Blanks homers, Hundley's six RBIs not enough

Mike Thompson had his best start of the year, snapping a five-game losing streak. Nick Hundley drove in six runs but San Antonio still lost. Kyle Blanks cranked out two homers but Steve Delabar picked up loss number six. Rayner Contreras hit his fourth homer, but Underwood dropped to 3-4.

Portland won 6-2 over Iowa (Cubs)

Mike Thompson had his finest start of the year and picked up his first win as a result. He went seven innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on eight hits and three walks while striking out four. Thompson had lost his first five starts of the year, giving up four runs or more in every outing – including his lone relief appearance. Thompson had not gone more than five innings in any of his previous starts and has allowed eight hits or more in four of his last five starts.

Ray Chang went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs in his fifth game at Triple-A this year. The infielder has gone 5-for-8 after going 0-for-12 over his first three games. He has started five straight games for Portland and has made 14 starts since May 10 between two leagues after getting just six starts since the start of the year. Chang has four three-hit games in his last eight over two leagues, going 14-for-35 with six RBIs and eight runs scored.

Royce Ring pitched an inning and a third and collected all of his outs by way of the strikeout. He gave up one hit and stranded two inherited runners, lowering his ERA to 0.82 on the season. He has gone 13 straight appearances without allowing an earned run, a span of 13.1 innings. He has whiffed 19 over that span while allowing nine hits. Ring is averaging 12.48 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.

San Antonio lost 12-10 to Springfield (Cardinals)

Nick Hundley hit a three-run homer and drove in another three with a bases clearing double an inning later to give him six RBIs for the night. His six RBIs are a career-high, surpassing his previous high of four, last accomplished on June 26, 2006 while with Fort Wayne. It is the fourth time this year he has collected multiple extra base hits in the same game. Hundley has 10 extra base hits and 16 RBIs in 19 May games after collecting six extra base hits and six RBIs in 19 April games.

Sean Thompson stumbled through 3.2 innings, allowing a season-high seven runs on eight hits and three walks in a no-decision. Thompson had allowed seven runs just once last season – coming in his final start. The lefty has given up 11 runs on 15 hits, four walks, and two hit batsmen over his last 6.2 innings after giving up 15 runs over his first 53.1 innings. It is the second game in a row he has surrendered seven or more hits after not allowing more than six in any of his first nine outings.

Arturo Lopez allowed one run on two hits while striking out three over two innings – seeing a ball leave the yard for the lone run. The left-hander has given up runs in successive games for the first time this year, despite a 5.06 ERA. He has given up runs in seven of his 20 appearances this year. Lopez has given up 37.5 percent of his hits for extra bases and the opposition has a .520 on base percentage off him with runners in scoring position.

Lake Elsinore lost 5-4 to Lancaster (Red Sox)

Kyle Blanks matched his homer total from a season ago after smashing two on Tuesday, completing the feat in 41 games after hitting 10 in 86 games a year ago. It is his second multi-homer game of the year and the fourth of his career. Blanks had three of the Storm's six hits on the day and drove in three of the four runs. The first baseman has scored seven runs over his last four games and 15 runs over his last nine. His 28 extra base hits rank in the top five in the California League.

Cody Smith made his system debut after being released by the Kansas City Royals. He allowed one hits and a walk while striking out two in a scoreless inning. Smith went 1-0 with a 6.43 ERA over 10 appearances with Double-A Wichita. He allowed runs in seven of his 10 outings, giving up 25 hits while walking six in 14 innings.

"Our bullpen was having some problems in Lake Elsinore," Padres' vice president of scouting and player development, Grady Fuson said. "And we were heavy on left-handers. Cody gives Carlos (Lezcano) some options. He pitched well for us after drafting him while with Texas, and we will give him an opportunity here to see what he can do."

Steve Delabar lost his sixth game of the year, giving up one run without allowing a hit. He walked one and hit a batter in two-thirds of an inning and it was his inherited runner who scored. The right-hander has given up runs in four of his last five outings, surrendering eight runs on seven hits, three walks and one hit batsman over his last 6.1 innings, seeing his ERA spike from 3.97 to 5.59.

Fort Wayne lost 5-4 to South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Rayner Contreras went 2-for-3 with a walk, a homer, and two runs scored. The homer was his team-leading fourth of the season. He has matched his career total over 137 games and three seasons with the homer. It was the third multi-hit game for the infielder in his last six and he has 10 RBIs in May after netting just three in April. Contreras has, however, committed 19 errors this year, tying him for the most in the Midwest League.

Andy Underwood dropped below .500 for the first time this year at 3-4, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two. It is just the second time that Underwood has seen his ERA climb above 3.00. He has given up eight runs over his last 11 innings after giving up two runs or less in seven of his previous eight outings. Left-handed hitters are batting .175 off him with two extra base hits while righties have managed a .302 average with 11 extra base hits.

Wilton Lopez worked two scoreless innings, giving p one hit and striking out one. Lopez has allowed runs in three of his 10 appearances this season, allowing baserunners in all but two outings. The right-hander has walked just one in 14 innings of work. He has a 2.79 ERA in seven night games but a 6.23 ERA in three day contests. He has induced four double play grounders on the season.


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