Macias sizzling; Luebke relieving

Drew Macias

Wade LeBlanc is hammered again while Brett Dowdy is an extra base machine. While Drew Macias continues the hot-hitting, Greg Burke can't hold a five-run lead. Cory Luebke and Corey Kluber as relievers in the same game? Jonathan Galvez is reaching base at a record clip in the DSL.

Portland (46-44) lost 10-6 to Fresno (Giants)

Wade LeBlanc was tagged for eight runs, seven earned, on 10 hits and three walks over 4.1 innings. The southpaw tossed 100 pitches, striking out six while seeing four hits go for extra bases, including a homer – the 16th he has given up this year. It is the fourth time this year he has given up double-digit hits and the seventh time in 18 outings that he has allowed six or more runs. LeBlanc has surrendered a dinger in six straight and has eclipsed the total amount of homers allowed over his first two minor league seasons (14).

Brett Dowdy had two hits, including a three-run homer in the sixth inning, his third bomb of the year. The third baseman also scored twice – the second game in a row he has touched home multiple times. Dowdy has four extra base hits over his last two games and six over his last five contests with two doubles, three triples and a homer. He had eight extra base hits in his first 34 games in Triple-A.

Wil Ledezma gave up one run on two hits while striking out three in an inning and two-thirds. The left-hander also saw two inherited runners score on his watch. The Venezuelan native had given up one run over his last 11 innings of work, striking out 13. He had also stranded three inherited runner on the base paths. Tuesday was only the second time this year he has given up multiple hits in a game.

San Antonio (10-8) lost 7-6 to Tulsa (Rockies)

Greg Burke was saddled with the loss after coming into the bottom of the ninth with a five-run lead. The right-hander, in a non-save situation, was charged with six runs, three earned, on one hit, a hit batsman, a wild pitch and four walks. He left the game with the bases loaded after recording one out and each of those men came around to score. Burke had walked 10 batters over his first 60.1 innings of work. He has given up runs in successive appearances for the first time all year.

Drew Macias raised his average to .294 with a 3-for-5 performance that included a double, a solo homer, two runs scored and two RBIs. It is the ninth time over his last 14 games that Macias has recorded a multi-hit game. Macias is 72-for-220, a .327 average, over his last 62 games. The homer matched his long ball total over the last 62 games as well. He has also scored a run in eight straight games.

Chad Huffman reached base three times with a walk, single and double while adding a sacrifice fly and two RBIs. It is the fourth straight time in games Huffman has started that he has recorded a multi-hit game. He had been relegated to pinch-hitting duty over the last week but is back over .300 for the first time since June 10.

Lake Elsinore (8-11) lost 5-1 to Lancaster (Red Sox)

Cory Luebke made his first relief appearance of the season and first since September 1 last year with Lake Elsinore. The left-hander retired both of the batters he faced, stranding two runners in the process. Luebke had never come into a professional game with runners on base. Luebke entered the game with a 7.00 ERA across 15 starts, last seeing action on June 19.

Corey Kluber made his third straight relief appearance, working effortlessly through two innings. An error accounted for the only runner to reach, as the right-hander induced two groundouts and four fly outs. Kluber has not allowed a run in four innings of relief after posting a 2-5 record with a 6.31 ERA over 16 starts.

John Madden was charged with two runs on three hits over an inning and two-thirds while striking out one. He also allowed an inherited runner to score. The right-hander had held 15 of the 22 runners he had inherited this year from scoring coming into the game. Madden has surrendered runs in 16 of his 34 appearances on the year, allowing multiple runs eight times.

Fort Wayne (7-12) had a scheduled day off

Eugene (7-14) had a scheduled day off

AZL Padres (7-6) had a scheduled day off

DSL Padres (16-17) lost 6-2 to DSL Nationals 2

Daniel Garce went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. After committing five errors over his previous two games, Garce played error-free ball on Tuesday. The infielder has a hit in eight of his last 10 games but this was his first multi-hit contest over that stretch. He had gone 23 games between multiple hit games. Garce has scored a run in three straight and four of his last five.

Jonathan Galvez reached base three times with two singles and a walk, driving in one. The shortstop has three multi-hit games in his last four and has reached base safely in each of his last 18 games. The shortstop has 20 hits and 17 walks over that span, a .530 on-base percentage. His .524 on-base percentage leads the Dominican Summer League, as he is the only player over .500. He also leads the DSL Padres with 24 RBIs, placing him sixth in the league in that category.

Esteban Javier tossed scoreless ball over an inning and one-third, giving up one hit and a walk while striking out a pair. The left-hander also stranded two inherited runners and has held five of the nine runners he has inherited from scoring on the year. Javier has not given up one earned run over his last 8.1 innings, striking out eight. He has held the opposition to four hits in 24 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

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