Padres MLN: Hits and misses and RBIs

Portland drops two – despite a nice relief appearance from Steve Watkins. Jared Wells didn't do as well in game two. Roger Deago did his job but the bullpen could not hold. Kyle Blanks drives in four and Brent Carter continues to get the best run support on the team. Jesus Lopez is an RBI machine in Fort Wayne.

Portland lost 4-1 to complete suspended game, lost 8-4 in game two to Albuquerque (Marlins)

Steve Watkins came on in relief of Ryan Ketchner to begin the suspended game and turned in four solid innings. Entering the game with a runner on third and nobody out, Watkins allowed a single to the first batter before facing one above the minimum over his four innings from that point forward. He has limited left-handers to a .233 average while righties are batting .314 off him. In each of the games Watkins has given up an earned run he has also allowed a homer.

While he struck out eight, Jared Wells was torched for eight runs, seven earned, on 11 hits and two walks over five innings in the nightcap. He allowed two homers, dropping to 1-5 on the year. It is the first time since July 13, 2005 that Wells has allowed multi-digit hits. The eight runs he allowed matched a career-high – a dubious feat he accomplished twice in his past. It is the second time this season that he has given up multiple homers.

Luke Carlin went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs in the second game. It was his second multi-RBI game of the year and upped his average to .316 with runners in scoring position. Carlin's last triple came on April 22 last season with Portland. The catcher has reached base in each of the last six games he has started. He threw out one of two basestealers on the night and has nabbed 30 percent this season.

Craig Stansberry went 3-for-7 in the double-dip with a stolen base. The swipe gave him steals in back-to-back games for the first time since he managed the feat in the Arizona Fall League. Stansberry has a five game hitting streak and 10-game on base streak. The infielder leads the team in every offensive category except homers and walks. He is hitting .462 with runners in scoring position.

San Antonio lost 5-2 to Midland (A's)

Roger Deago got the spot start and allowed four singles over four innings while whiffing six. The left-hander has struck out 11 over the last 8.1 innings and he has given up three runs over his last 16.1 innings. In a strange quirk, Deago has limited the opposition to two hits in 19 at bats with a runner on first base but the opposition is hitting .308 off him with runners in scoring position.

Dirk Hayhurst made his debut in San Antonio and pitched scoreless ball over two innings, allowing one hit and striking out one. The right-hander was 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA over 20 innings for Lake Elsinore. While he allowed six runs in his last outing, all of them were unearned. Of the 13 appearances he made, Hayhurst allowed runs in five outings. While only three of 18 leadoff men reached base off him in High-A, the opposition hit .348 with runners in scoring position.

Arturo Lopez was tagged for three runs on four hits – including three doubles - in his lone inning of work, taking the loss and moving to 1-2 on the year. It is the fifth time in 14 appearances he has allowed runs. Lopez came into the game having allowed two runs in his previous 9.2 innings. The opposition is 8-for-15 off him with runners in scoring position, a healthy .533 average.

Lake Elsinore won 9-3 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Kyle Blanks hit a three-run homer and doubled in a run in four at bats with all four RBIs coming with two outs. He also scored two runs as the designated hitter. With his two hits, Blanks extended his hitting streak to nine games. The slugger is 15-for-39 with seven runs scored and 14 RBIs. He has pushed his average from .284 to .319 in the process. Blanks is hitting .314 when he is the DH and has collected three of his four homers and 14 of his 20 RBIs when in that role.

Brent Carter gave up three runs on seven hits over 5.2 innings, walking a batter and striking out four to pick up his fourth win. He had allowed one run over the first five before surrendering two runs on four hits in the sixth. Carter has won three straight, allowing seven runs over that span. Lake Elsinore, incidentally, has scored 37 runs in his four wins.

Chad Huffman dropped two more in the RBI bucket, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. With the two on Wednesday, Huffman took over the team lead with 24. Since starting off the year with three hits in his first 30 at bats over eight games, Huffman is 30-for-79, a .380 average, with 22 RBIs over the last 22 contests. He has six multi-hit games over his last 10.

Fort Wayne lost 8-4 to complete suspended game, won 15-4 in game two (7 innings) over Kane County (A's)

Cedric Hunter went 1-for-3 with two walks and two RBIs in the first game and followed it up with a 2-for-4 effort with one walk, three runs scored and two RBIs in the second game. It is the first time this year he has notched successive two-RBI games. Hunter has drawn five walks over the past three games to even up his walk-to-strikeout ratio at 15-to-15. Just four of his 29 hits have gone for extra bases this year.

Brooks Dunn took the loss, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk over 2.1 innings. The left-hander came into the game with a 14.2 inning streak without allowing an earned run. He has now allowed runs in five of his 14 outings but his three earned allowed were more than he had yielded all season (2). He has given up just one hit in 19 at bats to the leadoff man in an inning, a .053 average.

Rolando Valdez proved human when he surrendered two runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning. He had not allowed an earned run over his first 14 innings this season and had not allowed more than two hits in any game – until Wednesday. While he has limited right-handers to a .172 average, lefties are batting .308 off him. Only one of the 13 hits he has surrendered have gone for extra bases.

Every hitter in the lineup reached base at least twice in game two with Jesus Lopez the only player not to score a run and Jodam Rivera the sole player not to notch an RBI. Lopez was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. He leads the team in RBIs with 16 and while he is hitting .218 overall, the shortstop is batting .316 with runners on base. He is, however, batting just .125 with the bases empty. Lopez is 10-for-28, a .357 average, with eight RBIs over his last eight games.

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