Matt Antonelli had a first on Tuesday. The second baseman collected his first three-hit game of the season in game 117. Antonelli had three singles, a run scored and two RBIs, pushing his average to .212 – the highest it has been since April 27. Antonelli has hit .333 over his last 17 games with 12 runs scored and seven RBIs along with six multi-hit contests.
Shawn Estes lasted four innings in his shortest Triple-A start, giving up four runs on a season-high nine hits, including three that went for extra-bases, in a 68-pitch effort while striking out two. He did, however, help himself at the dish with an RBI single. Estes is 3-for-9 with three RBIs as a hitter with Portland. The left-hander has given up four runs or more in three of his last six starts.
Cla Meredith made his first appearance since being optioned to Portland from the big leagues, needing five pitches to go through his inning of work. The sidearmer went 0-3 with a 3.99 ERA across 60 relief appearances with San Diego. In 56.1 innings, Meredith allowed 64 hits and 22 walks while striking out 39. Of the 40 runners he inherited on the season, Meredith stranded 20. The opposition hit .375 off him with runners in scoring position but he did notch 10 double play grounders. His last appearance in the minors came on June 29, 2006.
San Antonio (27-29) lost 7-0 to Frisco (Rangers) in middle of sixth
The game was called with one out in the middle of the sixth inning, as the Missions were held without a hit – managing a pair of walks. San Antonio came into the game as the Texas League leader in walks but were also fifth in the eight-team circuit in batting average. While they managed to steal a base on Tuesday, the Missions rank dead last in stolen bases and attempts. They remain the top pitching team in the league.
Manny Ayala was hammered to the tune of seven runs on nine hits while striking out two over five innings, dropping to 6-3 on the season. The right-hander surrendered four extra base hits, including three homers. Ayala has allowed 13 runs over his last 9.2 innings in the Texas League, giving up five homers over that span. He had allowed six homers over his first 67.1 innings. His ERA has jumped from 3.03 on July 27 to 4.42 in Double-A.
Lake Elsinore (30-28) won 8-6 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Robert Woodard made his first start in the California League and first since May 14 with Fort Wayne. The right-hander went four innings, giving up two runs – both runs coming on solo homers – on four hits and a walk while fanning two. Woodard made five starts in the Midwest League, posting a 3.80 ERA before moving to the pen. In the pen, he has notched a 2.76 ERA across 35 appearances.
Wilton Lopez was on the hook for three runs on a season-high six hits and a hit batsman in an inning-plus of work, giving up nearly as many earned runs on Tuesday as he had all year in Lake Elsinore. Lopez entered the game with four earned runs allowed over 24.2 innings. The right-hander has given up runs in 14 of his 53 appearances across three leagues, surrendering runs in four of his 25 outings in the California League.
Cedric Hunter pounded out four hits, including his ninth homer – a solo shot in the eighth – while scoring twice. The outfielder also added his 12th stolen base in 17 attempts. Hunter extended his hitting streak to 21 games – the second longest streak in the California League this season. He is 35-for-97, a .361 average, with four homers, 20 RBIs and 16 runs scored over the streak. He leads the circuit with 172 hits – over 20 more than the closest chaser.
Fort Wayne (27-30) lost 1-0 to Lansing (Blue Jays) in 10 innings
Corey Kluber dominated over eight innings but didn't log a decision, despite allowing just a single, a walk and a hit batsman. He pitched to three over the minimum and struck out a career-high 11. The right-hander had allowed four runs or more in three of previous four starts and had given up a homer in seven straight. Kluber has fanned 28 over his last 19 innings. He has held the leadoff man of an inning to a .196 on-base percentage in the Midwest League.
Aaron Breit suffered his sixth loss, giving up an unearned run on one hit and four walks while fanning two in an inning and two-thirds. It was his second error, a throwing miscue that led to the unearned run and loss. Breit has not surrendered an earned run over his last 10 innings of work, giving up six hits. He had walked five over his previous 19.2 innings coming into Tuesday. It was the third time he has walked four or more but his previous two times came as a starter.
