Reineke debuts; Kulbacki on a tear

Chad Reineke has a solid debut but it goes for naught. Mike Ekstrom has become a force out of the pen. Kellen Kulbacki homers again in a win. Jeremy Hefner gets a lot of support from Zachary Brown and Andrew Parrino. Geoff Vandel is impressive; Tom Davis is not. Junior Veras gets hit early but John Hudgins takes the loss.

Portland (55-50) lost 6-2 to Nashville (Brewers)

Peter Ciofrone extended his hitting streak to 23 games with a 1-for-2 night that included his second triple of the year and a pair of walks. He accounted for both Portland runs, driving in one and scoring the other. He is 46-for-92 over the streak, a .391 average with 20 RBIs. Ciofrone's .333 average for the year would be sixth in the league if he had enough at-bats to qualify.

Chad Reineke made his system debut after being acquired from the Houston Astros in a trade for Randy Wolf. The right-hander went six innings and allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while fanning five. Both runs came on a pair of solo homers. Reineke has given up 17 homers over 20 starts this year across two teams, allowing multiple homers five times. He has allowed two runs or less in seven of his last eight starts.

San Antonio (19-15) won 7-3 over Frisco (Rangers)

Mike Ekstrom evened his record at 6-6 with two innings of scoreless ball. The right-hander allowed one hit, hit a batter and struck out four. The right-hander is now 4-2 with a 1.69 ERA in 17 relief appearances, giving up 26 hits while striking out 35 in 32 frames. He has worked scoreless ball in his last eight innings, striking out 12 while yielding four hits.

Will Inman tossed 88 pitches, including 52 strikes, over four innings, going into deep counts throughout the day. He allowed two runs, one earned, on just two hits and two walks while fanning a pair. The Texas League strikeout leader with 115, has been held under five innings pitched in five straight starts, tossing over 80 pitches in all but one of those contests. He has walked 18 batters over that five-game span.

Kyle Blanks netted just one hit on the day but it was a three-run homer that began the scoring for the Missions in the opening frame. The first baseman has eight RBIs over his last four games, giving him 69 on the season, good for sixth-most in the Texas League. Seven of his 12 homers this season have come across his last 27 games. Blanks is seventh in the league in hitting with a .310 average.

Lake Elsinore (17-19) won 8-1 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

For the fourth time in five games, Kellen Kulbacki went yard, giving him 17 homers in 70 California League games, placing him sixth in the league in that category. The outfielder had two hits on Saturday, extending his hitting streak to 11 games and his on-base streak to 28. Kulbacki is hitting 414 over his last 25 contests with 41 hits across his last 99 at-bats.

The league leader in hits, Cedric Hunter, added two more to his total on Saturday, going 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs. His fifth homer in the second inning was a two-run shot and he added a two-run single in the fourth. Hunter also scored his 75th run of the year, putting him second in the league in that category. He is hitting .356 over his last 23 games.

Jesus Lopez reached base three times via a pair of singles and a walk. The shortstop also scored twice and knocked in his 26th run. Lopez has notched successive multi-hit games and extended his hitting streak to four games. More impressive, Lopez has not recorded an error in 27 straight games. He leads California League shortstops with a .976 fielding percentage, making just nine errors in 366 total chances.

Fort Wayne (17-18) won 13-1 over Peoria (Cubs)

Jeremy Hefner pounded the zone over six innings, giving up four hits and a walk while striking out a pair. The right-hander induced 10 ground ball outs on his way to improving to 8-3 on the season. Hefner has not had a losing decision since May 8 and has won six straight decisions. The right-hander has given up two earned runs or less in 10 of his last 12 starts.

Zachary Brown delivered three hits and drove in four. His double in the sixth with the bases loaded cleared the bags and he added a run-scoring single in the eighth. Three of his five doubles on the year have come over his last five games. The first baseman came into the game with two RBIs over his previous 24 contests and has three hits in his previous 24 at-bats.

Andrew Parrino was one of five players to collect three hits, as the infielder reached base four times, adding a walk. He drove in two, both coming on a two-run homer in the fifth, and scored three runs. Parrino has four multi-hit games in his last nine. He is hitting .307 this year with runners on base and .214 with the bases empty.

Eugene (17-22) lost 6-1 to Yakima (Diamondbacks)

Geoff Vandel kept Yakima off the board for five innings, giving up two hits and walking four – seeing 11 fly ball outs. The southpaw has allowed one earned run over his last two outings, reaching five innings in each without earning a win. It is the seventh time in eight starts that he has allowed two earned or less. He has held the opposition to a .128 average with runners in scoring position.

Tom Davis took his fourth loss of the year, surrendering three runs on three hits and a walk while fanning a pair in an inning of work. Since moving into a relief role, the right-hander has allowed eight earned runs on 11 hits and three walks over 3.2 innings – a 19.62 ERA. He has given up three runs in each of his three relief outings, not going more than an inning and two-thirds.

Sawyer Carroll reached base three times, notching a pair of doubles and adding a walk. He also scored the lone Eugene run but his second error of the year led to an unearned run. The outfielder leads the Northwest League with 17 extra base hits and a .537 slugging percentage. Of Carroll's hits, 44.7 percent have gone for extra bases. He has 12 multi-hit games in 32 overall.

AZL Padres (14-14) lost 12-8 to AZL A's

Junior Veras was pounded for six runs on six hits and a hit batsman while fanning two in two innings of work, giving up a two-run bomb as part of his outing. The right-hander has given up 13 runs on 13 hits and seven walks over his last 11.1 innings. While he has limited the opposition to a .253 average overall, they are batting .355 off him with runners in scoring position.

John Hudgins was back on the hill and was saddled with the loss, giving up one run on two hits in his lone inning of work. Hudgins originally came back last year during the Padres Instructional League and saw time in the Arizona Fall League. He was working his way back in spring training when he was hurt a second time and has missed the year to date. He last pitched in affiliated ball in 2006, seeing time across three leagues after being acquired by the Padres in a trade with the Texas Rangers.

Robert Lara reached base safely in all five of his trips to the dish, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and drawing a pair of walks. Lara was also 1-for-3 in throwing out base runner attempting to steal. He has an 11-game on-base streak and has scored a run in six straight. Lara has drawn 13 of his 20 walks over his current streak and sports a .520 on-base percentage for the year.

DSL Padres (20-26) had a scheduled day off

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