Frieri fine in Double-A; Antonelli hitting

Matt Antonelli's triple is key while Justin Germano struggles. Ernesto Frieri made his first Double-A start and made it count. Jeremy Hefner tosses six hitless innings but the Wizards lose. Jeudy Valdez homers but the bullpen falters again in Eugene. Jose DePaula and Colin Lynch have rough outings.

Portland (69-69) won 2-0 over Salt Lake (Angels) in game one, lost 6-3 in game two

Shawn Estes fell two outs shy of a complete game shutout, tossing 6.1 innings of three-hit ball, walking a trio and setting down two by strikeout to improve to 5-2. It is the fifth time in eight Pacific Coast League starts that the southpaw has surrendered two runs or less. Estes recorded two double play grounders for the first time in a start across three leagues.

Matt Antonelli accounted for both Portland game one runs, tripling in a run in the fifth and coming around to score on a single out of the nine-hole in the lineup. The hit – his lone one of the contest – pushed his hitting streak to five games. Antonelli is batting .296 over his last 25 games with seven extra base hits and 16 runs scored.

Justin Germano dropped to 2-8, giving up six runs, five earned, on six hits and a walk while fanning five across six frames. The right-hander allowed three extra base hits, including a solo homer, in a 94-pitch outing. It is the seventh time in 15 starts that Germano has allowed five or more runs and 40 of his 109 hits surrendered on the season have gone for extra bases. His last win came on June 19.

San Antonio (31-32, 70-63) won 4-2 over Midland (A's)

Colt Morton capped a four-run opening frame with a bases loaded single and that early lead stood. It was the catcher's lone hit of the game, as he also drew a walk. Morton has five hits in his last eight at-bats, giving him his highest average (.193) in Double-A since May 19 when he was hitting .200. For the season, however, Morton is batting .178 across three leagues in 213 at-bats.

Ernesto Frieri, making his first career start in Double-A, allowed two hits across seven innings – both were solo homers – while walking two and striking out six in a 92-pitch effort. Frieri, who made a spot start in Triple-A, has allowed two runs or less in five straight starts across three leagues. He has a 3.82 ERA over 35 games, including 20 starts, for the year and posted a 4.00 mark with Lake Elsinore. This was the fourth time he has given up multiple homers.

Gabe DeHoyos retired all three batters he faced in a scoreless eighth, picking up his 13th hold of the year. It was just the seventh time in 57 appearances that he has not recorded a strikeout, as the right-hander has fanned an average of 11.86 batters per nine innings. DeHoyos has held the opposition to a 2.17 ERA over his last 29 innings of work, striking out 36 over that span.

Lake Elsinore (35-29, 67-67) had a scheduled day off

Fort Wayne (31-33, 68-66) lost 6-1 to South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Jeremy Hefner tossed six no-hit innings, yielding three walks and pitching to the minimum across six innings – striking out a half-dozen. The right-hander walked one in the first but that runner was erased trying to move to third on an errant throw to second base on a steal attempt. A double play in the second erased the second walk issued and a caught stealing ensued an inning later. He retired the last 11 he faced. It is the 17th time in 24 starts that he has allowed two runs or less and fifth time he has given up two hits or less while going five or more innings.

Matt Teague was charged with five runs, four earned, on three hits, a walk and a hit batsman across two-thirds of an inning. The southpaw came into the game with a 2.59 ERA across his first 22 relief appearances, seeing that number jump to 3.40 afterwards. His average against is .303 for the season and he has had it under .300 for just five appearances all season, as the opposition is hitting .351 off him with runners on and two outs.

Eugene (35-33) lost 9-4 to Salem-Keizer (Giants)

For the second time in as many games, Jeudy Valdez hit a game-tying homer. This one – also a two-run blast – came in the fifth inning to knot the game at 2-2. Valdez went 3-for-4 on the night, giving him not only successive multi-hit contests for the first time this season but both have been three-hit affairs. He has a six-game hitting streak and has scored a run in six of his last seven while plating six in his last six.

Rob Musgrave came in with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and allowed all three inherited runners to score. He worked to four batters and each reached base safely, via three hits and a walk, and all would come around to score. Six of the nine runners he has inherited on the year have scored. Musgrave came into the game with one earned run allowed over his last 14.2 innings. He had never allowed more than two runs in an outing and had held the opposition to eight hits in 41 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Ali Solis continued his torrid pace in the Northwest League, going 2-for-3 with a walk and hitting his first homer for the Emeralds and third overall, smacking a solo shot. The backstop has three straight multi-hit games since joining the Ems and sports a six-game hitting streak across two leagues. Solis is 9-for-22 over the life of the current streak with three extra base hits.

AZL Padres (18-7, 32-21) lost 8-1 to AZL Rangers

Jose DePaula allowed four runs, two earned, on seven hits and a walk over four innings while also tossing two wild pitches and striking out three to take his first loss since July 22. It is the sixth time he has allowed four runs in a start, although he has only given up four earned runs once this season. The left-hander has been on the hook for nine unearned runs across 13 starts. DePaula came into the contest with five earned runs allowed over his last six starts.

Colin Lynch was on the hook for three runs on five hits in his lone inning of work. It is the 10th time in 21 appearances that the right-hander has allowed runs. He has given up multiple runs eight times. It was also the fourth time he has given up at least four hits in a relief outing. The opposition is hitting .425 off Lynch with runners in scoring position with 17 hits in 40 at-bats for the year.

Edinson Rincon logged the lone RBI on a 1-for-3 night, singling in a run in with two outs in the seventh inning. The third baseman has just four hits with the bases empty this season but is 14-for-31 on the year, a .452 average, with 17 RBIs with runners in scoring position. He has knocked in a run in 12 of his 22 games this season. Rincon, however, has just one extra base hit to his credit.

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