Justin Huber had a night of perfection and it was his fifth hit of the day – a single in the ninth – that put the Beavers up a run, 5-4. All of his hits were singles and Huber did not figure into the rest of the scoring, becoming the third player this year to net five hits. Huber had collected six hits in his previous 32 at-bats coming into the game with 12 strikeouts. Huber had three three-hit games through his first 60 games.
Edwin Moreno came on to close the door. After an inning opening single and failed sacrifice, Moreno surrendered a two-run homer that sent Portland home with a loss in their season finale. Moreno blew eight of his 25 save opportunities on the year – all coming in his last 17 attempts to end a game. He has surrendered eight homers on the year – four of those leading to blown saves and losses.
Javis Diaz had two hits, including a triple, in three trips while also getting hit by a pitch and scoring a pair of runs. Diaz had been 0-for-6 in his first two Triple-A games and hitless over his previous 14 at-bats across two leagues after hitting .253 across 104 games with Lake Elsinore. He ends the year with four triples to his name and 71 runs scored across two leagues.
San Antonio (36-34, 75-65) lost 4-1 to Corpus Christi (Astros) - headed to postseason
With the final tally of this game not of consequence to the playoff chase, all eyes were on the Midland-Frisco game with the Missions rooting for Frisco, which scored four runs in the first. Midland scored two in the top of the third to make it 4-2 before tying the game up with two more in the seventh. San Antonio won the season series over Midland, meaning any tie went to the Missions. A wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth scored a fifth Frisco run. Midland would not respond in the ninth, pushing the Missions into the playoffs.
Mike Baxter accounted for the lone San Antonio run, hitting a solo bomb in the second inning, his eighth of the year and one of just three hits for the squad. It was his second homer in four games after not going deep in his previous 26 games. The outfielder has scored a run in six of his last seven games. Baxter hit .290 over his final 28 games.
Mike Ekstrom allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out two across six innings, needing just 65 pitches, including 73.8 percent of those for strikes. He induced 10 ground ball outs and six fly outs while tossing a wild pitch. Ekstrom allowed two runs or less in his final three starts after allowing five runs or more in six of his first 11. The right-hander posted a 2.12 ERA across his final 59.1 innings.
Lake Elsinore (39-31, 71-69) lost 6-4 to High Desert (Mariners) - headed to postseason
Wynn Pelzer made his California League debut, coming on in relief in the sixth inning. The right-hander was charged with four runs, three earned, on three hits and a walk while tossing a wild pitch in his welcome to High-A. Pelzer went 9-6 with a 3.19 ERA across 29 games, including 23 starts, with Fort Wayne. In 118.1 innings he allowed 114 hits, walked 32 and struck out 100.
Mitch Canham reached base three times, hitting a three-run bomb in the sixth inning – his eighth – while adding a single and drawing a walk. It was just the second game he has homered in over his last 48 – his last a two-homer contest on August 12. Canham's three RBIs gave him 81 for the season, as five of his homers came with men on base where he is a .324 hitter.
Cesar Carrillo took his fifth loss, allowing two runs on six hits, hitting a batter and striking out three across five innings while recording eight ground ball outs. It is the third straight start that he has allowed two runs or less and the fourth time he has gone at least five innings while allowing two or fewer. Carrillo had walked a batter in each of his last 12 outings before not issuing a free pass on Monday.
Fort Wayne (34-36, 71-69) finishes season, losing 3-0 to Great Lakes (Dodgers)
After allowing the first two batters to reach, Jeremy McBryde struck out the side. He would go on to fan six over five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk, dropping to 8-9 on the season. McBryde did not allow more than three runs over his last nine starts after giving up four or more in seven of the previous nine.
Brad Chalk was the lone player to record a multi-hit game, collecting two of the Wizards four hits while also drawing a walk. He also stole his 19th bag of the season but after not getting thrown out all year, he was gunned down twice on Monday. After going 14 games without a free pass, Chalk has drawn a walk in five straight and six of the last seven. The outfielder hit .365 with runners in scoring position this season.
Eugene (38-36) won 10-4 over Everett (Mariners)
Jaff Decker singled and scored on a wild pitch in the first inning of his first game in the Northwest League. Decker ended the game with two hits and two runs scored in five at-bats. Decker won the Arizona Rookie League MVP after hitting .352 with a .523 on-base percentage. He has 18 multi-hit games across two leagues, reaching base 113 times in 50 games with 58 hits and 55 walks.
Dan Robertson doubled in each of his first two at-bats, scoring in the first inning and plating a run with his two-bagger an inning later. His third double and 20th of the year came in the seventh inning and tied the Eugene record for most hits in a season at 110 – set last season by Luis Durango. James Buckner set the Northwest League record with 113 hits for Lewiston in 1972. Robertson had two RBIs and is now second in the circuit with 45 RBIs on the season and he is tied for third in the doubles category.
James Darnell had three hits out of the three-hole in the lineup, smacking his fifth double, hitting his second homer and driving in three runs while scoring once. Darnell has a 14-game on-base streak and a 10-game hitting streak. The third baseman has notched six extra base hits over his last six games with 11 RBIs over that span. Darnell sports a .485 on-base percentage and all os his extra base hits have come with runners on base.
Eugene has not reached the postseason since 2000 and still need to win their final two games and have Vancouver beat Salem-Keizer over their final two. Vancouver beat Salem 6-3 on Monday.
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