Faris fine again; Castro firing

Cesar Ramos doesn't make it out of the fourth. Stephen Faris continues his impressive run and the Missions notch another shutout. Ernesto Frieri gives up four bombs; Kellen Kulbacki hits two. Robert Perry supplies the lumber in a blowout. Simon Castro is dominant in a Eugene shutout. Jaff Decker goes yard as the AZL Padres put up 15 and lose. Jose Paulino has one of two hits in a DSL Padres loss.

Portland (41-38) lost 12-2 to Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Cesar Ramos tossed 91 pitches across 3.2 innings, giving up six runs, three earned, on seven hits, two hit batsmen and three walks while fanning three in a loss, evening his record at 7-7. The left-hander has given up four runs or more in nine of his 16 outings, notching a decision in all but two. It was the fourth time on the year that he has not pitched past the fourth inning.

Sean Henn recorded just one out before being lifted and was charged with two runs on two hits and two walks, seeing his ERA move up to 14.21 in Triple-A. Henn has not seen an ERA lower than 12.00 since joining Portland and has given up 20 base runners via 10 walks and 10 hits across 6.1 innings. The left-hander has allowed runs in five of his nine appearances.

San Antonio (6-2) won 7-0 over NW Arkansas (Royals)

Stephen Faris and two relievers pitched the Missions to their second straight shutout over NW Arkansas and third shutout in the past four games. Faris improved to 5-2 after tossing blanks over seven frames, yielding five hits and three walks while fanning three. He induced 11 ground ball outs in a 93-pitch effort. Faris has not allowed a run over his last 16.1 innings and has given up just three runs across his last five outings across a span of 32 innings.

Jon Ellis helped put the 15th shutout of the season on the board for the San Antonio staff. It is the eighth blanking that the Missions pitchers have completed during the month of June. Ellis faced the minimum in the eighth and struck out the side on 15 pitches. The right-hander has a 13-appearance scoreless streak that has spanned 15.2 innings. Over that time frame, Ellis has given up six hits and six walks while striking out 17.

Jose Lobaton reached base each time he came to the dish. The backstop drew one walk and smacked three doubles, moving his two-bag tally to 11 for the year, while scoring twice and driving in one. Lobaton has notched eight doubles over his last seven games with four multi-hit games across that span. He also has an RBI in four of his last six contests. After notching four extra base hits in his first 37 games, he has 11 across his last 11.

Lake Elsinore (3-5) won 8-7 over Stockton (A's)

Ernesto Frieri came into the year having allowed 10 homers across five seasons and 267 career minor league innings. The right-hander has doubled that total this year after allowing four balls to leave the yard on Friday. All 10 bombs have come across his last 47.1 innings as a starter and Friday marked the second time this year he has given up three or more. Frieri ended his night after 5.2 innings with six runs in on five hits and a walk while striking out six and hitting a batter.

For the second time this season and in his career, outfielder Kellen Kulbacki shipped two balls over the wall for homers. He ended the night 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBIs. His nine homers in the California League have all come over his last 23 games after not going yard in his first 20 contests. Kulbacki has logged an RBI in six of his last eight games, plating nine over that span.

Wilton Lopez, who has seen time on three different teams during the month of June, picked up his first save of the year by tossing two scoreless innings. The right-hander faced the minimum and struck out a pair. Since giving up a run on June 2 in Portland, Lopez has tossed 11 scoreless innings. He has stranded five inherited runners during that span and has fanned nine.

Fort Wayne (3-6) won 11-3 over Dayton (Reds)

Robert Perry fell a homer shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs. Perry's triple was his second across two leagues and his double gave him 13 extra base hits spanning two circuits. Perry has amassed two three-hit games across his last three contests, reaching base four times in both those games. It was the fourth time he has collected a multi-RBI game on the year.

"It goes through your head but it's also a good way to get yourself out of what you're trying to do at the plate, be in control," Perry said of potentially hitting for the cycle. "When you get a consistent approach and stick with it, good things will happen, which is what I am trying to do."

