Huber humming; Osuna dominance continues

Justin Huber and Brett Dowdy have turned it on lately. Drew Macias brings the Missions close. John Madden is smacked around in a loss. Luis Martinez is beginning to hit but the rest of the team is silent. Pablo Menchaca can't make it past two innings. Stiven Osuna continues his impressive run. Stalyn Valdez suffers loss number six.

Portland (65-60) won 5-4 over Frisco (Giants)

Justin Huber cracked two doubles in four at-bats and drove in a pair in the opening frame with one of his two-baggers. It is the second time in three games that Huber has notched a pair of doubles, accounting for four of his nine in Triple-A. Huber has a five-game hitting streak, going 9-for-19 with five doubles and four RBIs.

Brett Dowdy reached base via a pair of singles and scored the Beavers first run of the game. The shortstop has five multi-hit games over a six-game hitting streak, going 11-for-27 with two doubles, two homers and six runs scored. Dowdy is hitting .320 over his last 40 games with 24 runs scored and 18 extra base hits.

Josh Geer worked six innings and allowed three runs, giving up nine hits and a walk while striking out five and recording 10 ground ball outs in an 84-pitch effort to move to 8-8. It is the seventh time this year that the right-hander has allowed eight or more hits. Geer has allowed 12 runs on 19 hits over his last two starts and has given up three runs or more in five of his last six.

San Antonio (25-26) lost 6-5 to Springfield (Cardinals)

Drew Macias hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth to cap a four-run frame, falling a run shy of tying the game. The outfielder also added an RBI single in the opening frame to give him four for the contest. He also added his 17th stolen base in 22 attempts. Macias has reached base safely in nine straight games, scoring a run in six of his last seven. He has two homers in his last 12 games, matching his total from the previous 53 contests.

Gabe Lopez reached base four times, drawing three walks while adding a double and two runs scored out of the leadoff spot. The second baseman has reached base 11 times over his last five games with six runs scored and two RBIs. Lopez sports a 31-to-22 walk-to-strikeout ratio on the season. He is hitting .379 in the first inning through 58 games this year.

Steve Garrison was on the hook for five runs on eight hits and four walks while fanning five over five innings. Three of the hits went for extra bases, including a homer, in his 94-pitch effort. It is the second time in three starts that he has allowed five runs or more and the fourth time in 24 starts. Garrison has allowed eight hits or more on six occasions.

Lake Elsinore (27-26) lost 8-4 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Shawn Estes, on a 60-pitch limit, worked four innings and surrendered one run on three hits while waling a pair and fanning three, as he continues his comeback from a broken thumb on his pitching hand suffered on May 29. Estes allowed two runs on three hits, a hit batsman. Across two minor league affiliates, Estes has given up 17 runs in 40 innings of work.

Eric Sogard collected three doubles, pushing his total to 35 for the year, and reached base four times thanks to a walk. He also drove in two runs, giving him 69 RBIs on the year. He propelled himself into fourth in the California League in the doubles category. It is the fifth time this season he has collected multiple extra base hits.

John Madden suffered the blown save and the loss on Thursday, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk in an inning and two-thirds. He came in with a pair of inherited runners on and both ended up scoring. The right-hander has stranded 19 of the 30 runners he has inherited on the season. Madden came into the game with one run allowed over his last 13 appearances, spanning 16 innings.

Fort Wayne (25-28) lost 2-1 to South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Luis Martinez collected two of the Wizards six hits while also drawing a walk and scoring the lone run in the fifth inning. The backstop also snared the only thief attempting to steal. Martinez has a .515 on-base percentage over his last nine games, reaching base 17 times with 10 hits and seven walks. He has scored a run in four of his last five games and has an RBI in three of the five.

Wynn Pelzer allowed one run on four hits and a walk while fanning one over five innings. The lone run to score came on a solo homer, as the right-hander notched 10 ground ball outs. Pelzer has allowed one earned run or less in five of his last six starts and nine of his last 11. Over his last 11 starts, Pelzer has posted a 1.89 ERA with 43 hits allowed in 52.1 innings.

Southpaw Matt Teague saw his record evened up at 7-7, yielding a run on two hits and a walk while fanning two over a pair of innings. The left-hander came into the game with three runs allowed over his previous 18.2 innings. Teague has posted a 2.95 ERA across 19 relief appearances after notching a 4.69 ERA across 15 starts.

Eugene (29-28) lost 9-2 to Tri-City (Rockies)

Matt Clark had half of Eugene's six hits, going 3-for-4 while smacking a solo homer – his third bomb of the year. The first baseman has 21 RBIs in 19 games with the Emeralds and is hitting an even .500 with men in scoring position, notching 11 hits in 22 at-bats. By contrast, Clark had been hitless in 10 at-bats when he was leading off an inning until singling on Thursday to open the second.

Pablo Menchaca lasted just two innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk while hitting a batter to drop to 4-3. The right-hander has allowed one run or less in six straight outings coming in, going at least 4.2 innings in five of those contests. He has had just two other outings that did not go at least four innings. He has recorded 11 double play grounders in 53 innings, including one on Thursday.

Alexis Lara was on the hook for three runs, one earned, on two hits and three walks while also tossing a wild pitch and getting called for a balk in two innings, striking out four. Lara has been called for three balks this season and has walked 27 across 28 innings. The right-hander had walked two or more in nine of his 19 relief appearances.

AZL Padres (9-6) won 2-1 over AZL Mariners

Stiven Osuna pitched blanks over his first five frames before allowing a run in the sixth, leaving the game with two outs in the frame. He yielded six hits and struck out two while notching eight ground ball outs. Osuna has allowed two runs or less while going at least five innings in eight straight starts. Over that span, Osuna has allowed eight earned runs in 41,2 innings. He has not allowed a homer this season.

Eric Gonzalez worked 2.1 scoreless frames, retiring each of the seven batters he faced to pick up his first win. He struck out three and notched three ground ball outs, stranding an inherited runner. It was the first time this year he has come in with a man on base. Gonzalez has held the opposition without a run over his last 9.1 innings, giving up just three hits while striking out 16.

Brad Brach picked up his second save of the year in three opportunities by throwing a scoreless ninth, allowing a hit and striking out one. The right-hander has yielded runs in five of his 14 relief appearances this season, not allowing more than one run in any outing. Brach has surrendered three runs over his last 14 innings, striking out 20.

DSL Padres (28-36) lost 7-2 to DSL Tigers

Stalyn Valdez suffered his sixth loss, giving up six runs, five earned, on five hits and two walks over 5.2 innings. He hit a batter, struck out five, and allowed three extra base hits, including a homer. The right-hander has allowed 17 extra base hits on the season and has surrendered six runs or more three times this season.

Guillermo Rodriguez was on the hook for one run on three hits and a walk while fanning four over 2.1 innings. He also allowed two inherited runners to score while tossing a pair of wild pitches. Rodriguez had stranded five of the six runners he had inherited coming into the game. The Mexico native has allowed runs in seven of his 11 relief appearances this season.

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