Venable's four; Davis, Bass pitch in

Will Venable

Will Venable cracks four hits and Tom King doubles twice. Steve Garrison is fantastic in his start. Mitch Canham belts a homer to pace Lake Elsinore. Aaron Breit gives up a homer and it is a big one. Tom Davis, Anthony Bass and two other relievers combine for a shutout. Jonathan Galvez is off to a torrid start in the DSL, as is Pedro Hernandez on the hill.

Portland (39-35) won 4-2 over Tacoma (Mariners)

Will Venable had a night of perfection, going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a run scored, and two RBIs. It is the fourth time this year he has notched four hits in a game. Venable has three games with multiple extra base hits on the year. He is hitting .347 over his last 20 games.

Tom King had three hits, doubling twice, while driving in a run. He doubled his two-bag total in Triple-A play. After hitting .317 in his first 16 games with Portland, King batted just .129 over his last 16 with just four hits in 31 at-bats. His last extra base hit came on May 27.

Cesar Ramos moved to 7-6 on the year, giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits and a pair of walks while striking out five in seven innings of work. The left-hander has notched a decision in 13 of his 15 outings this season. Ramos has allowed two runs or less in four of his 15 appearances. This was the second time he has gone at least five innings and allowed three hits or less.

San Antonio (2-2) won 3-1 over Midland (A's)

Steve Garrison threw a brilliant game, allowing one run on three hits and a walk while striking out a season-high 11 and inducing seven ground ball outs, moving to 5-3 on the year. The southpaw has allowed two runs or less in four straight starts, giving up four runs over that span. Garrison has allowed three hits or fewer in four of his 14 starts.

Kyle Blanks went 1-for-4 with an RBI, giving him a modest four-game hitting streak and RBIs in two straight. Blanks is 25-for-69 – a .348 average - with five extra base hits over his last 20 games. The first baseman has just eight extra base hits across his last 48 games. He does, however, lead the team in RBIs with 42.

Gabe DeHoyos worked a scoreless inning, striking out one to pick up his eighth hold of the season. The right-hander has given up runs in eight of his 30 appearances on the year, surrendering runs in four of his last 21. He has given up just nine hits in 59 at-bats to left-handed hitters and has allowed the leadoff man of an inning to reach base a mere nine times in the 40 innings he has started.

Lake Elsinore (2-4) won 9-5 over Lancaster (Red Sox)

Mitch Canham reached base three times via a pair of walks and a home – a two-run blast in the fifth inning. He also scored twice but did ground into a double play. The backstop went 0-for-1 throwing out base runners attempting to steal. The homer was his fourth and matched his total over his previous 56 games. He has an extra base hit in four straight games. Canham has drawn 48 walks on the season.

Sam Carter upped his RBI total to 59 on the season with another three on Saturday, going 2-for-5. The outfielder had gone five games without an RBI – matching his longest stretch of the season. Carter is hitting .319 with runners in scoring position for the year. He sits third in the California League with his RBI total.

Fort Wayne (0-3) lost 5-3 to Lansing (Blue Jays)

Aaron Breit went a season-high five innings, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out two. A three-run homer was the big blow, as he surrendered more earned runs in one swing of the bat that he had in his previous 9.2 innings of work. He has held the opposition to a .183 average with runners in scoring position. Breit notched his second double play grounder of the year.

Bryan Oland allowed three hits and a walk, giving up a run while striking out one in an inning of work. It was the first run the right-hander has surrendered this season. He had tossed 14.2 scoreless frames to begin the campaign, giving up eight hits and walking one. Oland has given up two hits in 14 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Lance Zawadzki collected two hits, including a double, across four at-bats, driving in a pair and drawing a walk. The infielder has notched an RBI in three of his last four games and six of his last eight. Over his last eight, Zawadzki has knocked in 12 runs. He is 29-for-88 over his last 22 games, a .330 average. He has five extra base hits in his last eight contests.

Eugene (3-2) won 2-0 over Boise (Cubs)

Tom Davis worked four scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out a pair to start the shutout bid. Davis led the Atlantic 10 with nine wins and a 1.90 ERA, while registering 62 strikeouts in a career-best 90 innings pitched. The right-hander allowed only 19 earned runs this year, and yielded just 79 hits and 28 walks, while holding opponents to a .235 batting average. Davis wrapped up his career as Fordham's all-time leader in games started (50) and innings pitched (339.0), while being second in wins (24) and fourth in strikeouts (205).

Anthony Bass combined with two other relievers to preserve the Emeralds first shutout of the year. The right-hander picked up the win, walking one and not allowing a hit while striking out three. Bass has worked 3.1 scoreless to begin his professional career. A fifth-round selection this season, Bass went 10-3 in 14 appearances this past season, posting a 2.10 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 85.2 innings. He tied the single-season school record for victories and totaled the fourth-most strikeouts and fifth-most innings in Wayne State history.

Angel Mercado notched a pair of singles, driving in two. The outfielder, who has also spent time at first base, has a five-game hitting streak since joining Eugene, knocking in runs in four of the five games and reaching base 12 times over that span. Mercado had just one RBI over his final 12 games with the Fort Wayne Wizards.

DSL Padres (11-7) won 2-1 over DSL Nationals 1 on Friday

For the fourth time in as many games, Pedro Hernandez picked up the win. The left-hander tossed six innings of scoreless ball, allowing three hits, not walking a batter and striking out four. Hernandez has gone at least five innings in each appearance, including three starts, and has yet to allow more than two runs. In 21 innings, the southpaw has allowed 15 walks while not walking a batter. The opposition is batting .203 off him.

Juan Oramas worked an inning and two-thirds scoreless, not surrendering a hit and striking out one. He did allow one inherited runner to score – the first of nine inherited runners to touch home against the left-hander this season. Since allowing two runs in his first outing, Oramas has tossed 9.2 scoreless innings, yielding just three hits while striking out 13. The scoreless outing on Friday netter him his third save in as many chances.

Jhonaldo Pozo had one hit in three at-bats, driving in one of the two DSL Padres runs. Seeing time at designated hitter for the third straight game in a respite from his catching duties, Pozo extended his on-base streak to six games. He has three hits over that span but has also amassed six walks. Pozo has reached base successfully in 13 of his 15 contests overall. The backstop is hitting .357 with runners in scoring position and five of his nine RBIs have come with the bases loaded.

DSL Padres (12-7) won 7-5 over DSL Tigers

Jonathan Galvez smacked his second homer of the year, belting a three-run homer in the opening frame. He also added two walks and a single, driving in four for the day. The shortstop has seven hits in his last 11 at-bats with five runs scored and seven RBIs. While he is hitting .394 on the year, his 11 walks give him a .580 on-base percentage.

Jorge Minyeti reached base four times via three walks and a double, scoring a run and driving in one. He also stole his third base of the year. The second baseman now has more walks (13) than strikeouts (12), upping his on-base percentage to .407. Minyeti had just one RBI over his previous 14 games. He is hitting .333 with runners in scoring position.

Guillermo Rodriguez worked just two-thirds of an inning but picked up the win. He allowed one hit and struck out two, stranding an inherited runner in the process. The right-hander has allowed one earned run over 2.2 innings to begin his professional career. He has struck out five over that span. While he has given up three hits in five at-bats with the bases empty, he has not allowed a hit with runners in scoring position.

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