Burke run costly; Gutierrez solid again

Justin Germano pitches a complete game and loses. Greg Burke gives up a rare run and it is costly. Nathan Culp suffers his second straight poor outing. Omar Gutierrez isn't afraid of the Midwest League. A tough loss in Eugene, as they are no-hit through six. Steve Goins makes his system debut and Aaron Murphree has a big day. Pedro Hernandez' luck runs out in the DSL.

Portland (42-40) lost 5-3 to Sacramento (A's)

Justin Germano pitched a complete game on Monday, tossing eight innings and allowing five runs on 10 hits with a walk while striking out seven. The right-hander tossed 107 pitches, including 71 for strikes, while dropping to 2-4 on the season.

Justin Huber made things interesting with a two-run homer in the ninth inning, part of a two-hit game that also saw him fan twice. He came into the game with five hits in his first 24 at-bats in Triple-A. Huber hit .246 with five extra base hits, five runs scored and eight RBIs across 33 games with San Diego, drawing three walks while fanning 19 times.

San Antonio (7-4) lost 4-3 to Tulsa (Rockies) in 11 innings

Matt Buschmann pitched seven solid innings but earned a no-decision. The right-hander allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits and a walk while striking out four. It was the third straight start that he has yielded two runs or less and the eighth time over his last 10 that he has accomplished the feat. Buschmann did serve up his 11th homer of the season coming in inning 83, more than he allowed all of last season across 149.1 innings of work.

Greg Burke worked a scoreless 10th but allowed a solo homer in the 11th to take the loss and drop to 1-3 on the year. The right-hander walked one and struck out three. It was the eighth time in 34 appearances that he has allowed a run and just the eighth earned runs he has given up in 57.1 innings. Burke has fanned 63, including nine over his last five innings.

Gabe DeHoyos was bailed out after allowing one run on three hits and two walks while fanning four across two innings. San Antonio scored a run in the bottom of the ninth after he allowed one in the top half. DeHoyos has allowed runs in nine of his 32 appearances and has struck out 69 in 50.2 innings. The right-hander has yielded just seven extra base hits all season.

Lake Elsinore (4-7) lost 7-4 to Visalia (Diamondbacks)

Keoni Ruth reached base three times and accounted for two of the Storm runs. He had two hits and a walk, scoring once and knocking in one. The infielder, who has seen time at first base over his last three games, has a five-game hitting streak with hits in eight of his last nine. He has four multi-hit games in his last nine and has upped his average from .208 to .271 across his last 13 contests.

Nathan Culp was on the hook for seven runs, all earned, on eight hits and four walks, seeing an uncharacteristic nine fly ball outs in 5.2 innings. The left-hander saw four balls go for extra bases and one left the yard. Culp has given up 12 runs over his last 11 innings. The southpaw had not given up more than four runs in any start until his last two. Culp has allowed eight or more hits in nine of his 16 starts.

Fort Wayne (5-7) won 6-2 over Dayton (Reds)

Wynn Pelzer moved to 6-3 with another solid outing. The right-hander allowed one run on four hits, a walk and a hit batsman over five innings, striking out a career-high eight while inducing four ground ball outs. Pelzer has allowed one run or less in six of his 13 starts and has surrendered a single run across his last 12.1 frames, striking out 14.

Called upon for the second time in as many games, Omar Gutierrez delivered two innings of scoreless relief, striking out two and walking one. The right-hander has not allowed a hit over his first five innings of work in the Midwest League. Gutierrez has tossed scoreless ball over 11 innings and two leagues to begin his professional career, throwing six scoreless frames with Eugene. He has 16 strikeouts over that span.

On a night that saw the Wizards draw 14 walks, Justin Baum had just one but also delivered a pair of hits, including his 21st double, and two RBIs. Baum is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak. The third baseman has notched four multi-hit games over that span with five extra base hits and six runs scored. He also has an RBI in four straight and five of his last six, drawing a walk in five of six as well.

Eugene (6-8) lost 1-0 to Salem-Keizer (Giants)

The Emeralds offense went without a base runner through the first six innings until Sawyer Carroll coming through with a knock. Carroll had two of the three Eugene hits and upped his average to .322 for the year. The outfielder has three multi-hit games across his last five and seven such games through 14 contests. Carroll had scored in 10 of his first 11 games before being shutout in the last three.

Geoff Vandel allowed a single and a walk in the opening frame before tossing two wild pitches to score the only run against during his outing. The left-hander allowed two hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings. Vandel had tossed one wild pitch over his previous 53.1 innings across two leagues. The southpaw has a 5.70 ERA across two leagues and 19 appearances.

Rob Musgrave hurled two innings of shutout ball, giving up one hit while striking out three. Since allowing a run in his first appearance of the year, the left-hander has tossed seven scoreless frames, yielding just two hits. He has held the opposition to a .103 average against and has not allowed a hit with runners in scoring position, pitching with a runner on second for the first time on Monday.

AZL Padres (4-3) lost 9-5 to AZL Giants

Right-hander Steve Goins made his system debut, tossing an inning of scoreless ball in a 1-2-3 frame. The Padres signed him as an undrafted free agent. He was a two-way player for California Baptist, hitting .391 at the dish with 15 doubles, four homers and 45 RBIs while drawing 19 walks compared to 10 strikeouts. On the hill, Goins went 8-4 with a 2.58 ERA. Across 101.1 innings, he allowed 92 hits and walked 26 while striking out 95, holding the opposition to a .239 average.

Junior Veras recorded just one out before his night came to an abrupt halt. The right-hander gave up seven runs, three earned, on five hits and a walk in the shortened outing, evening his record at 1-1. Veras had allowed one run on two hits across his first five innings of work. Veras went 1-0 with four saves and a 1.99 ERA over 19 games for the DSL Padres in 2007. In 22.2 innings he allowed 12 hits, walked eight and struck out 22.

Aaron Murphree hit a three run-homer in the top of the second and added his first professional triple while scoring twice to pace the offense. Since homering in his first professional game, Murphree had gone 1-for-15. 27th-round pick by the Padres, the outfielder hit 12 home runs in his first 12 games for Arkansas and ended the year with 14 homers, six doubles and 40 RBIs to go along with a .305 average. He also drew 16 walks compared to 30 strikeouts and stole six bags in seven attempts.

DSL Padres (14-12) lost 7-5 to DSL Nationals 1

Pedro Hernandez took his first loss of the year (5-1) but got awfully lucky on Monday. The left-hander allowed three singles in the first and did not allow a run and three singles in the second without giving up a run. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases in the third before the ninth and final single of his outing plated a pair of runs. He left after 2.2 innings with only two runs charged to him despite the nine hits and a walk. Hernandez whiffed five, giving him 29 strikeouts in 25.2 innings.

Luis De La Cruz provided 4.1 innings of relief, yielding four runs, but just one earned, on four hits and two walks while fanning three. He did hit a batter and tossed a pair of wild pitches. De La Cruz has walked 15 batters in 21.1 innings but has allowed just 13 hits. He leads the squad with seven double play grounders, but has not recorded one over his last three appearances.

Jorge Minyeti was the only player on the roster to record a multi-hit game, collecting two of the DSL Padres six hits and drawing a walk. The second baseman scored a run but did commit his first error of the year, leading to an unearned run. Minyeti has been on base in eight straight games but has just six hits over that span; the infielder has walked 12 times over that same timeframe and boasts a .424 on-base percentage despite his .232 average.

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