Eugene (31-30) had a scheduled day off
AZL Padres (13-6) won 10-4 over AZL Brewers
Stiven Osuna allowed one run on six hits and a hit batsman across six innings to pick up his sixth win. The right-hander recorded seven ground ball outs while striking out seven. Osuna has allowed two runs or less in nine straight starts, giving up 11 runs while going at least five innings in each. The Venezuelan native has allowed more than two earned runs just once this season.
Aaron Murphree came into Tuesday's game with one double through his first 32 games. He added two more and smacked his fourth homer of the year. The outfielder reached base four times and scored each time while plating two. It was the second time this year that Murphree has collected multiple extra base hits in a game. Murphree has five RBIs over his last two games and six multi-RBI games on the season.
Dean Anna staked the AZL Padres to a 2-0 lead two batters into the game with his first homer in the Arizona Rookie League and fifth across two leagues. His was the first of back-to-back homers. It was the lone hit of the day for Anna but he managed to drive in three, adding a RBI groundout in the second. Anna has a hit in six of his first seven games in the desert and two three-RBI games over his last three.
DSL Padres (28-38) lost 2-0 to DSL Tigers on Monday
Juan Oramas managed to lower his ERA even further - down to 1.10 for the year - but still took the loss to move to 3-2 on the year. The left-hander was charged with two unearned runs on three hits and a walk while striking out a career-high 11 over five innings. The Mexico native has held the opposition to a .130 average and right-handed hitters have just 17 hits in 153 at-bats, a .111 mark. Oramas has also surrendered just two hits in 56 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Freddys Henrique finished off the contest with three scoreless frames, giving up one hit, two walks, a hit batsman and two wild pitches while striking out a pair. The right-hander out of Venezuela has limited the opposition to a .115 average on the year, allowing six hits in 16.2 innings. Henrique has hit three batters and walked five on the season but has yielded one hit with runners in scoring position.
Carlos Garcia was the lone DSL Padres player to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 while adding his seventh stolen base in 13 attempts. The outfielder has reached base safely in 10 of his last 11 games, raising his average from .238 to .248. Garcia has a .410 on-base percentage and .343 batting average when he leads off an inning but is hitting .148 with a .213 on-base percentage with runners in scoring position. Garcia has struck out in 31 percent of his at-bats.
DSL Padres (29-38) won 17-3 over DSL Nationals 2 on Tuesday
Jonathan Galvez reached base safely in five of his six plate appearances, securing four singles and a walk. He scored four times and drove in two while stealing his eighth base of the year. The shortstop has 13 hits in his last 24 at-bats, a .542 average, after netting 13 hits in the previous 88 at-bats, a .148 average. He sports a .449 on-base percentage thanks to 46 walks compared to 40 strikeouts.
Rymer Liriano collected two singles, a double and a sacrifice fly, pushing his team leading RBI total to 34 with three on Tuesday while also scoring three times. It is the third time this year that the outfielder has notched a three-hit game. Liriano has struck out in 47.5 percent of his at-bats, fanning 103 times, including nine straight games. Liriano is 10-for-28 over his last eight contests.
Manuel Nuno was also part of the three-hit parade, as every starter notched a hit during the 17-hit attack. Nuno drove in two and scored twice while adding a sacrifice fly. It is the second time in five games that he has three or more hits. While the first baseman has hit .116 with the bases empty this season, he has hit .347 with runners in scoring position.
Pedro Hernandez picked up his team leading seventh win of the year, giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk while striking out a career-high 10. The left-hander has allowed two earned runs or less in each of his eight starts and has surrendered three earned over his last five outings, giving up 13 hits while striking out 30 in 28 frames. Hernandez sports a 0.82 ERA in his eight starts, striking out 51 in 43.2 innings.
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