McBryde rebounds; Decker blazing

Brian Myrow snapped out of a mini-slump but Josh Geer still took a loss. Will Inman can't keep the string going in a Missions loss. Sam Carter is an RBI machine. Jeremy McBryde escapes trouble and contributes to a shutout. Four unearned runs undo a solid Rey Garramone outing. Chris Hardin has four RBIs and Jaff Decker continues to sizzle, as Kyle Heyne continues tossing bullets.

Portland (42-39) lost 5-2 to Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Josh Geer tossed 96 pitches over five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks while hitting a batter, dropping to 5-7 on the year. The right-hander gave up two doubles but did not allow a long ball. Geer has given up 42 extra base hits in 101 innings of work. He has walked three or more batters in four of his 17 starts, although Sunday marked the first time he has not recorded a strikeout in a start.

Brian Myrow snapped a 1-for-16 skip with two hits in four at-bats that included a double and an RBI. The first baseman still sits seventh in the Pacific Coast League in average at .331 and leads the circuit in on-base percentage at .464. Myrow is hitting .350 with runners on base this season. He is hitting .296 at PGE Park on the year – where he was on Sunday – and .369 across 39 road games.

Joe Thatcher gave up his first earned run in Portland since May 17 – going 12 games with nary an earned run. The left-hander allowed two hits and two walks over an inning of work, as one run was chalked up to his ledger. Thatcher had gone 14.2 innings without allowing an earned run, striking out 13. He has limited the opposition to a .203 average against and a .150 mark with runners in scoring position.

San Antonio (7-3) lost 4-0 to Tulsa (Rockies)

Will Inman and the Missions got a taste of their own medicine, as they were shutout on Sunday. The right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out five in 5.2 innings in front of a contingent from the San Diego Padres front office, including general manager Kevin Towers. Inman had allowed seven runs over his previous five appearances but has given up four runs or more six times in 17 starts.

Philip Barzilla pitched to the minimum across an inning and one-third, striking out two and stranding a pair of inherited runners – the first time this year he has come in with men on base. Barzilla has allowed three earned runs over 11 innings and 10 appearances, giving up hits in just three of his outings. He has fanned 12 on the year and is holding the opposition to a .170 average.

Mauro Zarate retired the side in order in the eighth, netting two fly outs and a ground out. The right-hander out of Venezuela has given up just one hit in four scoreless appearances over four innings with the Missions. He had given up runs in eight of his 18 appearances at Triple-A Portland, allowing multiple runs on five occasions. He does have an 8.1-inning scoreless streak across two levels.

Lake Elsinore (4-6) won 13-3 over Stockton (A's)

Sam Carter led the charge offensively, collecting four hits in six at-bats, hitting a solo homer, scoring twice and driving in three to push his RBI total to 64 for the year. The outfielder sits third in the California League in RBIs, as Sunday marked the 10th time this season he has collected three or more in a game. It was also the second time this year that Carter has notched four or more hits.

Eric Sogard reached base four times out of the leadoff spot, going 2-for-4 with a pair of walks. Both of his hits went for extra bases, as the second baseman logged his 24th double and third homer. He drove in a three runs and scored a pair. Sogard leads the California League in on-base percentage at .424 and is third in hits with 95. He has an RBI in three straight games and five of the last six, hitting homers in two of his last three. Sogard also has three straight multi-hit games.

For the third time this year, Drew Miller allowed 10 hits in a start, and for the second time he earned the victory. Miller was on the hook for three runs on the 10 hits and a walk while striking out one in five innings. He registered nine ground ball outs en route to his first win since May 30. The right-hander had given up 26 runs across his previous four starts.

Fort Wayne (4-7) won 4-1 over Dayton (Reds)

Jeremy McBryde gave up a pair of singles to the first two batters in the opening frame but gave up just two more singles the rest of the way, working five scoreless innings and striking out six to improve to 2-5 on the year. He benefited from an infield fly rule in the first that saw Lance Zawadzki drop the ball and runners move into scoring position before striking out the last two batters. It is the second time this year he has gone five innings and allowed one run or less. He has worked at least five frames in five of his 14 starts and had given up at least four runs in four of his previous five starts.

Bryan Oland allowed the lone run for Dayton, giving up two hits while recording all three of his outs by way of the strikeout. The right-hander has given up just two runs all year across 16 appearances and 21.1 innings. He has boasted an ERA under 1.00 the entire year, giving up 13 hits and three walks while striking out 28. Right-handed hitters have just four hits in 37 at-bats against him, a .108 average.

Yefri Carvajal reached base three times via a pair of singles and a walk. His two-run bases loaded single on a 1-2 pitch in the third provided the necessary offense, upping his RBI total to 32 for the year. The outfielder has notched three straight multi-hit games, going 7-for-11 to up his average to .279 – the highest it has been since April 10. Carvajal has also drawn a walk in three of his last four games, pushing his total to 15 for the year. Over his last 51 games, Carvajal is batting .311.

Eugene (6-7) lost 5-3 to Vancouver (A's)

Rey Garramone was in position to pick up the win but earned a no-decision after allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits, three walks and a hit batsman over five innings. The right-hander fanned two and induced his second double play in as many games. Eight of the 14 innings he has started have seen the leadoff runner reach base and the opposition has a .400 average against Garramone with runners in scoring position.

Alexis Lara came into the game with two men on and nobody out. While he did not allow a hit, both men would score and be charged as unearned runs to Matt Means, as he walked three and was called for his second balk of the year across two innings – with no runs going on his ledger. Each of the three runners he has inherited has scored this year. Lara has given up just three hits and one unearned run over 9.1 innings but has walked eight.

Bobby Verbick reached base four times with two hits and a pair of walks, giving him a nine game on-base streak. The outfielder has been on base in nine of his last 10 plate appearances and boasts a .581 on-base percentage on the year. Verbick has an RBI in three straight and seven of nine overall. His first error of the year, a throwing miscue, led to one of four unearned runs that would be charged to the Eugene pitching staff.

AZL Padres (4-2) won 9-3 over AZL Giants

Chris Hardin notched four RBIs on Sunday to push his total to six for the season – all coming over his last two games. He did commit his second error of the year. The first baseman had three hits and is 6-for-10 across his last three games. Hardin hit .439 with 21 doubles, 16 homers, 66 runs scored and 53 RBIs for Southern Nazarene in 57 games. He also drew 45 walks while striking out 38 times for a .541 on-base percentage.

Kyle Heyne worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit, to keep his ERA spotless. He has worked three frames since being drafted, giving up two hits and fanning three. Heyne anchored the Ball State bullpen in 2008, posting a 1.34 ERA with eight saves. The closer leaves Ball State as the school's all-time leader in appearances with 100 and the Mid-American Conference's all-time saves leader with 32 in his career.

Stephen Boyd worked two scoreless innings and has not allowed a hit across his first three professional frames, walking two and striking out a pair. The Padres signed Boyd as an undrafted free agent. He reportedly hit 92 MPH on the radar gun with his fastball in a workout for scouts while also showing the feel for a changeup. Boyd left UC-Irvine after citing a difference with the coaching staff. He had transferred in from South Alabama.

Jaff Decker had another multi-hit game and reached base four times on Sunday. The outfielder, playing centerfield for the firs time, went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks. He has been on base 17 times across his first five games with four straight multi-hit games. He has scored a run in four straight, touching home seven times over that span, and has an hit, a walk, and an RBI in each of his contests. Decker boasts a .680 on-base percentage.

DSL Padres (14-11) had a scheduled day off

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