Geer continues pace; Cooper game-winner

Josh Geer took a commanding lead over the competition with his seventh win of the year. Just as impressive has been Jon Searles out of the pen, particularly with inherited runners. Wade LeBlanc pitches another solid game but it goes for naught. Craig Cooper comes through in the bottom of the ninth to give Lake Elsinore the win.

Portland had a scheduled day off

San Antonio won 4-1 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Josh Geer took a two-game lead over Texas League pitchers in the win department, racking up number seven on Wednesday. Eric Hurley has five wins and one other pitcher has four – his closest competitors. Geer went 6.1 innings, allowing no runs on seven hits while striking out four. Geer has earned a decision in all of his starts and is riding a four-game winning streak. Over his last three outings, spanning 21.1 innings, he has allowed just two runs. It is the sixth time in eight starts that he has surrendered two runs or less and fifth time he has allowed one run or less.

Jon Searles inherited two Geer runners with one out in the seventh and pitched out of the jam. He worked 1.2 scoreless, walking one and striking out two. The right-hander has inherited 14 baserunners on the year and just two have scored. He has given up runs in four of his 13 appearances this year, but those have produced 12 runs against, eight earned. In 20 innings started, the leadoff man has reached base just twice and he is holding the opposition to a .192 average with runners in scoring position.

Drew Macias went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. The outfielder loves day games, clouting .370 during the day with nine walks and four strikeouts for a .553 on base percentage. By contrast, Macias is hitting .235 with seven walks to 23 K's in night games for a .286 on base percentage. Macias is hitting .281 in May with six multi-hit games after batting .250 in April. He is hitting .217 in the leadoff role – a spot he occupied on Wednesday.

"I feel really good," said Macias. "It is early in the year so I am not pressing or anything like that, but even in the games where I am not getting hits I feel like I am getting good at bats, seeing pitches, and putting good swings on the ball."

Lake Elsinore won 5-4 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Wade LeBlanc pitched another gem but was tagged with a no-decision. The left-hander worked six innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out five. He tossed two wild pitches in the fourth inning when both runs scored. LeBlanc had four wild pitches in his last two starts after not having any in his previous six starts. LeBlanc has allowed two runs or less in six of his eight starts and has not allowed more than one earned in his last six – posting a 0.52 ERA over that span – two earned over his last 34.1 innings pitched.

Craig Cooper went 3-for-5 with three singles, driving in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to send Lake Elsinore home a winner. The first baseman has reached base safely in 20 straight games and has three straight multi-hit games. He is 29-for-71 over that span, a .408 average, with 14 walks for a .512 on base percentage. His average has gone from .227 to .330. His three RBIs on Wednesday are a season-high.

"They have been battling no matter what the score is," manager Carlos Lezcano said. "They have been playing hard every inning, every out, every at bat."

Mike Baxter doubled in the ninth inning and scored the winning run, going 2-for-5 on the night with two runs scored. The outfielder came into the game in a May slump with seven hits in 37 at bats during the month after hitting .264 in April. The double was his third of the year and first in over a month (April 11). Baxter has scored 24 runs this year, one of six players on the team to cross home plate 20 or more times this year. Baxter is hitting .210 from the leadoff spot – where he batted on Wednesday.

"We have a great hitting team so I know if I can put myself into position to score – if I can get behind second base I know the guys behind me will do their job," said Baxter.

Fort Wayne had a scheduled day off

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