Frieri nets Storm first; Hefner consistent

Ernesto Frieri

Portland is suspended. Will Inman is out after two while Mike DeMark keeps it close. Ernesto Frieri and two relievers throw the first Storm shutout. Jeremy Hefner won his tenth with another solid outing. Beamer Weems is heating up at the right time. Jose DePaula has an impressive run. Juan Chavez sets a career high.

Portland (68-63) down 9-2 to Tacoma (Mariners) in seventh [suspended due to power related issues]

Justin Germano labored through five innings, surrendering eight runs, six earned, on seven hits and three walks while fanning five. Two of the hits left the yard – both homers hit with two outs. The right-hander has surrendered six runs over his previous three starts combined but has allowed five runs or more in six of his 14 starts. It was the second time this season he has given up multiple homers.

San Antonio (28-30) lost 3-2 to Frisco (Rangers)

Fifty pitches into the game, Will Inman was pulled with only six outs recorded. The right-hander worked to four batters in the third inning but would leave with the bases loaded. He was charged with three runs on six hits and three walks in two-plus, striking out one. It was the shortest non-injury start of the season and the second time he has not thrown 75 or more pitches in a game. Inman has surrendered 19 runs on 35 hits and 11 walks over his last 22.2 innings.

Mike DeMark was called upon to stop the bleeding and stranded two of the three inherited runners. The right-hander worked four scoreless frames, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out four. DeMark has not allowed a run over 18.1 innings in the Texas League. The Pennsylvania native lowered his ERA across two leagues to 1.58. He has given up runs in 12 of his 50 relief appearances on the season.

Josh Alley notched three hits out of the leadoff spot, notching two doubles, giving him 14 on the year, and an RBI. It is the third time this year that he has collected multiple extra base hits in a game and the second time in the last three games. Alley came into the game with a .222 average when batting leadoff but sports a .409 on-base percentage for the year.

Lake Elsinore (31-29) won 7-0 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Ernesto Frieri tossed scoreless ball over 6.2 innings, yielding five hits and three walks while striking out six. The right-hander has allowed two earned runs over his last three outings across a span of 19.2 innings. He has given up two runs or less in nine of his 18 starts on the year. Frieri has a 4.34 ERA as a starter this season after posting a 2.45 mark in 15 relief appearances.

Brian Joynt hit his 23rd double and tacked on his 10th homer on a night that saw him fall a triple shy of the cycle. The outfielder also drew a walk, drove in three and scored twice. Joynt has knocked in 55 runs in 66 games with the Storm. He has knocked in a run in four straight and eight of his last nine. Joynt has 43 RBIs over his last 45 contests. He has reached base safely in 12 straight.

Brandon Gomes completed Lake Elsinore's first shutout of the season on Thursday – the last team in the California League to record a shutout. Gomes allowed two hits while striking out one in the final frame. The right-hander has allowed two earned runs over his last 13.2 innings, yielding nine hits while striking out 14. Gomes has kept the leadoff hitter of an inning to two hits in 20 at-bats.

Fort Wayne (29-30) won 7-3 over Lansing (Blue Jays)

Jeremy Hefner struck out five straight batters to open the game and six of the first seven. The right-hander fanned 10 across six innings, giving up one run on two hits and two walks to pick up win number 10. It was the third time this year that Hefner has recorded double-digit strikeout totals and pushed him into second in the Midwest League in the category. It is the 16th time in 23 starts that Hefner has allowed two runs or less.

Adam Zornes had two hits in four trips, scoring a run and netting his first Midwest League RBI and second as a professional. The backstop went 0-for-1 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal and is 1-for-4 across two leagues catching thieves. The Texas native has reached base six times in his last three games, scoring a run in each. Zornes has a .233 average across two leagues after going 2-for-15 in the Arizona Rookie League.

Brad Chalk collected three hits, including his 16th double, and scored a run out of the leadoff spot. It is the seventh time this year that he has recorded three or more hits in a game. Chalk had gone a span of 19 games without an extra base hit. The outfielder is hitting .268 when he bats first in the order and .285 when he is hitting elsewhere in the lineup.

Eugene (33-30) won 6-1 over Vancouver (A's)

Erik Davis pitched to one over the minimum in three innings of work, recording six of his outs by way of the strikeout and walking one. Davis has struck out 14.29 batters per nine innings, fanning 16 over his last nine innings. The right-hander has allowed one run over his last 20.2 frames after giving up five runs in his first five innings. He has held the opposition to a .179 average against.

Beamer Weems reached base in all four of his plate appearances. The shortstop drew a pair of walks, singled and doubled while scoring three times. Weems has reached base safely in eight straight games with the Emeralds, reaching base 15 times. He has five doubles in his last eight games – accounting for all of his two-baggers in the Northwest League. While he is hitting .192 with Eugene, he sports a .380 on-base percentage.

Logan Gelbrich snapped off two doubles in four at-bats, driving in three runs – one-third of his total RBI output for the year. Gelbrich was 0-for-1 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal and saw his 12th passed ball charged to his ledger. Eight of his RBIs have come over his last 10 games after netting one in his first 15. It was just his third multi-hit game and his first with multiple extra base hits.

AZL Padres (15-6) won 9-5 over AZL Mariners

Jose DePaula was on the hook for an unearned run on five hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out seven while netting five ground ball outs. The left-hander has allowed five earned runs over his last six starts, spanning 29.2 innings to lower his ERA from 6.52 to 3.49. He has struck out seven batters or more four times – all coming over his last six starts.

Chris Hardin belted out three hits, including his 10th double, and scored each time he reached base. He also added his 29th RBI of the year. Hardin, who has played first base and the outfield, has scored 14 runs across his last nine games. He has four games with three or more hits and 12 multi-hit games. Hardin sports a .427 on-base percentage and has swiped four bags in his last five games.

Jaff Decker reached base three times, going 2-for-4 with a walk and a solo homer. The outfielder has reached base safely in all but two games this year and one of those came as a pinch-hitter. Decker is the Arizona Rookie League leader in on-base percentage, average and runs scored. He has homered in two of his last three games and has an extra base hit in four of his last five. Decker has not gone more than two games without drawing a walk.

DSL Padres (29-40) won 5-3 over DSL Tigers

Juan Chavez, coming out of the pen, evened his record at 3-3, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out a career-high nine over six innings. The right-hander had not struck out more than five in any outing prior to Thursday. Chavez came into the contest with 20 runs allowed in 20 innings as a reliever after posting a 2.08 ERA in seven starts across 34.2 innings.

Harlen Mozo worked three frames, yielding one run on three hits and three walks while striking out four. The right-hander out of Colombia had given up 15 runs on 12 hits and nine walks over his previous 7.1 innings. Mozo has walked three or more in four of his 11 outings and has seen 61 base runners across 35 innings. He has gone without a win since June 5.

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