Huber launches winner; Kluber in pen

Justin Huber launches an eventual game-winner in the top of the ninth, as the Portland offense saves Wade LeBlanc. Rolando Valdez the starter and Corey Kluber in the pen? Jeremy Hefner is dynamite and Andrew Parrino has a heroic moment but the Wizards are swept in the final at-bat of each game of a doubleheader. Rymer Liriano hits his fifth and Jhonaldo Pozo has a big day in the DSL.

Portland (44-41) won 10-9 over Sacramento (A's)

Justin Huber launched a solo homer to open the ninth inning – his second in Triple-A – as the eventual winning run. The designated hitter had two hits and two RBIs on the day. It was the second time in four games that Huber has secured a multi-hit game and second time he has homered over that same span. Huber has an RBI in three of his last four, playing five over that span.

Chip Ambres collected three hits in five at-bats, falling a homer shy of the cycle as he picked up his fifth triple and 23rd double of the campaign, scoring twice and plating two. The outfielder came into the game with one hit in his previous 15 at-bats but still sits third in the Pacific Coast League with his 44 extra base hits.

Wade LeBlanc was bailed out of a loss after tossing 97 pitches across 3.2 innings and seeing seven runs dot the ledger on 10 hits and three walks while striking out five. Only one of the hits went for extra bases, resulting in the fifth straight game he has allowed a homer. The southpaw has given up seven or more runs four times this year and had allowed two or less in six of his previous seven starts. LeBlanc has given up 10 or more hits three times.

San Antonio (8-4) tied 5-5 with NW Arkansas, suspended due to rain after the top of the seventh

Lake Elsinore (5-9) lost 5-2 to Visalia (Diamondbacks)

Told he might get a chance to start at around the midpoint of the season, Rolando Valdez got his wish on Thursday. The right-hander went three innings and was on the hook for two unearned runs on five hits. He did not walk a batter or strikeout one, notching six fly ball outs. Valdez had gone 1-2 with four saves and a 4.35 ERA across 35 relief appearances, allowing runs in 11 outings.

Corey Kluber was pushed into a relief role, working one scoreless inning while walking the bases loaded with two outs before getting a ground out to end the threat. The right-hander had gone 2-5 with a 6.31 ERA across 16 starts. In 81.1 innings he allowed 93 hits and walked 31. Kluber posted a 7.96 ERA over his last five starts.

Fort Wayne (5-10) lost game one 1-0 to West Michigan in 7 innings, lost 4-3 in 12 innings

Jeremy Hefner provided five innings of shutout ball, walking three and surrendering two hits while striking out eight, in game one. The right-hander has tossed shutout ball over two of his last three games and has not earned the win in either. He has struck out 28 over his last 17 frames and leads the Northwest League in that category. Hefner has not lost since May 6 and is 4-0 since.

In the opener, Bryan Oland came in with the bases loaded in the sixth and got the necessary out but would be on the losing end when he allowed a run with one out in the bottom of the seventh on three hits. Oland has stranded all but one of the nine batters he has inherited on the year, including eight straight. He has allowed runs in two of his last three appearances but just three runs total in 23 frames.

Andrew Parrino came through with a two-run homer – his fifth – with one out in the top of the seventh in the nightcap to pull the Wizards into a 3-3 tie. It was his second hit of the game, as he accounted for all three runs with two runs scored and two RBIs. He would also draw a walk.

The second game ended much like the first. After the bullpen tossed seven scoreless frames, it was a wild pitch that did them in. Robert Woodard retired the first 12 batters he faced leading into the 12th frame. Two singles and a sacrifice bunt set the stage for the wild pitch that finished off the sweep.

Eugene (7-10) lost 6-4 to Spokane (Rangers)

Cooper Brannan pitched out of a situation with a pair of inherited runners on base and came back to load the bases after facing three batters in the sixth. All three would get charged to the right-hander. Brannan had given up one hit in his previous four innings of work – all scoreless. He has yielded runs in two of his five appearances with three runs touching home each time.

Jeudy Valdez doubled and homered in five-at bats, as every hitter in the lineup notched at least one hit. The homer was his second and the double his fifth; five of his extra base hits have come over his last three games and the shortstop has notched an RBI in three straight. Valdez has notched five multi-hit games in 13 overall.

Rob Musgrave saw all three runners he inherited come around to score after coming in with the bases loaded and nobody out while not letting any runs of his own, as two scoreless innings were credited to him on one hit and a walk while striking out two. He has worked nine scoreless innings while giving up just three hits since allowing a run in his first appearance. He had stranded the only other runner he previously inherited.

AZL Padres (5-4) had a scheduled day off

DSL Padres (15-14) won 10-5 over DSL Tigers

Rymer Liriano hit his team leading fifth homer of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth. He is now tied for the Dominican Summer League lead in bombs and stands in the top 10 with 20 RBIs. The outfielder did whiff in each of his other three at-bats. While 11 of his 19 hits have gone for extra bases, Liriano has fanned in 50 percent of his 98 at-bats this year.

Jhonaldo Pozo had three hits, including a three-run homer – his second - in the second that gave the DSL Padres the lead for good. The backstop ended the day with four RBIs and two runs scored while throwing out the only runner attempting to steal. Pozo came into the contest with three hits in his previous 27 at-bats. He has thrown out 10 of the 35 base runners attempting to steal on him.

Pedro Martinez improved to 2-2 with four scoreless innings of relief. The left-hander gave up one hit, walked two, hit a batter, tossed a wild pitch and struck out a pair. The left-hander has allowed 11 hits through 20.1 innings but has walked 19 over that same span, at least two in each of his past five outings. Martinez has, however, yielded just four earned runs in his last 15.1 frames.

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