Darnell debuts; Forsythe back

Dirk Hayhurst holds them close but it isn't enough. Josh Alley and Jesus Lopez lead the Missions. Drew Miller is tattooed in Lake Elsinore. James Darnell debuts in Eugene. Mat Latos is dynamite in a five-inning stint and Logan Forsythe returns.

Portland (66-63) lost 4-0 to Tucson (Diamondbacks)

Dirk Hayhurst needed just 23 pitches, including 18 strikes, to power through two scoreless innings but was helped by two caught stealing as he surrendered three hits while striking out one. His catchers had caught 2-of-9 base runners attempting to steal while he has been on the mound coming into the game. Hayhurst extended his scoreless streak to 13 frames.

Brett Dowdy had three of Portland's seven hits – all singles – to extend his on-base streak to 12 games. He has eight multi-hit games over that span but it did not lead to a run on Monday. The leadoff hitter is 19-for-51, a .373 average, with four walks during the 12-game streak. Dowdy is hitting .325 over his last 44 contests with 28 runs scored and 19 RBIs.

San Antonio (27-28) won 8-3 over Arkansas (Angels)

Mike DeMark contributed three innings of scoreless relief to pick up his first hold in Double-A action. The right-hander allowed two hits and struck out two while throwing 68.3 percent of his pitches for strikes. DeMark extended his scoreless streak with San Antonio to 14.1 innings. He has yielded just eight hits and two walks over that span while striking out 13. DeMark has pitched at least two innings in six of his seven relief outings in Double-A.

Josh Alley belted his fourth homer of the year in the second inning – a two-run blast – and added an RBI double in the fourth while scoring twice. The outfielder had been in a 2-for-18 slump prior to Monday's game but has six RBIs over his last four starts. Alley is hitting .314 with runners in scoring position. This was his second three-RBI game of the year.

Jesus Lopez singled in a pair of runs in the fourth – his first two RBIs in Double-A – and collected three hits on the day. He did, however, commit his first error. It was the second time in four games across two leagues that he has notched a three-hit night. Lopez led all California League shortstops with a .975 fielding percentage prior to his promotion. Monday marked the ninth time he has driven in two or more runs in a game.

Lake Elsinore (29-28) lost 10-6 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Down 2-0 after the top half of the first, Brian Joynt fired back with a two-run double. He ended the night with three hits, including two doubles to bring his tally up to 21 two-baggers with two runs scored and three RBIs – pushing his total to 50 in 63 games played. The third baseman has 31 extra base hits and sports a .511 slugging percentage, the second best mark on the team. He has six extra base hits over his last seven games and 38 RBIs in his last 42 games.

Drew Miller was pounded for nine runs – all earned – on 11 hits and two walks over four innings. Five of those hits went for extra bases, including a homer. It is the fifth time this year that the right-hander has surrendered double-digit hit totals and the second time he has given up nine or more runs. Miller has surrendered five or more in eight of his 25 outings and has yielded 18 bombs for the year and 46 extra base hits.

Both managers were ejected from the game in the top of the third.

Fort Wayne (27-29) had a scheduled day off

Eugene (31-30) won 7-4 over Everett (Mariners)

James Darnell debuted with a two-out single in his first at-bat as an Emerald and came around to score. Batting third and playing the hot corner, Darnell went 2-for-4 with a walk. A second-round pick in this year's draft, Darnell hit .306 with 19 HR and 81 RBIs for South Carolina. His RBI total is the fourth highest in a single-season by a Gamecock player. He started all 63 games this year at third base for the Gamecocks. Darnell also led the conference in RBI in SEC games with 40 RBI in 30 conference contests.

Ryan Hill staked Eugene to a 3-0 lead in the first with a two-out bomb – the front half of back-to-back jacks when Cole Figueroa cracked his second right after Hill. Hill finished the game with the lone hit but also drew a walk and scored twice. Hill has homered in successive games after netting one bomb in his first 28 contests. He has an RBI in three straight, plating six over that span.

Gary Poynter picked up his first professional victory, blanking the opposition over three innings of relief on five hits and a walk while fanning one. The right-hander has not allowed a run over his last eight innings and has held left-handed hitters to a .216 average against while righties are swatting .326. Since moving into a relief role, Poynter has posted a 1.04 ERA across 17.1 innings. As a starter, he had a 15.75 ERA in two starts.

AZL Padres (12-6) won 13-2 over AZL Rangers

Mat Latos would have pitched to the minimum over five innings but a pair of errors led to two base runners. He did not allow a hit or a walk over five scoreless frames, striking out nine. Latos struck out the side around an error in the second and fanned the side in the fifth. It was his highest strikeout total since whiffing 10 on August 29, 2007 while with Eugene. Latos has struck out 17 over his last nine innings, as Monday was his longest start since May 18.

Logan Forsythe was back in action after suffering a broken thumb diving into first base in his third professional game with Eugene. After striking out in his first at-bat, he drew a walk and in the sixth as the first of three straight batters to get hit by a pitch. Forsythe, drafted 46th overall by the Padres, completed his junior season second on the Razorbacks in batting average at .351 after leading the squad as a sophomore. For the second straight season he led Arkansas in hits (65 in 2008) and drew 46 walks while fanning 26 times. He also added eight doubles and seven homers while stealing 11 bags in 14 attempts.

Edgar Garzon hit his first homer of the year in the second inning and scored a run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded during a five-run sixth. Garzon did commit his seventh and eight errors of the campaign, both leading to unearned runs, and Edinson Rincon singled in a run for him in the ninth. Garzon is batting .205 with the bases empty this season and .309 with runners on base.

DSL Padres (28-37) DSL Tigers was not available for inclusion in this report


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