Vandel throws strikes; Liriano record

Rob Musgrave

Matt Antonelli breaks a no-no and scores the winner. Manny Ayala pitches well in a Missions win. Cedric Hunter extends his streak while R.J. Rodriguez is shelled. Jeremy McBryde has his finest start. Sawyer Carroll, Rob Musgrave and Geoff Vandel key a Eugene win. Junior Veras takes the loss. Rymer Liriano ties the game – and a record.

Portland (53-47) won 2-0 over Colorado Springs (Rockies)

The Beavers were no-hit over the first five innings of the game before Matt Antonelli broke through with a double. The second baseman ended up scoring the first run of the game on a Peter Ciofrone knock – extending Ciofrone' hit streak to 18. Antonelli also drew a walk in three plate appearances and stole his eighth base of the season. Antonelli has a hit in four straight and eight of his lasting nine, raising his average to .198 - the highest it has been since April 29.

Craig Stansberry went yard – his sixth - in the eighth inning, giving the Beavers a 2-0 lead they would not relinquish. He also drew a walk out of the leadoff spot. The infielder is hitting .296 since returning to Triple-A over a stretch of 15 games with a .397 on-base percentage. Stansberry is hitting .273 with the bases empty and just .145 with men in scoring position.

Cesar Ramos blanked the opposition over six innings, giving up a half dozen hits and walking one while striking out a season-high eight, earning win number nine. It is sixth time he has gone at least five innings and allowed two runs or less. Ramos had allowed 12 runs on 18 hits in his previous 10.2 innings. The opposition is hitting .355 off him with runners in scoring position.

"(Edgar) is a doing a tremendous job and pretty good bloodlines with Adrian – a shining light for us," director of corporate communications Tim Katzman said of the brothers Gonzalez, as Edgar Gonzalez began the year in Portland.

San Antonio (16-14) won 4-3 over Midland (A's)

Kyle Blanks had a single and an RBI while also scoring a run. The first baseman is hitting .342 over his last 43 games with 23 runs scored and 30 RBIs. Over that same stretch, Blanks has collected 21 extra base hits. His strikeout numbers have, however, climbed each month of the season while his walk totals have declined.

Manny Ayala worked six innings in improving to 6-2 on the year, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits and three walks while fanning three. It was his second error of the year that led to the unearned run. The right-hander has allowed two earned or less in five of his last six starts. He has walked three or more in four outings.

Lake Elsinore (14-17) lost 8-0 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Cedric Hunter continued his hitting streak, pushing it to 17 games, by gathering one of the five Storm hits. He also drew a walk but was caught stealing for the fourth time this year. Hunter has the third longest hitting streak in the league and longest active streak. His 27-game on-base streak is four away from tying the league lead on the season. He is hitting .382 over his last 20 games.

R.J. Rodriguez gave up five runs on seven hits, a hit batsman and a wild pitch over two innings of work, seeing three of the hits go for extra bases. The right-hander has given up runs in three straight and in five of his last six, surrendering 15 runs on 19 hits over his last 10.1 innings. He has a 9.24 ERA over his last 19 appearances, giving up runs in 13 of those contests.

Fort Wayne (14-17) won 1-0 over Quad Cities (Cardinals)

Jeremy McBryde threw shutout ball over six innings, giving up five hits, a hit batsman and a walk while fanning a season-high eight to pick up his fourth win. It was the second time in five starts he has pitched five innings or more and not allowed a run but McBryde did allow 14 runs on 28 hits in the 15.1 innings between those starts.

Fort Wayne managed to collect just two hits but the one off the bat of Lance Zawadzki was enough. He hit a solo homer – his fifth – to open the fourth inning, giving the Wizards the only run they would need. The infielder is hitting .304 over his last 18 games, hitting three bombs 12 contests after netting two in his first 73 contests. Three of his five homers have come with men on base.

Jackson Quezada closed out the Wizards seventh shutout of the season. The right-hander gave up one hit and struck out two in picking up his Midwest League leading 18th save of the season in 20 chances. Quezada has had just four save opportunities since June 20. He is fanning 10 batters per nine innings pitched and has held right-handed hitters to a .135 average.

