Mike Baxter accounted for all three Portland runs with his 13th homer of the season, a three-run blast in the third. He also added a single and stole his 16th base of the season in 20 attempts. The versatile outfielder is hitting .347 since the All-Star break with a .472 on-base percentage. He also has nine extra-base hits and 20 runs scored over that span.
Adam Russell took his ninth loss in relief, giving up a run on two hits and two walks in his one-third of an inning in the bottom of the ninth. He has allowed runs in 16 of his 39 appearances this season. The leadoff hitter of the inning is sporting a .500 on-base percentage off Russell, reaching in 21 of his 42 innings he has started.
San Antonio (18-22, 53-57) won 4-2 over Corpus Christi (Astros)
Jeremy Hefner crossed into double-digit wins with his 10th, allowing one run on five hits across six innings. He tossed 76 pitches, striking out six and notching five ground ball outs, including his 10th double play grounder of the year. Hefner has allowed two runs or less in 16 of his 22 starts and is holding the opposition to a .219 average with runners in scoring position.
Logan Forsythe collected four hits in five trips, clubbing a pair of doubles – his 13th and 14th – while adding a run scored and two RBI. The second baseman also swiped his 12th bag of the year. Forsythe has managed just a .360 slugging percentage in the Texas League and that number drops to a .271 mark at his home park of Nelson Wolff. He is a .331 hitter on the road with 11 of his 18 extra-base hits but .203 at home.
Lake Elsinore (22-18, 68-42) won 3-0 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Kevin Hansen broke a scoreless tie with a two-out RBI double in the seventh inning, his seventh RBI of the year and lone hit. The infielder is hitting .157 this season with one multi-hit game since May 10 while batting in eight different slots in the lineup. Hansen has just four hits in 42 at-bats with runners in scoring position, a .095 average. He has committed just five errors while playing all four infield positions.
Brad Brach closed out the game and secured the shutout, earning his 36th save of the year in 39 chances, one shy of the California League record. Already the Storm single season record holder, he needs one more to tie the 37-save mark set by Brian Anderson of San Jose in 2006. He has a run of 10 straight scoreless innings. Brach has held left-handed hitters to a .169 average.
Fort Wayne (23-16, 59-50) won 11-5 over Lansing (Blue Jays)
Jedd Gyorko pounded out four hits, collecting three singles and a double. He drove in his fourth Midwest League run and scored three times. The third baseman is hitting .333 across two leagues and .340 in 14 contests with the TinCaps. He is 8-for-17 over his last four games with four runs scored and two RBI.
Jeudy Valdez also reached base four times in five trips, going 3-for-4 with a walk. The second baseman notched all singles while scoring once and driving in two, as the 4-through-9 hitters all secured multi-hit games. A .273 hitter with runners in scoring position, Valdez has more than doubled his RBI output from any season with 62 this season. He stands sixth in the circuit with his RBI total.
Eugene (5-4, 20-25) lost 10-2 to Yakima (Diamondbacks)
Entering the day in first place in the Northwest League West for the second half of the season – the first time the Emeralds have been alone atop the division since August 18, 2003 – didn't last long. Adys Portillo allowed three of his four runs in the opening frame, ending his stint after 4.1 innings with four runs in on seven hits and four walks. The right-hander has issued four walks or more in five of his nine outings, giving up four runs or more in three straight and five overall.
Ryan Hinson pitched to five batters in the seventh inning and all would reach – four singles and a walk with four runs crossing. He has allowed runs in four of his seven appearances across two leagues, giving up nine runs on 13 hits, a hit batsman and a walk across 5.1 innings. He has given up multiple runs in three outings.
AZL Padres (13-21) lost 5-4 to AZL Dodgers
Ryan Skube went yard for the first time this season, hitting a two-run homer in the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie. The second baseman also collected his sixth double. Skube has collected three multi-hit games in his last four and has a hit in eight of his last nine while reaching safely in 10 straight. He is hitting .357 with runners in scoring position.
Rafeal Arias allowed two hits and a pair of walks while also tossing a wild pitch across two-thirds of an inning. He left with the bases loaded and the winning run crossed a moment later to give him the blown save and the loss. The right-hander has blown seven save opportunities in 14 chances through his career. It is the third time across two leagues that he has walked two in a game this season after not issuing more than one walk in any contest all of last year.
DSL Padres (19-32) lost 5-3 to DSL Reds
Yoan Alcantara collected two of the DSL Padres five hits, including his 13th double. He also scored once and drove in his 31st run. He had been hitting .191 over his previous 27 games. Alcantara leads the team, however, in extra-base hits with 20, RBI, runs scored (37) and stolen bases (10). Eleven of his extra-base hits have come with runners on base.
Marlon Claveria worked a pair of scoreless innings. The right-hander faced the minimum, retiring all six batters he faced while striking out one. The Guatemalan native has allowed two runs over his last 9.2 innings, lowering his ERA from 6.91 to 4.88. He has walked just one over that span after walking 10 in his first 14.1 innings.
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