Justin Germano dropped to 2-5 after getting hammered to the tunr of eight runs, seven earned, on eight hits and two walks while fanning five over four innings. The right-hander gave up five extra base hits, including a homer. Germano has allowed six homers over his last five starts, giving up a long ball in each outing. He has yielded 13 runs on 18 hits over his last 12 frames.
Will Venable accounted for four of the five Portland runs, going 3-for-4 with a walk, two doubles and a homer. He hit a two-run blast in the ninth – his seventh bomb – and scored three runs. The outfielder has homered in successive games for the first time this year (although he hit two in one game on May 12) and six of his last eight hits have gone for extra bases. It is the second time this year he has collected three extra base hits in a contest.
Enrique Gonzalez was on the hook for five runs on four hits and five walks over 2.1 innings. Three of the hits he surrendered went for extra bases. The right-hander has allowed 11 runs on 12 hits and five walks over his last 5.1 innings. Gonzalez has walked three or more on seven different occasions this season with Saturday the first to come in relief. The leadoff man of an inning has a .409 on-base percentage off him in 66 innings.
San Antonio (10-5) lost 8-4 to NW Arkansas (Royals)
The Missions pitching staff allowed just one earned run but it was the seven unearned that did them in. Mike Ekstrom was on the hook for five runs, and the only earned run, over 3.1 innings, dropping to 3-6 on the year. He allowed seven hits and walked one while fanning two. Ekstrom did strand two inherited runners and has held the only four he has inherited from scoring. The right-hander came into the game with three runs allowed, two earned, over his last 16.2 innings.
Will Inman was on the hook for three unearned runs over 3.2 innings, giving up four hits and three walks while striking out three. The right-hander tossed two wild pitches and was called for a balk, tossing 81 pitches. It is the second time this year he has not made it through the fourth and both times all of his runs were unearned. He has walked three or more in eight of 18 starts.
Seth Johnston knocked in all four San Antonio runs, hitting a bases loaded double in the opening frame and adding a run-scoring single in the third – accounting for his two hits for the day. Johnston came into the game hitless in his last 10 at-bats and in a 3-for-26 slump. He had gone 12 games without an RBI and had not driven in more than two runs in any game. His last four-RBI game came on August 22, 2007 while with Lake Elsinore.
Lake Elsinore (7-9) won 9-5 over Bakersfield (Rangers)
Keoni Ruth had just one hit – his seventh double – but was hit by a pitch, scored three runs and drove in two from the two-hole in the lineup. He had scored just four runs in his previous 14 games. The infielder has a hit in seven of his last eight games and is hitting .350 over his last 15 games. Ruth is hitting .388 on the year with runner sin scoring position.
Kellen Kulbacki hit his 12th homer in California League play as part of a two-hit game that included a double – his seventh - and three RBIs. The outfielder has gone yard five times in his last eight games where Kulbacki has a hitting streak over that same span with hits in 14 of his last 15 games. Kulbacki is 11-for-31 over that stretch with 10 RBIs and nine runs scored.
Jesus Lopez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored out of the eighth spot in the lineup. The shortstop has RBIs in successive games for just the second time this season. Lopez had gone 5-for-29 over his last nine games. Prior to that, the shortstop hit .327 with 17 hits in 52 at-bats over 14 games before that.
Fort Wayne (7-10) won 8-1 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)
Wynn Pelzer tossed another three shutout innings on Saturday, allowing a trio of hits, walking one and striking out three. The right-hander collected 11 groundball outs. Pelzer has given up one run over his last 18.1 innings, surrendering just 11 hits while striking out 17. He has given up one run or less in seven of his 14 starts and has won three straight.
Luis Martinez had just one hit but it resulted in three runs scoring. The backstop launched his third homer of the year with two outs in the second inning. Martinez has hits in three straight games, including his first set of successive multi-hit games this year during that span. He is 5-for-12 with two extra base hits. Martinez had just one RBI over his previous 23 games and had not driven in more than one run in any contest.