Yefri Carvajal reached base four times via a walk and three singles, scoring once and driving in one. The walk was just his 14th in 74 games, upping his on-base percentage to .300 – just the fourth time all year he has held an on-base percentage at .300 or better. He has been on base in eight straight games, drawing a walk in successive games for just the second time all year. Carvajal is hitting .321 with runners in scoring position.

Jeremy Hefner allowed three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out 10 across five innings in a no-decision. It was the second game in a row that the right-hander has hit double-digit strikeouts – the first two times in his career he has accomplished the feat. Hefner sits third in the Midwest League with his 88 strikeouts. He did allow his eighth homer of the season on Friday and hit his third batter.

Eugene (5-6) won 9-0 over Vancouver (A's)

Simon Castro yielded just two hits, a walk and a hit batsman across five scoreless innings while striking out a half-dozen, as he and three relievers combined for the Emeralds second shutout of the year. The right-hander has not allowed an earned run over his last nine innings of work after giving up four runs across two innings in his first start of the year. While he has hit a batter in each outing, he has given up just three hits over his last nine frames.

Dan Robertson led the Eugene offense with two hits in four at-bats, including his first homer of the season, a three run-bomb in the fourth. Since going 0-for-5 in his first game of the year, Robertson has a hit in nine straight games. He has notched three straight multi-hit games and has accomplished the feat four times in his last five games. The outfielder has also scored a run in three straight and six of his last eight.

Omar Gutierrez continued his scoreless stretch, improving it to six innings in the Northwest League and eight innings overall across two leagues. The right-hander has given up five hits and two walks over that span while striking out 12. He has faced a situation where runners have been in scoring position eight times and has allowed just one infield hit. He has held the opposition to a .185 average across two leagues.

AZL Padres (3-2) lost 16-15 to AZL Cubs

Jason Codiroli had three hits in five at-bats out of the leadoff spot and was hit by a pitch. Each time the centerfielder reached base he also scored, touching home four times on the day. After beginning the year 1-for-9, Codiroli is 5-for-9 with six runs scored. He has a .444 on-base percentage when he leads off an inning.

Jaff Decker hit his first professional homer in the sixth inning - a two-run blast - and added a double, two walks, three runs scored and a third RBI. He did, however, commit his first fielding error of the season. Decker has three straight multi-hit games and has been on base 13 times through his first four contests. He has a hit, a walk, and an RBI in each contest he has played in and is 5-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Keisy Marte continues to thrive in the two-hole, reaching base four times and adding a sacrifice bunt. The shortstop had two hits, including a double, in three at-bats and added a pair of walks, scoring twice and driving in two, including the tying run in the top of the ninth. Marte has a five-game hitting streak with three multi-hit games. He has been on base at least twice in all but one game and has two sacrifice bunts and one sacrifice fly to his credit.

Every pitcher that entered the game for the AZL Padres allowed at least one run with no hurler tossing more than three innings and four going one inning or less. The staff also combined to toss four wild pitches, give up 20 hits - five for extra bases - and seven walks. The team committed five errors and saw two passed balls, leading to four unearned runs on the day.

DSL Padres (14-10) lost 8-0 to DSL Nationals 1

Jose Paulino had one of the DSL Padres two hits, going 1-for-3 from the leadoff spot on a night that saw the squad fan 17 times. He also added his sixth stolen base of the year in as many chances. The third baseman came into the game with two multi-hit games across his last three. While he has 19 hits on the season, just two have gone for extra bases.

Stalyn Valdez suffered the loss, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk across five innings while striking out five. He also hit a batter and tossed a pair of wild pitches. It is the third time in four starts he has allowed three runs and he has plunked three men across five appearances.

Esteban Javier worked 2.1 innings, giving up one run on one hit while also uncorking a wild pitch. He did strand an inherited runner and also fanned five batters. Although he is 2-0 through four appearances, two of the four runners he has inherited on the year have scored. Javier came into the game having allowed nine base runners through his first three innings of work.

Talk about this story on our subscriber-only message boards


MadFriars Top Stories