Rosales blows save; No stars for All-Stars

Leo Rosales blew a save for the first time this year but Portland still wins. Sean Thompson is hit hard for the second time in a row. Richie Daigle has faced some tough sledding over his last four starts. Two Midwest League All-Stars have rough games with the Wizards.

Portland won 5-4 over Omaha (Royals) in 10 innings

Leo Rosales suffered his first blown save of the year, giving up three runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning. The right-hander has allowed runs in three of his last five outings and six times in 24 appearances on the year. He had saved 14 straight games to open the year and his ERA jumped from 2.25 to 3.28 after Tuesday's outing. Rosales has a 7.71 in the five day games he has appeared in.

Mike Thompson had his second straight solid outing but earned a no-decision. The right-hander allowed one run on five hits and two walks over seven solid innings. Thompson tossed just 80 pitches on the day, 51 for strikes. After inducing one double play grounder in his first six outings, Thompson has notched three over his last two. His ERA has dropped from 12.46 to 8.07 after allowing two earned in his last 14 innings.

Craig Stansberry collected three hits in five at bats and drove in three. He also swiped his sixth bag of the season. The infielder has an eight-game hitting streak, going 12-for-34 with two doubles and five RBIs. Stansberry has stolen a base in successive games for the second time this year and has swiped four straight without being caught. Stansberry is hitting .439 with runners in scoring position.

San Antonio lost 6-2 to Frisco (Rangers)

Sean Thompson dropped to 3-5 on the year after allowing five runs on a season-high nine hits and four walks over 4.2 innings. He also tossed two wild pitches. The left-hander has allowed 12 runs on 17 hits and six walks over his last 8.1 innings. Thompson has given up four runs or more in each of his last three outings and four times in 12 starts. His ERA has gone up from 1.86 to 3.76 with his last three outings.

Jon Searles walked three batters in an inning and a third but stranded one inherited runner and left the game without any runs crossing the dish. The right-hander had given up 11 runs over his previous 8.2 innings, surrendering 16 hits and seven walks. He has issued a free pass to six over his last 2.2 innings after walking 12 over his first 26.1 innings.

Arturo Lopez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out one. The southpaw had given up runs in his previous two outings, surrendering three runs on four hits over 3.1 innings. Lopez has given up runs in seven of his 21 appearances this year. He has surrendered 11 of his 13 runs on the road over 12 innings of work, giving up 20 hits and walking four. He has a 1.79 ERA at home.

Lake Elsinore lost 7-4 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Richie Daigle allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks over 5.2 innings, striking out six while taking his fourth loss. Daigle has given up six runs or more in three of his last four starts and five runs or more in each contest. Daigle has yielded seven hits or more in seven of his 12 starts this year. Eighteen of the runs he has allowed have come in the second inning this year.

Chad Huffman banged out two doubles in four at bats and drove in two, giving him a team-leading 49 RBIs on the year. He is tied for second in the California League in RBIs. The left fielder has notched an RBI in four of his last five games. Huffman has 26 extra base hits this year, accounting for 40.6 percent of his hit total. Huffman entered the game hitting .203 when he bats cleanup, as he did on Tuesday.

Brooks Dunn worked 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out one and picking off a runner. He came on with the bases loaded, allowing two of the three inherited runners to score. The lefty has allowed runs in one of his nine appearances in Lake Elsinore but Tuesday marked just the third time in 23 appearances over two leagues that he has come on with runners on base and has allowed all but two to touch home plate. Dunn has a 1.99 ERA over two leagues.

Fort Wayne lost 11-2 to West Michigan (Tigers)

Rayner Contreras may have been named to the Midwest League All-Star team on Tuesday but he had three errors in the field to raise his season total to 22. Contreras had a miscue with the glove and two with his arm, all while playing second base. He had actually come into the game without an error on his ledger when he played second base but a 1.000 fielding percentage quickly turned to mud as his three errors came on four total chances. His other 19 errors have all come at third base where he has a .839 fielding percentage. Contreras was 1-for-4 at the plate.

Another Midwest League All-Star suffered through his share of problems on Tuesday. R.J. Rodriguez allowed three straight singles and walk to open the inning before an error and a ground out ended his inning with five runs, four earned, charged to the right-hander in one-third of an inning. His ERA skyrocketed from 4.13 to 5.55. Rodriguez has allowed runs in three straight outings, giving up eight runs on nine hits in his last 3.1 innings, and he has yielded 12 runs on 15 hits over his last 5.1 innings.

Stephen Faris dropped to 1-3 on the year, giving up five runs on six hits over 4.2 innings, walking a season-high four and striking out five. It is the third time this year he has given up five or more runs. Faris also tossed two wild pitches, pushing his total to six on the season. The right-hander has given up 12 of the 20 runs he has surrendered over the first two innings in his start.

Fort Wayne Wizards manager Doug Dascenzo and pitching coach Wally Whitehurst were ejected in successive innings for questioning calls by the umpires. Dascenzo was ejected for contesting a stolen base call of safe in the seventh inning and Whitehurst was tossed protecting Rodriguez who felt he should have received more strike calls.


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