Blanks launches Missions; Robertson rolling

Paul McAnulty ends things with one swing. A seesaw battle in San Antonio until Kyle Blanks' mighty blow. Nathan Culp goes an inning long. Cory Luebke pitches well in a Wizards win. Dan Robertson continues his assault in the northwest. Kevin Hansen comes through in the clutch to provide an AZL Padres win. The DSL Padres are swept.

Portland (68-63) won 8-5 over Tacoma (Mariners) in 11 innings

Josh Geer held the opposition scoreless over five but allowed four hits and two walks to open the sixth before he retired the final three batters, escaping with three runs in and leaving the bases loaded. Geer retired eight in a row at one point. The right-hander had allowed five earned runs in 20.1 innings during the sixth inning this season prior to Wednesday. Geer allowed his 21st homer of the year and surrendered seven hits on the night.

Paul McAnulty ended the game with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning, swatting a walk-off three-run homer – his 12th in Triple-A. The outfielder also added an RBI double, giving him four RBIs for the game. McAnulty had gone four games without an RBI prior to Wednesday – his longest stretch since joining the Beavers. In 40 games with Portland, McAnulty has 24 extra base hits and 45 RBIs. It is his seventh game with three or more RBIs and fourth game with multiple RBIs.

San Antonio (28-29) won 14-12 over Frisco (Rangers) in 12 innings

Stephen Faris lasted just three innings after getting tagged for six runs – all earned – on eight hits and two walks. The 72-pitch effort saw six of those hits go for extra bases. Thirty-three of his 121 hits coming into the contest had gone for extras. Faris has allowed five runs or more four times this season across 24 starts with three of those coming in his last six outings.

Drew Macias reached base five times in six plate appearances and scored each time he touched first base. The outfielder hit his ninth homer in the fourth inning – a solo homer – and plated a pair of runs to push his RBI total to 61. With a pair of walks, Macias continues to lead the Texas League in free passes drawn with 78. He is hitting .314 over his last 99 games and sports a .400 on-base percentage for the season.

Kyle Blanks registered five hits, including his 16th homer in the sixth – a two-run blast. The first baseman also added his 20th double and knocked in six runs on the night. The final blow came when he launched his 17th homer in the bottom of the 12th inning – a two-run blast to send the Missions home winners. Blanks moved into second place in the Texas League with 91 RBIs. It was the fourth time he has notched multiple extra base hits in a game. Blanks has 43 RBIs over his last 43 games.

San Antonio manager Bill Masse was ejected in the eighth inning.

Lake Elsinore (30-29) lost 5-3 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Eric Sogard hit his 10th bomb of the season in the opening frame to stake Lake Elsinore to a 1-0 lead. He also added his third triple of the year – his seventh game with multiple extra base hits. Sogard is in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak, going 20-for-44 with eight doubles, a triple and two homers. He has scored 11 runs while plating seven over that span. Sogard has 50 extra base hits this year, placing him in the top 10 in the California League.

Five of the nine hits and three of the five runs, four earned, that Nathan Culp allowed over seven innings came in the seventh inning. He also walked one while recording 12 ground ball outs. It is the 12th time in 25 outings that the southpaw has allowed eight or more hits. Culp has given up four runs or more in four straight outings, allowing 23 runs, 15 earned, on 32 hits over 21.1 innings.

Fort Wayne (28-30) won 8-1 over Lansing (Blue Jays)

Cory Luebke earned his third Midwest League victory, tossing six innings of one-run ball on four hits and a walk while striking out four and notching eight ground ball outs. Luebke has allowed two runs or less in six of his eight starts with Fort Wayne after giving up two runs or less in three of 15 starts in the California League.

After hurling 108 innings since the beginning of the year, Wynn Pelzer saw himself in the pen on Wednesday for the first time since May 14 – a move made to curtail his innings on the season after fracturing his knee cap last year in the Cape. The right-hander allowed two hits while recording each of his outs by way of the strikeout. Pelzer has posted a 2.90 ERA across 21 starts and has fanned 21 in 16 innings of relief.

Sawyer Carroll reached base three times, netting a pair of singles for his first multi-hit game in Fort Wayne and a walk while knocking in a run and scoring twice. The outfielder had been in a 0-for-15 slump and has struck out six times in his last 12 at-bats. Carroll has 16 multi-hit games across two leagues and has driven in 41 runs in 53 games in his debut professional season.

Eugene (32-30) won 9-5 over Vancouver (A's)

The Northwest League leader in hits, Dan Robertson, piled another four onto his growing total. The outfielder went 4-for-6 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs. Robertson has reached base safely in 21 straight games, hitting .417 over his last 19 games with 35 hits in 84 at-bats, collecting four games with multiple extra base hits over that span. Robertson also hopped into the top five in the circuit in extra base hits with his 23 on the year. Robertson did commit his fourth error of the season, leading to an unearned run.

Tyson Bagley provided an inning and two-thirds scoreless, stranding an inherited runner and facing the minimum while striking out two. The right-hander had seen eight of the first nine runners he has inherited on the year score. Bagley has allowed two earned runs over 16.2 innings as a reliever, sporting a 1.08 ERA. He has struck out 26 over that span. As a starter, Bagley posted a 6.10 ERA across six starts.

James Darnell recorded his first two RBIs as a professional, driving in a run with a first inning single and adding an RBI double in the fifth. He ended the night going 2-for-5 with a strikeout. Through his first two games, Darnell has a pair of multi-hit games and has reached base safely in five of his 10 plate appearances.

AZL Padres (14-6) won 2-1 over AZL Angels

Chris Wilkes pounded the zone over six frames, yielding one run on five hits without walking a batter in a no-decision. The right-hander struck out five and recorded 10 ground ball outs while also picking off a runner. Wilkes has allowed one run or less in four straight and six of his last seven. He has gone 31 straight innings without walking a batter. He has a 2.85 ERA across eight starts.

Kevin Hansen's one out double in the bottom of the eighth led to a AZL Padres win. He drove in two with the two-bagger – his second double of the game and eighth of the year. The infielder is 7-for-17 over his last four games and has knocked in six over his last three. Since moving into the leadoff spot, Hansen is hitting .338 with a .471 on-base percentage.

Eric Gonzalez added another two scoreless innings to his ledger, giving up two hits while striking out four to lower his ERA to 0.98 and move to 2-0 on the campaign. The right-hander has tossed scoreless ball over his last 12.1 innings, striking out 22 over that span. Gonzalez has not allowed a hit or walk to the leadoff batter in the 18 innings he has started.

DSL Padres (28-40) lost 4-0 to DSL Nationals 1 in game one, lost 5-4 in game two

Deiber Sanchez got the game one start and took the loss, his fifth, giving up three runs, two earned, on eight hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings. The right-hander out of Colombia came into the contest with 14 hits allowed over his first 25.2 innings. Ten of the 18 runs he has given up have come over his last four outings, as he had surrendered runs in two of the previous 12.

After going hitless in the opener, Rymer Liriano smashed his ninth homer of the year in the nightcap – a solo bomb – going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. He is tied for third in the Dominican Summer League in dingers. The outfielder has four RBIs and five runs scored over his last three games. He also has three multi-hit games in his last five.

Luis De La Cruz dropped his fourth game, giving up five runs, two earned, on five hits, a hit batsman and a walk over 4.1 innings, striking out four. Four of the five hits allowed went for extra bases, one leaving the yard. Eight of his first 33 hits yielded went for extra bases. De La Cruz has allowed five runs or more three times in nine starts.

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