Canham doubles up; Mercado slammin'

Enrique Gonzalez is pounded early and often. Kyle Blanks has four hits, including a homer. Mitch Canham's doubles lead to extras and win. Danny Payne has been on base in each game he has played in Fort Wayne. Angel Mercado hits a grand slam. Jose DePaula shows why he is highly regarded in an AZL Padres win. Harlen Mozo sees errors and loses.

Portland (42-41) lost 9-3 to Sacramento (A's)

Enrique Gonzalez was battered to the tune of six runs on eight hits over three innings while striking out four. The right-hander tossed 72 pitches and allowed four extra base hits, including a two-run and three-run homer. Gonzalez had not made a start since June 6 when he gave up six runs in 4.1 innings. The Venezuelan has allowed six runs or more four times in nine starts.

Justin Hampson made his first appearance since being sent down by the San Diego Padres and worked a scoreless frame, allowing a hit and a walk. The left-hander has given up just two hits in seven innings across two leagues in the minors this season. Hampson allowed runs in four of his 10 appearances for the Padres, going 0-1 with a 7.27 ERA and allowing 13 hits and two walks in 8.2 innings.

San Antonio (8-4) won 10-2 over Tulsa (Rockies)

Steve Garrison tossed 86 pitches over seven innings, touched up for two runs on five hits without a walk while striking out five. The southpaw recorded 10 groundball outs, an outing after being his in his pitching forearm. Garrison has allowed two runs or less in six straight starts and 10 of his 16 outings overall. He has not lost a decision since May 19.

Kyle Blanks notched four hits, including a solo homer – his eighth bomb of the year. He scored twice and recorded three RBIs. The first baseman has three homers over his last seven games and five of his dingers have now come at his home park where a strong wind generally blows in. Blanks has four multi-hit games over his last seven games and an RBI in six of his last nine.

Drew Macias had a pair of singles in three at-bats, drew a walk, scored a run and added two RBIs, one coming on a sacrifice fly. Since hitting .215 over his first 25 games this season, the outfielder is hitting .318 over his last 56 contests with a .345 mark in his last 28. Macias has also drawn 25 walks in his last 28 contests, giving him a .505 on-base percentage over that time.

Lake Elsinore (5-7) won 4-3 over Visalia (Diamondbacks) in 10 innings

Cesar Carrillo had his longest outing of the year, going five innings while allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while also plunking a batter, striking out one. All three runs scored over the first two innings. The right-hander had not worked more than 2.2 innings in his previous starts and had given up one unearned run and two hits over his previous 4.2 frames. The last time he worked five innings was April 18, 2007.

Mitch Canham's first double of the evening plated the first run of the game for Lake Elsinore. His second double in the top of the ninth became the tying run when he scored on a single. The third two-bagger – his 18th of the year – plated the eventual winning run an inning later. His two RBIs gave him an even 50 for the year. The backstop has notched an extra base hit in seven of his last nine games and an RBI in six of his last nine.

Sam Carter keyed the rally in the ninth inning with a solo homer in front of Canham and added four hits on the night in as many at bats while also getting plunked by a pitch. He also scored twice and singled in the 10th but did not score. The outfielder has two four-hit nights in his last three as well as homers in two of his last three. Carter has driven in a run in five of his last seven games.

Fort Wayne (5-8) lost 9-4 to West Michigan (Tigers)

Danny Payne went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and a walk out of the cleanup spot in the order, driving in two. He also added his first stolen base of the season. Payne has reached base safely in each of his first 12 games with the Wizards, notching a hit in 10 of the last 11. He has just two multi-hit games over that span and has drawn a walk in six of the last seven. Payne also has an RBI in three of his last four.

Colt Hynes was tagged for five runs on six hits and a walk while striking out one in two innings of work. The left-hander surrendered two extra base hits, including a solo homer. The opposition is hitting .351 off him in the Midwest League and has allowed runs in six of his 13 outings, giving up multiple runs on five occasions. The opposition has a .500 on-base percentage when leading off an inning.

Brandon Gomes worked 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up a walk and a hit while striking out three. The right-hander also stranded an inherited runner. Gomes has stranded four of the eight runners he has inherited this season. He has given up just two hits across his last 6.2 innings, striking out six. Gomes has given up runs in 12 of his 25 appearances, including two starts.

Eugene (7-8) won 12-2 over Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Angel Mercado was last seen getting hit by a pitch, keeping him out of the lineup for a few days. He was hit by another pitch in his first at-bat on Tuesday before launching a bases loaded homer over the left field wall in the second inning. Mercado had two hits and scored twice. Mercado has scored a run in five straight games and has five multi-RBI games through 12 contests in Eugene. Mercado did commit his second error of the year.

Jeudy Valdez came into the game with one double to his credit. Three more two-baggers were placed on his ledger by the end of the night. The shortstop went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs for the Emeralds, as the club scored four runs in each of the first three innings. Valdez had just one RBI coming into the game. He has four multi-hit games and has reached base safely in all but one of his 11 games.

Pascual Juan came on with two outs in the fifth and stranded two inherited runners with a strikeout. He went on to work a scoreless sixth, walking one and tossing a wild pitch while fanning two more – picking up the win to move to 1-1. Juan has worked 3.1 innings of scoreless ball since giving up runs in his first two outings. He has stranded three of the four runners he has inherited on the year.

AZL Padres (5-3) won 9-2 over AZL Cubs

Jose DePaula allowed two singles and a walk over four scoreless frames, striking out five and collecting five fly ball outs. The left-hander has struck out eight through his first 6.2 innings, allowing six hits and walking one. He has held lefties to a .167 average early in the year and has surrendered two hits in 12 at-bats with runners on base.

Jason Codiroli had a full day by the end of the fourth inning and was taken out of the lineup to begin the fifth. The centerfielder was hit by a pitch to open the first inning, setting up a five-run frame. He singled to open the second and added a run-scoring single in the fourth, scoring twice and plating one while stealing his third base of the season. Codiroli has a five-game hitting streak with three multi-hit games. He has also scored 10 times over his last five games.

Chase Williams had just one hit in five at-bats but knocked in three runs, one coming on a ground out and the others coming on a two-run double in the fourth. He also scored two runs but did ground into a double play for the third time in six games. Williams has a hit in five straight games, notching a double in four of those contests. He also has an RBI in five of six games and has scored multiple runs four times in his last five.

DSL Padres (14-13) lost 2-1 to DSL Nationals 2

Hans Wilson went 2-for-4 at the dish but 0-for-2 in attempting to throw out base runners stealing. And it was his third error of the year that led to an unearned run. Wilson has three multi-hit games on the year but has fanned in 10 straight games. The backstop has committed an error in two straight and has thrown out eight of the 34 base runners attempting to steal on him this year.

Harlen Mozo was solid across six innings but still took the loss to drop to 1-3 on the season. The right-hander's second error of the year pushed a second unearned run to his ledger, despite just three hits, two walks and a hit batsman attributed to his outing. Mozo has given up 14 runs on the season but has allowed just five earned runs over 20.2 innings. He has hit five batters and walked 11.

Juan Rosario pitched two-plus scoreless innings, giving up two hits and walking one while getting a hat trick of strikeouts in his shortest outing of the year. The right-hander improved his ERA as a reliever to 4.65; he has notched a 2.00 ERA across four starts for a cumulative 2.93 mark. Rosario has given up more hits than innings pitched.

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