Atherton joins Padres; Carroll shines

Stephan Faris is solid but the Missions offense stalls. Drew Miller gives up five runs in a loss. Jeremy Hefner is dynamite and Yefri Carvajal has three hits. Blake Tekotte debuts in Eugene but Sawyer Carroll shines. Jaff Decker continues to sizzle while Tim Atherton has an interesting trek to joining San Diego. Javer Diaz has a solid run of outings.

Portland (50-46) had a scheduled day off

San Antonio (12-11) lost 2-0 to Frisco (Rangers)

Stephen Faris allowed two runs on five hits while not walking a batter and striking out a half dozen across six innings, taking the loss to drop to 5-3. The right-hander recorded 10 groundball outs and for the first time in 11 starts he did not record a double play. He does have 15 rally killers on the season. Faris has kept the opposition to two runs or less in seven of his last eight starts.

Mauro Zarate faced the minimum across two scoreless frames, striking out a pair. The right-hander has not allowed a run over his first 10 appearances with the Missions across a span of 13 innings – stretching his scoreless run to 17.1 frames across two leagues. He has yielded just seven hits, holding the opposition to a .163 average. Between Portland and San Antonio, Zarate has a 3.49 ERA.

Lake Elsinore (10-15) lost 7-3 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Drew Miller allowed five runs, four earned, on four hits and three walks while striking out four in five innings. Three of the hits went for extra bases and one left the park. The homer was the 13th he has given up over his last 13 starts and he has allowed 14 on the season, more than he yielded in his first two seasons combined. Miller has allowed five or more runs five times in his last nine outings.

Chris Shaver surrendered two runs on four hits in his lone inning of work. The Virginia native has allowed runs in four straight games and five of his last six, yielding 10 runs on 18 hits over his last eight innings of work. The right-hander has yielded runs in nine of his 19 outings with the Storm, giving up multiple runs on six occasions.

Sam Carter collected two of the Storm's five hits and reached base three times thanks to a walk. The outfielder also scored a run and was credited with an outfield assist. Carter has scored a run in three straight games but has gone eight games without an RBI – his longest such stretch of the season. Previously, he had not gone more than five games sans an RBI. Carter has eight outfield assists on the year.

Fort Wayne (9-15*) Wisconsin (Mariners)

Jeremy Hefner had a no-hitter going through four frames before surrendering a solo homer with two outs in the fifth. The only base runner he had allowed up until that point came after he retired the first 10 batters he faced before issuing a walk. Those would be the only runner he allowed, as the right-hander worked six innings and struck out three. It is the 11th time in 16 starts that the right-hander has given up two runs or less, as he moved to 6-0 with a 2.80 as a starter.

Yefri Carvajal notched three hits in five at-bats, including his 19th double of the year. The outfielder also scored a pair of runs. It was the first time since May 29 that he has scored twice in a game – the only other time this year he has scored multiple rune. Carvajal does have seven three-hit games this season and is hitting .350 over his last 11 games.

Anthony Contreras added three hits in four trips, adding two RBIs from second base. He extended his hitting streak to five games but it was his first multi-hit game since his debut performance with the Wizards. He is 7-for-17 over the span of his streak. Contreras matched his RBI total over his first eight games of the year on Monday.

Eugene (10-17) won 8-5 over Everett (Mariners)

Sawyer Carroll came into the seventh inning with a double and a triple already to his credit. In that fateful inning, the outfielder hit a grand slam as part of a five-run frame, giving Eugene the lead. He ended the night with five RBIs, falling a single shy of the cycle. Carroll's 13 extra base hits are the second most in the league, pending the night's action, as do his 21 RBIs. Carroll has an RBI in four of his last five games and seven extra base hits in his last seven games.

Blake Tekotte made his season debut for the Emeralds. After striking out in his first two at-bats, he doubled and scored. He would later walk and score. Tekotte, taken in the third-round by the Padres, batted .353 (88-for-249) with 12 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs, 50 RBI, 81 runs scored, 45 walks and 27 stolen bases in 64 games in center field for a Hurricanes team that reached the College World Series.

Gary Poynter got his first chance to start this year and was on the hook for four runs, two earned, on three hits and three walks over two innings. The right-hander had tossed two scoreless innings since coming to the Northwest League. Poynter allowed three runs on six hits, three walks and three hit batsman over six innings with the AZL Padres, striking out seven.

AZL Padres (11-6) won 7-6 over AZL Brewers

Jaff Decker reached base four more times on Monday, going 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBIs. He singled to open the ninth and came around to score on a triple. Decker has been on base in all but one of his 13 contests, reaching base 2.69 times per game. He has reached base four times or more on four occasions already this year and the outfielder leads the AZL in batting average (.409) and on-base percentage (.574).

The decisive three-bagger in the bottom of the ninth went to first baseman Aaron Murphree. It was part of a 3-for-5 night that included three RBIs. He did, however, commit his first error of the year. The triple was his third of the season, despite not having a double or a stolen base. Murphree has three straight multi-hit games and has notched three games with three or more RBIs.

Newly signed Tim Atherton made his debut and went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. The Minnesota Twins released the Australian native last month after an incident with a BB gun. Atherton went 6-for-16 with three walks, four doubles and four RBIs in five games with the GCL Twins. Atherton did commit an error on Monday.

"I immediately contacted all Australian scouts as well as ringing a number of key people in the US," agent Trevor Jarrett said. "As a result, a number of clubs expressed interest in signing Tim and I notified those clubs that Tim would go to whatever club made the first offer to fly him back to the US. The Padres were the first.

"I decided not to chase a further bonus, as I didn't feel that Tim should gain a financial advantage over such a stupid action on his part. I have no doubt that he has learnt a valuable lesson."

The Twins had invited Atherton back after finding out the details of the off-field situation but the Padres jumped on the 6-foot-2, 195-pound 18-year-old.

"Big, strong kid who was a two way prospect, threw 90 off the mound," Padres international scouting director Randy Smith said. "Shows some good things offensively, power and plate discipline. Can obviously throw from the OF, speed is below average."

DSL Padres (18-20) lost 7-4 to DSL Tigers

Rosario Carrillo collected three hits in four at-bats while doubling his two-bag total for the year with a pair of doubles. Carrillo did, however, commit his third error of the year on an errant throw. The outfielder has successive multi-hit games – his first such games since June 2, his first game of the year. He is 6-for-10 over his last three contests after suffering through a 3-for-22 stretch.

Stalyn Valdez was touched for five runs in his first inning and wound up on the hook for seven runs, five earned on five hits, one walk and three hit batsman over five frames, striking out seven. The right-hander had hit three batters in his previous seven outings. Valdez has given up 13 runs on 13 hits across his last two starts, spanning 8.2 innings.

Javer Diaz provided three innings of scoreless ball, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out four. Since a four-run outburst on June 13, the Colombian native has surrendered one run over his last 11 innings of work, striking out nine and walking one. Diaz has also kept 12 of the 17 runners he has inherited this season from scoring and has allowed just two extra base hits all year.

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