Portland (46-73) won 5-4 over Iowa (Cubs)
Cesar Ramos tossed seven shutout innings to improve to 4-5, yielding three hits and a walk while fanning seven. He also induced seven ground ball outs in his 86-pitch effort. It is the second time in three starts that he has gone seven innings and allowed three hits or less and one run or less. The southpaw is holding left-handed hitters to a .190 average against and sports a 3.44 ERA in 11 starts.
Sean Kazmar delivered two hits out of the second spot in the lineup, going 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored. He also stole his sixth base in eight attempts. The infielder has successive multi-hit games and extended his on base streak to 11 games. He is 14-for-43, a .326 average, with four walks over the streak, scoring 12 runs and driving in six.
San Antonio (22-23, 57-58) lost 5-3 to Arkansas (Angels)
James Darnell collected three of the Missions four hits and was in on two of the runs, scoring once and driving in one. The third baseman has reached base in 13 straight games and has a hit in five straight with three multi-hit games. Darnell has also scored a run in five straight, touching home seven times while driving in seven. He is hitting .405 over his last 10.
Craig Italiano took the loss in his return to action after missing nearly a month, giving up two runs, one earned, without allowing a hit. He walked one and tossed a wild pitch in his inning of work, dropping to 4-4. He has lost three straight outings, giving up eight runs, three earned, on six hits and five walks over 3.1 innings. Italiano has allowed runs in five of his last six after allowing runs in four of his first 33.
Lake Elsinore (23-21, 69-45*) lost 7-1 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Juan Oramas took just his second loss, giving up three runs, two earned, on two hits while fanning three. All three runs came via the long ball – as two balls left the yard. It is the second time he has allowed multiple homers in an outing, pushing his long ball total to six on the year. Oramas has not worked more than 2.1 innings since June 14. He has limited the opposition to a .211 average against.
Vince Belnome reached base in all four of his plate appearances and accounted for both Storm hits. He went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks but did not figure into the scoring. The California League leader in walks with 87, Belnome boasts a .387 on-base percentage. He has reached base 192 times in 111 games but has scored just 59 runs. He has committed four errors in his last five games.
Fort Wayne (28-17, 64-51) won 10-6 over Lake County (Indians)
Jason Hagerty collected three hits, including his 32nd and 33rd doubles of the year, while also scoring a pair of runs out of the three-hole in the lineup. The backstop has reached base in 10 straight games where he is 20-for-40 with nine walks while also securing seven multi-hit games over his last eight. Hagerty has notched 11 extra-base hits over the life of the streak, recording multiple extra-base hits in five of those games.
Nate Freiman clubbed his 13th homer of the year, a two-run blast. He also added a walk and a single, scoring a pair of runs. The first baseman has notched seven of his homers over his last 33 games after hitting six over his first 79. Freiman stands tied for fourth in the Midwest League in RBI with 70 and is second in the circuit with 130 hits.
Eugene (8-6, 23-29) lost 7-0 to Salem-Keizer (Giants)
Adys Portillo took his sixth loss of the year, giving up four runs, two earned, on two hits and four walks while tossing a wild pitch. He also struck out a season high eight. Portillo has lost four straight games and five straight decisions. He has walked four or more in three straight, four of the last five and six times in his 10 starts. He has allowed four runs in four straight.
Deiber Sanchez came in with a pair on and one out. Both inherited runners would score. The right-hander would also allow one of his own across an inning and two-thirds, giving up three hits. It was the first time this year he has come on with inherited runners. Sanchez had worked scoreless ball over his previous nine innings, yielding just three hits while fanning nine over that span.
AZL Padres (15-25) lost 11-1 to AZL A's
A three-run homer off Tyler Norwood followed a two-out error in the first. Two errors in the second led to five runs, one earned, with a second three-run homer pushing the run total to nine against Norwood. He would yield six hits over four while hitting a batter and tossing a wild pitch. Norwood has given up 17 runs on 14 hits across his last 5.1 innings. He has seen 12 of the 27 runs allowed on the year come with the aid of errors.
Al Angelucci was on the hook for two runs on one hit and six walks across an inning and two-thirds, tossing two wild pitches. He left with the bases loaded and saw one of those come around to score. The right-hander has walked 20 batters and uncorked six wild pitches in 18 innings. He has allowed runs in five straight outings after giving up runs in one of his first seven.
DSL Padres (22-36) lost 6-3 to DSL Cubs1
Jean Corpas allowed two runs on six hits across six innings, not issuing a walk and striking out seven. The right-hander out of Panama has allowed four runs across his last 17 innings, striking out 14. He has held right-handed hitters to a .203 average on the year, allowing two runs or less in five of his eight starts while going at least five innings.
Alberth Martinez was the lone DSL Padres player to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double. He also scored two of the three DSL Padres runs and stole his eighth base of the season in 12 attempts. The first baseman/outfielder is sporting a .400 average and .447 on-base percentage when he leads off an inning. He is, however, hitting .211 with runners in scoring position.
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Cesar Ramos is money over seven. James Darnell is on fire in San Antonio. Vince Belnome has the only two Storm hits. Jason Hagerty making a run for MVP of the Midwest League. Adys Portillo drops his sixth. Tyler Norwood's defense betrays him. Jean Corpas has another solid outing.
Jason Hagerty making a run for MVP of the Midwest League.