Faris ferocious; Canham connects

Peter Ciofrone and hits are synonymous. Brett Dowdy's blast leads to the Edwin Moreno downer, preventing a system sweep. Stephen Faris was dominant – again. Mitch Canham comes through in extras. Aaron Breit has a home in the pen. Jason Codiroli has been on in 25 straight. Juan Oramas has been impressive in the DSL.

Portland (58-51) lost 6-5 to Albuquerque (Marlins)

Peter Ciofrone extended his hitting streak to 27 games but it was Brett Dowdy who was the star in the eighth inning, hitting a three-run homer that capped a four-run frame to give Portland a temporary 5-3 lead. Dowdy had three hits in the contest but was caught stealing for the first time in the PCL. Dowdy has secured three consecutive three-hit games and has six RBIs over his last four games.

Edwin Moreno suffered the blown save and the loss, giving up three runs on two hits over his inning of work. A three-run to Dallas McPherson – his minor league leading 39th – put the Beavers down by a run. After earning the save in his first eight chances, Moreno has blown four of his last 11. He came into the game having not allowed a hit in seven innings. Moreno has given up runs in eight of his 33 appearances.

San Antonio (21-17) won 13-0 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Stephen Faris pitched to three batters over the minimum across seven innings, giving up a single and a pair of walks while striking out three, as San Antonio chalked up their minor league leading 17th shutout. With an ERA a full run less than the closest competitor, Faris has led the charge, as he is second in the Texas League with a 2.82 ERA. Faris sports a 1.50 ERA across his last 11 starts.

Seth Johnston led the Missions by pounding out four hits in five at-bats, falling a triple shy of the cycle. He belted his 12th homer in the seventh, had two RBIs and scored three runs. Johnston has homered in successive games and three of his last four, setting a new high for bombs in a season. His previous high was the 10 he hit in 2006. Wednesday was the second time this year he has had two extra base hits in a game.

For the second game in a row and third time in two days, a pinch-hitter went yard. Mike Baxter smashed a three-run homer, his sixth, in the eighth inning. The outfielder came into the game with one hit in six at-bats as a pinch-hitter without an RBI. He came into the game hitting .225 over his last 22 games with one less strikeout (14) than he had in his first 47 contests.

Lake Elsinore (19-20) won 8-6 over High Desert (Mariners) in 11 innings

For the first time since joining Lake Elsinore, Evan Scribner gave up a run. In fact, he had given up just one hit in his first 6.1 innings. On Wednesday, he allowed three hits and a pair of solo homers that accounted for two runs to tie the game at 6-6 and eventually send the contest into extras. Three of the four runs he has allowed over 12 appearances have come by way of the homer.

Brett Tomko returned to the hill for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with a strained elbow on July 1. Tomko made two appearances for the Padres this season, giving up one run on one hit and two walks while fanning three in three innings. Tadahito Iguchi also appeared in the game, going 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in his second game since suffering a separated shoulder and being placed on the disabled list in early June.

Mitch Canham reached base three times but it was his 23rd double of the year in the top of the 11th inning that scored a pair of runs and led to a win. Catching the entire game, he did see four successful stolen bases against. Canham has 11 RBIs over his last seven games and has at least 15 RBIs in every single month this season. The backstop has caught 24 of the 137 base runners attempting to steal, good for 17.5 percent.

Fort Wayne (20-19) won 4-1 over Cedar Rapids (Angels)

Cory Luebke allowed one run on eight hits, a walk and a hit batsman over 5.2 innings, moving to 2-1 in the Midwest League while striking out four. Luebke also picked off two runners. The left-hander has given up two runs or less while going five innings of more in two of his last three starts – something he accomplished just once over 15 California League starts.

Aaron Breit worked an inning and one-third scoreless, walking one and striking out one. He also stranded two inherited runners in picking up his fifth hold. Breit has stranded all five runners he has inherited on the year. As a reliever, Breit improved his ERA to 1.17. He has held the opposition to a .182 average as a reliever while hitters batted .291 off him as a starter.

Luis Martinez went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk while scoring two runs and driving in one. Martinez has gone 8-for-21 over his last six games, giving him his highest average since May 31. The backstop was also credited with catching three runners stealing out of five – thanks in part to the pair of Luebke pickoffs. Martinez has thrown out 36-of-102 runners attempting to steal this season. His two runs scored on Wednesday were one shy of the amount he had in all of June.

Eugene (20-22) had a scheduled day off

AZL Padres (15-16) won 7-1 over AZL Brewers

Joey Railey reached base four times with a pair of walks and a pair of singles, driving in two with his sixth inning knock. Railey has four RBIs across four games in the desert after netting four RBIs in 21 games with Eugene of the Northwest League. The second baseman has 18 hits over his last 59 at-bats spanning two leagues, a .305 average.

Jason Codiroli also reached base four times, notching three hits and a walk, scoring a run and plating one. The outfielder also added three stolen bases, taking second base each time. He now has 11 thefts in 16 attempts. He has reached base safely in 25 straight games in the Arizona Rookie League – one game off the league mark this season. He sports a .468 on-base percentage.

Stiven Osuna picked up his fourth win, giving up a run on five hits and a walk while fanning five over five innings. He recorded eight ground ball outs and picked off a runner at first. The right-hander notched a double play grounder on Wednesday and has four in his last six outings. He has gone five innings or more and allowed two runs or less in five straight outings.

DSL Padres (23-27) won 4-3 over DSL Nationals 1 in 11 innings

Juan Rosario gave up three runs on three hits and a trio of walks – a season-high - over five innings, striking out three. The right-hander came into the game with losses in each of his last two games and three of his last four. Rosario has a 3.81 ERA across six starts and a 6.94 ERA over four relief appearances. He has surrendered 12 runs over his last 10 innings.

Juan Oramas made a rare six-inning appearance that spanned two extra innings. The left-hander faced one over the minimum over six, allowing a lone single while striking out six and picking up his second win. Oramas has given up just 16 hits in 37 innings of work and is holding the opposition to a .123 average for the year. He had walked 11 over his previous seven innings.

Maykor Rojas reached base four times but none were as important as his single in the top of the 11th. It was that hit that brought in the eventual winning run. He also drew three walks but was picked off first base once. In 14 games as the designated hitter, Rojas is batting .385. He is 3-for-14 when he appears as a pinch-hitter or sits behind the plate. Despite hitting .400 with runners in scoring position, he has just two RBIs.

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