Josh Geer allowed four runs on 10 hits and a pair of walks over five innings while striking out two and netting 11 ground ball outs in a no-decision. Three of the hits went for extra bases and one left the yard – the 18th homer he has allowed on the season, fourth-most in the Pacific Coast League. It is the seventh time on the year that he has yielded four runs or more and third time he has given up double-digit hits.
While Peter Ciofrone extended his hitting streak to 17 games, Justin Huber accounted for two of Portland's five hits, hitting a solo homer in the second inning – his third bomb in Triple-A - and adding a single. It was his sixth multi-hit game in 25 Portland games and the fourth time in his last six that he has netted an RBI.
Justin Hampson suffered the loss, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk over an inning and two-thirds – his second loss of the year. The left-hander has yielded runs in four of his nine Triple-A appearances but this was the first time has given up multiple runs. With one strikeout on Sunday, Hampson has fanned 16 in 10.1 innings.
San Antonio (15-14) lost 3-2 to Midland (A's)
Will Inman was pulled after 4.1 innings with 104 pitches in the books and only two runs against. He left with the bases loaded but none would score. The right-hander gave up three hits and struck out three while walking a season-high six. It is the ninth time in 21 starts that he has walked three or more; Inman has issued a free pass to 13 over his last 9.1 innings. His 56 base on balls yielded leads the Texas League.
Mike Ekstrom was given a tall task when he came on with the bases loaded and one out. He was able to get out of that jam, stranding all three inherited runners and went on to work an inning and two-thirds scoreless, giving up two hits and a walk while fanning two and getting a double play grounder. He has held nine of the 12 runners he has inherited this season off the scoreboard.
Drew Macias went 1-for-3 with a double and both San Antonio RBIs but left the game early when he fouled a ball off his shin in the fifth inning. He is listed as day-to-day and is expected to have an X-ray on Monday. Macias has a six-game hitting streak and 19-game on-base streak, collecting hits in 17 of those contests. The outfielder is hitting .319 over his last 73 games, adding 42 walks over that span. For the year, Macias has a .395 on-base percentage.
Lake Elsinore (14-16) lost 5-0 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Rolando Valdez surrendered five runs on eight hits and two walks over 5.2 innings, giving up four extra base hits and three home runs. The right-hander came into the season having allowed four homers in his career – spanning 195.1 innings across three seasons. He has, however, allowed five bombs over his last 14 frames. Valdez had given up three earned runs in his first 15.1 innings as a starter.
While Cedric Hunter extended his hitting streak to 16 games, Eric Sogard collected two of the Storm's four hits, singling twice. He is one of three hitters on the Storm to have an on-base percentage over .400 at .402, as the team leads the California League in total walks drawn. Sogard has three straight multi-hit games amd 38 such contests for the season. He had scored five runs in his previous three games.
Fort Wayne (13-17) lost 6-3 to Quad Cities (Cardinals)
Luis Durango topped the .300 mark for the first time on Sunday, going 2-for-3 with a walk. The Northwest League batting champion in 2007, Durango has improved his average every single month this year. Over his last 12 games, the outfielder is hitting .429 with 18 hits in his last 42 at-bats. With 43 walks on the year, he paces the club with a .399 on-base percentage. His .302 average is the eight-best mark in the Midwest League.
Justin Baum collected a pair of RBIs as part of a 2-for-4 night – both singles – which extended his hitting streak to six games. The third baseman is now tied for fourth in the Midwest League with his 60 RBIs on the season. He is also tied for fourth with 36 extra base hits. Baum has seen 15 different games with two or more RBIs.
Omar Gutierrez took the loss after surrendering three runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk in an inning of work. The right-hander did strand two inherited runners but left the game with a pair still on base – neither of which would score. After not allowing runs over his first nine appearances across two leagues, Gutierrez has given up runs in five straight, yielding nine runs on 10 hits and eight walks over six innings.
Eugene (12-21) lost 5-4 to Tri-Cities (Rockies)
Tyson Bagley struggled in the opening frame, giving up a hit and two walks with the lone run against coming in that inning before settling in and tossing four innings – yielding two hits total and walking three while fanning three. Bagley has given up just three hits in eight innings as a starter and is holding the opposition to a .167 average for the season. He has given up just one hit in 17 at-bats to the leadoff hitter of an inning but has walked four.
"Bags pitched well after the first inning when he was playing Gorilla man," manager Greg Riddoch said. "He decided to play pitcher man (after that). He threw 27 pitches and 23 fastballs in the first inning and started to use his secondary pitches after that and was good."
"I was trying to do too much and was trying to overthrow that first inning, coming out of the gun a little excited and didn't have the command I wanted to," Bagley said. "I settled down the last three and got in a groove a little bit."
Joey Railey had two singles, one setting up a run and the second driving in the tying run in the bottom of the eighth – an inning that saw the Emeralds take a 4-3 lead. After beginning the year with two hits in his first 29 at-bats, the second baseman is hitting .326 with 13 hits in his last 40 at-bats. He has four multi-hit games over his last 11 and has a hit in all but two of those contests. The RBI was his second in his last four games after netting two over his first 16.
"It felt good," Railey said of the hit. "I was just trying to battle with two strikes. I think that pitch was a ball actually and I just fought it off and got it to drop."
Nick Schumacher walked the first batter he faced before inducing a double play in the eighth and working a scoreless frame. He wasn't so lucky in the top of the ninth. After a one-out single, Austin Rauch hit a belt-high fastball over the left field wall to put the Emeralds down by one – a deficit they could not come back from. The right-hander has given up runs in four of his five outings, going at least two innings in all but one contest. The opposition is hitting .389 off him with runners on base.
"Schu comes in and pitches really good except for one lousy pitch and bang – two runs," Riddoch said. "One bad pitch – they come back again and lose."
"I was hoping it would go," Rauch said afterwards. "I had a feeling after I hit it but don't know this park too well."
"You have to take the good with the bad," outfielder Dan Robertson, who plated the go-ahead run in the eighth, said. "You can be ecstatic one moment and down the next. Nick Schumacher pitches well and gives up one bad pitch. That is the game of baseball. The luxury of our game is we get to come back and do it again tomorrow."
"That is baseball – two swings of the bat," Railey added. "I thought we were going to steal one today. Sometimes it just happens."
AZL Padres (12-10) won 9-2 over AZL Giants
Matt Gaski led the squad with three hits, reaching base four times thanks to a walk, scoring a run and plating one. All but one player notched an RBI and seven players scored a run. Gaski has two multi-hit games across his last three and has drawn a walk in three straight. The infielder is hitting just .192 with the bases empty but .385 with runners in scoring position.
Chris Hardin was the only player in the lineup to notch multiple RBIs, plating two as part of a 2-for-5 night that included a triple and two runs scored. It is his third consecutive multi-hit game and the third game in a row with multiple RBIs. He has reached base successfully in all 20 of his games to begin the season. His streak is the third best mark in the Arizona Rookie League, as he sports a .434 on-base percentage and .333 average.
Stiven Osuna threw strikes over five scoreless innings, giving up just a pair of hits, not walking a batter, and striking out a season-high five to move to 2-1 on the season. The right-hander has given up three earned runs over his last three starts, spanning 16 innings and has walked just a single batter over that span. He has held the leadoff runner of an inning to a .269 on-base percentage.
DSL Padres (19-23) had a scheduled day off
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