The Storm scored 16 runs over the first three innings with everyone in the lineup notching either a run scored or an RBI. Four players had multi-hit games by the end of the third and five players had multi-RBI games by that time while five players had already scored multiple runs. They added five more runs in the fourth inning as the top seven hitters in the order notched multi-RBI games. Ten of the hits over four innings went for extra bases and 15 for the game. It was the most lopsided victory ever against Lancaster. The 28 hits they posted were one shy of the California League record, and they fell four runs shy of tying the league mark for runs, set by Fresno with 34 in 1947.
Kyle Blanks went 6-for-7, setting a new career-high for hits in a game with two doubles, one homer, four RBIs and six runs scored. In one day his average jumped from .304 to .331, putting him seventh in the California League. Blanks is second in the league in slugging percentage at .585 with 20 of his 47 hits going for extra bases. Blanks has notched four or more RBIs in a game four times this year.
Craig Cooper homered in successive innings, doubling his homer total for the year. He belted two two-run homers – the first multi-homer game of his career. Cooper went 2-for-7 with a walk and three runs scored on the day with his four RBIs. He drove in four or more three times last year with Eugene and knocked in five on July 27, 2006. Cooper extended his on base streak to 22 games, hitting .390 over that stretch with a .495 on base percentage.
Yordany Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the third and had five RBIs by the end of the third inning – adding a double to score two, and his first five RBIs came with two outs. He added a sixth RBI an inning later and capped it off with a seventh to end his night. His previous high had been three RBIs, accomplished numerous times through his career. Ramirez went 2-for-7, the second time this year has notched consecutive multi-hit games and he has three in his last four games.
Chad Huffman blasted two out of the year, hitting a two-run shot in the first and hammering a solo shot in the sixth - – the first multi-homer game of his career. Huffman went 5-for-5 with a double, two homers, five RBIs and two walks. The outfielder had two four-hit games this year but his five-hit night set a new career-high and he upped his on base percentage to .406. He had a hit in eight straight at bats, raising his average from .269 to .312.
Matt Antonelli went 6-for-8 with two doubles, five runs scored and three RBIs. He moved into second in the league in runs scored with 39 and hits with 50, is fourth in on base percentage at .441, and pushed his average from .301 to .325 to rank ninth in batting average. The second baseman has scored a run in six of his last seven games and has crossed the dish in 23 of his last 31 contests. He is hitting .368 in May with 18 runs scored in 17 games.
Matt Buschmann just had to be good but it turned out he was great on Friday to break a string of three straight losing decisions. The right-hander scattered four hits and a walk over 6.2 scoreless, striking out a season-high nine. He last struck out nine, his career-high, on August 12, 2006 while pitching for the Eugene Emeralds. Buschmann had allowed three runs or more in each of his last seven starts and four runs or more over his last three. Friday marked the first time this year he has given up fewer hits than innings pitched.
Portland lost 6-1 to Las Vegas (Dodgers)
Mike Thompson was lifted after four innings and 90 pitches thrown. The right-hander allowed five runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out four. He took his fourth loss of the year in as many starts and the opposition is hitting .425 off him for the year. He has given up five runs or more in every outing, including one relief appearance. The leadoff man has reached base in 10 of the 18 innings he has started.
Vince Sinisi went 1-for-3 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to eight games. The outfielder is 12-for-31, a .387 average, over the streak with six runs scored. Sinisi, who is hitting .340 on the year is hitting over .300 in every situation – leading off an inning, with runners on, the bases empty, and men in scoring position. He also stole his third bag of the year in five attempts on Friday.
Royce Ring pitched one inning of scoreless ball, allowing a single. The reliever ran his scoreless streak to eight innings over eight appearances. In 16.2 innings, he has struck out 21 and has allowed just two runs. He has held right-handed hitters to a .167 average and has given up just four its in 31 at bats with runners on base.
San Antonio lost 6-3 to Frisco (Rangers) in 13 innings
Chase Headley smacked his seventh homer of the year, a three-run blast in the third, to take over sole possession atop the Texas League leaderboard in RBIs with 29. Headley went 2-for-5 on the day with a walk and he was also struck by a pitch. Headley has homered in successive games for the first time this year and has an RBI in three straight. The third baseman has notched an extra base hit in seven of the last nine games that he has recorded a hit.
Jon Searles took the loss after the bullpen heaved six scoreless innings. He allowed a three-run bomb with two outs in the 13th, dropping to 1-2 on the year. Searles has given up seven runs on seven hits and two walks over his last four innings of work. His ERA has ballooned from 1.89 to 4.30 as a result. Searles had allowed four earned runs over his first 19 innings of work. The opposition is now hitting .295 off him with runners on.
Mike Sansoe went 3-for-7 from the leadoff position and scored a run. He was, however, caught stealing for the third time this year. It was the second straight three-hit game for Sansoe and extended his hitting streak to seven games. Sansoe is 11-for-32 over the streak, a .344 average, to raise his average from .265 to .290. The outfielder is hitting .343 when he leads off an inning with 12 hits in 35 at bats.
Fort Wayne won 4-3 over Cedar Rapids (Angels)
Aaron Breit stymied the opposition over 5.2 innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out two. The one mistake resulted in a solo blast off him in the second inning. The right-hander has allowed one run over his last 11.2 innings of work and it is the fourth time this year he has allowed two runs or less over eight starts. The leadoff man is reaching base at a .256 on base percentage clip against Breit.
Javis Diaz went perfect at the dish, collecting three hits in three at bats, adding a sacrifice bunt and a walk while driving in one and scoring two – including the winning run in the top of the ninth inning. It is the fourth three-hit game of the year for Diaz and tenth time this year over 32 games that he has reached base safely three times in a contest. Diaz did enter play with four hits in his previous 25 at bats. His 17 runs scored lead the team.
Grant Varnell notched his second hold of the year, coming in with two on and two outs in the sixth. He held both runners from scoring by picking off a runner attempting to steal and worked another scoreless frame, yielding one hit. The right-hander had not previously come into any game with a runner on base but stretched his streak without allowing an earned run to seven innings. Varnell has allowed runs in two of his 10 appearances this season and has gone more than one inning four times.