Laforest homers twice; Not Rodriguez' night

Pete Laforest goes deep twice – his second multi-homer game in the last eight games. The San Antonio outfield threw out three runners on the bases but that would not be enough. Mike DeMark is on pace to set a record for unearned runs allowed. R.J. Rodriguez did not record an out and gave up more homers on Friday than he had all of last year.

Portland won 7-6 over Las Vegas (Dodgers)

Clay Hensley made his second rehab start with Triple-A Portland, allowing four runs on eight hits and four walks over four innings. He threw 86 pitches, 49 for strikes – whiffing three. He has given up six runs on 14 hits and six walks in eight innings with the Beavers. Hensley had allowed two runs or less over his last three outings with San Diego after giving up 21 runs over his first three starts.

Brian Myrow connected for a grand slam in the sixth inning, giving him as many RBIs as Portland had hits at that point in the contest. The first baseman had come into the game with one hit over his last 11 at bats but has collected 13 RBIs on just nine hits. Six of his nine hits have gone for extra bases. Myrow has drawn 12 walks on the year to give him an on base percentage of .362 despite a .196 average.

Pete Laforest smacked two solo homers, including one to open the ninth that was part of back-to-back jacks from him and pinch-hitter Craig Stansberry. His ninth inning homer was his fourth in the ninth frame this season and first to make a difference. He has hit six of his seven homers over his last eight games and has RBIs in seven of his last 12. His two homers gave him an average over .200 for the first time since April 6. Seven of his last eight hits have gone for extra bases and eight of his 14 hits overall.

San Antonio lost 4-1 to Arkansas (Angels)

Each member of the San Antonio outfield threw out a runner on Friday night. Will Venable and Drew Macias recorded outfield assists by gunning down runners at second base and Mike Sansoe cut off a runner at home plate. For Venable it was his third outfield assist this season. Venable is the only one in the trio not to have committed an error. Macias netted his fifth outfield assist of the year, one shy of the Texas League lead in the category. It was the third outfield assist for Sansoe.

Roger Deago worked 5.2 innings and allowed four runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out six, moving to 3-2 on the year. The left-hander had allowed five runs on 14 hits over his previous 25.2 innings. The opposition upped their average against Deago from .189 to .219 with their season-high hit total. Six of the 18 runs he has given up over 42.2 innings have come in inning number six.

Adrian Burnside made his first appearance of the year outside Peoria, Arizona. He went 2.1 innings, allowing two hits and stranding an inherited runner. The left-hander went 3-0 with a 3.48 ERA last season for Triple-A Syracuse of the International League. He held the opposition to a .208 average in 33.2 innings with lefties managing to hit .195 off him. He began last season by tossing 14 scoreless innings.

Lake Elsinore lost 9-6 to High Desert (Mariners)

Mike DeMark took the blown save and the loss when four unearned runs crossed the dish against him in an inning and a third on four hits and two walks. It was a Juan Ciriaco error that led to all the runs. With one inherited runner scoring on Friday, the only three he has inherited this year have all come in to score. DeMark has allowed runs in five of his 11 outings but only one earned runs has scored. His other nine runs have all been unearned. He recorded three of his four outs by way of the strikeout and has now struck out 22 in 12 innings.

Brent Carter allowed multiple homers for the second game in a row and only the second time in his career. He has allowed seven over his last two games after giving up one in his first eight starts. His eight homers allowed are tied for third most in the California League. Carter was pulled after 5.2 and was charged with five runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out six. It is the fifth time this year that Carter has yielded eight or more hits.

Seth Johnston went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, notching his fourth homer of the season. His three RBI game was a season-high. Johnston now has two bombs in his last three games. He has reached base safely in nine straight and collected his 11th multi-hit game of the year. Johnston is hitting .429 when he plays third base and is hitting .227 when he plays elsewhere in the field.

Fort Wayne lost 6-0 to West Michigan (Tigers)

John Hussey lost his third game in as many starts for the Wizards on Friday. On a night that the offense managed four hits, the right-hander cruised through five innings but was charged with two in the sixth as he did not retire any of the three batters he faced. Hussey allowed five hits, walked three and struck out three. He lowered his average against from .324 to .296 with the outing and is holding righties to a .238 mark. Lefties, on the other hand, are 6-for-12.

Each of the five batters R.J. Rodriguez faced reached base, including back-to-back homers to open the frame. Four runs, all earned, went against his ledger without securing an out. It is the fifth time in 17 outings that he has allowed a run and Rodriguez had entered play with seven consecutive innings without a run allowed. His ERA jumped from 2.37 to 4.26 as a result of Friday's outing. He had also not surrendered a homer in his previous 19 innings and gave up just one all of last year.

Derek McDaid allowed a single in his lone scoreless inning, pushing his scoreless streak to six frames. The right-hander has posted a 3-1 mark with a 1.29 ERA in May after touting a 6.94 ERA in April. He has limited right-handers to a .190 average while lefties are swatting at a .341 clip. Of the nine runners that McDaid has inherited only two have scored. The leadoff man of an inning is reaching base at a .417 clip off him.

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