Ayala complete; Sogard socks em

Manny Ayala completes his first Triple-A game and the Beavers throw 13.2 scoreless before a game two loss. Matt Buschmann pitches well and is rewarded. Eric Sogard tries to climb his way back up. Corey Kluber suffers the loss with five runs allowed. Simon Castro is hit hard in the fifth. Edinson Rincon leaving proves fateful. Manuel Nuno has four hits and a homer in a DSL Padres win.

Portland (64-60) won 11-0 over Frisco (Giants) in game one, lost 2-0 in game two Manny Ayala made his Triple-A debut and went on to toss a complete game seven-inning shutout, yielding two hits and three walks while striking out three on 100 pitches in the opener. Ayala is 7-2 on the year across two leagues and has allowed two runs or less in six of his 14 starts. He has given up three hits or less in five starts.

Vince Sinisi had three hits, including his fourth homer – a two-run blast – in the fifth inning, He plated three runs on the day and scored twice, as every regular in the lineup managed a hit and seven of the eight scored a run. The outfielder has reached base seven times over his last two games and is hitting .372 over his last 12 contests. Sinisi also added a double and was hit by a pitch in the nightcap.

Paul McAnulty reached base in each of his four plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks. He hit his 11th homer of the season in the opening stanza and finished the game with three RBIs and two runs scored. McAnulty has 40 RBIs in 32 games played with Portland and has smashed nine homers over his last 17. The outfielder has multiple RBIs in 10 games. McAnulty also added a single and threw out a runner at third base in the nightcap.

Dirk Hayhurst moved into the starting rotation to take the second game, working scoreless ball over five innings while pitching to three over the minimum, yielding three hits and a walk and fanning five. In two spot starts this year, Hayhurst has allowed one run on seven hits while striking out 14 across 10 innings. He has not allowed a run over his last 10 frames and has given up two runs over his last 19.2 innings.

San Antonio (25-25) won 6-2 over Springfield (Cardinals)

Matt Buschmann surrendered just three hits but walked five men, hit another two and tossed three wild pitches in a 96-pitch effort. He allowed just one run over his five frames while striking out four. The right-hander has given up two runs or less in six straight games but Wednesday was the first of those that he earned the victory. Buschmann has walked three or more in nine starts and has tossed three wild pitches twice this year.

Chad Huffman reached base four times with three hits and a walk. The outfielder collected a pair of doubles, pushing his two-bag total to 28 for the season, and scored two runs. The outfielder entered the game with five hits in his previous 30 at-bats and had two doubles total over his last 17 contests. Wednesday marked the fifth time he has secured multiple extra base hits in a game.

Mauro Zarate came in with the bases loaded in the seventh and induced the final out to strand all three inherited runners. He retired the first five men he faced before three hits scored a run and ended his night with one run in. Zarate has given up just four earned runs in 31 innings in the Texas League but three of those runs have come over his last four appearances. He has held the leadoff man of an inning to four base runners in 29 innings started.

Lake Elsinore (27-25) won 8-4 over High Desert (Mariners)

Eric Sogard notched three hits in five at-bats while clubbing his 32 double. The second baseman also scored a pair of runs and stole his 12th base of the year. Sogard came into the game with two hits in his previous 19 at-bats and sports a .243 average over his last 37 games, not including Wednesday. After seeing his average sit above .300 for all but Opening Day, Sogard has spent five straight days with an average under that mark.

Cedric Hunter smacked his eighth homer of the season in the second inning – a three-run blast that capped a five-run frame. The bomb extended his hitting streak to 15 games and gave him dingers in successive games. Hunter has four multi-hit games in his last six and five extra base hits over that span. Hunter has two hitting streaks of at least 16 games since July 3.

Brandon Gomes faced six batters over two innings and retired them all, striking out two while recording a pair of ground ball outs to pick up the win. The right-hander has not allowed an earned run over his last 7.2 innings, yielding just two hits. He has allowed one hit in 14 at-bats to the leadoff man of the inning since joining the California League.

Fort Wayne (25-27) lost 5-3 to South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Corey Kluber was tagged for all five runs, four earned, on eight hits while striking out nine. The right-hander allowed four extra base hits, including a three-run homer. Kluber has surrendered a homer in each of his seven starts in the Midwest League and has yielded 20 extra base hits across 37 innings of work. Kluber had allowed nine homers in 85.1 innings in the California League. He has given up four or more runs in three of his last four outings.

Sawyer Carroll made his debut in the Midwest League and went 1-for-3 with a walk – one of only two players to reach base safely twice in the game. He also scored a run. Carroll exited the Northwest League as the league leader in extra base hits with 25, the leader in slugging percentage at .548 and a .299 average with a .403 on-base percentage. He has been on base in seven straight games with a run scored in six of those contests.

Eugene (29-27) lost 5-3 to Tri City (Rockies)

Simon Castro allowed a run in the first and was saved from another run scoring when Dan Robertson threw out a runner at home before settling in over the next three frames. In the fifth, Castro faced four batters. All reached and all scored. He ended his night with five runs in on a season-high nine hits and a walk while hitting a batter. Castro had gone six straight starts without allowing more than two earned runs.

Gary Poynter provided two innings of scoreless work, giving up two hits, a walk and a hit batsman while recording each of his outs by way of the ground ball. Since allowing nine runs over his first three appearances, Poynter has yielded three runs, two earned, over his last 14.1 innings. In 18.1 innings, the right-hander has notched four double play grounders.

AZL Padres (8-6) lost 5-3 to AZL Royals in 10 innings

Edinson Rincon went 2-for-3 with an RBI before being replaced at third base by Edgar Garzon, only to see Garzon commit his sixth error in the 10th inning, leading to a pair of unearned runs and an eventual loss. Rincon has five multi-hit games through 11 overall this season with 10 RBIs over that span. He has reached base 18 times and is 8-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

Mat Latos worked four innings as he continues his return from an oblique injury. The right-hander surrendered two runs on four hits and a hit batsman while striking out eight. His eight strikeouts tied a season-high set in his first start of the year. Latos had not gone more than two innings in any start during his comeback bid prior to Wednesday.

Colin Lynch was the hard luck loser, dropping to 0-4 on the season when two unearned runs crossed on two walks and a hit batsman while fanning four across three innings. The right-hander has allowed runs in three straight outings, giving up five runs on six hits and four walks over eight innings. Lynch has yielded runs in eight of his 19 appearances overall, allowing multiple runs on six occasions.

DSL Padres (28-35) won 5-2 over DSL Nationals 1

Manuel Nuno collected four of the DSL Padres nine hits, smacking a double, hitting his fifth homer – a solo shot – and adding a pair of singles. He finished the day with three RBIs and two runs scored and added his second stolen base of the season. Nuno had just four hits in his previous 43 at-bats and his four-hit night raised his average to .185 for the year. Three of his last six hits have left the park.

Deiber Sanchez evened his record at 4-4 with five innings of one-hit ball – his longest outing of the year. The right-hander walked one and struck out six while registering seven fly ball outs. Sanchez has held the opposition to a .158 average on the season, allowing just 14 hits in 25.2 innings. He has struck out 39, including 21 over his last 13.

Javer Diaz picked up his second save of the season in three chances, giving up one hit while fanning one. The right-hander out of Colombia has allowed runs in seven of his 21 relief appearances on the year. Diaz had allowed five runs on seven hits over his previous 4.2 innings. The opposition has a .421 on-base percentage on him when leading off an inning.

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