Luis Cruz provided the only offense for the Beavers, hitting a two-run homer in the second inning. It was his lone hit in four at bats. Cruz has six hits in his last 30 at bats and all have gone for extra bases. He has three doubles and three homers over that span and 16 of his 26 hits have gone for extra bases – an incredible 61.5 percent. He is, however, hitting just .169 with a .217 on base percentage.
Michael Johnson came on as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and grounded out, dropping his average to .036 since joining Triple-A Portland. The first baseman is 1-for-28 over 12 games with 12 strikeouts. The only saving grace is the seven walks he has amassed. Johnson had been hitting .284 with 17 extra base hits in 31 games for Double-A San Antonio and left the Missions with an eight-game hitting streak and RBIs in six of his final seven games.
Ryan Ketchner fell further into debt when he took his fifth loss against an empty win column. The left-hander allowed four runs on four hits and four walks over five innings while striking out three. Ketchner has allowed four or more runs in four of his 10 starts and has walked three or more in six of his last seven. His 24 walks sit him in the top five in the league in that category. Thursday is the fifth game in a row that he has failed to make it past five frames.
Beavers manager Rick Renteria was ejected in the third inning on a day that saw Paul McAnulty present Renteria with an autographed baseball signed by the entire Beavers organization and commemorative print in honor of Renteria's 500th managerial win.
San Antonio lost 8-1 to Springfield (Cardinals)
Sean Thompson came in after a 32-minute rain delay and was pulled after three innings with four runs in on seven hits and a walk. The left-hander also hit two batters, straining his lower back when he hit the third batter of the game after he had him in a 0-2 count. It is just the second time this year he has allowed as many as four runs in a game and his seven hits allowed set a season-high. He had also not plunked a batter over his first 53.1 innings. Thompson has lost three straight decisions and has not won since April 23.
Jon Ellis allowed a three-run homer over two-thirds of an inning but only one run was charged to him. He came into the game with two runners on and one out in the ninth, giving up the bomb to the first batter he faced. He had gone seven outings without allowing an earned run. Ellis has allowed runs in five of his 20 appearances but 11 runs have crossed the plate against him with seven coming in two games. He has also allowed seven of the nine runners he has inherited to score.
Since seeing his 24-game on base streak snapped on May 14, Chase Headley has been on base in eight straight. He had two of San Antonio's four hits on the night, belting his 14th double of the year. Headley has collected 18 multi-hit games over 45 contests and continues to pace the league in batting average (.348), RBIs (29), hits (57), on base percentage (.435) and slugging percentage (.585). He is also second in runs scored, extra base hits and is third in doubles.
Lake Elsinore lost 6-2 to High Desert (Mariners)
Matt Buschmann got out just in time. He allowed one run on two hits and three walks over five innings in a no-decision. The right-hander hit a batter and tossed two wild pitches but it was the solo homer that allowed a run to score. After allowing 15 runs on 27 hits over a 13.2 innings span, Buschmann has given up one run on six hits over his last 11.2 frames. Buschmann came into the game with just seven walks allowed over his first 49 innings over nine starts and had only issued two walks once.
Brandon Higelin was tagged for five runs, two earned, on five hits in his lone inning of work, dropping to 0-3 on the year. He was on the wrong side of a Yordany Ramirez dropped fly ball. Higelin has given up two or more runs in five of his last nine appearances and has allowed runs in nine of 16 on the year. The left-hander has seen the leadoff mean reach base in 11 off the 23 innings he has started for a .478 on base percentage.
Twenty-seven games – that is Craig Cooper's current on base streak after going 2-for-2 with a double and two walks. He has the third longest streak in the California League and is 40-for-99 with 12 extra base hits and 21 walks over the life of the streak for a .508 on base percentage. In ten of his last 11 games he has reached base two or more times and has reached base 2.3 times per game over the life of his streak. He has collected nine multi-hit games in 19 May contests.
Fort Wayne lost 5-4 to Clinton (Rangers)
Andy Underwood's record was evened up after taking his third loss of the year, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits and a walk. It is just the second time in nine starts that he has allowed more than two runs and the second time he has yielded eight hits. He has not earned a win since April 28, a span of five starts. Underwood came into the game with a 1.69 ERA over his last four outings, giving up four runs over 21.1 innings.
Jonathan Schemmel cranked out three hits in five at bats, including a double, to raise his average to .304 for the season. He did, however, ground into a double play in the ninth inning. The infielder has hits in 10 of his 13 games and has reached base in all but one game but has scored just three runs. Schemmel is hitting .450 off left-handed pitchers but just .192 off right-handers. Schemmel is hitting .375 when he bats second in the lineup, as he did on Thursday.
Wilton Lopez worked two scoreless innings of relief, yielding one hit and a walk. The right-hander has given up one run over his last eight innings and the walk he issued on Thursday was the first he has allowed this year. In fact, he has induced more double play grounders than walks. Lopez has given up four hits over his last eight frames and has yielded runs in two of his eight appearances to date.