Clark bombs; Diaz gets a save

Matt Antonelli has a first since April. Will Inman pitches well enough to win but doesn't. Javis Diaz provides a save on Wednesday. A Brad Chalk singles equals victory. Matt Clark pounds Eugene to victory. Jose DePaula is showing his colors. Manuel Nuno provides the pop while Pedro Hernandez is nasty.

Portland (61-56) lost 5-3 to Round Rock (Astros)

Peter Ciofrone accounted for two of the three Portland runs with a solo homer and run scoring single – both coming off former Padres prospect Jack Cassel. The third baseman has four RBIs over his last two games and six over his last five. Ciofrone is hitting .338 over his last 32 games with 23 runs scored and 27 RBIs.

Matt Antonelli crossed over the .200 threshold with a pair of hits in three at-bats, upping his average to .202. It was the first time since April 29 that he has crossed the .200 barrier. The second baseman also scored a run on Wednesday and has successive multi-hit games for the second time in his last nine games. He has five multi-hit games over that span and third over his last four.

Cesar Ramos notched his 17th decision and eighth loss, giving up five runs, two earned, on eight hits while striking out seven. Four of those hits went for extra bases and one left the yard. The left-hander has given up just two earned runs over his last 24.2 innings, striking out 25. He is, however, just 1-1 over that span. Ramos has given up eight or more hits eight times in 23 games.

San Antonio (21-23) lost 1-0 to Springfield (Cardinals)

Will Inman worked six innings and gave up one run on five hits while striking out seven. He also did not walk a batter for the first time in 24 starts. It is the first time this year that Inman has gone five innings or more and allowed one run or fewer that he did not pick up the win. He had gone six straight games without pitching through the fifth inning.

Gabe DeHoyos faced the minimum in his lone inning of work, setting the side down in order on 14 pitches. The right-hander has allowed three runs over his last 18.1 innings – sporting a 1.47 ERA over that span while fanning 22. DeHoyos has faced the minimum in 10 of his 47 appearances this season and is holding the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .266 on-base percentage.

Craig Cooper reached base in all four of his plate appearances, singling twice and drawing a pair of walks. The outfielder has been on base 11 times over his last five games. Cooper has five multi-walk games this season and has reached base four times or more four times. He is hitting .295 over his last 28 contests.

Lake Elsinore (22-23) won 4-2 over High Desert (Mariners)

Javis Diaz came on as a pinch-runner with one out in the seventh but would not score. He rectified that in the bottom of the ninth, hitting a two-run homer with one out to send the Storm home as winners. It was Diaz' fourth homer of the season and first since June 1. Three of his homers have come as the designated hitter – where he appeared on Wednesday after staying in the game. He is hitting .349 as the DH and .233 when he plays the field.

Ernesto Frieri worked six innings, yielding one run on four hits – all singles - and two walks while striking out seven. He also picked off a runner at first base. He retired 11 straight at one point during the contest. It is the seventh time in 16 starts that he has allowed two runs or less. Frieri had given up 17 runs on 28 hits over his previous 22.2 innings.

Wilton Lopez suffered his first blown save of the season – one outing after taking his first loss. The right-hander surrendered a run on three hits while fanning one but did pick up the win with Diaz' heroics. Lopez has allowed four runs on six hits and a walk over his last two innings after allowing one run over his first 18.2 innings with the Storm. He last gave up runs in successive outings with San Antonio from April 29 to May 2.

Fort Wayne (21-24) won 2-1 over Dayton (Reds) in 11 innings

While the Wizards offense managed just four hits, they were able to pick up the win thanks to a Brad Chalk single – his lone hit - with one out in the 11th. He also added his 18th stolen base in as many attempts. While he is 2-for-20 over his last six games, Chalk has collected an RBI in three of his last four. The outfielder is 25-for-72 with runners in scoring position, a .342 average.

Jeremy Hefner was treated to a no-decision, despite not allowing a run over five innings while yielding two hits and two walks while fanning a half-dozen. It is the sixth time in his last seven starts that Hefner has allowed two earned runs or less. The right-hander has given up three hits or less in eight of his 20 starts. He has a 2.93 ERA as a starter after posting a 6.32 ERA in relief.

Jackson Quezada earned his 24th save in 26 chances on Wednesday, retiring the side in order while striking out one. He leads the Midwest League in saves by eight over the next closest competitor. He has allowed one run over his last 12 innings, surrendering six hits while fanning 14. Quezada has not allowed a base runner over his last four games, retiring his last 12 batters.

Eugene (25-24) won 8-4 over Yakima (Diamondbacks)

After the Emeralds lost a 3-0 lead and were down a run, first baseman Matt Clark smacked a three-run homer in the seventh inning to give Eugene a 6-4 lead. He collected four RBIs on the day, adding a run-scoring single in the third. Clark reached base four straight times, adding a pair of walks and has notched seven RBIs over his last two games. Eleven games into his career, Clark has four multi-RBI games and two contests with four RBIs.

Erik Davis worked an inning and one-third scoreless, retiring each of the four batters he faced while striking out two. He also stranded an inherited runner in the process. Davis had entered a game with runners on once previously, allowing two of the three inherited runners to score. He has allowed one run over his last 9.2 innings, striking out 15.

Blake Tekotte doubled in a run in the third and scored and capped a game with three doubles by hitting a two-bagger and scoring in the bottom of the eighth. The centerfielder has 13 extra base hits in 21 games with the Emeralds, including nine doubles. Tekotte has seven extra base hits over his last five games and has four games with multiple extra base hits over his last 12. He has reached base 17 times over his last eight contests.

AZL Padres (21-16) won 7-1 over AZL Cubs

Jose DePaula worked to two over the minimum across six innings, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out seven. He retired the first nine batters he faced and was aided by a double play in the fourth – where all three base runners occurred. He retired the final seven he faced. The left-hander has surrendered one run on 10 hits over his last 16.2 innings, striking out 18. He has lowered his ERA from 6.52 to 3.75 over that span.

Edgar Garzon was in on four of the AZL Padres seven runs, scoring runs in the second and third innings while driving in a pair in the third. The first baseman – who has also played third base – has an RBI in four straight games, swatting in six over that span. Garzon is hitting 8-for-25 over his last six games, upping his average from .231 to .260.

Josh Davies faced six batters and retired them all over a pair of scoreless frames. The right-hander struck out three and recorded three ground ball outs. After allowing 13 runs over his first nine outings, the converted outfielder has worked scoreless ball over his last 7.2 innings. He entered the game having allowed 39 base runners in 17.1 innings and has walked at least one in seven of his last eight.

DSL Padres (25-31) won 3-0 over DSL Nationals 1

Manuel Nuno accounted for the only runs of the game when he smacked a three-run homer in the eighth inning – his fourth homer of the season. The first baseman also drew two walks. After hitting two homers over his first 41 games, Nuno has amassed two in successive games. Ten of his 25 hits this season have gone for extra bases. He came into the contest with four hits in his previous 35 at-bats.

Pedro Hernandez retired the first 12 batters he faced and allowed a lone single and a walk over seven scoreless frames while striking out six to pick up his first win since June 25. It was the fourth time this season that he has not allowed a run while going five innings or more. The left-hander has allowed three earned runs in 36.2 innings as a starter, sporting a 0.74 ERA while not allowing a run over his last 18 innings as a starter.

Luis De La Cruz picked up his first professional save, working two scoreless innings while giving up two hits and plunking a batter. The right-hander has posted a 1.59 ERA across 11.1 innings of relief while securing a 4.28 ERA across seven starts. De La Cruz has surrendered just seven hits this season in 43 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

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