Eugene staves off system sweep

Dan Robertson

Josh Geer is pummeled in a Portland shellacking. Steve Garrison is great; the bullpen is not. Nathan Culp feels the errors. Jackson Quezada has a rare blown save. Dan Robertson continues to hit and Pablo Menchaca is getting better each outing. Stiven Osuna does well but two AZL Padres hits aren't enough. Rymer Liriano goes yard for the ninth time.

Portland (61-57) lost 14-4 to Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Paul McAnulty went 2-for-4 and hit his ninth homer – a two-run blast in the fifth inning. The outfielder has gone deep in seven of his last 12 games and is in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak. He has 32 RBIs in 27 games with Portland along with 16 extra base hits.

Josh Geer came on in the second inning after Brett Tomko was given an inning of work and was tagged for eight runs – all earned – on 12 hits over five innings. Three of the hits went for extra bases, including a three-run bomb. It is the fourth time this year he has allowed double-digit hits and the sixth time he has given up five runs or more.

Tyler Davis – sent up from Eugene – gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in his welcome to Portland and the Pacific Coast League. Davis had allowed three earned runs over 19.1 innings of work with Eugene, surrendering runs in five of his 17 outings.

San Antonio (22-25) lost 4-2 to Arkansas (Angels)

Sean Kazmar knocked in both San Antonio runs with a sixth inning triple, as he reached base three times thanks to a pair of walks. The shortstop was also thrown out trying to steal second – his fourth time caught stealing this year. Kazmar has an RBI in three straight games and is hitting .368 over his last 10 games. Two of his three triples have come in a span of three contests.

Steve Garrison was masterful over seven frames, giving up one run on a pair of hits, a walk and two hit batsman while striking out five in a 95-pitch effort. It is the 10th time in 23 starts that the southpaw has allowed one run or less. He has also allowed three hits or less in seven starts.

Gabe DeHoyos was saddled with the loss after yielding two runs on four hits while fanning two in the eighth inning. It was his third blown save and fourth loss. DeHoyos has allowed runs in 13 of his 49 appearances this season and had given up two runs over his last 13 combined.

Lake Elsinore (24-24) lost 10-2 to San Jose (Giants)

Cedric Hunter had three of the Storm's four hits, tripling and scoring a run. The only other hit came out of the nine-hole in the lineup. Hunter extended his hitting streak to nine games and upped his league leading hit total to 154. Over his last 35 games he is hitting .344.

Sean Estes got the starting nod and the loss, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk while fanning two over an inning and two-thirds. Estes was last on the mound on May 28 for the Padres, seeing action in five games before going down. He was 1-1 with a 3.33 ERA over 24.1 innings, giving up 18 hits and walking 10.

Nathan Culp came on with two outs in the second and was tagged for eight runs – three earned – on eight hits and a walk over six innings. Twelve of his outs uncharacteristically came through the air. Three errors on the Storm led to five unearned runs. It was the 11th time in 23 outings that the lefty has given up eight or more hits.

Kellen Kulbacki has been held out of action due to a sore throwing shoulder. He is listed as day-to-day.

Fort Wayne (23-25) lost 7-6 to Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Jackson Quezada suffered his third blown save of the year and fourth loss, surrendering three runs on two hits, two walks, a balk, and a wild pitch. Quezada had given up three runs total over his last 19 appearances and has earned the save 24 times this season. He is holding the opposition to a .191 average against.

Wynn Pelzer was on the hook for four runs, one earned, on six hits and two hit batsman over five innings of work. He also struck out six in a no-decision. It is the sixth time he has given up four runs or more but just twice have four runs been all earned. He has held right-handed hitters to a .189 average against on the year.

Luis Durango was the lone Wizard to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a walk while knocking in a pair of runs. Over his last 27 games, Durango is batting .371 with 13 multi-hit games. Leading of an inning, the outfielder is hitting .398 and Durango is a .412 hitter in the first inning.

Eugene (28-24) won 8-3 over Yakima (Diamondbacks)

Pablo Menchaca became the first Eugene pitcher to work seven innings in a start, giving up an unearned run on one hit and a walk while striking out four and recording nine ground ball outs to move to 4-2. Over his last four starts, Menchaca has allowed just two earned runs on 16 hits over a span of 23.1 innings. He has seen five double play grounders in his last three starts.

Nick Schumacher was on the hook for two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out two in two innings. Both runs scored on a two-run jack with one out in the ninth. The right-hander has allowed runs in seven of his 12 relief appearances with the Ems and the opposition has a .304 average off him with runners in scoring position.

Dan Robertson hit a three-run homer in the fourth – his third bomb of the year – and added a run-scoring single for a four-RBI game. The outfielder has collected 12 RBIs over his last nine games to go along with a .447 average and .532 on-base percentage. His 12 RBIs match the total tally over 27 games in July.

AZL Padres (7-4) lost 5-0 to AZL Giants

Stiven Osuna took his second loss on a night that saw the AZL Padres manage just two hits. He surrendered two runs, one earned, on four hits while fanning four. Osuna has allowed two runs or less in seven straight starts, going at least five innings in each.

Mario Tabachnik gave up an unearned run on one hit while fanning one and tossing a wild pitch in his lone inning – as two AZL Padres errors led to a pair of unearned runs in the contest. Tabachnik has allowed 25 runs this season but less than half have been earned runs (12). Left-handed hitters have a .414 average off him.

DSL Padres (26-34) lost 7-4 to DSL Nationals 1

Rymer Liriano had three hits in four at-bats and hit his ninth homer of the year, extending his record for most homers in DSL Padres history. It is the seventh time in 54 games he has recorded a multi-hit game and the second time he has had three hits in a game. The outfielder had been hitting .152 over his previous 27 games.

Rosario Carrillo added three more hits to his ledger and drove in a pair of runs on a double and two singles. Carrillo has six hits over his last two games and three three-hit games over his last seven. Carrillo has 12 hits in his last 29 at-bats, upping his average from .235 to .282.

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