Geer matches Beckett; Faris minimum plus one

Brady Clark has hit the ball well since joining Portland. Josh Geer matches some guy named Beckett. Stephen Faris has a brilliant outing. Kellen Kulbacki provides the high before another low in the bottom half. Zachary Brown has a bit of Jekyll and Hyde in him.

Portland lost 5-2 to Tacoma (Mariners)

Brady Clark went 2-for-5 with a run scored out of the leadoff spot on Friday night while also adding his first stolen base of the year. Clark extended his hitting streak to seven games with four multi-hit games in his last five. He has also scored five runs in his last five games. His streak of four straight games with an extra base hit came to an end. Clark has been on base 16 times in his eight games since joining the Beavers.

Joe Thatcher allowed a single and struck out two in his inning of relief. The left-hander had yielded runs in his last two appearances after being optioned a second time from San Diego. Thatcher has, however, given up one earned run over 12 appearances between Triple-A and the Majors. He is sporting a 0.69 ERA since joining the Padres organization over the two leagues. He has fanned 44 in 29.2 innings of Triple-A ball with two different teams.

San Antonio won 9-0 over Frisco (Rangers)

Josh Beckett may have been the first to 16 wins but another Josh wasn't far behind at the minor league level. Josh Geer (15-6) picked up his 15th win in Double-A and 16th win overall in style. He scattered a trio of hits over eight scoreless frames while striking out three. The right-hander has given up one run over his last 15.2 innings and is walking 1.42 batters per nine innings. It is the 15th time in 26 starts over two leagues that he has yielded two runs or less. Geer has given up one homer over his last 11 starts.

Chad Huffman homered for the third straight game, hitting a three-run blast in the fifth inning while also drawing a walk and adding a sacrifice fly to give him four RBIs on the night. Four of his seven Double-A homers have come over his last six games and he has 22 on the year. The outfielder surpassed the 100-RBI plateau for the season with 76 in High-A and 26 since joining the Missions. He ranks seventh overall throughout the minors with his 102 RBIs. Huffman has seven hits, six runs scored and nine RBIs over his last three games.

Peter Ciofrone reached base four times, going 3-for-4 while being plunked by a pitch. He also scored three runs and has been plated six times in his last four games in Double-A. Ciofrone played in 36 games for Triple-A Portland, hitting .248 with six doubles, four homers and 21 RBIs. He had six hits over his final 36 at bats with Portland before returning to the Missions. The outfielder has been hit by nine pitches with San Antonio, three coming over his last five games.

Lake Elsinore won 2-1 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Stephen Faris (2-0) faced one batter over the minimum in six innings, allowing two hits with a wild pitch aiding the lone run to cross. He also walked one but erased one with a caught stealing and induced a double play grounder while striking out five. It is the third time this year over two leagues he has faced two or less over the minimum in a start. He has given up three hits or less five times in 20 starts between the Midwest and California Leagues.

Mike Baxter notched two hits in four at bats and scored a run. It was his second straight multi-hit game, and the outfielder has hits in the last 17 games he has started with an 0-for-1 pinch-hitting appearance sandwiched in. Over his last 18, Baxter is 26-for-70, a .400 average, with seven doubles, seven RBIs and 10 runs scored. He has nine multi-hit games over that span. He has also fanned just four times over that stretch. Baxter has also been on base in 22 straight starts.

Fort Wayne's scheduled game was rained out

Eugene lost 4-3 to Tri-City (Rockies)

While four of the five hits and six of the eight baserunners came from the work of Luis Durango and Brad Chalk, it was a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth off the stick of Kellen Kulbacki that kept the game going – at least until the bottom of the frame. The bomb extended Kulbacki's hitting streak to six games and gave him three of his five homers over his last eight games. Kulbacki is 10-for-21 over his current hitting streak and has been on base 14 times in his last 25 plate appearances, a .560 on base percentage.

Durango and Chalk each collected two singles and a walk while also scoring a run. Durango has four straight multi-hit games and has been on base 13 times over those four contests with 10 hits and three walks. He continues to pace the league in hits and on base percentage. Chalk, meanwhile, notched his first multi-hit game in the Northwest League. He has a hit in seven of his last eight games and has been on base two or more times in four of his last six.

AZL Padres lost 10-4 to AZL Royals

Losers of 12 of the last 14 games, Simon Castro (2-5) could not limit the damage caused by errors. He was on the hook for eight runs, three earned, on nine hits and a walk while striking out four over 3.1 innings. The right-hander has given up 24 runs, 16 earned, over his last 9.2 innings. Over that span he has surrendered 20 hits and seven walks while tossing a pair of wild pitches. Prior to his recent stretch, Castro had given up two earned over a 17-inning stretch. He has given up six hits or more in three straight after allowing six hits in two of his previous nine outings.

Zachary Brown collected two RBIs with an eighth inning single, his lone hit of the night. His 23 RBIs in the AZL rank third on the team. He went 0-for-2 leading off an inning and has just four hits in 23 at bats when he starts a frame. He has been equally inept with the bases empty, hitting .146 with the bags clear of baserunners. With runners in scoring position, however, Brown is among the best. He went 1-for-2 on Friday with men in scoring position and is hitting .356 in those situations.


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