Hundley heroics; Ekstrom Rolaids

Nick Hundley comes through – twice. Mike Ekstrom provides relief in a big spot. Brian Joynt continues to hit and Cesar Carrillo is back on the bump. Luis Durango accounts for four runs but the Wizards lose. Tom Davis is pummeled early and often. Chase Williams has an impact in an AZL Padres win. Rafeal Arias has been the man with inherited runners in the DSL.

Portland (41-37) won 5-4 over Colorado Springs (Rockies) in 10 innings

Clay Hensley struck out five over the first three innings but ran into trouble in the fourth, surrendering a pair of runs. Hensley allowed three runs on seven hits, two hit batters, and a walk while striking out eight over six innings. The right-hander also added a sacrifice bunt, a double and an RBI at the dish. Hensley has a 3.72 ERA across eight starts, going more than four innings twice – both six-inning outings coming in successive starts.

Nick Hundley hit a two-run homer with no outs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. An inning later, Hundley notched his second hit, a one out single to bring in the game winner. He has an RBI in seven of his last 10 games, plating 10 over that span. The catcher went 1-for-3 in curtailing the running game and the backstop has thrown out 22-of-54 base runners attempting to steal on the season.

Edwin Moreno picked up the win, working a scoreless 10th by putting down the side in order and striking out a pair. Portland's closer has pitched scoreless ball in 10 straight appearances spanning 10 innings of work. Over that span, the right-hander has allowed four hits and has not issued a walk while striking out 11. He has faced the minimum in eight of his 19 appearances in the Pacific Coast League.

San Antonio (5-2) won 8-0 over Northwest Arkansas (Royals)

Steve Garrison was pulled after two innings on Thursday by Terry Kennedy, managing in place of Bill Masse. The left-hander took a ground ball that hopped off his left forearm and was taken out of the game due to precautionary reasons but did pitch the rest of the inning. The early report is it is just a bruise. He had allowed just one hit while striking out one in his two innings of work. Garrison has given up just four runs over his last 27 innings of work. He is expected to make his next start but will be monitored closely.

Mike Ekstrom came on in the third inning for Garrison and worked four scoreless innings to pick up the win, contributing with three other relievers to register the Missions Texas League leading 14th shutout. The right-hander allowed two hits and a walk while striking out four in his longest outing since May 21. Across seven appearances of relief, Ekstrom has given up just one earned run on eight hits while striking out 11 across 12 innings. He had posted a 7.38 ERA over 12 starts before being moved into the bullpen.

Colt Morton had two hits and drove in three runs with a solo homer and a single with two men in scoring position. The homer was just his second in 26 games with the Missions and his three RBIs bested his total over the previous 18 contests. Morton came into the game hitless in his previous 17 at-bats and hitting just .146 for the season. He has just four multi-hit games on the year.

Lake Elsinore (2-5) lost 4-2 to Stockton (A's)

Cesar Carrillo was on the hook for an unearned run in the first inning after walking two and seeing a passed ball score a run. The right-hander would work 2.2 innings before hitting his pitch count, allowing the lone unearned run on one hit and three walks while fanning one. Carrillo has not yielded an earned run over his last 4.2 innings, giving up two hits over that span.

Brian Joynt was the only Storm batter to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. Splitting time between first base and left field, Joynt did commit his third error of the year. He has three multi-hit games in the last four and four in the last six. Over his last eight games, Joynt has six doubles. He had scored a run in three straight and four of his last five before being blanked on Thursday.

Fort Wayne (2-6) lost 6-5 to West Michigan (Tigers)

Luis Durango accounted for all but one of the Wizards runs. The outfielder went 3-for-5 from his leadoff spot, scoring twice and driving in three. He also added his 10th stolen base of the season in 14 attempts. Durango is hitting .287 over his last 18 games with a .408 on-base percentage. He has knocked in a run in three of his last four games and has scored 15 runs in his last 16 games. Durango has a .505 on-base percentage when he leads off an inning.

