Matt Buschmann was on the hook for five runs – all earned – on six hits and three walks across 5.2 innings. He also hit towo batters and left with two runners on – neither of whom would score. Buschmann has given up five runs or more in nine of his 17 outings this season. The right-hander allowed a three-run homer – his fifth straight game with a homer allowed. Buschmann leads the Pacific Coast League with 10 losses.
Michael O'Connor worked an inning and one-third scoreless, giving up one hit and striking out two. The left-hander stranded two inherited runners – the first two that he has seen when entering a game since joining Portland. The southpaw has held left-handed hitters to a .185 average in 27 at-bats while righties are swatting .545 off him in 22 at-bats. O'Connor has a 3.68 ERA in five relief outings after posting a 9.00 ERA as a starter.
San Antonio (7-6, 48-37) won 5-1 over NW Arkansas (Royals)
Mat Latos had a perfect game through five innings, using 58 pitches to cruise through his outing, recording seven ground ball outs and seven strikeouts to pick up win number five. Latos struck out the side in the second. He was pulled due to his pitch count, keeping him fresh for the Futures Game and perhaps having his arm saved for a September callup. It is the fourth time in nine starts that he has not allowed a run and the seventh time he has given up two runs or less. He has held the opposition to one hit or less four times, including two of his last three.
Brandon Gomes saw the chance for a perfect game end with two outs in the eighth when he surrendered a double to right. He also walked the next batter before getting out with two scoreless innings to his credit. The right-hander has given up runs in 15 of his 38 appearances. He has allowed one run over his last 9.2 innings. Gomes has also held right-handed hitters to a .194 average on the season.
Lance Zawadzki tripled with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and came around to score to cap a four-run frame. It was his only hit of the game but upped his RBI total to 26 in Double-A and 60 on the season across two leagues. The shortstop is hitting .364 with runners in scoring position in San Antonio and has a .800 average with 12 RBI while batting with the bases loaded.
Lake Elsinore (8-7, 47-38) won 1-0 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)
Wynn Pelzer posted zeroes over six frames, giving up four hits and a walk while striking out seven en route to the Storm's fifth shutout of the year. The right-hander also recorded eight ground ball outs. Pelzer has given up two runs or less in eight of his 17 starts. The South Carolina alumnus has allowed four hits or less 10 times and moved into fifth place in the circuit with 95 strikeouts.
Bryan Oland picked up his 21st save in 23 opportunities, working an inning and one-third. He is tied for the California League lead in saves. He gave up two hits and struck out one. It is the sixth time this season that he has notched a save that has spanned more than an inning of work. The right-hander has given up runs in just five of his 35 appearances on the season and has given up four runs in his last 26.2 innings.
Fort Wayne (13-1, 58-26) won 12-5 over Cedar Rapids (Angels)
Drew Cumberland reached base in all five of his plate appearances. The shortstop had three hits – all singles – and a pair of walks. He also scored a season-high four times and added his 15th stolen base of the season in as many tries. It was the sixth time this season that he has notched three hits in a game and the third time he has reached at least four times. Cumberland is hitting .478 when he leads off an inning with a .600 on-base percentage.
Jaff Decker had thtee hits and a walk in five trips. The outfielder crushed his 11th double, notched his 35th RBI and scored three times. The outfielder has an RBI in four straight games and improved his hitting with runners in scoring position to .192 on the year. By comparison, Decker is hitting .329 with the bases empty. Decker has drawn a walk in eight of his last nine games and has a 48-to-39 walk-to-strikeout ratio.
Allan Dykstra was credited with three RBI, notching a two-run single and adding a sacrifice fly two innings later – his fourth sac fly of the year. The first baseman also drew a walk and scored two runs. The Wake Forest alumnus has hit just .177 with runners in scoring position this season. Dykstra has not hit better than .231 in any month this season and is batting .227 in early July.
Eugene (8-11) won 3-2 over Spokane (Rangers)
Nick Greenwood gave up a single run on two hits across six innings in a no-decision. The left-hander plunked one batter and gave up two singles and a sacrifice fly. He retired the final 12 batters he faced, striking out six on the night. The left-hander topped out at 88 mph on the radar gun during his outing and no one seemed to get good wood off him. Greenwood has not allowed more than one run in any of his four starts and has given up just two extra base hits.
"In the bullpen I was a little wild," Greenwood said. "When I came out, I was able to command the fastball and the changeup. I threw a lot of changeups. Coming into the game, we heard they were a free-swinging team. To get them off-balance really worked out.
"He did a great job and has been doing a great job," Bo Davis said. "The pitch count is getting up so he is getting to go a little deeper into games.
"The starting pitching has been doing a great job. We have to do a better job early of getting some runs to help us win games."
"I asked them again when that pitch count was going up," Greenwood said of working through five innings while feeling good. "The defense behind me made some great plays."
The Emerlds left the bases loaded three times on Thursday and finally came through on their fourth attempt. Bo Davis secured a walkoff, literally, drawing a walk on a 3-1 pitch with the bases loaded to win the game. The outfielder didn't immediately run to first before realizing he had to touch first for it to be official. Davis went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and the RBI. He has seven multi-hit games through his first 17 and has scored a run in five of his last six.
"Tough night," Davis said. "We kept trying to battle to get a run across. We had to keep battling to the end like we did. The execution – we need to keep trying. Take the pressure off and know if you don't get a hit, the guy behind you will. That will make things easier.
"That was my first walk-off walk in my career. I thought once he touched home the game was going to end. I guess you have to go to first."
Jason Codiroli doubled with a man on first in the ninth to put the winning run 90-feet away. He also notched a single in the sixth to finish 2-for-4. Codiroli, who burned his batting gloves before the game and hit without batting gloves for the first time this season, had been in a 0-for-22 slump since getting five hits in his first 12 at-bats with two homers and four RBI.
"We are looking for a big hit and once we got that big hit, things will fall into place," Codiroli said. "That is the way it goes sometimes. I have been in a slump and kept plugging away – fortunately I had a good game.
"That first hit I got felt awesome but my hands were stinging. I didn't even care. I was smiling in the dugout and all the guys were laughing. I am probably going to go without gloves tomorrow."
"We have to get the big hit in the big spot – my job is to go out there and give them a chance to win," Greenwood said.
AZL Padres (7-8) had a scheduled day off
DSL Padres (14-19) won 8-7 over DSL Rockies in 12 innings
Manuel Nuno doubled in the winning run with one out in the 12th inning to provide the walk-off win. The first baseman had a seaon-high four hits in six at-bats, scoring twice and driving in three. Nuno did commit his sixth error of the year. It is the sixth time this year that Nuno has recorded multiple RBI in a game. He has scored a run in four straight, touching home seven times over that span.
Yair Lopez would score the winning run in the 12th after netting a one-out single and stealing second. The outfielder had two hits on the day and scored twice. The stolen base was his 11th in 16 attempts. Lopez has been on base in each of his last 10 games with a hit in nine of those. Over his last 10, he is 15-for-43 – a .349 average – with six walks, 10 runs scored and five RBI.
Esteban Javier provided an inning and two-thirds of scoreless ball, striking out one and facing one less than the minimum when he picked off a runner. He also stranded a pair of inherited runner. The left-hander has stranded 10 of the 14 runners he has inherited on the year. He has given up runs in three of his 11 appearances – six coming in one outing. Javier has held the opposition to a .170 average.
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