plus innings. He worked to four batters in the fourth inning and all reached base with three touching home. The right-hander allowed four or more runs in five of his outings a season ago for Eugene, allowing seven or more hits twice.
Tyler Davis provided two scoreless innings of relief, allowing three hits and securing six ground ball outs. The right-hander has allowed one run in four games of Northwest League action and in nine contests across 26 games that span two leagues. Davis has a 3.77 ERA over two leagues but has given up 35 hits in 27.2 innings.
AZL Padres (2-0) won 2-1 over AZL Brewers
Al Angelucci made his system debut on Tuesday, tossing three innings of scoreless ball, walking a pair and striking out two. He also recorded five ground ball outs. A former outfielder, Angelucci was signed out of Australia this past off-season and converted to the mound. He has a fastball that sits 88-91 MPH with projection. The right-hander also has a good curveball with the makings of a changeup.
"I was very impressed," Padres international scouting director Randy Smith, who watched today's game, said. "It is the first time I have seen him since January and he looked exceptional. He does not look like a converted guy, much less a guy making his professional debut.
"He sat at 91 MPH with some life down in the zone. His changeup was good. His curveball was a little sloppy. It wasn't the hammer I saw in January. I like this kid. I was impressed. Talking to him afterward, he was disappointed. To me, that is a pretty good combination. He thinks he has more in there, which I do too."
Robert Lara, who homered in his first professional at-bat on Sunday, collected three of the AZL Padres seven hits but did not figure into the scoring. He caught two of the three base runners attempting to steal on Tuesday but did have two passed balls on the day. A 19th-round pick by the Padres, Lara was a Johnny Bench Award Watch List honoree in 2008, going .312 at the plate and was the first Knight since 2005 to hit two grand slams in a season. Ironically, the backstop had just three homers on the year. Lara paced UCF with a .358 average in Conference USA games, while he also led all of the league's catchers with five pickoffs. He completed the year with a .986 fielding percentage and threw out 11 would-be base stealers.
Nick Schumacher worked two scoreless innings, giving up a single hit and striking out three to pick up the win. The 28th-round pick out of Wayne State College went 13-2 with a 2.36 ERA for the Wildcats this season. Schumacher was tied with five other pitchers for the most wins by a NCAA Division II pitcher this season and set a new single season record for wins at WSC, breaking the old mark of 11 set by Nate Miller in 2004. He closed out his WSC career with a record of 30-9, matching the school record for career wins held by Brady Borner (1998-2001). In 91.2 innings pitched this season, Schumacher allowed just 75 hits and 30 runs (24 earned) with 96 strikeouts.
DSL Padres (13-8) lost 3-2 to DSL Nationals 1 in 10 innings
Juan Chavez pitched to two batters over the minimum in five innings with the only base runner he was responsible for coming on a first inning walk. He retired 10 in a row before an error put a man on and finished the day with five scoreless innings, striking out five. It is the second time in three games he has gone five innings and allowed one run or less, a contrast to the other three games where he has given up 10 runs in 10.2 innings.
Pedro Martinez worked three innings and surrendered two runs, one earned, on a single hit, three walks and a hit batsman, striking out one. The left-hander has allowed four earned runs over his last 10.2 innings of work but has walked at least three batters in each of his past three outings. Martinez had uncorked six wild pitches through his first four games before not tossing on on Tuesday.
Jose Paulino went 2-for-5 from the leadoff spot but did not figure into the scoring. The third baseman was picked off first base and committed his seventh error of the season, which did not lead to an unearned run. Paulino had been 1-for-17 over his previous six games. He has four multi-hit games through 18 games and sports a .462 average with runners in scoring position.
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