Wednesday's game between the Portland Beavers and Salt Lake Bees at PGE Park was suspended in the middle of the fourth with the game tied at 2-2 due to rain and hail. It will be resumed June 15 at 5:30 p.m. at PGE Park.
San Antonio lost 5-3 to Frisco (Rangers)
Michael Johnson went 1-for-2 with three walks and a two-run homer – his fourth bomb of the season. Fifty-nine percent of his hits have gone for extra bases, as he has amassed eight doubles and a triple among his 22 hits. Johnson has drawn seven walks over his last three games after netting six free passes over his first 22 contests. He has, however, struck out 28 times on the year – with seven multi-K games.
Mike Ekstrom surrendered one run through five but gave up four runs in the sixth – the first time he made into the sixth frame over five starts this year – his night ending with ten hits and five runs on the board over 5.1 innings, dropping him to 1-2 on the year. The opposition is hitting .343 off Ekstrom through 23.2 innings and has a .383 mark with runners on base. He has allowed 34 hits and has a WHIP of 1.69.
Jon Searles stranded one of two inherited runners and did not allow a hit over 2.2 scoreless relief innings, walking one and striking out one. Of the ten runners he has inherited this year only two have scored. He has limited opponents to three hits in 16 at bats with runners in scoring position and just two leadoff men have reached base against him in 16 innings started.
Lake Elsinore lost 4-3 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)
Matt Buschmann worked five innings and surrendered four runs, two earned, on 10 hits and two walks while striking out four in taking the loss and evening his record at 2-2. A throwing error by Buschmann was the culprit for those unearned runs. It is the fifth time in six starts that the right-hander has allowed seven or more hits and the third game in a row that he has yielded nine or more hits. He has, however, allowed two earned runs or less in four of his six starts.
Yordany Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single and a walk, and he has breached base safely in 15 straight. He is 21-for-60 over the last 15 games, upping his average from .107 to .273. Ramirez also swiped his fourth bag of the year and notched his third outfield assist, tied for the California League lead, by throwing out a runner at home. After spending the majority of the season batting ninth, Ramirez started in the seventh slot in the order for the first time this year.
Matt Antonelli went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, extending his hitting streak to eight games and giving him an on base streak of 12 games. Antonelli has reached base 29 times over the last 12 with 17 hits and 12 walks, upping his average from .220 to .305 and sending his on base percentage from .304 to .416. He has scored 14 runs over his last eight games and has vaulted into the top five in the California League with 23 runs.
Fort Wayne lost 3-2 to Beloit (Twins)
Aaron Breit had his second solid start in five outings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while whiffing four over five innings. The right-hander dropped his ERA by over a run from 8.10 to 7.06. Breit has held the opposition to a .288 average with the bases empty but that number jumps to .419 with runners in scoring position. Fifteen of the 24 runs he has allowed have come in the third and fourth innings.
Stephen Faris made his season and Midwest League debut, taking the loss. He walked a batter to open the inning and an error led to two sacrifices that produced the lone unearned run. He also struck out a pair. The right-hander went 2-1 with a 4.65 ERA. In 40.2 innings, Faris allowed 49 hits, surrendered 10 walks, and struck out 23. He split time between relief and the rotation, allowing two earned runs or less in each of his last five starts.
Brooks Dunn pitched two innings of scoreless relief, giving up one hit and striking out one. He has not allowed an earned run over his last 11 innings. The left-hander has not allowed a hit to the leadoff man of an inning but has walked one in 15 innings. And he has given up just three hits in 22 at bats with runners on base. Dunn has allowed just three hits in his last nine frames.