Dykstra game-winner; AZL Padres knocked out

Robert Woodard is smoked to the tune of 10 runs in a Portland start. Manny Ayala lasts just one-third of an inning in a shellacking. Allan Dykstra has the game-winner. Felix Carrasco and Yefri Carvajal collect a pair of extras. Nick Vincent is hit early and often. Stiven Osuna allows one run but is foiled, kicking the AZL Padres out of contention.

Portland (70-71) lost 11-2 to Tacoma (Mariners)

Robert Woodard was shelled in a spot start with Triple-A Portland, surrendering 10 runs, all earned, on nine hits and a walk over 3.1 innings. He surrendered six extra base hits, including a pair of homers. The right-hander had allowed just eight earned runs across 29.2 innings with the Storm, holding the opposition to a .179 average. He had surrendered 12 earned over his other six starts across two leagues.

John Madden, also moved up to Triple-A after spending the year in Lake Elsinore, was on the hook for a run on two hits, including a homer, over an inning and two-thirds. He came in with two inherited runners on and both scored. Thirteen of the 34 runners he has inherited this year have scored across two leagues. Madden posted a 3.88 ERA across 52 appearances with the Storm.

Peter Ciofrone came through with his 18th homer of the season, plating one of two runs off former Padres farmhand Travis Chick. He also drew a walk in the contest. Ciofrone has homered in successive games – the fourth time this season he has accomplished the feat with both coming in the first season. The left-handed batter has hit 16 homers off right-handed pitching this season.

San Antonio (33-33, 72-64) lost 12-1 to Midland (A's)

Manny Ayala tossed 32 pitches before getting pulled after one-third of an inning in his start. The right-hander hit a batter, allowed four hits and walked one, leaving with the bases loaded, one of which scored. Ayala has allowed 23 runs on 28 hits and seven walks over his last 15.1 Double-A innings, seeing his ERA with the Missions jump from 3.33 to 5.23.

Philip Barzilla allowed one of three inherited runners to score when he came in during a bases loaded situation with one out. He would, however, go on to allow four of his own runs, three earned, on four hits and three walks, giving up a three-run homer, across 2.2 frames. The left-hander has stranded 13 of the 14 runners he has stranded on the season. Barzilla has surrendered runs in 12 of his 33 outings with the Missions.

Mauro Zarate came in with the bases juiced and one out in the sixth, allowing all three inherited runners to come around. He also surrendered one of his own runs on three hits over 2.2 innings. After giving up one earned run over his first 25.1 innings in Double-A, Zarate has allowed nine over his last 20.1 frames, allowing a run in seven of his last 10 appearances. Six of the 10 runners he has inherited in Double-A have scored.

Lake Elsinore (38-29, 70-67) won 8-7 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

The Storm overcame a 7-3 deficit, scoring a pair of runs in the eighth and walking off with a win two batters into the ninth. Allan Dykstra singled in Bryan Joynt to end the game after Joynt doubled. Dykstra reached base four times, netting three singles and a walk while driving in two. The first baseman has five RBIs over his last two games and has been on base eight times through four contests.

Evan Scribner was the beneficiary of the comeback, improving to 2-1 in the California League. He allowed a hit over a scoreless eighth in a tie game. The right-hander has allowed runs in three of his 19 appearances since joining the Storm and Friday marked just the third time that he did not record a strikeout during his outing. Scribner has held the opposition to a .152 average against.

Barry Gunther reached base three times and scored each time, drawing a pair of walks and adding a double in four trips. He also went 1-for-2 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal. The backstop came into the game with one hit in his previous 23 at-bats but has scored 10 runs in 14 games. He has thrown out seven of the 22 runners attempting a theft off him in the Cal League.

Fort Wayne (33-34, 70-67*) won 5-2 over Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Felix Carrasco collected three hits, notching a pair of extra base hits, notching a double and homer – his 16th in each category. The blast was a two-run shot and he scored twice. The homer matched his long ball total from his previous 29 games. He came into the game with just eight hits in his previous 60 at-bats, a .133 average, while netting just two RBIs. He has struck out 157 times on the year.

Yefri Carvajal pounded out a pair of doubles, numbers 26 and 27 on the season, scoring a run and notching his 55th RBI of the year. The outfielder has eight doubles during the month of August – his highest two-bagger total of any month to date. Five of his last six hits have gone for extra bases and Carvajal has notched six RBIs over his last six games.

Jackson Quezada, a post-season All-Star in the Midwest League, earned his 27th save in 30 attempts by retiring the side in order. The right-hander has allowed runs in one of his last 16 outings and 11 of 58 overall. Quezada has given up just 15 hits in 127 at-bats to right-handed hitters, holding them to a scant .118 average. He has allowed just four extra base hits all season.

Eugene (37-34) lost 7-4 to Vancouver (A's)

Nick Vincent was tagged with the loss after surrendering seven runs, five earned, on eight hits and two walks over two innings. Vincent also committed an error – one of four on the day for the Ems. The right-hander has allowed 17 runs on 18 hits and seven walks over his last three starts in Eugene, spanning 10.2 innings.

Tyson Bagley faced six batters and retired them all over two innings, striking out three. The right-hander has allowed one base runner over his last 4.2 innings while striking out eight. As a reliever, Bagley has surrendered two earned runs over a span of 19.2 innings while striking out 32, a 0.92 ERA. As a starter, Bagley posted a 6.10 ERA across 20.2 frames.

Matt Clark went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored but also matched his hit total with a pair of errors, brining the first baseman's miscue total to seven on the season. Clark has committed five errors over his last 12 games. The California native has seven hits over his last 13 at-bats with five RBIs and five runs scored. Clark is 2-for-27 when he leads off an inning but is hitting .387 at any other time.

AZL Padres (19-8, 33-22) lost 1-0 to AZL Giants

Stiven Osuna allowed just two hits over 6.2 innings but the lone run to score was enough to give the AZL All-Star his third loss. Osuna walked four and struck out three while netting eight ground ball outs. It was the 11th straight start that Osuna has surrendered two runs or less while going five innings or more, as the right-hander has surrendered 10 earned runs over that span. He has allowed three hits or less in four of those starts, although the four walks were a career-high.

Eric Gonzalez kept things as they were over the next 2.1 innings, facing the minimum and recording five of the seven outs by way of the strikeout. The right-hander has struck out an average of 13.50 batters per nine innings. Gonzalez has allowed one run over his last 17.2 innings and is holding the opposition to a .195 average for the year.

The loss pushed the AZL Padres a game and a half back of the AZL Giants in the race for a second half title and shot at a Championship and thus eliminated the Padres, as they have one game remaining and the Giants do not play again. They managed just three hits, as the opposition worked a complete game shutout.

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