Venable homer wins it; Veras dynamite

Justin Germano is lights out but it is Will Venable who officially turns them off. Mike Ekstrom worked three scoreless to help propel the Missions. Nathan Culp gives up two unearned – causing his loss. Yefri Carvajal has been hitting – since May. Junior Veras pitches well in the AZL.

Portland (47-45) won 4-2 over Fresno (Giants) in 11 innings

Justin Germano wasn't rewarded for his solid effort on Thursday, as he earned a no-decision. The right-hander worked scoreless ball over 6.2 innings, giving up three hits and a walk while notching 11 groundball outs. The right-hander had given up a homer in five straight starts and had given up at least three runs in all but one of his starts. His three hits allowed were half the amount of his previous low.

Will Venable sent the Beavers home with the win with his three-run homer in the top of the 11th inning, a two-out shot that was his ninth of the season. The outfielder has homered in successive games and four times over his last seven. It was his second hit of the day, giving him an 11-game hitting streak. Venable has an RBI in five of his last seven, plating nine over that span.

San Antonio (11-8) won 2-1 over Midland (A's) in 12 innings

Despite allowing just one run, Will Inman was pulled after four innings since 98 pitches were already in the books. The right-hander gave up just two hits but walked five, hit a batter, was called for a balk and struck out nine. It is the eighth time he has walked three or more and first time he has issued a free pass to five. Inman has given up two runs or less in 10 of his 19 starts.

Mike Ekstrom capped off a run of eight straight scoreless innings by the bullpen, giving up a single hit over three frames while striking out two. He was rewarded with his fourth win of the year and his double play grounder allowed him to pitch to the minimum. The right-hander has surrendered three earned runs over 21 innings as a reliever after giving up 41 runs in 50 innings as a starter.

David Parrish, who came in to play first in the top of the 12th, doubled with one out in the bottom half and came around to score on an error to send the Missions home winners. It was his second double in Texas League play, the last coming on June 14 while with Tulsa. He has gone 5-for-12 over his last four games across two teams.

Lake Elsinore (8-13) lost 2-1 to Lancaster (Red Sox)

Nathan Culp dropped to 8-6 on the year after allowing a pair of unearned runs on five hits, a walk and a hit batsman while striking out three in six innings. The left-hander notched 11 groundball outs but it was his first error of the year that led to both runs. It was the seventh time this year he has given up two runs or less. It is the first time since June 6 that he has given up fewer hits than innings pitched.

Wilton Lopez continued his scoreless run in the California League with one inning sans a run. He surrendered a single and struck out one. The right-hander out of Nicaragua has given up four hits in 8.1 scoreless frames for the Storm and he has yet to allow a hit to a left-handed hitter. Lopez has a 16.1 inning scoreless streak that spans two leagues with his last run allowed coming on June 2 while he was in Portland.

Fort Wayne (8-13) lost 6-1 to Beloit (Twins)

Yefri Carvajal extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single, scoring the lone Wizards run. The outfielder is hitting .360 over the streak but has just one extra base hit over his last 15 games. Since hitting .207 in April, Carvajal is batting at a .312 clip. He has gone five games without striking out – his third longest streak of the year. Seven of his 19 walks on the year have come across his last 12 games.

Jeremy McBryde suffered his sixth loss of the year after allowing four runs on seven hits across five innings, striking out four. He also hit a batter while notching seven groundball outs. The right-hander has given up 10 runs on 18 hits over his last 10 innings of work. The opposition is hitting .361 off McBryde with runners on base and .333 with runners in scoring position.

Eugene (7-16) lost 13-9 to Boise (Cubs)

Nick Vincent suffered his first blown save of the year in only his second opportunity when he was burned for six runs, four earned, on five hits and three walks in an inning and one-third. It was more hits, walks and runs than he had given up in his first seven outings. The right-hander had given up just one run and four hits over his first seven innings of work in the Northwest League.

Robbie Blauer had two hits in five at-bats, including a double. The first baseman also scored two runs and drove in a pair. Blauer came into the game hitless in his previous 17 at-bats with just one run scored over his previous five games. He has, however, driven in runs in three of his last four games. Blauer has five multi-hit affairs on the year.

Shane Buschini reached base three times and notched three RBIs on Wednesday. He walked and scored in the fifth and added an RBI ground out in the same inning. He also added a single in the seventh that scored two. The outfielder has a hit in five straight after going hitless in his first two contests in Eugene. He has scored a run in four of his last five games but his RBI total eclipsed his total from his previous 12 games across two leagues.

AZL Padres (9-6) won 6-2 over AZL Brewers

Aaron Murphree had three hits on the day - a career-high - while getting hit by a pitch, scoring a run and driving in one. It was just the second time in 14 games that he has notched a multi-hit game. Murphree legged out his second triple of the year - ironic because he has yet to steal a base and has zero doubles while homering three times. He is second on the team in total bases and in RBIs.

Jason Codiroli had two hits in five at-bats, including a double, while driving in a pair of runs from the leadoff spot. The outfielder also stole his fourth base in seven tries. Codiroli has reached base safely in each of his last nine games with five multi-hit efforts over that span. The California native also has an RBI in two straight and four of his last five games.

Junior Veras pitched to two batters over the minimum in five innings, giving up two hits while striking out three. He induced eight ground ball outs and picked up his second win of the year. The right-hander has given up one run on five hits in his last eight innings since surrendering five hits and seven runs in one-third of a frame. He has held the leadoff man of an inning to a .214 on-base percentage through the 14 innings he has started.

DSL Padres (16-18) vs DSL Tigers not available for inclusion in this report

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