McAnulty scores winner; Valdez gets first

Portland sweeps with Peter Ciofrone extending his hitting streak and Paul McAnulty scoring the winner. Steve Garrison is shelled in San Antonio. Rolando Valdez gets his first win as a starter. Matt Teague works five solid innings. Angel Mercado homers twice in a loss. Jorge Minyeti continues his hot hitting.

Portland (50-46) won 4-3 over Tucson (Diamondbacks) in game one (7 innings), won 2-1 in nine innings in game two

Peter Ciofrone went 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI, although he did make his eighth error in the field, playing third base. The hit extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Ciofrone has three multi-hit games over his last four and an RBI in four of his last five. He is 19-for-55, a .345 average, over the streak with 10 RBIs. He also has a double in three of his last four games. Ciofrone added a first inning single to move his streak to 14 games in the nightcap.

Carlos Guevara earned his first save of the year, coming in to get the final out of the game with two men aboard. He would strand both by striking out the lone batter he faced. The right-hander has worked 7.2 scoreless innings since joining the Beavers from San Diego, keeping the opposition to a .115 average with three hits allowed in 26 at-bats. Sunday was the first time in Triple-A that he came in with runners on. Four of the six runners he inherited with San Diego scored.

Paul McAnulty had three hits but it was his double in the ninth that led to the winning run. After moving to third on a wild pitch, he came around to score on a sacrifice fly. McAnulty also threw out a runner at home in the fourth inning, hitting his catcher without the benefit of a cutoff man. The outfielder has reached base 15 times over his five games in Portland with 10 hits and five walks.

Wade LeBlanc allowed a single run on five hits and a hit batsman over six innings, striking out three in a no-decision. The only run to score came across on a solo homer. Twelve of the 17 bombs he has surrendered this season have been solo shots. LeBlanc has given up a long ball in seven straight starts. The southpaw had given up 15 runs in 20 hits and six walks over his previous eight innings. He has allowed two runs or less in eight of 19 outings.

San Antonio (12-10) lost 9-6 to Midland (A's)

Steve Garrison labored through three innings, tossing 69 pitches and seeing six runs cross on eight hits and a walk while fanning five. The lefty gave up three extra base hits, including a three-run homer. It is the second time this year he has allowed six or more runs and the third time he has given up more than three. Garrison had surrendered nine runs total over his previous seven starts. He has given up a homer in three straight – his longest streak of the campaign.

Jose Lobaton doubled in a run in the fourth inning and added another run-scoring double in the sixth as part of a 2-for-4 night. It was the third time in his last 18 games that he has collected two or more doubles and the fourth time over that span that he has had multiple extra base hits. Seventeen of the backstop's last 23 hits have gone for extra bases and all of come across his last 22 contests. Lobaton had four extra base hits in his first 37 games.

Will Inman pitched the fifth inning for the U.S. Futures during the All-Star festivities at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, working a 1-2-3 inning while striking out one. He retired Mets prospect Fernando Martinez on a fly out to right, fanned Cubs prospect Wellington Castillo and got Braves prospect Gorkys Hernandez on a lineout – ending the inning on 11 pitches.

Lake Elsinore (10-14) won 7-3 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Rolando Valdez worked to three batters over the minimum in five innings of scoreless work, giving up a single, hitting a batter and walking one while fanning three to pick up his first win of the year as a starter and second win overall. It was the first time he has worked more than 3.1 innings and improved his ERA as a starter to 2.38. His last win as a starter came in 2005 while playing for the DSL Padres.

Josh Bard got the starting nod in a rehab appearance, catching the first five frames. He went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks at the dish. Bard suffered a high ankle sprain in a collision with Albert Pujols on May 21 and has been out of the lineup since. The backstop went 0-for-1 in throwing out a base runner trying to steal on Sunday. Bard hit .200 in 38 games for the Padres, netting eight doubles and seven RBIs. He was also 6-for-47 in throwing out runners attempting to steal while with the Padres.

