Chris Oxspring stellar; Nick Trzesniak not

A slow day in the minors saw Chris Oxspring shine and newcomer Nick Trzesniak the goat. Joel Santo had a strong outing in Fort Wayne but it got away from them late when Brandon Kintzler gave up a three-run jack. Riki Paewai debuted in the Arizona Rookie League and may have wished his visa got delayed an extra day.

Portland lost 2-1

With a line that read eight innings and two hits allowed, one would have thought Chris Oxspring was a shoe-in for the victory. But his one run allowed left the game tied after eight. Oxspring also struck out six and walked two, rebounding from a poor showing last time out. In five of his last eight outings he has given up one run or less – but has surrendered eight or more in two of those. It is the tenth time in 21 starts that he has allowed five hits or fewer.

Nick Trzesniak debuted in the Pacific Coast League on Monday, going 0-for-3 at the plate but it was his uncharacteristic error that he will be remembered for. His error in the ninth inning ended up allowing the eventual winning run to score. Trzesniak had just five errors in 67 games with Double-A Mobile. Known as an above average defender, he also threw out 35 of 100 baserunners attempting to steal.

Mobile had the night off

Lake Elsinore had the night off

Fort Wayne lost 5-2

On a day that Mike Baxter extended his hitting streak to 11 games, Baudilio Figueroa pushed his to five – his longest of the year. He went 2-for-4 with a run scored and is 10-for-22 over the streak. He has raised his average from .221 to .252 in the process. All his hits have been singles with his last extra base hit coming on July 7. Figueroa did hit just .222 over 26 games between June and July.

Joel Santo allowed one run on six hits and two walks over six innings of work. The right-hander has strung together three straight quality starts, allowing four runs over his last 18 innings of work. It is the eighth time he has given up two runs or less in a start and his 4.61 ERA is the lowest it has been since his second start of the year.

Eugene had the night off

AZL Padres lost 8-3 on Sunday

Riki Paewai, 19, made his North American debut, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk in his inning of work. He also committed an error on a pickoff move. Paewai, a right-hander, was signed out of Australia in February of 2005. A former catcher, Paewai has a fastball that reaches into the nineties. He had originally entered the states on a tourist visa before flying back to Sydney to get his official visa to return to the U.S.

Grant Varnell had his longest outing of the year, tossing four innings of one run ball on four hits while striking out a season-high six. Varnell had been in the closer's role with some long relief. He twice pitched three innings of relief and has allowed just one of eight inherited runners to score. He has struck out 26 in 26 innings and despite a .295 average against, he has limited it to .205 with runners in scoring position.

Monday's game was not available at the time of this report

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