Yamid Haad hit his first homer since joining the Beavers, smacking a three-run blast in the eighth inning with the team down by two. He had two hits on the night and went 0-for-1 throwing out base runners attempting to steal. Haad doubled his RBI output for the year after knocking in three in his first 20 games with Portland. He came into the game 7-for-17 with runners in scoring position but had not had an extra base hit in those situations.
Adam Russell picked up his second save with the Beavers, yielding two hits across two innings while striking out a pair and recording three ground ball outs. The right-hander has not allowed a run in his first five innings with Portland and has saved each of his last two – both of the two-inning variety. He is now 7-for-9 in converting save opportunities across two leagues.
San Antonio (18-24, 57-54) won 10-8 over Frisco (Rangers)
Eric Sogard had two hits in five at-bats with a sacrifice fly. The second baseman collected his 16th double and knocked in three runs to give him 30 for the year while scoring once. Sogard had gone 12 games without an RBI and had not notched a multi-RBI game since July 2. He has scored a run in four straight games and six of his last seven.
Seth Johnston banged out four hits – all singles – in five trips, plating a pair and scoring a run in his third game back with the Missions. In nine games with Portland, Johnston hit .375 with seven extra base hits, including four homers, six runs scored and six RBI. It is his second four-hit game over his last nine across two leagues. His last extra base hit in Double-A came n July 12 – a span of 13 contests.
Cory Luebke earned his second win in the Texas League, giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out four and notching six ground ball outs across five innings. The left-hander has allowed one earned run or less in all five of his starts with the Missions and has seen four unearned runs score on his watch while yielding just three earned in 20.1 innings.
Lake Elsinore (20-22, 59-53) won 8-2 over High Desert (Mariners)
Brian Joynt led the Storm assault in his first game since moving down from Double-A with five RBI, hitting a three-run homer in the fourth inning and smacking a double. The outfielder hit .236 with 14 extra base hits, 28 runs scored and 31 RBI across 65 games with San Antonio. Joynt had been hitting .183 since the Double-A All-Star break with just 21 hits in 115 at-bats.
James Darnell had four hits out of the three-hole, belting a pair of doubles – his 11th and 12th in the California League – and adding an RBI and two runs scored. The third baseman has 23 extra base hits in 37 games since joining the Storm, extending his hitting streak to 11 games and his on base streak to 28. He is hitting .369 over the life of the 28-game streak with 18 extra base hits.
Fort Wayne (31-8, 76-34) versus South Bend (Diamondbacks) postponed due to rain
Eugene (20-27) won 2-1 over Tri-City (Rockies)
Jerry Sullivan improved to 3-2, giving up one run on three hits and a walk, hitting a batter and tossing two wild pitches while striking out three and netting eight ground ball outs. The right-hander has given up three runs over 18 innings since joining the rotation, striking out 21. In six relief appearances, Sullivan posted a 5.91 ERA.
Ryan Hinson earned the save, tossing the final three frames. He yielded one hit, pitching to one over the minimum, and struck out six. The left-hander had given up runs in all six of his relief appearances with Eugene coming into the game. The leadoff hitter of the inning boasted a .636 on-base percentage off Hinson in Northwest League play. He retired the leadoff man in all three of his innings on Friday.
AZL Padres (5-6, 18-21) won 4-3 over AZL Dodgers in 11 innings
Steve Garrison did not allow a hit or a walk across three scoreless innings while striking out six. The left-hander's only blemish was a hit batsman. It is the second time since his rehab began in late June that he has worked at least three innings. Garrison had now thrown 14 frames over seven starts. His six strikeouts were a season-high, topping his previous high of three set in his last outing.
James Needy, a sixth-round pick this year, made his system debut, working a pair of scoreless innings. He yielded two hits and a walk while striking out a pair. The right-hander went 9-4 with a 1.14 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 79.0 innings during his senior season at Santee High School in Santee, California and spurned a scholarship offer with USD to sign with the Padres.
With the AZL Padres down a run in the bottom of the tenth, Cody Decker delivered a double to center to tie the game up and singled in the winning run an inning later. Decker had three hits and upped his Arizona League leading RBI total to 45. The first baseman has reached base in 17 straight games and has an RBI in nine of his last 10 and 18 of his last 23. He has driven in at least two runs in 14 contests.
DSL Padres (22-37) won 14-0 over DSL Orioles
Miguel Del Castillo reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 3-for-3, smacking all singles, and drawing a pair of walks. He also notched an RBI while scoring three times as the designated hitter. It was his second multi-hit game in the last five after netting just once such game in his first 29 contests. The backstop is hitting just .186 on the season and has just two extra base hits to his credit.
Manuel Nuno drilled his fourth homer of the season in the seventh inning, a two-run blast, and reached base three times with a pair of walks. He scored each time he reached and the first baseman has touched home five times over his last three games. Nuno is hitting just .217 with runners in scoring position this season and came into the game with three hits in his previous 25 at-bats.
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