Brian Joynt reached base three times in four plate appearances, collecting a double, a triple, a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs. He did, however, commit two errors, which led to a pair of unearned runs. Joynt has three consecutive multi-hit games and seven RBIs over that span. He extended his hitting streak to eight games and his on-base streak to 18 straight. Joynt has scored a run in five straight games and six of his last seven.

Fort Wayne (9-15) won 2-1 over Wisconsin (Mariners)

Cory Luebke was back in a starting role after being sent down from Lake Elsinore. The left-hander was charged with an unearned run without the benefit of a hit, giving up three walks in two-plus innings. Two errors, one by Luebke, led to the unearned run. Luebke had gone 3-6 with a 6.84 ERA across 17 games, including 15 starts, for the Storm. In 72.1 inings, he allowed 97 walks and walked 23 while striking out 60. It was the fourth time this year he has walked three or more.

The first hit the Wizards pitching staff allowed didn't come until the sixth inning, a one-out double yielded by Matt Teague. The southpaw pitched five scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and a walk while striking out seven. He was on the hill when the lone Wisconsin run came in, allowing one of two inherited runners to score. It is the seventh time this year he has gone five innings or more and allowed two runs or fewer. He has allowed four of five inherited runners to score on the year.

The Wizards were in danger of losing a 1-0 decision but came through with a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth. Danny Payne walked in a run to tie the game and collected a pair of hits. He did get caught stealing for the second time in four attempts. The outfielder came into the game with one hit in his previous 16 at-bats. It was just the second game this season that Payne has bat leadoff. He came into the game 1-for-12 leading off an inning but singled and walked in such a role on Sunday.

Eugene (9-17) lost 3-2 to Boise (Cubs)

Angel Mercado had the first two hits of the game for the Emeralds, hitting a solo homer in the second and adding a solo shot in the fourth, giving him five bombs in Northwest League play – the first multi-homer game of his career. They would be the only runs scored for Eugene. It was the third time this season he has notched multiple extra base hits in a game, the last coming on May 13 while with Fort Wayne. He has nine homers across two leagues.

Simon Castro worked four innings and was charged with one unearned run on one hit and four walks while fanning four. It was a passed ball that led to the lone run in a no-decision. It was the second straight game that he has allowed four walks and third time in six outings that he has walked three or more. The right-hander has held the opposition to one run or less while going four or more innings three times.

Erik Davis made his second appearance with the Emeralds since coming to terms. The right-hander allowed one run on two hits while striking out four in two innings of work. He had given up two runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batsman in his debut. The Padres selected Davis, a Stanford alumnus, in the 13th-round after his senior season. He went 8-3 with a 4.70 ERA this season, registering four complete games. In 103.1 innings, he allowed 102 hits, walked 40 and struck out 103.

AZL Padres (10-6) had a scheduled day off

DSL Padres (18-19) lost 15-8 to DSL Nationals 1 on Saturday

Harlen Mozo got the start and lasted just an inning and one-third – his shortest outing of the season – in dropping his fourth game. The right-hander allowed eight runs, seven earned, on five hits and two walks. Mozo had not allowed more than two earned runs in any start and had worked at least three innings in six of his seven outings. The Colombia native has seen 39 base runners in 26 innings.

Erick Ojeda did not allow a run over four innings of work, giving up just a pair of hits while striking out four. The Columbia native had whiffed just four through his first 10.2 innings. Ojeda has provided scoreless relief in each of his appearances, giving up the only two earned runs in a starting effort last time out. The right-hander has given up 11 hits in his first 14.2 innings this season.

Jorge Minyeti continued his hitting ways, going 3-for-4 with a walk, a triple, and an RBI, extending his hitting streak to seven games. The second baseman has successive three hit games and has reached base 16 times during his current streak. Over his last 12 games, Minyeti has seven multi-hit games, going 21-for-44 – a .477 average. He has reached base successfully in 19 straight, tops among DSL Padres players this season.

DSL Padres (18-19) had a scheduled day off on Sunday

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