Ciofrone slam; Blanks keys victories

Peter Ciofrone has a grand affair. Kyle Blanks is instrumental in a pair of San Antonio wins. Drew Miller has one of his best starts of the season. Luis Durango reaches base four times and Robert Perry drives in three. Alexis Lara allowed two inherited runners to score, leading to a loss. Bill Shaughnessy and Kevin Acosta come in late and produce in a loss.

Portland (45-41) won 8-3 over Tacoma (Mariners)

Josh Geer served up a leadoff home run before tossing bullets over the next four frames. Giving up a run in the sixth and seventh, including a second solo homer, ended his night with three runs in on seven hits and three walks while fanning one. It is the fourth time this year he has allowed multiple homers, serving up 17 on the year. Geer has recorded just one strikeout over his last 12 innings.

Peter Ciofrone hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning as part of a seven-run frame – his eighth jack of the year and only knock of the game. He is 5-for-12 with 10 RBIs this year with the bases juiced and it was his first grand slam since hitting one on July 17 last season for Portland. Ciofrone matched his RBI total over his previous 26 games with one swing of the bat.

Adam Bass picked up the win, giving up a free pass while striking out one and recording four fly ball outs across two innings. The right-hander had given up runs in his previous three outings, surrendering seven runs on seven hits and three walks in 4.1 innings. Bass has allowed runs in 13 of his 31 appearances on the year, allowing multiple runs 10 different times. Bass' ERA has been above 5.55 since throwing shutout ball over his first two appearances.

San Antonio (10-4) won 6-5 over NW Arkansas in 12 innings of suspended game, won 4-3 in scheduled game

Kyle Blanks went yard for the 10th time this season, hitting a three-run blast to give the Missions an early lead. He collected three hits in the suspended game, scoring twice. The second run turned out to be the game winner when he stole third base – his fourth steal of the year – and came home on a throwing error. Blanks then went 2-for-4 in the regularly scheduled game, collecting two more RBIs and scoring a run.

Jon Ellis pitched two scoreless innings of relief, as the bullpen allowed one run in 8.1 innings in the suspended game. The right-hander allowed two hits and fanned three. Ellis has tossed 18.2 straight scoreless innings, giving up eight hits over that span while fanning 21. He has walked just one batter over his last 12.1 innings. He has allowed runs in eight of his 36 relief appearances.

Manny Ayala allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four en route to improving his record to 4-1. The right-hander saw three hits go for extra bases and all three runs scored on a pair of homers. Ayala has won each of his last four starts, giving up four runs across his last three. The California native has given up homers in three or his last four starts.

Greg Burke earned the save in both contests, upping his tally to 14 saves for the season in as many chances. He allowed one hit and struck out one in his two innings of work. Burke has allowed runs in eight of his 36 appearances, including four of his last 27. Burke has a 0.84 ERA across his last 43 innings of work, giving up just four runs over that span.

Lake Elsinore (6-9) won 3-1 over Bakersfield (Rangers)

Drew Miller improved to 7-4 by pitching six innings and allowing a single unearned run on three hits and a pair of walks while fanning four and recording eight groundball outs. It is the fifth time in 17 outings that he has allowed one earned run or less. Miller came into the game having allowed 29 runs on 37 hits and 10 walks across his last 22 innings.

Eric Sogard was the lone Storm player to record a multi-hit game. Batting leadoff and playing the role of designated hitter on Friday, he also added his 51st RBI. Sogard has notched six multi-hit games across his last eight and has an RBI in seven of his last eight and nine of his last 11. Sogard is hitting .374 with runners in scoring position.

Wilton Lopez added his third save in as many chances since joining the Storm, giving up a single but getting a double play to end the game. The right-hander has given up three hits in six scoreless innings with the Storm and has a 14-inning scoreless streak across two levels. Lopez has notched a 4.37 ERA across three leagues for the season.

Fort Wayne (6-10) won 8-7 over West Michigan (Tigers)

Luis Durango had four hits in six at-bats, securing an RBI and scoring twice. The outfielder also stole second base twice but was thrown out trying to steal third. He has 12 steals in 17 attempts this year with Friday the third time he secured multiple steals in a game. Durango did ground into a double play for the sixth time this year. He has a seven-game hitting streak, going 13-for-28 with six runs scored over his last four.

Robert Perry had a pair of hits in four-at bats, was hit by a pitch, scored a run and drove in three runs from the three-hole in the lineup. The outfielder also swiped his sixth bag in Midwest League play. He was, however, also caught stealing for the third time. Two of his RBIs came with two outs and he is hitting .348 with runners on and two outs since joining Fort Wayne.

Jeremy McBryde was bailed out and got the victory, giving up six runs on 11 hits, a walk, and a wild pitch while striking out six to move to 3-5. it is the fifth time in his last seven starts that the right-hander has allowed four or more runs and the second time in five outings that he has given up double-digit hits. The opposition has a .312 average off him this year with a .322 mark with runners in scoring position.

Eugene (7-11) lost 5-3 to Spokane (Rangers)

Alexis Lara allowed two of the three runners he inherited to score before working an inning and one-third scoreless on his ledger, giving up two hits, walking one and fanning one. Five of the six runners he has inherited this year have come around to score. Lara has, however, given up just one earned run over 12.2 innings under his name. His two hits allowed matched his total over his previous 9.1 frames.

Emmanuel Quiles went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored while throwing out the only runner attempting to steal against him. He has a hit in six of his last seven games but has scored just twice in 11 contests overall. The backstop leads the Northwest League in throwing out base runners, nabbing 10-of-17 this season – good for 58.8 percent.

Tyson Bagley made his first professional start and went three innings in a no-decision. The right-hander allowed two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out a pair after retiring the first six batters he faced. Bagley had allowed one earned run over his first 10.2 innings of work in the Northwest League while striking out 17.

AZL Padres (5-5) lost 12-4 to AZL Royals

Bill Shaughnessy came in as a late substitution in the sixth playing short, collecting a walk and a double that plated his first two RBIs of the year. The infielder has seen action in just five games this year and Friday marked the first time he has reached base twice in a game.

Al Angelucci was on the hook for eight runs, five earned, on three hits and five walks across three-plus innings. The right-hander also hit a batter and tossed a wild pitch. Angelucci has walked 10 batters in nine innings this season, giving up 11 runs over his last six. The opposition has a .357 average off him with runners in scoring position.

Kevin Acosta was also a late addition, coming in during the seventh as a defensive substitution. He singled and scored to open the eighth and doubled and scored in the ninth. The second baseman had logged just four at-bats coming into the game but has scored a run in all three of the games he has played. Acosta hit .189 across 48 games for the DSL Padres in 2007, swiping 12 bags in 19 attempts.

DSL Padres (15-14) DSL Nationals 2 not available for inclusion in this report

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