Kulbacki clubbing; Latos back

Peter Ciofrone's hit streak reaches 26. Greg Burke can't hold a lead, despite two pinch-hit homers. Kellen Kulbacki madness hits a new high. Omar Gutierrez is rocked in the Midwest. Matt Clark pounds out four RBIs. Mat Latos and Edinson Rincon share the same field in the AZL. Rymer Liriano is part of a lone run.

Portland (58-50) won 12-8 over Nashville (Brewers)

The hitting streak for Peter Ciofrone continues - hitting 26 games on Tuesday with a solo homer in the third inning. He has the longest streak of any player in the Pacific Coast League this season, as one player has recorded a hit in 27 straight but it included part of the 2007 season. He had two RBIs on Tuesday and added three runs scored. The third baseman has 39 hits, including 12 extra-base hits, 14 walks, 18 runs scored and 22 RBIs over the life of the streak.

Paul McAnulty hit a sacrifice fly in the opening frame, blasted a solo homer in the third, added singles in the fifth and sixth innings, and hit a bases loaded double to score two in the seventh inning, ending a perfect 4-for-4 day with four RBIs. He has gone yard in successive games and it is the third time in 17 games with Portland that he has notched multiple extra-base hits.

Craig Stansberry reached base four times out of the leadoff spot, going 3-for-5 while also drawing a walk. He scored twice and stole his fifth base of the season in six attempts. The shortstop has reached base at least twice in four straight games, going 6-for-18 with four walks. He is hitting .244 with 23 runs scored across 38 games when batting out of the leadoff spot.

San Antonio (20-17) lost 6-5 to Corpus Christi (Astros) in 10 innings

Greg Burke allowed three runs in the bottom of the 10th inning after the Missions took a two-run lead in the top half. Burke worked to three batters and did not record an out, giving up a solo homer to start the inning and a two-run shot to end the contest. He has blown three of his last five save opportunities and has allowed 13 runs over his last 8.1 innings. He has allowed runs in 12 of his 46 appearances.

Chad Huffman put the Missions ahead by a run in the top half with a pinch-hit, one-out solo homer – his eighth of the season and second in as many games. The outfielder has gone 0-for-4 in pinch-hitting appearances coming into the contest. Huffman has scored a run in four straight games and has posted an RBI in four of his last five.

Josh Alley also netted a pinch-hit solo homer – his coming in the eighth inning to tie the game at 3-3. It was his third blast of the season. The outfielder is 8-for-19 on the season in a pinch-hitting role with seven walks, giving him a .556 on-base percentage off the bench. This was his first RBI as a pinch-hitter.

Lake Elsinore (18-20) won 8-5 over High Desert (Mariners)

Jesus Lopez connected on his first homer of the year in the third inning – a three-run shot that was his lone hit of the day. He also added a walk. The shortstop has a hit in six straight games, going 9-for-21 with a pair of walks and three extra base hits. Lopez' last homer came on June 23 last season with Fort Wayne.

Nathan Culp picked up his 11th victory of the season, giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out two and notching 11 ground ball outs. He is tied for second in the California League in wins. The southpaw has given up two runs or less in four straight starts and has won three straight starts. Culp is 9-4 over his last 11 games, earning a decision in each.

Kellen Kulbacki pounded out three more hits and added his 18th homer of the season in the third inning – shooting a three-run homer as part of a six-run frame. He is now fifth in the California League with his .340 average, tied for fifth in homers, second in on-base percentage, and first in slugging percentage. Kulbacki has been on base in 30 straight games, one shy of the top mark in the league this season. He has gone deep five times in his last seven games.

Fort Wayne (19-19) lost 11-2 to Cedar Rapids (Angels)

Corey Kluber dropped to 1-1 in Midwest League play, surrendering four runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks while fanning six in five innings. The right-hander has surrendered five bombs in four starts in the Wizards after allowing nine bombs over 85.1 innings with Lake Elsinore. He has not, however, allowed more than two earned runs in any outing.

While he struck out two, Omar Gutierrez was on the hook for five runs on four hits, a hit batsman and a walk over two-thirds of an inning. The right-hander has given up runs in six of his last eight appearances after not allowing a run over his first nine outings across two leagues. Gutierrez has given up 14 runs over his last nine frames.

Eugene (20-22) won 8-5 over Yakima (Diamondbacks)

Matt Clark pitched in with three hits and four RBIs on Monday from the cleanup spot. He singled in the first Ems run and doubled with the bases loaded to cap a seven-run fourth inning. He has reached base 10 times in four games with Eugene. Clark led the Tigers and tied for the national lead in home runs this past season with 28 bombs in 277 at-bats. He hit .344 across 64 games while adding 17 doubles and 64 RBIs. He also drew 40 walks compared to 61 strikeouts.

Pablo Menchaca picked up his second win of the year, guiding the Emeralds to eight wins in their last nine games. He worked 5.2 innings and allowed one run on six hits and two walks while striking out two. The right-hander has given up just two earned runs over his last 17 innings, lowering his ERA from 4.71 to 3.08.

Logan Gelbrich had one hit in four at-bats but doubled in two runs as part of their seven-run rally. The backstop had just one RBI coming into the game and had gone 14 games between RBIs. Gelbrich had been 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position. He did not have anyone attempt a stolen base off him on Tuesday and is 3-for-19 in snaring base runners attempting to steal this season.

AZL Padres (14-16) lost 5-4 to AZL Rangers

Mat Latos was back on the mound for the first time since re-injuring his oblique in a contest with Fort Wayne. The right-hander put down the side in order in his lone inning of work, fanning one. After hitting the first batter, he induced a double play grounder. Latos has pitched one inning since first injuring his oblique in a May 18 start, playing on June 11 before going down again. He is 0-3 with a 3.28 ERA over seven appearances with Fort Wayne.

Keisy Marte had two of the AZL Padres seven hits and scored one of their runs. He also added his seventh stolen base of the year but was caught stealing for the third time as well. The shortstop has a six-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in 16 straight games. Marte sports a .381 on-base percentage and is tied for the team lead with 33 hits.

Edinson Rincon was on the field for the first time this season, getting in as the designated hitter. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his first action since undergoing knee surgery. The third baseman hit .295 in 33 games with the DSL Padres last season before coming stateside and batting .178 over 15 games with the AZL Padres.

DSL Padres (22-27) won 1-0 over DSL Nationals 2 in game one, lost game two 6-5

Rymer Liriano tallied the lone run of the game in the eighth inning of the opener, driving in a run with a single. He also drew a walk in four plate appearances. He doubled and walked in the nightcap. With hits in four straight games, Liriano has a new season-high hitting streak. He whiffed two more times on Tuesday, giving him 80 strikeouts in 163 at-bats, just shy of 50 percent of the time. He has not gone more than one game between fanning, although he did not strikeout in the nightcap.

Juan Chavez allowed just two hits over six scoreless frames, striking out four and recording eight fly ball outs in a no-decision. The right-hander has given up two earned runs on seven hits over his last 18 innings of work, lowering his ERA from 6/18 to 4.14. For the year, he is holding the opposition to a .191 average and that numbers drops to .169 with runners on base.

Esteban Javier was saddled with the loss, giving up two runs in an inning and one-third, as the winning run was charged to him in the bottom of the seventh. He gave up three hits and walked four while also tossing a wild pitch. Javier did strand one inherited runner but all three batters he pitched to in the seventh reached.

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