Lara sizzles; Clark goes yard

Chad Reineke has given up four runs in Portland – all have something in common. Will Inman has not been the same of late. Derek McDaid has not had a nice welcome to California. The run of Jeremy Hefner ends. Matt Clark hits his first but the Emeralds lose. Robert Lara is stroking and Chase Williams comes through. Jorge Minyeti is one of the hottest hitters in the system.

Portland (58-52) lost 3-0 to Albuquerque (Marlins)

Chad Reineke tossed bullets over five innings before he was tagged for a solo homer to open the sixth and another one to start the seventh. He ended his night with two runs allowed over 6.1 innings on six hits and four walks while fanning five in a 98-pitch effort. All four of the runs he has allowed since joining Portland have come on solo homers. It is the sixth time this season he has given up two or more dingers.

On a day that saw Peter Ciofrone's hit streak come to an end, the Beavers managed just three knocks and only batted two over the minimum. Vince Sinisi broke up the no-no bid with a single in the fifth – the first base runner of the game for Portland. Sinisi has an eight-game hit streak, going 11-for-32. He did see his run streak of three games come to an end, as the Beavers were shutout for the fifth time.

San Antonio (21-18) lost 8-5 to Corpus Christi (Astros)

Will Inman suffered the loss, giving up six runs, four earned, on a season-high eight hits and three walks over 4.2 innings. Three of the hits went for extra bases and one left the yard. It is the sixth straight start that the right-hander has not made it through five innings, tossing at least 80 pitches in all but one of those contests. This is the sixth time he has given up four earned runs – the most he has allowed in any start.

Mike DeMark worked a pair of scoreless innings, surrendering one hit and striking out two. The right-hander has not allowed a run in five innings of Double-A ball. DeMark has given up runs in 12 of his 45 appearances across two leagues, posting a combined 1.98 ERA. He has held right-handed hitters to a sub-.150 average this year across two leagues.

Sean Kazmar was the lone Missions hitter with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. The shortstop has successive multi-hit contests and is batting .349 over his last 13 games after slumping through the first part of July. Kazmar came into the game leading the Texas League in fielding percentage, as he has committed 18 errors in over 450 total chances.

Lake Elsinore (19-21) lost 7-6 to High Desert (Mariners)

Derek McDaid took the blown save and the loss, giving up two runs, one earned on two hits and a walk in his lone inning of work. McDaid has surrendered runs in seven of his 11 appearances in the California League, surrendering 26 hits and 17 runs over 16.2 innings. He allowed runs in 12 of his 33 games in the Midwest League and yielded 19 runs in 37 frames.

Ernesto Frieri was charged with five runs, four earned, on six hits and a walk over six frames, striking out seven while also committing an error. The right-hander served up his 13th homer of the year and has given up five runs or more in five of his 15 starts. Frieri has gone at least five innings in 12 straight outings.

Fort Wayne (20-20) lost 6-1 to Cedar Rapids (Angels)

Jeremy Hefner dropped his fourth game of the season, surrendering a season-high five runs on eight hits and two walks over 4.1 innings. The right-hander gave up a double and a pair of homers. It is the second time this season that Hefner has allowed multiple bombs and the eight hits also tied a season-high. It is the first time since June 15 that he has not gone at least five frames.

Colt Hynes was on the hook for a run on four hits while striking out one over an inning and two-thirds. He also allowed an inherited runner to score. Two of the three runners he has inherited on the year have scored, although he has not had an opportunity in such situations since June 13. The southpaw has given up runs in 11 of his 22 outings on the year. He has given up four or more hits in two innings or less six times.

Eugene (20-23) lost 9-4 to Everett (Mariners)

Tyson Bagley lasted just two innings thanks to the five walks he surrendered. The right-hander was on the hook for three runs, one earned, while giving up one hit. It was an error by Bagley that led to the two unearned runs. After walking seven over his first 19.2 innings, Bagley has issued a free pass to 11 over his last 10 frames.

After belting 28 homers at LSU, a nation tying number, Matt Clark belted his first bomb as a member of the Emeralds, hitting a two-run shot in the second inning. He had two hits in the game but also committed a pair of errors at first base. Clark has reached base 12 times through five games and has six RBIs over his last two contests.

Nick Schumacher took the loss, giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits and a walk while hitting a batter and striking out one in two innings. The right-hander has allowed runs in five of his eight appearances to begin the year, allowing at least two hits in six of the eight. Schumacher has plunked more batters (2) than he has walked (1) on the year.

AZL Padres (16-16) won 4-3 over AZL Angels

Chase Williams was in on three of the four AZL Padres runs, scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth and plating two in the second inning. The outfielder has five RBIs over his last six games but came into the contest with four hits in his previous 45 at-bats, dropping his average from .259 to .184.

Robert Lara reached base all four times he came to the dish, going 3-for-3 and getting plunked by a pitch. He collected a pair of doubled and scored a run. The backstop has reached base in 14 straight games and has a seven-game hitting streak. Lara has five of his six doubles over his last four games and six extra base hits over his last five.

Eric Gonzalez recorded five of his six outs by way of the strikeout over two scoreless innings, giving up one hit. Gonzalez had given up six runs, two earned, over his last two outings. He came into the game with four strikeouts over his first six innings of work. Gonzalez has not allowed the leadoff hitter of an inning to reach base.

DSL Padres (23-28) lost 4-1 to DSL Tigers

Jorge Minyeti had one of the three DSL Padres hits, adding a walk but not figuring into the scoring. He did swipe his 11th base of the season in 17 chances. Minyeti has six multi-hit games over his last nine contests and has reached base safely in all but one of his last 28 games. The second baseman has gone 29-for-70 over his last 21 contests, a .414 average.

Luis De La Cruz took the loss after giving up three runs, two earned, on seven hits while striking out one in 5.1 innings – his longest outing of the season. He recorded nine fly ball outs, giving up all three runs in the sixth. De La Cruz has a 4.61 ERA as a starter and a 1.93 ERA as a reliever.

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