Blanks nine RBIs; Decker again

Kyle Blanks

Kyle Blanks cites hitting coach Terry Kennedy for his success after a nine-RBI game. Josh Geer takes his ninth loss. Mitch Canham collects four hits and Luis Durango has done nothing but hit. Cory Luebke is money in Fort Wayne but a Wizards loss in extras. The bullpen implodes in Eugene, as they fall two back. The AZL Padres win streak is 10 with Jaff Decker plating three.

Portland (68-68) lost 5-2 to Salt Lake (Angels)

A day after hitting a grand slam, Brett Dowdy collected a pair of hits, including his 20th double, out of the leadoff spot. The infielder has been on base in 19 straight games and is hitting .318 over his last 51 games, raising his average from .223 to .284 in the process. Dowdy is hitting .262 out of the leadoff spot in the lineup.

Chip Ambres also managed a multi-hit game, hitting his 21st homer in the fourth inning while scoring both runs. Twelve of his homers have come with the bases empty. The outfielder came into the game with five hits in his previous 38 at-bats. Ambres has 54 extra base hits this season, despite playing for almost a month in San Diego.

Josh Geer took his ninth loss, giving up five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out eight in a season-high 110-pitch affair. The right-hander allowed five extra base hits, including a solo homer. Geer has given up 22 homers this season and Monday was the seventh time in 28 games that he has allowed five runs or more. Geer has six games with 100 or more pitches thrown.

San Antonio (30-32, 69-63) won 21-2 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Every single player in the starting lineup, including the pitcher, notched a multi-hit game, all but one scored a run and six players recorded RBIs.

Kyle Blanks pounded out five hits, including two doubles, and his 18th homer, while driving in a career-high nine runs for the Missions – reaching six times with a walk added in. The first baseman walked in a run in the third, singled in one an inning later, doubled in two in the eighth and hit a two-run blast in the ninth before clearing the bases with a two-bagger in the same inning, pushing his RBI total to 101 for the season - second most in the circuit and the second year in a row he has knocked in 100 or more. Five games ago, Blanks drove in six. Blanks has driven in 53 runs in his last 48 games. His 54 extra base hits rank fourth in the Texas League.

"I don't think (nine RBIs in a game) has ever happened," Blanks said after the game. "I feel good out there right now. I have been listening to (hitting coach) Terry Kennedy when he suggests something and applying it. It has been working.

"For the most part, he has been pointing me back to my strength and what I was doing in times of success. He can see what I am doing differently. A few things here and there like keeping my hands up and staying slow that kind of reminds me when I start to get quick and drop my hands. It has definitely worked."

Jose Lobaton delivered his eighth and ninth homers of the season - both solo shots - the first time this year the backstop has collected a multi-homer game. He also added a sacrifice fly to give him three RBIs for the night. Seven of his nine homers have been solo shots. Lobaton went 3-for-4 with a walk and scored four times. Lobaton matched his home run output from the previous 35 games on Monday. It is the seventh time this year he has recorded multiple extra base hits in a game.

Lost in the offensive explosion was a solid effort from Stephen Faris – and not just his 2-for-4 night at the plate that included a run scored. Faris allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out one in a 79-pitch effort across seven innings. The right-hander had given up 17 runs on 31 hits and five walks over his previous 16.2 innings pitched. Faris has allowed two runs or less in 17 of his 25 starts in Double-A. He came into the game with three hits in 15 at-bats at the dish.

"Faris stayed on top of them and got ahead the whole night," Blanks said. "It was a very well pitched game."

"We are playing it out," Blanks added of the playoff chase with the Missions 2.5 back of Midland. "We want to win as many as we can. There are some parts we can't control but we will do our best to do our part and see how it shakes out."

Lake Elsinore (35-29, 67-67) won 10-4 over Bakersfield (Rangers)

Allan Dykstra appeared in his second game with the Storm, batting seventh as the designated hitter. Dykstra went hitless in four at-bats, drawing a walk and scoring a run. The 23rd overall pick by the Padres this year, Dykstra hit a team-leading .323 with 16 home runs and 50 RBIs for Wake Forest, leading the Deacons in hitting, RBIs, runs, home runs, slugging and on-base percentage. Dykstra also walked a Wake Forest-record 62 times this season, a total, which also ranks him second in the country.

