Carrasco walkoff; Zornes signs and delivers

Edwin Moreno blows another save in Portland, as the Beavers split. Sean Kazmar and Drew Macias have been on prolonged rolls. Robert Woodard kept it close, but the offense stalled. Felix Carrasco hits a walkoff in Fort Wayne. Blake Tekotte and Matt Clark power Eugene, as five pitchers post a shutout. Adam Zornes is signed and plays in the AZL.

Portland (62-58) lost 6-5 to Colorado Springs (Rockies) in eight innings in game one, won 3-2 in game two

For the second time in as many opportunities, Edwin Moreno suffered the blown save, giving up two runs on a two-out dinger in the bottom of the eighth inning. Moreno has blown six of his 21 save opportunities and all have come over his last 13 chances. Moreno has surrendered 13 runs on 14 hits over his last 16.1 innings while walking 12. While he has limited the opposition to a .195 average, that number goes up to .306 with runners in scoring position.

Paul McAnulty hit his 10th homer of the season in the fifth inning – a solo shot – and added a sacrifice fly in the eighth to put the Beavers up by one while scoring twice. The outfielder has gone yard in successive games and has left the yard eight times over his last 13 contests. Through 28 games, McAnulty has eight multi-RBI contests and is 22-for-49 – a .449 average – with runners on base. McAnulty also added a sacrifice fly in the nightcap, giving the Beavers a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh – a run they would need.

Peter Ciofrone reached base four times thanks to three hits and a walk, smoking a double and scoring twice in the opener. Ciofrone also added his 15th double in the nightcap and scored a run. The hit in each game extended his hitting streak to seven games. Ciofrone has an extra base hit in five of his last six games and has scored a run in five straight. He is hitting .347 over his last 36 games.

Dirk Hayhurst recorded the save, coming on to get the final out after Kevin Cameron left with an injury. He stranded one inherited runner in the process to earn his second save and first since April 29. The right-hander has stranded 11 of the 24 runners he has inherited on the year. Hayhurst has allowed runs in one of his last 11 appearances, giving up two runs over a span of 14.2 innings.

San Antonio (23-25) won 6-2 over Arkansas (Angels)

Philip Barzilla worked 2.2 innings of run-free ball, giving up one hit and a walk while striking out five. The southpaw also stranded two inherited runners in the fifth inning. Barzilla had allowed runs in three straight and four of his last five, giving up seven runs on seven hits and three walks over his previous four innings. He has stranded all eight runners he has inherited on the year.

Drew Macias' double in the first inning plated a pair of runs and the outfielder scored once while reaching base three times thanks to a pair of walks. Macias leads the Texas League with 73 walks and is tied for ninth overall in the minors, pending the night's action. The left-handed hitter is batting .315 over his last 89 games, upping his season average from .215 to .293. His .402 on-base percentage is the sixth best mark in the league.

Sean Kazmar moved up to the two-hole in the lineup – his first time this season batting second – and contributed three hits and a run scored. The shortstop has 17 hits over his last 11 games with six multi-hit games, batting .395 over that span. Kazmar is hitting .315 over his last 62 games, upping his average from .198 to .265. He has not committed an error over his last 24 contests.

Lake Elsinore (24-25) lost 2-0 to San Jose (Giants)

Cesar Carrillo lasted just 3.1 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits while walking a career-high six. It was the most walks he has issued since allowing five on September 5, 2005. The right-hander has issued three or more walks in five of his 11 outings. He walked three or more eight times in his first 27 starts prior to this season. It is the fifth time in six starts that he has not worked through five innings.

Robert Woodard prevented more runs from crossing on Carrillo, coming in with the bases juiced and one out in the fourth and inducing a pop out and strikeout to keep all three inherited from scoring. Woodard all eight batters he faced, fanning two. The right-hander has allowed three earned runs over his last 15.2 innings. After allowing a base runner in his first eight outings in Lake Elsinore, Woodard has retired the last 14 batters faced.

Fort Wayne (24-25) won 4-3 over Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Brad Chalk was the lone Wizard player to record a multi-hit game and it came just in time. His second single of the contest drove home the tying run in the bottom of the eighth but he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Chalk has a six-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in 11 straight. The outfielder has notched an RBI in five of his last eight games and upped his average to .364 with runners in scoring position for the year.

Felix Carrasco was 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts coming into his final at-bat in the ninth, but his walkoff homer with two outs sent Fort Wayne home with a victory. The bomb was his 15th of the season. Carrasco had been in a 2-for-32 funk coming into the last at-bat. He leads the Midwest League with his 136 strikeouts and is ninth overall in the entire minor leagues with that number. Carrasco is fanning in 40.2 percent of his at-bats.

Dylan Axelrod was awarded his first win in the Midwest League, pitching a scoreless top half of the ninth and striking out one. The right-hander had surrendered six runs on nine hits over his previous 4.2 innings and has allowed runs in six of 14 appearances in Fort Wayne and 23 of 46 overall across two leagues. Axelrod has faced the minimum in an outing four times with the Wizards.

Eugene (29-24) won 8-0 over Yakima (Diamondbacks)

Five pitchers combined to toss the Emeralds fourth shutout of the season with Erik Davis getting the start and working 2.1 scoreless while yielding three hits and striking out four. Since giving up runs in each of his first three outings, Davis has allowed one run over his last 12 frames on seven hits while striking out 19. The right-hander has not walked a batter over his last 11 innings.

Matt Clark singled with the bases loaded in the first to start the scoring, plating two. He also added a double in four at-bats. The first baseman has notched an RBI in six of his last seven games, plating 12 over that span. He has reached base safely in all but one of his 14 games with a plate appearance and has three multi-hit games in his last six. Clark has six RBIs with the bases juiced this season, going 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly.

Blake Tekotte hit his fifth homer of the season in the second inning – a two-run shot that put Eugene up 5-0. The outfielder notched a third RBI in the eighth with a sacrifice fly and scored a pair of runs, adding a first inning single. Tekotte has reached base safely in 12 straight and sports a seven-game hitting streak. Through 25 games, he has 13 multi-hit games. Tekotte has scored a run in nine straight, touching home 16 times over that span.

AZL Padres (8-4) won 9-1 over AZL Cubs

Adam Zornes, the Padres sixth-round pick this year, was in the lineup after signing and singled and drove in a run in his first at-bat. It was his only hit of the game, as he went 1-for-3 with a walk and getting hit by a pitch. Zornes hit .301 across 62 games with Rice during the 2008 season. He hit 10 doubles, a team-leading 12 homers and 55 RBIs while drawing 29 walks compared to 48 strikeouts. He also threw out 18-of-43 base runners attempting to steal.

Chris Wilkes picked up win number five, allowing one run on two hits while tossing a pair of wild pitches over six innings. The right-hander struck out four and recorded 11 ground ball outs. It is the third time in four starts that Wilkes has given up one run or less and the second time he has allowed three hits or less while going six innings. Wilkes has yielded one first inning run in his six starts.

Jaff Decker hit his third homer of the year in the eighth inning and reched base four times with a pair of walks and a single. He scored three runs and plated two but did commit his third fielding error of the year. Decker has reached base safely in 28 straight games, tying teammate Jason Codiroli for the best mark in the league. Decker leads the Arizona Rookie League with 37 runs scored and a .538 on-base percentage.

DSL Padres (26-34) had a scheduled day off

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