Portland hits are extra; Madden blows save

Portland pounded out 13 extra base hits on Friday night with Jack Cust going deep twice, Luis Cruz collecting three doubles and many other offensive stars. San Antonio loses a tough one. John Madden blows a save for the second time. Tom King has turned into a doubles machine.

Portland won 17-3 over Sacramento (A's)

Everyone in the Portland lineup had a hit by the end of the third inning. By the fourth inning, the Beavers had amassed 10 extra base hits – with Luis Cruz pacing the action with three doubles, atoning for a fielding error that led to an unearned run. Cruz had just two doubles coming into the game and was in a 3-for-32 slump.

Jack Cust went yard twice for the second time this year. They ended the day with 13 extra base hits, including two triples by Oscar Robles. Seven players scored multiple runs and six players had multi-RBI games. Luke Carlin had two doubles, two walks, three runs scored and two RBIs.

Brandon Myrow made his season debut after being taken off the disabled list – taking the spot of Manny Alexander who was traded to the Washington Nationals. After committing a throwing error in the second inning, the first baseman tripled in two runs in the third. He also added a walk, a sacrifice fly to score a run and touched home twice.

Lost in the hitting carnage was a solid outing from Jack Cassel. The right-hander went five innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out six to pick up his first win of the year.

San Antonio lost 2-1 to Midland (A's)

Cesar Ramos made one bad pitch and it cost him the game. He went 6-plus, pitching to two batters in the seventh in a 1-0 game. After a leadoff double, the second batter smoked a two-run bomb off the lefty, giving him the loss. He allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out five in the losing effort. Ramos picked off a runner and tossed a wild pitch. After giving up seven runs over 3.2 innings in his first outing, Ramos has surrendered four earned over his last 11 innings

Frank Brooks worked two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out three to lower his ERA to 0.96. The left-hander has whiffed 12 over 9.1 innings and has allowed just four hits and two walks. Left-handed hitters are 1-for-11 off Brooks with five strikeouts and he has given up just one hit with runners on base this season.

Nick Hundley's double provided the lone RBI for the Missions and perhaps gives the catcher some life moving forward. He is 6-for-39 on the season and is hitting .115 off right-handed pitching. The backstop has whiffed just two times in his last 24 at bats. His defense is much improved over a year ago; he has thrown out 5-of-10 runners attempting to steal and has not had a passed ball to date. He had 18 passed balls over two leagues a year ago.

Lake Elsinore lost 3-2 to High Desert (Mariners) in ten innings

John Madden took the loss, blowing his second save of the year. With a one run lead in the tenth, Madden helped the rally start with an error and two runs, one earned, on two hits. He has given up runs in four of his seven outings after giving up runs in just nine of his 49 outings a year ago. Lefties are hitting .471 off him and the opposition is 5-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Wade LeBlanc was denied a chance at the win, leading 1-0 in the fifth – a night that would see the team lose in extras. With a pitch count creeping up and a runner on with one out in the fifth, LeBlanc was lifted. He gave up five hits and two walks while striking out six. The lefty had given up nine runs over his first 7.1 innings of work, lowering his ERA by over three runs to 6.17. The leadoff man in an inning has a .714 on base percentage on LeBlanc this season.

Seth Johnson went 3-for-4 and was ejected in the tenth inning. He has five hits in his last two games and has four multi-hit games in ten contests on the year. Johnston has not, however, scored a run in six games, despite reaching base eight times over that span. While he is hitting .474 with the bases empty, Johnston is 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Fort Wayne won 3-2 over Burlington (Royals) in 13 innings

Nathan Culp returned to his opening day form on Friday and the Wizards would not let good pitching go to waste, despite his no-decision. The left-hander pitched six solid innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits and a walk while striking out five. Two of the hits he surrendered came to one batter and he has yielded just one hit to southpaw batters on the season. The opposition is 6-for-41 off him with the bases empty.

Tom King duplicated his double total from the season, smacking three two-baggers to up his total to six for the year – putting him atop the Midwest League in that category, pending the night's action. All six of his doubled have come over the last four games and he has five over the last two. He remains hitless with runners in scoring position. King also scored two runs and had an RBI – in on all three runs Fort Wayne scored. It was, however, his error that led to an unearned run on Culp.

R.J. Rodriguez dropped two scoreless innings of relief – part of a pen that allowed one unearned run over nine innings. It was the first time this season that he has worked more than one inning. The right-hander worked more than one inning seven times last year. The opposition is hitting .348 off Rodriguez, as 4-of-6 leadoff men have reached base, but he has limited them to a .214 mark with runners in scoring position.


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