Wilkes winner; Gonzalez best start

Enrique Gonzalez and three relievers pitch a shutout. With no save, Wilton Lopez wilts. One pitch – and Cory Luebke took the loss. Zach Herr has not been welcomed to Eugene. Chris Wilkes picks up his fourth win. Carlos Garcia triples and drives in four for the DSL Padres.

Portland (61-55) won 3-0 over Round Rock (Astros)

Enrique Gonzalez blanked the opposition over five innings in a 76-pitch effort that included 76.3 pitches thrown for strikes. He yielded five hits and one walk while striking out six. The right-hander came into the contest with 44 runs allowed on 59.1 hits and 30 walks in 49.1 innings as a starter. He had surrendered six runs or more in three of his previous four starts.

Dirk Hayhurst and two relievers completed the Beavers fifth shutout of the season. The right-hander contributed two innings giving up four hits and a walk while fanning four for his eighth hold. Hayhurst has posted a 2.33 ERA over his last 14 appearances. He has averaged 10.85 strikeouts per nine innings with 90 whiffs in 74.2 innings. He has allowed runs in 17 of his 41 appearances.

Kevin Cameron struck out two in his lone inning of work, retiring the side in order. The right-hander has fanned two in his previous 9.2 innings. It was the fourth time in 13 appearances that Cameron has faced the minimum in his outing. He has allowed runs in three of his outings and has held the opposition to a .203 average against.

San Antonio (21-22) had a scheduled day off

Lake Elsinore (21-23) lost 6-3 to High Desert (Mariners)

Wilton Lopez came in during a non-save situation and was charged with three runs, two earned, on three hits and a walk over his lone inning of work to take his first loss in the California League. Lopez had given up one run on 12 hits over his first 18.2 innings of work and had not allowed more than two base runners in any outing. He has a 3.83 ERA across three leagues this season.

While Kellen Kulbacki extended his on-base streak to 35 games and his hitting streak to 18, Eric Sogard reached base three times with a walk, single and double while also scoring a run. The double was his 30th – putting him in sixth place in the circuit for two-baggers. Sogard extended his hitting streak to nine games and his on base streak to 13. He has an extra base hit in four consecutive and six of his last seven. The second baseman has also scored a run in 11 of his last 13 – touching home 15 times.

Fort Wayne (20-24) lost 2-1 to Dayton (Reds)

Cory Luebke tossed shutout through 5.2 innings before serving up a two-run bomb that accounted for his only runs against in six innings of work, giving him the loss. He yielded six hits and walked one while fanning three. The left-hander has given up three homers over his last four games but has allowed two runs or less in three of his last four as well. Eight of the 10 runs he has allowed since joining Fort Wayne have come in the fifth inning and beyond.

Dylan Axelrod worked two run free innings, surrendering one hit while recording four fly ball outs. The right-hander had allowed four runs on five hits and three walks over his previous two-thirds of an inning. Axelrod has surrendered runs in five of his 12 Midwest League games and 22 of 44 appearances overall across two leagues. After allowing seven hits in his first 14 at-bats with runners in scoring position to begin the year, Axelrod held the opposition hitless in three such at-bats on Tuesday.

Yefri Carvajal was the lone batter to record a multi-hit game, notching two of the Wizards seven hits while not figuring into the scoring. The outfielder collected his 20th double of the year – his first extra base hit in 12 games. Carvajal is hitting .340 when he bats seventh in the lineup, as he did on Tuesday. When he bats sixth or seventh in the order, he is hitting .303 and is batting .204 when he hits elsewhere.

Eugene (24-24) lost 14-10 to Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Two hitters into the game, Dan Robertson staked Eugene to a 2-0 lead with his second homer. Robertson reached base four times with three hits in five at-bats and a walk. He also scored twice but was thrown out trying to steal for the fourth time this year and did commit his second error of the season, leading to an unearned run. Robertson has seven hits over his last two games and has reached base four times or more seven times in 45 games.

Tyson Bagley was tossed after 3.2 innings with six runs already in on 10 hits and two walks. The right-hander left the game with the bases loaded, although no further runs would be charged to his ledger. Bagley came into the game with 17 hits allowed over his first 29.2 innings. He has, however, allowed 28 base runners over his last 13.2 innings, including Tuesday.

Zach Herr came into the game with two outs and the bases loaded, notching a fly out to keep three inherited runners from scoring. He would record just one more out and be charged with three runs on two hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning. Herr has surrendered six runs five hits and three walks in an inning and two-thirds in the Northwest League.

AZL Padres (20-16) won 4-2 over AZL A's

Chris Wilkes surrendered one run on five hits while striking out two across five innings, recording 12 ground ball outs. He induced two double play grounders, giving him five rally killers for the season. It is the third time in four starts that he has allowed one run or less, as he moved to 4-1 on the campaign. He has not walked a batter over his last 14 frames, striking out 10 over that span.

Eric Gonzalez kept the opposition off the board for three innings, giving up one hit and two walks while fanning four to preserve the lead. The right-hander has allowed two earned runs over his first 11 innings of work, striking out 13. Gonzalez has held the opposition to a .204 average on the year. He has not allowed the leadoff hitter of an inning to reach base in his 11 frames.

Kevin Hansen recorded three of the AZL Padres seven hits and reached base four times thanks to a walk. He also scored two of their four runs while stealing his sixth bag of the year. Hansen has reached base safely in 12 straight games, recording a hit in 11 of those contests. The infielder has reached base 27 times over that span. He has scored eight times in his last four contests.

DSL Padres (24-31) won 10-1 over DSL Nationals 2

Despite putting 10 runs on the board, only one player notched a multi-hit game. Jorge Minyeti's rise in the DSL continued with another pair of singles. He also added a walk, drove in a run and scored twice. Minyeti stole second base each time he got on base and is 15-for-23 on the season. Over his last 24 games, Minyeti is hitting .400 with 14 runs scored.

Carlos Garcia hit a sacrifice fly in the second inning and added a triple with the bases loaded in the eighth, giving him four RBIs for the game. The outfielder had never knocked in more than one run in a game coming into the contest and had just six hits in 42 at-bats with runners in scoring position this season – a .143 average.

Esteban Javier picked up his first career save by pitching three innings scoreless ball, allowing two hits and a pair of walks while striking out two. The left-hander has given up runs in one of his last nine outings, surrendering two runs over his last 12.2 innings. Javier has stranded 10 of the 15 runners he has inherited this season.

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