Brett Dowdy had three hits, including a double, in the defeat, scoring a run and drawing a walk. The infielder is hitting .303 over his last 31 contests with 15 extra base hits, 20 runs scored and 16 RBIs.
Joe Thatcher took the blown save and the loss, giving up three runs on four hits and a hit batsman over one-third of an inning. It is the 10th time in 36 appearances that the left-hander has allowed a run. He had pitched six straight scoreless outings.
San Antonio (34-33, 73-64) won 9-7 over Corpus Christi (Astros)
Drew Macias belted his 11th homer – the eventual game winner – in the bottom of the eighth inning off former Padres farmhand Jose Oyervidez, shipping off a two-run blast as part of a 2-for-5 night. Macias has five homers over his last 28 games – more than he had in the previous 81 combined.
Kyle Blanks smacked homers 19 and 20 on Saturday, driving in three runs in a four-hit performance. The first baseman did, however, commit his eighth error, leading to an unearned run. It was his second multi-homer game of the year and the third time in his last six games that he has collected four or more hits.
Lake Elsinore (39-29, 71-67) won 9-2 over High Desert (Mariners)
Allan Dykstra hit his first professional homer, smacking a grand slam in the fifth inning, and added a single, a walk and five RBIS. The first baseman now has 10 RBIs over his last three games and he has reached base 11 times in five games with the Storm.
Luis Durango reached base four times, drawing a pair of walks, hitting a double and adding a triple out of the leadoff spot. He did, however, commit his first error in Cal League play. He upped his on-base streak to 15 games and hitting streak to 10. Durango has 10 multi-hit games in 15 overall with the Storm.
Nathan Culp picked up his 14th win of the season, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out two and notching nine ground ball outs over six innings. It is the 12th time in 26 starts that he has allowed two runs or less.
Fort Wayne (33-35, 70-68) lost 3-1 to Great Lakes (Dodgers)
Cory Luebke allowed three runs on six hits, including a two-run homer, across six innings. While the lefty recorded 14 ground ball outs, two balls went for extra bases. Luebke has held the opposition to a .194 average with runners on since joining the Midwest League.
Dylan Axelrod pitched two perfect frames, striking out four en route to retiring every batter he faced. The right-hander has allowed one run over his last 11.2 innings, yielding five hits while striking out 18.
Eugene (37-35) lost 1-0 to Vancouver (A's)
Simon Castro allowed four base runners and just one hit across a career-high seven innings in a no-decision. The right-hander walked two, hit a batter and surrendered a single while striking out five and netting 11 ground ball outs. Castro had allowed 14 runs on 21 hits over his previous 13.2 innings.
Tyler Davis suffered the loss, giving up a run on two walks, a hit batsman and a single over an inning and one-third, dropping to 2-3 on the campaign. It is the second game in a row that he has taken the loss, as Davis has given up four earned over his last two outings in Eugene after giving up three earned over his first 19.
AZL Padres (19-9, 33-32) finished season by losing 9-7 to AZL Angels
Edinson Rincon reached base three times with two walks and a double – his first two-bagger and second extra base hit on the year – while driving in a pair and scoring once. He did, however, commit his eighth fielding error. Rincon had an RBI in five of his last six games.
Chris Wilkes lasted just four innings in the final start of the season, giving up six runs, four earned, on seven hits while fanning four. He did get seven outs on the ground but did give up two extra base hits and saw four runners successfully steal off him. Wilkes had allowed four runs or more once previously and had never given up more than five.
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