McAnulty's five; Menchaca pitches into first

Paul McAnulty drove in five for Portland. Stephen Faris is rocked for the first time in a long time. Pablo Menchaca has been pitching well of late while Dan Robertson and Blake Tekotte are catalysts for the first-place Emeralds. Stiven Osuna has been dynamite of late. Pedro Martinez gives up all the runs while Juan Chavez continues to impress.

Portland won 9-5 (60-55) over Round Rock (Astros)

Josh Geer worked six innings, surrendering five runs, three earned, on seven hits while fanning two in a 101-pitch effort. He also helped his own cause with a single, RBI and run scored. Geer has collected three hits and five RBIs this season in 29 at-bats. The right-hander has posted a 3.95 ERA over his last seven starts. He did allow his 19th homer of the year.

Paul McAnulty stacked five more RBIs onto his growing total – all coming by the end of the third. He notched a sacrifice fly to plate his first run in the first. The outfielder notched a three-run homer in the third inning – his seventh homer since joining Portland – and added a RBI single an inning earlier. McAnulty has 29 RBIs in 23 games with 27 coming over his last 17 contests. All seven bombs have come over that same 17-game span.

Brett Dowdy had four hits in five at-bats out of the leadoff spot in the lineup, doubling, knocking in a run and scoring twice. He also added his fifth stolen base in six attempts. Dowdy has collected three or more hits in four of his last eight games. He is 18-for-41 over his last 10 contests – a .439 average. He has upped his season tally from .231 to .271 in the process.

San Antonio (21-22) lost 8-6 to Frisco (Rangers)

Stephen Faris was tagged for seven runs – all earned – on 10 hits and a walk while fanning four over 4.1 innings. Five of the hits went for extra bass and two left the yard. The right-hander came into the game allowing one earned run or less in nine of his last 11 starts. This is the second time this year that Faris has allowed seven runs or more and the first time he has yielded double-digit hits.

Craig Cooper had a single, double, two runs scored and an RBI in five at-bats. He has 31 extra base hits over 96 games this season. The outfielder also added an outfield assist, tossing out a runner at home by hitting his catcher on the fly. Cooper came into the contest with two hits in his previous 22 at-bats. He has secured seven outfield assists this season.

Jose Lobaton reached base in each of his three plate appearances, going 1-for-1 with a pair of walks. He also added two RBIs, one coming on a sacrifice fly. The Texas League leader defensively among catchers, Lobaton went 0-for-3 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal and has nabbed 28-of-97 on the season. The backstop entered play with one hit in his previous 23 at-bats.

Lake Elsinore (21-22) had a scheduled day off

Fort Wayne (20-23) had a scheduled day off

Eugene (24-23) won 6-1 over Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Pablo Menchaca worked a half-dozen innings, giving up one run on five hits and a walk while striking out six – moving the Emeralds into a tie for first place. The lone run came on a solo homer with two outs in the sixth. Menchaca has given up three earned runs over his last 23 innings, lowering his ERA from 4.71 to 2.86. The right-hander induced his fourth double play grounder in two games and ninth rally killer for the season. He has won his last three decisions.

Dan Robertson packed four more hits onto his growing total, notching two doubles, accounting for four of the six Eugene runs, scoring a pair of runs and driving in two. He also added his 14th stolen base in 17 attempts. The outfielder has a six-game hitting streak, going 10-for-25. He has notched five games with three or more hits and is swatting .429 in 10 games out of the two-hole in the lineup.

Blake Tekotte began the scoring with a leadoff homer – his second bomb to open a game this season and fourth dinger overall. Tekotte also added his sixth double of the year and scored a second run. The centerfielder has notched an RBI in five of his last six games. Tekotte has nine multi-hit games in 19 overall with the Ems. He has been on base two or more times 12 times.

AZL Padres (19-16) won 5-1 over AZL Royals

Stiven Osuna continues to roll, not allowing a run over five innings. The right-hander yielded four hits and two walks while striking out six. Osuna has given up four earned runs over his last five starts, spanning 26 innings of work. Over that time, the Venezuelan has surrendered 18 hits while striking out 23. He has won his last four starts and his last five decisions.

Aaron Murphree collected three hits and a walk in five trips, scoring a run in the third and notching an RBI single an inning later. With seven extra base hits – Murphree notched his first double. The outfielder has 21 RBIs in as many games and has driven in 20 over his last 17 contests. He is 14-for-36 over his last nine games.

DSL Padres (23-31) lost 5-4 to DSL Tigers

Hans Wilson reached base three times, drawing two walks and hitting his first homer of the season – a two-run shot in the fifth. Wilson also went 1-for-3 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal. Wilson has a six-game hitting streak, going 9-for-18 with five RBIs.

Pedro Martinez suffered his fourth loss of the campaign, giving up five runs, three earned, on a season-high six hits and a walk while striking out five in 3.2 innings. It was just the second time in 12 appearances that he has not walked two or more. The left-hander has allowed nine runs over his last 8.1 innings. Martinez also hit his fifth batter of the season.

Juan Chavez pitched a pair of scoreless frames, retiring each man he faced while fanning two. The right-hander has given up two runs on seven hits over his last 20 innings, lowering his ERA from 6.18 to 3.17. Prior to his recent stretch, Chavez had allowed 15 runs on 15 hits over a 14.2-inning span. He has held the opposition to a .184 average for the year.

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