Ketchner throwing well; Freese doubles up

Ryan Ketchner is showing he has starter's stuff and Andrew Brown could be the next bullpen call-up. Sean Thompson had one rough inning and it cost him the game. David Freese is a doubles machine on Thursday. Andy Underwood allows just one run but takes the loss.

Portland won 2-1 over Salt Lake (Angels)

After allowing a run in the first inning on two hits and a walk, Ryan Ketchner went on to strike out seven over the next four innings and eight overall without allowing another hit and walking two more. The last time he struck out as many as eight came on August 31, 2003. He threw 93 pitches over his five frames in a no-decision. Ketchner has allowed three runs over his last 17 innings and one run over his last 12.

Andrew Brown dropped his ERA to 0.55 on the season, hitting a batter and tossing a wild pitch in one scoreless inning. He has not allowed an earned run in 14.2 innings but it did require a run down that ended when Brown tagged out the runner heading for home. Over that time he has walked seven and allowed five hits. He has allowed just one hit to right-handed hitters in 32 at bats, a pitiful .031 average.

Vince Sinisi had two of Portland's five hits, the only player in the game to notch a multi-hit game. He also scored a run. The outfielder has seven multi-hit games in his last 12, pushing his average from .245 to .337. Over his last 14 games, Sinisi has struck out just three times. Sinisi is actually hitting better when he is behind in the count than when he is ahead in the count and both of his homers have come when he was in the hole.

San Antonio lost 10-1 to Frisco (Rangers)

Sean Thompson had one rough inning over six, giving up all four of his runs in the fourth inning. The lefty threw 97 pitches, giving up six hits and a walk while striking out three. Double, single, balk, walk, sacrifice, wild pitch, and homer – all in succession – marked the events of his worst inning and outing of the year. He had given up two earned runs over his first 30.1 innings prior to the meltdown but would settle down after the homer and limit Frisco to two hits over his next 3.2 innings. Thompson had come into the game with 19 hits allowed over 28.1 innings and his ERA jumped from 0.64 to 1.57.

Peter Ciofrone collected three of San Antonio's seven hits and scored their only run. It was his fourth game of the season with three or more hits and snapped a 4-for-40 slump that saw his average tank from .378 to .247 – now back up to .270. All of his hits were singled and five of Ciofrone's 24 hits have gone for extra bases. He is, however, hitting .333 with runners in scoring position.

While Jon Ellis struck out a pair, he also gave up two hits and a walk over an inning and all three scored on a homer. It was just the second time in 11 appearances that he has given up a run and only the third time in those outings that he has even allowed a hit. Still, as is the life of a reliever, his ERA skyrocketed from 1.93 to 4.35. He has given up just six hits and has held the opposition to a .167 average.

Lake Elsinore won 6-2 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

David Freese had three hits, all doubles, in four at bats, scored two runs and drove in a run. He upped his two-bagger total to seven on the year and has 12 extra base hits in 26 games. Freese did commit his second error of the year. He is hitting .414 with runners in scoring position and has a .400 average against left-handed pitchers. Freese has 10 multi-hit games on the year.

Chad Huffman had one hit in three at bats, a double that knocked in two and added a sac fly RBI to give him three on the day. Huffman has 17 RBIs over his last 14 games after netting two over his first 11 and he has nine in his last five. Huffman also extended his hitting streak to nine games but his bid to net five straight multi-hit games came to an end. He is 15-for-33 over the streak with seven walks.

Brent Carter had his second consecutive quality start and earned his third win, going 5.2 innings and allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five. He had allowed 16 runs over 15.1 innings but has given up four over his last 11.2, seeing his ERA drop from 7.11 to 5.58. The left-hander has struck out 26 on the year compared to four walks but has surrendered 44 hits, as opponents are hitting .341 off him.

Fort Wayne lost 1-0 to Beloit (Twins)

Andy Underwood suffered the loss, giving up one run on six hits while striking out three in 5.1 innings. The right-hander (3-2) has allowed one run or less in three of his five starts and two runs or less in all but one. He has limited left-handed hitters to a .159 average and just six of the 23 hits he has yielded have gone for extra bases - including no homers surrendered in 25.2 innings. In the 27 innings he has started, just five hitters have reached base.

Ernesto Frieri kept the game close, pitching out of a situation that saw two men on and one out in the sixth, inducing two pop outs. He retired all five batters he faced, striking out a pair. Frieri has not allowed any of the four runners he has inherited to score. He has a 7.2 inning scoreless streak, striking out 10 over that span and walking one. The right-hander has limited lefties to three hits in 22 at bats and has allowed just two hits in 15 at bats with runners in scoring position.

R.J. Rodriguez worked a scoreless eighth, the first time this year he has seen action before the ninth inning. He ran his scoreless streak to six innings and has given up four hits over that span while striking out seven and walking none. Rodriguez has limited the opposition to a .158 average with runners in scoring position and has yet to allow a run on the road.


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