Jared Wells had his best start of the year and earned his first win as a result. The right-hander tossed bullets over six innings, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out six. Wells, who lost four straight decisions, had never lost more than two in a row to start a season before 2007. Wells also went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a sacrifice bunt at the plate.
"We take it one step at a time," Portland pitching coach Gary Lance. "I am so happy to see Wells do some things that we were working on."
Royce Huffman collected two hits in five at bats, hitting a two-run homer and adding a double while scoring a pair of runs. His multi-hit night snapped a 2-for-29 skid that dropped his average from .258 to .200. For Huffman, it was his first multi-RBI game since April 6 and it was also the second time this year he has scored multiple runs.
Adam Shabala started the year with seven hits in his first 74 at bats without a multi-hit game. In 22 games, Shabala had only reached base twice in the same game on two occasions. Shabala went 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBI's from the eight-hole in the lineup – his fourth game batting so low in the order. Shabala has a .094 in 14 games as the leadoff man and his current .118 average is the highest he has seen this season.
San Antonio lost 6-4 to Frisco (Rangers)
Jose Oyervidez left after two innings with three runs on five hits and a walk on the board. The right-hander had felt soreness in his arm and was diagnosed with inflammation of his throwing arm. He will fly to San Diego to undergo an MRI and could require surgery. Oyervidez has allowed 15 runs over his last 18.2 innings, as the opposition is hitting .343 off him with runners in scoring position.
Michael Johnson had a perfect night, going 2-for-2 with two walks, a solo homer, and two runs scored. The first baseman has drawn nine walks over his last five games. Johnson had just six walks over his previous 22 contests. He has also homed twice in the last three with an RBI in each game. Johnson is hitting .341 with the bases empty with 10 of his 14 extra base hits coming with nobody on.
Roger Deago took the loss, pitching 4.1 innings of relief in his longest outing of the year. He gave up three runs on three hits and struck out a season-high five. In just 21.2 innings, Deago has allowed five homers – including one on Friday. While he has only given up two hits to leadoff an inning over 19 frames – both have left the park – and the opposition is hitting .333 off him with runners in scoring position.
Lake Elsinore lost 9-4 to Stockton (A's)
Matt Handley made his season debut, pitching one inning of scoreless ball, walking one and striking out one. The left-hander went 2-0 with three saves and a 2.36 ERA over 20 games with the Arizona Rookie League Padres last year. The opposition hit .163 off him and he struck out 32 while walking six in 26.2 innings. He also pitched an inning and two-third scoreless in the AZL Championship game to earn the save and had a 2.70 ERA in two games with Fort Wayne.
Mike Baxter matched his homer total of the year before with his third bomb – leading off the first inning with his solo shot. The outfielder had three homers over 117 games last year for Fort Wayne and has the same amount over 24 games this year. Baxter has two homers in his last four games and an RBI in four of the last five. He is hitting .368 off left-handed pitching with two of his three homers.
Seth Johnston homered and walked but also committed two errors in the eighth inning that led to six unearned runs. His homer came in the first but it was the errors that will be remembered and his ground out ended the game. Johnston's previous three errors came playing shortstop but both of Friday's came while he was playing third base. He does have a four game hitting streak and a five game run-scoring streak.
Fort Wayne won 3-2 over Peoria (Cubs) in 11 innings
Javis Diaz went 2-for-3 with three walks and singled in the winning run in the 11th. Diaz had just five walks over his first 19 games of the year and his day upped his on base percentage from .293 to .327. Diaz has nine multi-hit games this year and the left-handed hitter is batting .346 off his southpaw counterparts.
Orlando Lara had his best start of the year, allowing three hits over 6.1 innings, walking one and striking out four. The left-hander had surrendered 13 runs over his first 15.2 innings. Lara had not gone more than four innings in any start this year and had not eclipsed 5.2 innings since coming to the states last year. Lara has posted a 2.51 ERA in three night starts while holding a 10.57 ERA in day games.
Rolando Valdez notched his fifth hold of the year, pitching a scoreless inning and striking out one. The right-hander has not allowed an earned run over 12 appearances to begin the year – spanning 13 innings. Valdez has hit more batters (2) than he has walked (1) this year and has given up just two hits in 23 at bats to right-handers. He has not allowed a hit with runners in scoring position.