Josh Geer allowed one run over his first seven innings before a walk, an error on a sacrifice bunt, a second successful sacrifice, an intentional walk to load the bases and a single pushed two more across. He was on the hook for three runs, two earned, on six hits and three walks in a complete game, netting 15 ground ball outs. Geer also went 2-for-3 at the dish with a double. It is the second time this year he has gone at least eight innings. He has allowed two earned or less in four of his six Portland starts.
Craig Stansberry did not record one of the five Portland hits but notched the lone RBI with a sacrifice fly. He did, however, commit his 15th error, leading to an unearned run. The sacrifice fly was his third of the season – the last coming on April 28. Stansberry has notched an RBI in four straight games – his longest RBI streak of the season. The infielder had two three-game streaks earlier in the season.
San Antonio (23-30, 62-60) won 8-3 over Springfield (Cardinals)
Eric Sogard belted a pair of solo homers, one to leadoff the game and a second one in the ninth inning, as part of a four-hit game that included his 19th double. It was the first multi-homer game of his career and gave him five bombs on the year. It was also the first time this year that he has had four hits in a contest and game him three multi-hit games in his last four. His last homer came on July 2.
Cory Luebke improved to 3-1, giving up one run on three hits without walking a batter and striking out five. The southpaw also notched seven ground ball outs. Luebke has given up one earned run or less in six of his first seven starts in Double-A. This was the first time he has not walked a batter with San Antonio and the third time he has accomplished the feat this season. He has allowed two runs or less in 16 of his 21 starts.
Lake Elsinore (23-30, 62-61) lost 5-2 to Lancaster (Astros)
Nick Schmidt was pulled after an inning and one-third, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra bases, including a homer. He left with the bases loaded, two of those runners would score. It is the second time since joining the Storm that he has not made it through two innings. Schmidt has given up four or more runs in four straight starts and in seven of his 11 overall in the California League.
James Darnell hit his 13th homer of the season in the opening frame – a two-run shot. It was the only runs the Storm would score, as they managed just four hits. The third baseman's last four hits have gone for extra bases, giving him 28 over a 48-game span with the Storm. Seven of his homers with the Storm have come with runners on base and 12 overall across two leagues.
Fort Wayne (38-14, 83-40) lost 15-7 to Lansing (Blue Jays)
Dexter Carter recorded just one out before being removed from the game. The right-hander was shelled for eight runs, all earned, on six hits, two hit batters, and a walk – leaving with one man still on base. The shortest outing prior to Thursday was a pair of 3.1-inning stints – one with Fort Wayne and a second with Kannapolis. He has given up six runs or more four times on the year across two leagues.
Colin Lynch surrendered five runs, four earned, on six hits across two innings, striking out three. The right-hander allowed two extra base hits, including a homer. Lynch has given up runs in four of his last five outings as the long reliever and has given up at least three runs twice in his last three appearances. Lynch has allowed 10 runs on 16 hits across his last 11.1 innings.
Eugene (26-33) won 4-2 over Vancouver (A's)
Jon Berger went six-plus, leaving after surrendering a solo homer to open the seventh. The right-hander was on the hook for two runs on five hits and one walk while striking six. Berger has given up two runs or less in five of his seven starts with the Emeralds and nine of 11 starts overall across two leagues. Berger has gone at least six innings in five of his Northwest League starts.
Nate Freiman added two more RBI to his resume, giving him a Northwest League leading 48 on the year. Freiman is in the midst of a 25-game on base streak where he is hitting .354 over the streak with 11 doubles, four homers, and 25 RBI. It is the second longest streak of any Eugene player this year; Jason Codiroli has the longest streak – one that ended at 28 games on Thursday. This is Freiman's second streak of 19 or more games.
AZL Padres (9-12, 22-27) lost 10-8 to AZL Royals
James Needy was tagged for six runs, five earned, on six hits and a pair of walks across four innings, striking out three and hitting a batter. The right-hander had not allowed a run over his first six innings of professional ball. Three of the hits went for extra bases, including a three-run homer. Needy had walked just one coming into the game with just three hits allowed.
Jonathan Alia had three hits in four trips while also drawing a walk as the designated hitter. He notched his 11th double, scored a run and added his 34th RBI while also stealing his first base of the season. The infielder has notched an RBI in five of his last six games and has four multi-hit games in his last six. Alia is hitting .350 this season with runners in scoring position.
DSL Padres (24-44) lost 3-1 to DSL Orioles
Amaury Ceren suffered his third loss, giving up a pair of unearned runs on two hits and a walk across three innings, striking out two and tossing a pair of wild pitches. Ceren has allowed just one earned run over his last 17 innings but still has two losses to show for it. He has lowered his ERA from 8.22 to 2.92 over that span. The right-hander has tossed eight wild pitches this season.
Felix Cabrera had one of the DSL Padres two hits, singling and scoring a run. He also drew a walk out of the leadoff spot. The third baseman was, however, responsible for a pair of unearned runs thanks to his 25th error of the campaign. Cabrera has a .187 average on the year but a .377 on-base percentage thanks to 42 walks. Seventeen of his errors have come at third base where he had a .816 fielding percentage entering the game.
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