Mitch Canham snapped off a season-high four hits – all singles – in five trips, scoring a run and driving in two to push his total to 78 for the year. It is the eighth time this year he has notched three hits or more. While Canham is leading his position defensively in the California League, the backstop has thrown out just 30-of-169 base runners attempting to steal.

Luis Durango had three hits out of the leadoff spot and a sacrifice fly, snaring his second California League double, scoring twice and driving in a pair. The outfielder has reached base safely in each of his first 11 games with the Storm, collecting 20 hits and eight walks. He has scored a run in six straight, touching home 10 times over that span. Durango also has an RBI in seven of his 11 contests.

Fort Wayne (31-32, 68-65) lost 2-0 to South Bend (Diamondbacks) in 11 innings

Cory Luebke blanked the opposition over a season-high 7.2 innings on Monday in a no-decision, yielding four hits while notching a season-high eight strikeouts and 10 ground ball outs. The southpaw has allowed two runs or less while going five or more in six of his last eight starts. He did not walk a batter on Monday and has yielded six free passes over his last 48 innings.

Jackson Quezada recorded five or his six outs over a two-inning stretch by way of the strikeout to push a scoreless game into the 11th. It is only the fifth time in 56 appearances that the right-hander has worked more than an inning and Quezada has not allowed a run in any circumstance where he has lasted more than one frame. He has struck out 10.68 batters per nine innings pitched for the year.

Aaron Breit suffered his seventh loss, giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits while fanning two in the top of the 11th. The earned run was the first he has yielded since August 1 - a span of 11 innings. With the runs, Breit has posted a 2.93 ERA across 20 relief appearances after netting a 6.75 ERA as a starter.

Eugene (35-32) lost 5-4 to Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Jeudy Valdez tied up the game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning – answering a three-run top half of the frame. He had three hits in the contest – his fourth three-hit night of the season. Valdez came into the game hitting .175 over his previous 16 games with just four RBIs over that span. He does, however, have a hit in five straight games, coming out of a 1-for-29 slump.

Gary Poynter was charged with three runs on six hits in his lone inning of work – seeing five singles and a double come on his watch. All of the runs came with two outs. Poynter had not allowed a run over his last 8.1 innings. The right-hander has given up three hits or more in two innings or less five times in his 14 appearances this year. While Poynter had allowed seven hits in 36 at-bats with runners in scoring position coming into the contest, the opposition went 4-for-4 on Monday in the same situation.

Kyle Heyne took the loss, allowing one run on three hits, including a pair of doubles, while striking out two in a pair of innings. Heyne has allowed runs in eight of his 21 appearances with Monday the first time only one run has crossed. Heyne has allowed 23 hits over his last 15.1 innings. Eleven of the 35 hits he has surrendered have gone for extra bases.

AZL Padres (18-6, 32-20) won 16-5 over AZL A's

The AZL Padres extended their winning streak to 10 games with Jaff Decker leading the charge. The outfielder had three hits in four at-bats, smacking his 11th double, scoring twice and adding three RBIs. Decker took over the Arizona Rookie League lead with his .365 average and continues to pace the circuit with his .537 on-base percentage. He is 14-for-30 over his last eight games with 11 runs scored.

Aaron Murphree had just two at-bats but came away with three RBIs for his ledger. He notched a sacrifice fly, a run-scoring double and was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to plate a third. Murphree has reached base safely in nine straight games, going 9-for-25 with eight walks while getting plunked twice. He also has 15 RBIs over that span, knocking in a run in seven of those contests with five multi-RBI games.

Chris Wilkes moved to 7-1, yielding four hits while striking out three and tallying 11 ground ball outs across five innings. He recorded two double play grounders, giving him eight rally killers on the season. Wilkes has given up one run or less in seven of his nine starts, including five in a row. He improved his ERA to 2.54 as a starter. Wilkes has gone seven straight starts without walking a batter, spanning 36 innings of work.

DSL Padres finished season at 30-42, tied for second in Santo Domingo West Division

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