Yefri Carvajal reached base four times via a pair of walks and a pair of singles. The outfielder scored once and drove in two while also adding an outfield assist when he tossed out a runner at second base in the eighth inning. It was the first time all year that he has drawn two walks in a game, and Carvajal has six walks in his last eight games after netting 12 in his first 72. He has notched an RBI in four of his last five games and seven of his last 12.
Eugene (7-12) lost 13-3 to Spokane (Rangers)
Pascual Juan was lifted after two-thirds of an inning, leaving the bases loaded. He gave up one hit, walked two and hit a batter. All three runs left on base would score, as the left-hander was on the hook for four runs and the loss, dropping him to 1-2. Juan has surrendered runs in three of his six appearances but has pitched just 5.2 innings, surrendering three runs or more on two occasions.
Matt Means was charged with four runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batsman in two-thirds of an inning, seeing two men score after he exited the game. The left-hander has given up runs in six of his seven outings, allowing 14 runs across 5.2 frames on 12 hits, 11 walks and a pair of hit batsman. He has walked two or more in four of his seven outings, none lasting more than two innings. He has not made it through one inning in four appearances.
AZL Padres (6-5) won 8-3 over AZL Mariners
Robert Lara had three hits in four at-bats with a double – his first of the year – and three RBIs. He paces the club with his 11 RBIs while sporting a .568 on-base percentage. Lara has struck out just twice in 30 at-bats and has three different three-hit games through nine contests and an RBI in six games. The backstop also caught the only runner attempting to steal and has nabbed 5-of-13 on the season.
Aaron Murphree provided the lumber with one swing, his third homer of the year was a three-run shot in the fifth inning over the right field wall. It was his lone hit of the game, as the outfielder has collected just six hits in 35 at-bats to begin his professional career, although four have gone for extras. Murphree is hitting .250 with runners in scoring position, 79 points above his season average.
Brad Brach tossed two innings of scoreless relief, giving up one hit and a walk while notching three groundball outs. The right-hander has allowed a run in two of his five appearances. He has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .143 on-base percentage and has kept the opposition to a .182 mark with runners in scoring position.
DSL Padres (16-14) won 5-4 over DSL Nationals 2 on Friday
Jonathan Galvez reached base four times via two walks, a single and a double. The shortstop also scored twice and drove in a run – his bases loaded walk producing the eventual game-winner in the top of the ninth. Galvez did commit his fourth error of the year. Galvez has reached base safely in each of his last 14 games, collecting 15 hits and 14 walks. His .522 on-base percentage leads the Dominican Summer League. He went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and three RBIs on Sunday.
Freddys Henrique did not allow a hit and walked one over three innings but was charged with an earned run when the first batter of the game walked and came around to score on a ground out. He retired the last nine men he faced. The right-hander out of Venezuela has given up just one hit in eight innings to begin the season, allowing two walks and fanning eight. Righty hitters are 1-for-16 off him while lefties are 0-for-7.
Deiber Sanchez earned the victory, working an inning and one-third scoreless ball. He stranded an inherited runner at third base and worked a perfect ninth, striking out one to improve to 1-1. Sanchez has yet to allow a hit through his first five appearances, spanning 6.1 innings. The Colombia native has fanned 10 while walking two.
DSL Padres (16-15) lost 15-5 to DSL Nationals 1
Luis De La Cruz gave up five runs, all earned, on four hits, a hit batsman, and four walks across 2.1 innings in suffering his first loss of the season. Cruz came into the game having surrendered four earned runs over his first 21.1 innings of work. He has issued a free pass to at least two batters in every appearance while hitting four batters in seven games.
Pedro Hernandez was victimized by errors and was charged with six runs, all of them unearned, on five hits, including a homer, in two-thirds of an inning. The left-hander has surrendered 14 hits over his last 3.1 innings of work after giving up 18 in his first 23 frames. Hernandez has walked just one batter all year and had previously surrendered one unearned run.
Rymer Liriano hit his Dominican Summer League leading sixth homer on Saturday – a two=run shot in the fourth that was his lone hit of the day. He also sits in the top 10 in RBIs with 22, one less than teammate Jonathan Galvez. Liriano has homered in two of his last three games and has eight multi-RBI games this year. He has also fanned in all but three of his 30 contests, striking out 54 times in 106 at-bats.
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