LeBlanc, Miller gems; Verbick wins by a hair

Wade LeBlanc pitches a gem and Paul McAnulty provides the hitting. Jon Ellis picks up his ninth win. Drew Miller tosses blanks in a win. Bobby Verbick's infield hit sends the Ems hope happy. Colin Lynch blows his third straight save opportunity while Jason Codiroli continues to roll. Carlos Garcia has a pinch-hit homer but it is not enough in the DSL.

Portland (54-47) won 6-3 over Memphis (Cardinals)

Paul McAnulty had three of Portland's five hits, as Peter Ciofrone's hitting streak went to 19 games. McAnulty hit a three-run bomb in the first inning and added a double – falling a triple shy of the cycle while collecting four RBIs. After reaching base 19 times in his first seven games, he had gone 0-for-8 with a walk in his previous two. McAnulty has three three-hit games in 10 Triple-A contests and five multi-hit games.

Wade LeBlanc worked six strong innings, giving up one run on three hits and two walks while fanning seven. Of his 92 pitches, 58 went for strikes. It was the first time in eight games that he has not allowed a homer. LeBlanc has allowed one run or less in eight of his 20 outings on the year and two runs or less 10 times. The southpaw has given up two runs or less in eight of his last 11 outings.

San Antonio (17-14) won 4-3 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Matt Buschmann tossed 85 pitches over five innings, giving up a pair of runs on four hits and three walks while fanning one. He has allowed two earned runs or less in six of his last seven and 11 of his last 14. Buschmann has, however, walked three or more in three of his last four and six times overall this season. Buschmann has allowed four hits or less eight times.

Jon Ellis picked up his team leading ninth win of the season, pitching a perfect eighth inning while striking out one. Ellis' nine wins are the second most in the Texas League. He has gone 9.2 innings without allowing an earned run and has yielded runs in three of his last 24 appearances, sporting a 0.92 ERA over that span. Over his last 33 outings, he has a 1.24 ERA. Ellis has kept the leadoff hitter of an inning to seven hits in 48 at-bats.

Lake Elsinore (15-17) won 13-1 over Lancaster (Red Sox)

The first three hits for the Storm all left the yard – three solo homers by three different batters. They ended the game with four bombs but it was the player that didn't hit one that led the RBI charge. Mitch Canham plated four runs over the eighth and ninth innings, tripling and adding a single. It is the third time this season that Canham has driven in four runs and the 15th time he has collected multiple RBIs.

Drew Miller tossed bullets over 6.1 innings, giving up five hits and a walk to pick up the win. He recorded seven ground ball outs while striking out four. It was the first time all season that he has not allowed a run in an outing; he has had two previous outings where he has not surrendered an earned run. It is Miller's third win in five starts, pushing him to 8-5 on the year.

Brian Joynt hit one of the solo homers for the Storm and added a run-scoring single and a sacrifice fly to give him three RBIs on the day. The third baseman did commit his ninth error of the season. Joynt is hitting .348 over his last 20 games with 20 RBIs over that same span. Fifteen of those RBIs have come over his last 11 games. He has notched eight multi-RBI games this year.

Fort Wayne (14-17) had a scheduled day off

Eugene (14-21) won 6-5 over Tri-City (Rockies) in 10 innings

Nick Vincent retired 11 batters in a row to begin the game before a pair of singles in the fourth. He would give up three more hits in the fifth, including a solo homer and ended the night with two runs in on five hits while striking out four. Vincent began the year in relief where he posted a 5.19 ERA over eight appearances – giving up six runs in one contest. Vincent has surrendered two bombs in his last four outings, including two starts.

"It felt good," Vincent said. "it felt good the first three and then I hung a couple of pitches and they capitalized on it.

"I started throwing my curveball a little more because as a starter I need more pitches but they weren't really hitting the fastball and I kept attacking them."

"He had a good outing but he stopped using his changeup in the last inning," manager Greg Riddoch said. "He started throwing five or six fastballs in a row and they started timing it. You have to stay mentally into what the plan is to mix your speeds."

Bobby Verbick's two-out hit in the bottom of the tenth inning was also the most important. With the bases loaded, the outfielder grounded a ball to third base. The third baseman had to take a step back to field it and fired to first but Verbick beat the ball to the bag for a single and the game-winning RBI. He also drew a pair of walks and extended his hitting streak to four games – his longest of the year. He is now 2-for-2 with the bases loaded this season.

