Carroll slugging; LeBlanc to nine

Wade LeBlanc has pitched well of late and Paul McAnulty has hit since returning. Jon Ellis blows a game after Matt Buschmann dominates. Wynn Pelzer continues his torrid pace. Sawyer Carroll and Jeudy Valdez power the Emeralds to within a game of first place. Juan Herrera has his best start to date.

Portland (57-50) won 4-2 over Nashville (Brewers)

Wade LeBlanc blanked Nashville over five innings, tossing 89 pitches and surrendering two hits and a hit batsman while striking out a half-dozen. The pitcher also went 1-for-2 at the dish, moving to 9-7 with the victory. The left-hander has allowed two runs over his last three starts, spanning 17 innings. He has given up one run or less in nine of his 21 outings and lowered his ERA under 6.00 for the second time since April 18.

Brett Dowdy had three hits for Portland and reached base four times thanks to a walk. All his hits were singles and he drove in one. Dowdy has 12 multi-hit games in Triple-A through 54 games after netting 12 multi-hit games in 33 contests with Double-A San Antonio. Dowdy is hitting .282 over his last 22 games after batting .223 over his first 32 in Portland.

Paul McAnulty recorded two hits – both of the extra base variety. The outfielder had a double and added a solo homer in the ninth inning to provide Portland with an insurance run. McAnulty has reached base at least twice in nine of his 16 games with the Beavers. He has an RBI in four of his last five games and sports a .478 on-base percentage.

San Antonio (20-16) lost 3-2 to Frisco (Rangers)

Jon Ellis suffered the blown save and the loss on Monday, giving up a run on a single, a walk and a wild pitch. He also saw one inherited runner score over his inning of work, dropping to 9-5 on the season. Ellis had stranded seven straight inherited runners and came into the contest with six earned runs allowed over his previous 43.2 innings – a 1.24 ERA.

Matt Buschmann posted zeroes over seven innings in a no-decision. The right-hander tossed 82 pitches, including 53 for strikes, and allowed two hits and a walk while striking out four. He induced 10 ground ball outs. Buschmann has given up two earned runs or less in 12 of his last 15 outings and has yielded more than three runs just once over that span. He has lowered his ERA from 4.91 to 3.11 in the process.

Chad Huffman worked his way on base three times via a pair of walks and a solo homer – his seventh bombs coming in the eighth inning. He also scored two runs. It was the first homer for Huffman since May 28 – a span of 46 games. Six of his seven homers have come on the road, as 47 of the Missions 69 bombs this year have come at their home park and only three players have more than one dinger at home. Huffman has scored a run in five of his last six games.

Lake Elsinore (17-20) had a scheduled day off

Fort Wayne (19-18) won 4-2 over Peoria (Cubs)

Wynn Pelzer picked up his ninth win of the year, working seven innings of shutout ball on three hits and a pair of hit batsmen while fanning a career-high 10. While Pelzer has hit six batters in his last four games, he has also given up just five earned runs over his last seven starts, spanning 37 innings. He has given up two runs or less while going five innings or more in seven starts – reaching the five-inning plateau eight times total on the year.

Felix Carrasco went 2-for-3 and drew a walk – driving in two with an RBI ground out in the first and a run-scoring single in the seventh. It was his third straight multi-hit game, as the first baseman has seven hits in his last nine at-bats with three walks. Carrasco has drawn a walk in 11 of his last 12 contests and sports a .410 on-base percentage over his last 20 games. He is hitting .333 in home games this season and just .182 away from home.

Bryan Oland picked up his 11th hold of the year, giving up a hit in two-thirds of an inning while striking out two. Oland stranded an inherited runner in the process and lowered his ERA to 0.97. He has stranded 11 straight runners after allowing his first inherited runner to score. The right-hander has given up runs in five of his 30 appearances on the season and is holding the opposition to a .155 average with runners on base.

Eugene (19-22) won 10-2 over Yakima (Diamondbacks)

Sawyer Carroll reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with a double and a pair of walks. The outfielder also scored twice. It is his fourth consecutive multi-hit game and the sixth straight game he has reach at least two times. Over his last six, Carroll is 9-for-20 with eight walks. Carroll has five extra base hits over his last three games and leads the Northwest League with 20 extra base hits and a .577 slugging percentage.

Jeudy Valdez also touched first four times. The shortstop drew a walk, was hit by a pitch and added a pair of hits, scoring twice and knocking in one. After hitting .333 over his first 15 games, Valdez had been hitting .164 over his previous 19 contests. It is the sixth time this season he has scored two runs in a game.

Tyler Davis worked a scoreless ninth, walking one and striking out one. The sidearming right-hander has given up one earned run over his last 15.1 innings and has allowed just five hits over his last 10 innings. He has given up two hits in 17 at-bats with runners in scoring position and has held right-handed batters to a .114 average.

AZL Padres (14-15) had a scheduled day off

DSL Padres (21-26) won 3-1 over DSL Tigers

Juan Herrera hit as many batters as walks and hits allowed, as the right-hander plunked two and gave up one single and a walk over five scoreless frames. He also struck out a season-high six and recorded five fly ball outs in a no-decision. Herrera has hit four batters over his last three games and came into the game with 28 walks allowed over 22 innings. He has given up three runs over his last 15.1 innings.

Deiber Sanchez struck out three in an inning and one-third, allowing a base hit and tossing a wild pitch while securing his third win of the year. He also stranded an inherited runner and has kept five of the seven he has inherited this year from scoring. Sanchez has allowed runs in two of his 12 appearances and has given up a hit in just three of those outings. He has fanned 21 in 14 frames.

Carlos Garcia was one of two hitters to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with an RBI. He provided an insurance run when his single drove in a second run in the top of the ninth. Garcia has four multi-hit games over his last seven after netting four in his first 31 contests. He is hitting .391 over his last seven with four runs scored and five RBIs.

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