A night of heroes and a goat

Edwin Moreno didn't want to play the reindeer games. It was his only hit, but Colt Morton made it count. Javis Diaz provided magic again in Lake Elsinore. Anthony Contreras had a night to remember for the Wizards. Derek Shunk comes through in the clutch for Eugene. Andrew Albers debuts in the desert. Stalyn Valdez gets his first after five losses.

Portland (61-56) lost 4-3 to Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Three of the four Colorado Springs runs came over the final two frames, as Edwin Moreno was on the hook for two runs on four hits and a pair of walks in two-thirds of an inning. He allowed one of two inherited runners to score as well in the eighth before suffering his fifth blown save and fourth loss in the ninth. All of his blown saves have come over his last 12 opportunities and he has yielded multiple runs three times over that span.

Chip Ambres' only hit of the day accounted for all three Portland runs. He hit his 19th homer of the season in the sixth inning to give them a then 3-1 lead, pushing his RBI total to 68. Ambres has homered in three of his last five games and is second in the system with his homer tally. He is hitting .327 with runners in scoring position in Triple-A.

Wade LeBlanc allowed a single run on five hits and a walk in a 90-pitch effort across seven innings. The left-hander fanned four and recorded nine ground ball outs. LeBlanc has allowed three runs over his last five outings, yielding just 17 hits in his last 30 innings of work while striking out 31. He has given up two runs or less in eight of his last 11.

San Antonio (22-24) won 4-3 over Springfield (Cardinals)

The Missions scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to claim victory, getting a single off the bat of Colt Morton with two outs and a man on second to end the contest. It was the lone hit of the day for Morton. The backstop had been hitting .170 across 17 games with Triple-A Portland prior to being send down. In San Antonio he is batting .164 but does have an RBI in five of his last seven Double-A games.

Matt Buschmann yielded two runs, one earned, on two hits and three walks over six frames. The right-hander threw 97 pitches and struck out four while notching nine ground ball outs. It is the fifth straight game he has allowed two runs or less, and Buschmann has not earned a victory in any of those contests. He has given up two runs or less in 15 of his 23 starts. It was the fifth time he has allowed three hits or fewer.

Mike DeMark worked two more scoreless innings in Double-A, working to the minimum and striking out two o keep his ERA at 0.00. The right-hander has a 9.1 innings scoreless streak in Double-A, yielding four hits while fanning 11. He is striking out 9.76 batters per nine innings across two leagues and sports a 1.83 ERA for the year across 59 innings of work.

Lake Elsinore (24-23) won 6-5 over San Jose (Giants)

Javis Diaz hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the bottom of the ninth to push the Storm past San Jose – the second time in three nights Diaz has come through in the final at-bat. He went 2-for-3 on the day with a double and two runs scored but did commit his ninth error of the season. Diaz is 8-for-16 over a six-game hitting streak with four RBIs and four runs scored. He has four sacrifice flies this season.

Robert Woodard retired all six batters that he faced over two scoreless frames, striking out two. While he has allowed runs in five of 10 outings, the right-hander has yielded three earned runs over his last 13 innings of work. This was the first time since joining the Storm that he has put down all the batters he has faced but he lowered his average against to .214 in California League play.

Cedric Hunter had two hits in four trips out of the leadoff spot, collecting his 26th double while knocking in his 64th run and scoring once. The outfielder leads the circuit with his 151 hits and is tied for third with 80 runs scored. Hunter has a hit in all but three of his last 41 games and is in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak – his third streak of nine or more games since June 20.

Fort Wayne (23-24) won 14-3 over Dayton (Reds)

Anthony Contreras had a career day on Friday, driving in six runs in the rout. After drawing a walk in the second, he doubled in two an inning later. In the fourth, he tripled in two to bring his RBI total to four before walking in a run in the fifth and grounding out to score the sixth in inning seven. He fell a homer shy of the cycle and reached base five times. Contreras is 6-for-9 with a double, triple, homer, five runs scored and nine RBIs over his last two games. He had just three extra base hits in his first 20 games combined.

Yefri Carvajal pounded out two hits, including his 22nd double while adding two runs scored and an RBI to push his total to 49 for the season. Carvajal has a six-game hitting streak with three multi-hit games over his last four. The outfielder has also collected three doubles in his last four games and has three runs scored and four RBIs over his last two. He is batting .317 with runners in scoring position.

Lance Zawadzki reached base three times with a walk, a single and a double. He scored each time he touched first and drove in a run – his 50th - but did commit his 28th error. Zawadzki has a five-game hitting streak where he has gone 12-for-24 with seven runs scored and five RBIs. Over his last 31 games, the shortstop is hitting .358 with 15 extra base hits, 20 runs scored and 16 RBIs.

Eugene (27-24) won 6-5 over Yakima (Diamondbacks)

A wild pitch on a walk led to the final run of the night with two outs in the bottom of the ninth but it was Derek Shunk who gave the squad life with his first homer as a professional, hitting a two-run blast over the wall in left to tie the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth. His ninth fielding error did, however, lead to three unearned runs.

Anthony Bass improved two 2-0 on the season after working a scoreless inning while surrendering one hit and striking out one. The right-hander has allowed runs in five of his 16 appearances with the Emeralds, yielding three earned runs over his last 18.1 innings. He has held the opposition to a .188 average and that number drops to .095 with runners in scoring position.

Sawyer Carroll clubbed his 14th double in the third inning two drive in two, giving him a team-leading 37 RBIs on the campaign. He also drew a walk in five plate appearances. The outfielder is second in the Northwest League in RBIs and continues to lead the league in extra base hits (24) and slugging percentage. Carroll has scored four times over his last two games and has touched home multiple times six times in his last 10 contests.

AZL Padres (7-3) lost 6-3 to AZL Giants

The AZL Padres run of seven straight wins ended on Friday night with Steve Goins taking the loss – his first of the year. Goins allowed three runs on three hits and a trio of walks over three innings while fanning three. Goins has allowed runs in six of his 11 appearances, going at least two innings in all but one of the outings he has allowed a run. Over his last seven frames, the righty has allowed seven runs on 11 hits and four walks.

Andrew Albers made his system debut, working the first inning and putting down the side in order on three ground outs. Albers was picked in the 10th-round of the 2008 MLB Draft, led Kentucy with 31 appearances in 2008, earning a 2.40 ERA and a 7-4 record, adding five saves. The senior lefty worked in 56.1 innings, striking out 64, and holding opponents to a .226 batting average.

Mat Latos made his third appearance with the rookie league squad, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three in two innings of work. Latos also hit a batter. The right-hander has allowed three runs on eight hits over five innings with the AZL Padres, hitting two batters.

DSL Padres (26-33) won 10-1 over DSL Nationals 2

Rosario Carrillo led the assault with three hits in six at-bats. He singled twice and doubled while scoring two runs and plating one. Carrillo also added his sixth stolen base of the season in seven attempts. The outfielder is hitting .350 over his last seven games with six of his hits coming over two of those games.

Stalyn Valdez got off the schnide with his first win of the season against five defeats. The right-hander pitched scoreless ball over six frames, yielding four hits and two walks while fanning five. Valdez did plunk two batters and now has hit 11 batters on the season, including five over his last two games and eight over his last five.

Rafael Arias finished off the night with a pair of run-free innings, giving up one hit and two walks while striking out one. The right-hander has not allowed an earned run over his last 11 appearances, spanning 9.1 innings. While he was not presented with an opportunity on Friday, Arias has held all but five of the 25 runners he has inherited on the year from scoring.

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