Justin Germano picked up loss number six, despite allowing a single run on five hits without a walk and striking out six. Sixty-five of his 86 pitches went for strikes and the right-hander netted nine ground ball outs. It is the second time in three starts he has allowed one run or less over six innings and has not come away with a win. Germano has not earned a win since June 19, losing four straight decisions.
Peter Ciofrone collected two hits in four at-bats, notching a double – his 11th in Triple-A – and extending his hitting streak to 20 games. His streak is the fourth best mark in the league this season, as Ciofrone has gone 31-for-82, a .378 average, with 17 RBIs and a .440 on-base percentage. He has eight multi-hit games during the streak.
San Antonio (18-14) won 10-1 over Corpus Christi (Astros)
Steve Garrison improved to 7-5, allowing one unearned run on three hits and two walks over six innings. He tossed 93 pitches and notched nine fly ball outs. The southpaw has allowed two runs or less in 10 of his 20 starts on the year, including seven of his last 10. It is the sixth time this year that he has given up three or fewer hits. He has allowed just six hits to left-handed hitters this year.
Jose Lobaton went 2-for-4, hitting a run-scoring double and adding his seventh homer of the year – a solo shot – in the seventh. Lobaton also scored twice. Five of his seven homers have come over his last 29 contests and the backstop has collected 19 extra base hits and 17 RBIs over that same span. Lobaton had just four extra base hits in his first 37 games.
Craig Cooper scraped together two hits, scored a run and drove in three for the Missions. His double with the bases loaded capped a four-run third inning. The outfielder came into the contest with one RBI over his last 13 games. Cooper is hitting .333 over his last 19 games with 25 hits in his last 75 at-bats after batting just .217 in the 24 games before that.
Lake Elsinore (16-17) won 10-4 over Lancaster (Red Sox)
Nathan Culp allowed one run on six hits and a walk over five frames, striking out three and recording seven ground ball outs, giving him double-digit wins at 10-6. It is the fourth straight game the left-hander has allowed two earned runs or less, lowering his ERA from 4.18 to 3.66. It is the 12th straight game that Culp has earned a decision, going 8-4 over that span.
Kellen Kulbacki took over the team lead with his 15th homer of the season – a two-run shot in the fifth – that put him three off the pace for the top five in the league, despite playing in only 67 games. He had four hits in five at-bats and scored three times, pushing his on-base streak to 24 games. Kulbacki is hitting .407 over his last 22 games with 22 runs scored and 16 RBIs.
Sam Carter banged out four hits in five trips – the fourth time this season he has collected four or more hits. He had a double and an RBI, pushing his RBI total to 72 for the year. The outfielder is hitting .333 over his last 20 games with a .437 on-base percentage. He was, however, picked off first base on Wednesday. Carter is also hitting .301 with runners on base.
Fort Wayne (15-17) won 4-2 over Kane County (A's)
Bryan Oland was part of a bullpen that worked five scoreless innings and struck out nine. The right-hander worked one of those frames, striking out the side and earning his eighth hold. Oland has fanned 46 in 34.1 innings this season and has given up runs in five of his 27 appearances. Oland has held the leadoff man of an inning to a .188 on-base percentage in the 32 frames he has started.
Lance Zawadzki notched three of the Wizards eight hits and added an RBI – his 45th of the year. The shortstop is hitting .329 at home this season, where he was on Wednesday, but just .223 on the road. Similarly, he has a .401 on-base percentage at home and a .305 mark away from Memorial Coliseum. Zawadzki has four RBIs in his last three games.
Matt Teague picked up the win, working two innings and allowing a pair of hits while striking out two. The left-hander is now 7-6 on the season. Teague is now 2-0 with a 3.12 ERA across 11 relief appearances. He was 5-6 with a 5.69 ERA over 15 starts. The southpaw has allowed one run over his last 10 innings of work and has a 3.65 ERA at home.
Eugene (15-21) won 7-4 over Tri-City (Rockies)
Simon Castro went four innings in a no-decision, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out five. Both runs came home on one pitch – a 3-1 offering with two outs in the third – a ball that was smoked over the left field wall. The right-hander has allowed two runs or less in six of his last seven starts, going at least four innings five times. He has walked 13 over his last 13.1 innings while striking out 18.
"I felt good but had a little pull in the third inning and threw the fastball a bit high," Castro said. "I am working on the changeup and throwing it slower – it was much better."
"Real good, just ran into a snag in the third," manager Greg Riddoch said. "He threw six pitches and got two outs and ended up with 30 pitches. If he kept his concentration he would have had five innings."
Dean Anna reached base three times via a pair of hits and a walk while driving in two. The second baseman went yard in the fifth inning, hitting a two-run blast over the wall in right on a 2-1 pitch. Anna has scored a run in three straight and has been on base in nine of his last 10 games. He is, however, hitting .103 with runners in scoring position – and his homer was his first with men on base. With the bases empty, Anna is batting .295.
"He threw me three sliders and the third one I hit out," Anna said. "The second one I saw – I hoped to see again – and he threw it and I waited back on it. The ball does carry out to right big time. When I hit it, I didn't think it was going out. I was sprinting out of the box.
Robbie Blauer had three RBIs on Wednesday, going 1-for-3 while getting plunked by a pitch. He drove in two with a single in the third that bounced over the first baseman's head and added an RBI groundout to give him 20 RBIs for the season. Over his last 13 games, Blauer is hitting .370, upping his average from .211 to .276. He has amassed 14 RBIs over that span. On the year, Blauer is hitting .333 with runners in scoring position.
"I was hitting balls hard but they were right at people," Blauer said. "I got a lucky bounce today and things are finally turning my way."
"It feels good and hopefully we can win tomorrow and the next day to get a five-game streak," Anna said. "Everyone was getting on base and driving people in. We have been gelling. It just clicks and we have it right now."
"We play one day at a time," Riddoch said. "We have played five good games in a row. We have played much better as of late. We got decent pitching. Timely hitting and we have been taking advantage of what the pitchers are giving us. We have done that."
"It feels good to finally put it together," Blauer said. "This might be our first winning streak of the season, to be honest. It feels nice to get a couple of breaks and we got good starting pitching from Castro tonight. Good starting pitching makes it a lot easier."
AZL Padres (12-13*) had a scheduled day off
DSL Padres (20-25) lost 3-2 to DSL Nationals 1 in 10 innings
Pedro Hernandez was denied a win when his bullpen gave way but was tremendous over six innings. The left-hander gave up three hits and a walk while striking out five over six scoreless frames. It is the third time in four starts that he has gone at least five innings without surrendering a run. Hernandez has given up two runs or less in all six games in which he has pitched five or more frames. He has not, however, won since June 25.
Javer Diaz got out of trouble in the eighth inning, recording the final out of the inning with a pair of runners on, but would not record an out in the ninth, allowing two hits – both of whom would score to tie the game at 2-2. Diaz has allowed runs in four of his 17 appearances on the season. He has prevented 16 of the 23 runners he has inherited on the year from scoring.
Rafeal Arias suffered the loss, giving up an unearned run on a walk and a wild pitch in two-thirds of an inning, moving to 0-1 on the campaign. Arias has gone nine straight outings without allowing an earned run and has not allowed a hit over that span – covering 6.1 innings. The opposition is hitting .200 off him for the year and left-handers have managed a .133 average.
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