Eugene (13-21) won 3-2 over Tri-Cities (Rockies)

Rob Musgrave picked up the win, working to the minimum over two scoreless innings and striking out four. He is now 4-1 on the season. The left-hander has fanned 31 in 21.1 innings to begin the season while walking just three. He has held right-handed hitters to seven hits in 51 at-bats, a .137 average. Musgrave has allowed runs in four of his 12 relief appearances with eight of those outings going at least two frames.

"It is always big for pitchers to go out and command the strike zone," Musgrave said. "Razor (pitching coach Dave Rajsich) is always preaching about first-pitch strikes, three pitches or less, and getting ahead with the fastball.

"He is pretty aggressive in the zone and goes after people," Razor said of Musgrave. "He challenges hitters."

"Today, I tried not to put added pressure on myself in a tight game," added Musgrave. Go out and throw strikes. I have been getting ahead and have been able to bury people with my changeup and curveball."

Sawyer Carroll drove a double into the left-centerfield gap in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game at 2-2 and came around to score on an Angel Mercado single to score the eventual game winner. While he is hitting .275 over his last 14 games, down from the .322 average he carried in his first 14, Carroll has collected 16 RBIs, putting him second in the Northwest League with 26 RBIs.

"He just left a pitch out over the plate," Carroll said. "Angel did a great job with two strikes and hit the ball hard to third base and it got by him. I saw Rid (manager Greg Riddoch) waving me in so I thought there would be a play at the plate and I slid – when I looked up the shortstop still had the ball."

Geoff Vandel pitched well over five innings, throwing first-pitch strikes to 16 of the 21 batters he faced. The southpaw was charged with two runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out three in a no-decision. It is the sixth time in seven starts that Vandel has held the opposition to two earned runs or less and the fifth time he has yielded four or fewer hits. He has held right-handers to a .196 average.

"It wasn't bad," Vandel said. "It is always nice to help the team get a win. That was what I was trying to do. I was not trying to overpower anyone but throw strikes and keep my team in it.

"It is a whole different ball game when you get 0-1 as opposed to 1-0. Throwing a lot of first-pitch strikes is good for my team. We are steadily trying to get back on the right track."

"The pitching was outstanding," Razor said.

"They pitched very well tonight," Carroll said. "We have to pull it out when your starter does a job like that and your bullpen pulls through."

AZL Padres (12-11) lost 6-3 to AZL Cubs

Tim Atherton had one of the AZL Padres four hits and one of their two RBIs – his coming with two outs in the sixth. The Australian has a three-game hitting streak with six hits in his last 13 at-bats after netting two hits in his first 13 at-bats. He is 7-for-11 with runners in scoring position across two leagues this season but 5-for-20 with the bases empty.

Junior Veras took his third loss, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out two over five innings. He surrendered two extra base hits, including a homer, and tossed a pair of wild pitches – his first two of the year. The right-hander has walked seven over his last two starts after issuing three free passes in his first 15.1 innings. He has a 5.09 ERA in five starts.

Stephen Boyd was on the hook for two runs, one earned, on one hit and four walks over two innings. He also committed his first error of the campaign. The right-hander out of San Diego has walked six in his last two outings after walking four over his first six. He has given up runs in three of his eight appearances, despite not allowing a hit with runners in scoring position.

DSL Padres (20-23) won 4-3 over DSL Tigers in 10 innings

Rymer Liriano tied what is believed to be a Padres DSL record when he hit his seventh homer of the year on Monday – a two-run shot in the ninth that sent the game to extra innings. The outfielder matched the number put up by Jose Mayi in 2006 when the former Padres prospect hit seven across 65 games. Liriano is tied for the Dominican Summer League lead in homers and has played 25 games in hand on Mayi when he smashed seven. Liriano was 2-for-4 on the day, adding his seventh double of the year.

Manny Nuno hit the game-winning homer in the top of the tenth inning, a solo shot with nobody out. He also drew a walk and scored twice. The first baseman has a seven-game hitting streak where he has gone 8-for-25, a .320 average, to raise his season mark from .154 to .194. He also has an REI in three straight games and in five of his last seven. Five of his hits during the streak have gone for extra bases.

Pedro Martinez went 4.2 innings and yielded one run on two hits and three walks while also hitting a batter and uncorking two wild pitches. He left the game with two men on but neither would score. Martinez has allowed two runs or less while going at least four innings on four occasions. The left-hander has, however, walked three or more in seven of his last eight outings. He is holding the opposition to a .170 average for the year.

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