"I don't get too many (infield hits) either," Verbick said. "I got out of the box good. I guess maybe it was too cold and I wanted to get out of this weather.

"I knew it was going to be close and got three steps from first and he still hadn't caught it yet so I thought there was still a good chance."

"That is the fastest I have seen him run before," Vincent said.

"I am not sure he has seen himself run that fast before either," Riddoch said. "We were talking earlier today about running half speed or three-quarters speed to first base and the guy bobbles the ball. Every time you hit the ball – it is a double until they stop you.

"It so happened tonight that when the ball was hit to third, the guy was playing really deep and backed up to catch the Sunday hop. As he looked up, his eyes got big and he saw Verbick was probably going to beat it out and cut out the arm arc – and pulled the guy off. He busted his butt and that one the ball game for us.

Tom Davis gave up back-to-back homers with nobody out to open the seventh inning before being lifted from the game. The right-hander, who was sent to the bullpen after beginning the year as a starter, was charged with three runs on four hits and a walk over an inning-plus. Davis has surrendered six runs over his last 2,2 innings of work. The opposition is hitting .356 off him for the season.

"We needed some momentum right now," Verbick said. "I feel like we are hitting ok to win and pitching well – just one or two hits from winning a few of them. To come back and win one late – that is something for us to build on."

"We are getting it around," Vincent said. "We are getting the small things to fall for us. As soon as that happens, we will be a good team. We keep on battling."

"Four games in a row – we could have won all of them," Riddoch said. "We have not rolled over. We have fought back to win. The last four days, you can live with what they have done – even the small things they do wrong."

Derek Shunk also came up big with a diving stab at third base with a runner on third and one out in the top of the tenth, keeping the score tied at 5-5.

"He made two nice plays," Riddoch said. "He made a backhand play and then he made that one. He got up and threw him out."

AZL Padres (12-13) lost 4-1 to AZL Angels in game one (7 innings), AZL Padres lost game two 7-6 (7 innings)

Jose DePaula dropped to 0-2 on the year, giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits and a walk while fanning one in four innings of work. The left-hander has given up four runs or more in three of his last four outings, seeing his ERA go from 2.70 to 6.52. While he has walked just three on the year, DePaula has given up 31 hits in 19.1 innings, as the opposition is hitting .356.

Jason Codiroli logged the lone game one RBI, singling in a run in the fifth inning and added a walk, single and two runs scored in the nightcap, extending his on-base streak to 19 games. The leadoff hitter has drawn a walk in nine of his last 10 games with a hit in 10 of his last 11. He has an on-base percentage of .485 and has scored 13 runs over his last 10 contests. Codiroli is hitting .448 when he leads off an inning.

Colin Lynch blew his fourth save of the season, giving up two runs on three hits, a walk, and a hit batsman in an inning and one-third – surrendering one run in the sixth after the Padres took the lead and another in the AZL Angels final at-bat. He dropped to 0-3 on the season with all three loses coming over his last three appearances. He has given up nine runs on 12 hits and two walks over his last four innings.

DSL Padres (20-24) lost 7-6 to DSL Nationals 2

Carlos Garcia hit a pinch-hit home run in the sixth inning – a three-run shot with two outs to put the DSL Padres up 5-4 at the time. It was his first homer of the year and of his career – one that began in 2007. Garcia came into the game with just four RBIs but has four over his last three games. The outfielder has five hits in his last 12 at-bats. Garcia is, however, hitting .139 with runners in scoring position this year.

Juan Rosario dropped to 0-3, giving up five runs, four earned, on three hits, two walks and a wild pitch in his two innings of action. The right-hander has allowed nine runs on nine hits over his last five innings. The opposition is hitting .387 off him with runners in scoring position and left-handed hitters are batting .341 off him.

Esteban Javier worked three scoreless innings, giving up a pair of hits and a pair of walks while striking out four. He did allow one inherited runner to score. He has gone 10.2 innings without allowing an earned run and has held the opposition to a .147 mark with runners in scoring position across 34 at-bats. Javier has seen five of the 12 runners he has inherited for the season come around to score.

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