Durango ties record; Breit's confidence up

Luis Durango

Richie Daigle gets a spot start in Triple-A and does well. The Missions split a doubleheader and should have had both halves. Cory Luebke is blasted in his first Cal League outing. Aaron Breit is building confidence. Luis Durango ties a Emerald record. Drew Cumberland has the savvy at the plate but his defense has faltered.

Portland won 5-3 over Tacoma (Mariners)

Richie Daigle (1-0) made a spot start with the Beavers, coming up from his High-A Lake Elsinore spot. The right-hander went 5.1 innings and was charged with one run on five hits and two walks while striking out three. He tossed 77 pitches, 49 for strikes to pick up his first win since July 21 with the Storm. Daigle had allowed 15 runs over his last 14.2 innings on 24 hits and four walks. He did uncork a wild pitch, his fourth in his last three games. It was the sixth time in 23 starts that he has given up two runs or less.

A day after netting two of Portland's three hits, Luke Carlin came through with a triple that plated two and a walk in four plate appearances. He also caught the only runner attempting to steal – no small feat since Daigle was the most abused pitcher in the California League with his catchers only gunning down seven of 49 thieves. Carlin has now snared 25-of-80 baserunners attempting to steal, good for 31.3 percent. His RBI total for the game matched his RBI total over previous 22 contests.

San Antonio lost 3-2 to Corpus Christi (Astros) in game one, won 4-0 in game two

Mike Ekstrom (7-10) allowed one run on two hits over his first six innings of work and trotted out onto the field for the final frame, nursing a one-run lead. He gave up a single and walk to the first two he faced, leaving the game. Both runs would score and give him the loss. Ekstrom helped his own cause by doubling in a run in the second inning – one of four hits for the Missions. It was his first two-bagger (and first hit) of the year and third double in his career after netting one in successive games for Double-A Mobile last year.

Dirk Hayhurst (4-1) got the game two nod and pitched wonderfully over five innings, giving up two singles and striking out two. It was his first start of the season across three leagues and his longest outing since going four innings on May 24 with the Missions. The right-hander has allowed one run over his last 10 innings in Double-A and is sporting a 2.37 ERA over his last nine appearances. Hayhurst is walking 1.3 batters per nine innings and has walked just three, one intentionally, over his last 14 outings.

Lake Elsinore lost 6-2 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Cory Luebke (0-1) made his first California League start and was greeted unkindly. He allowed six runs on nine hits – both season-highs – while striking out three over four frames. Five batters into the game, the opposition had four runs. The left-hander out of this year's draft had allowed two earned runs over his last 17 innings of work in the Midwest League. Luebke has surrendered five bombs over three leagues.

Mitch Canham, who caught Luebke in the Cape Cod League last summer and in Eugene earlier this season, made his debut with the Storm as well. The backstop went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and committed a throwing error. The lone runner attempting to steal was successful. He has thrown out 10 of the 33 runners attempting to steal on him this season. Canham hit .293 over 28 games with the Emeralds but is hitless in his last 12 at bats.

Fort Wayne won 5-1 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Aaron Breit limited the opposition to one hit and a pair of walks over 4.2 scoreless innings while striking out three, falling an out shy of picking up the win. The right-hander has allowed four earned runs over his last 17.1 innings, lowering his ERA from 8.05 to 7.04. It is the third time this year he has gone four or more innings and allowed three hits or less and second time he has tossed shutout ball in a start. Breit, who has posted an ERA above 6.25 in each of his first four months, has a 4.43 mark in August.

Jesus Lopez went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored from the two-hole in the lineup. He was also in on turning three double plays from his shortstop position. Lopez has a hit in seven of his last eight games with four multi-hit games over that span and four runs scored. He has also drawn five walks in his last five games. His average has improved from .226 to .242 over the last eight and his on base percentage has jumped from .292 to .313. Since being inserted into the second spot in the lineup, Lopez has gone 11-for-31 with six walks.

Eugene lost 9-8 to Vancouver (A's)

Luis Durango tied a Eugene Emerald record on Sunday night with his 100th hit of the season, matching the mark set by Adam Johnson in 1996. The outfielder is 13 hits shy of matching the Northwest League record with 10 games to play. His 100th base knock was his lone hit in six at bats but he added a stolen base, his 17th of the season and scored a run. He is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak with Sunday the only day he had not secured a multi-hit game. He scored a run in each of the six games, touching home eight times.

While Kellen Kulbacki homered for the third straight game and had four RBIs, Robbie Blauer reached base twice, hitting a solo homer and scoring two runs. The homer was the first of the year for the first baseman in 49 games and his first extra base hit in eight games. Blauer has been on base in five straight games, going 8-for-20 with two walks, three runs scored and three RBIs. He has walked as many times as he has struck out this year and sports a .393 on base percentage.

Jeremy McBryde (1-4) was run out of town after four innings, allowing a season-high seven runs on a season-high 10 hits while striking out four. Four of the hits went for extra bases, including a dinger, and he also tossed a wild pitch. After giving up four runs just once in his first 13 outings, including eight starts, McBryde has given up five or more in his last two, seeing his ERA balloon from 3.12 to 4.64. The right-hander has given up 25 hits over his last 14 innings after allowing 30 hits over his first 38.1 frames.

AZL Padres losy 6-5 to AZL Rangers

Geoff Vandel (5-4) was pegged for five runs, three earned, on 10 hits and a walk over 4.2 innings while striking out three. It is the second straight game he has given up five runs or more after seeing it occur just once previously in his first 11 starts. He had given up five runs over his previous three starts coming into this two-game stretch. Vandel has allowed nine hits or more in four games and has given up 12 first inning runs in 13 innings of work overall.

Drew Cumberland went 3-for-4 with a walk out of the leadoff position but did not figure into the scoring. He has eight multi-hit games through his first 18 contests, reaching base three times or more on three occasions. Cumberland did, however, commit two errors and has three multi-error games this season and 10 overall in 17 games in the field. He swiped his fifth base of the year and fourth in his last six games.

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