Brad Chalk had four hits - all singles - and scored a run for Fort Wayne. He also added his eighth stolen base in as many attempts. Chalk has three multi-hit games across the last four but has scored just two runs across his last 10 games. The outfielder has been batting seventh over the last few weeks and has compiled a .325 average in that spot. He is hitting .205 when he hits elsewhere in the lineup.

Aaron Breit pitched five innings, allowing four runs on six hits, a hit batsman and two walks - his first two of the season - while striking out two. All four runs touched home in the third inning when he allowed both of his walks and three of his hits. He also had a fielding error in that frame. Breit has dropped two straight, allowing seven runs over his last 10 frames. He has induced a double play grounder in successive games and has netted three in his last four appearances.

Eugene (4-6) lost 10-6 to Spokane (Rangers)

Tom Davis got the hook after 2.2 innings with seven runs touching home on eight hits and a walk. After allowing two hits and inducing two double play grounders across the first two frames, the right-hander gave up a walk and six hits, including two homers, over the next two-thirds of an inning. Davis pitched four scoreless innings in his first outing of the season, giving up just three hits.

Cooper Brannan worked three scoreless innings of relief in the longest outing of his career, giving up a single hit and plunking a batter while recording five fly ball outs and four via the ground. The right-hander had surrendered three runs in his last inning of work. He has not, however, allowed a hit this season with runners in scoring position.

Sawyer Carroll hit his second homer of the season on a 2-for-5 night. The outfielder smashed a two-run shot in the seventh and added a run scoring single in the ninth. Carroll has been on base in each of his first 10 professional games. He has five multi-hit games with five extra base hits and two three-RBI contests. He has scored 12 runs this season, touching home in all but one game.

AZL Padres (3-1) won 13-4 over AZL A's

Chase Williams went 3-for-5 with a walk, a double, two runs scored and an RBI. He has logged an RBI and a run scored in each of his first two games. The outfielder did, however, commit his second error of the season. An undrafted free agent, Williams led Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, where he was a teammate of Padres draft pick Omar Gutierrez', with 19 doubles and tied for the lead with 12 steals. He finished second on the Islanders this past season with eight home runs, tied for third with 39 RBIs and was fifth with a .333 batting average. He was second with 45 runs scored.

Chris Wilkes, signed away from a scholarship to Ole Miss where he was slated to be a quarterback, worked 2.1 innings and allowed a pair of runs on three hits and a walk while striking out one. He did strand one inherited runner. Wilkes had previously worked a scoreless inning in his first appearance of the season. The right-hander was 4-1 as a Dr. Phillips high school senior with 60 strikeouts and a 2.27 ERA in 46.1 innings. In football, Wilkes passed for 1,360 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Brad Brach, a 42nd-round pick of the Padres, tossed a scoreless inning while yielding a double. He has thrown two scoreless frames to open his professional career. Brach is the all-time leader in career wins at Monmouth, earning victories in 29 games. He also holds the top spot on the all-time strikeout list with 277. He is also the only pitcher in Monmouth history to work over 300 career innings. Brach went 8-2 with a 3.36 ERA this past season. In 80.1 innings, he allowed 94 hits, walked 20 and struck out 70.

DSL Padres (14-9) lost 8-1 to DSL Nationals 2

While Juan Rosario did pickoff one runner, he also had two errors on attempted pickoffs. The errors led to a pair of unearned runs. The right-hander allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits and two walks over four innings, taking his first loss of the season. Rosario also tossed a wild pitch, his fourth of the year. He has held right-handed hitters to a .242 average while lefties are swatting .344.

Harlen Mozo worked an inning and two-thirds, giving up four runs, one earned, on one hit, three walks and two hit batsmen. The right-hander has surrendered 12 runs across 14.2 innings but just five have been earned. He has hit five batters and has walked nine across five outings. While left-handed hitters have a .214 average against Mozo, they also have a .478 on-base percentage.

Rafeal Arias worked 2.1 scoreless innings, yielding two walks and a hit batsman while striking out three. He also stranded one inherited runner. Of the 11 runners he has inherited this season, a scant two have scored. The right-hander has walked nine batters and hit another two in 8.2 innings. He is holding left-handed hitters to a .182 average while righties are batting .333.

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