Ayala again; Blanks, Crosta drive in nine

Ryan Ketchner drops another game – and this one is on him. Jon Ellis blows a save opportunity and takes the loss. Manny Ayala is bullets while Kyle Blanks and Nic Crosta provide the lumber. Fort Wayne gets the hits but they can't push runs across in a loss.

Portland lost 5-2 to Salt Lake (Angels)

Another start, another loss for Ryan Ketchner. The left-hander saw his record drop to 0-7 after allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks over 4.2 innings. Ketchner has lost each of his last four games but Thursday was actually the first time all year that he has given up five runs. He had made it through the fifth inning in all but two of his previous 11 starts. Ketchner allowed a homer for the first time since April 16.

Oscar Robles went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in his second game back playing in Triple-A. The utility man had five hits in 21 at bats over 16 games for the Padres, striking out three times while adding four sacrifice bunts and driving in two. The infielder has notched four multi-hit games over his last six with Portland, driving in four. He is 7-for-16 at the plate when he plays shortstop for the Beavers.

Andrew Brown pitched a scoreless inning, striking two and retiring the side in order. The right-hander had allowed runs in seven of his last nine games, surrendering 12 runs on 15 hits and six walks over eight innings. Prior to that, Brown had allowed two runs on nine hits over 19.1 frames. He is holding the opposition to a .194 average with runners in scoring position but left-handed hitters are swatting .319 off him.

San Antonio lost 10-8 to Frisco (Rangers)

Five of the six runs Cesar Ramos allowed over five innings came home courtesy of two homers. He has given up eight long balls this year and has two multi-homer games. He was tagged for nine hits, walking one and striking out one in a no-decision. The left-hander had held the opposition to two earned runs or less in all but one of his last seven outings. Four of the nine hits went for extra bases and 30 of the 72 overall have gone for two bags or more.

Jon Ellis served up a three-run bomb in his lone inning, taking his fourth blown save and third loss. He gave up two hits, including the dinger, and a walk. The right-hander came into the game with one earned run allowed over his previous 12 appearances, giving up six hits over that span. Despite yielding a respectable 16 hits on the year, Ellis has walked 17 on the season in 24.2 innings. He has given up runs in six games with multiple runs crossing the dish four times.

Tim Brown went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI, snapping out of a funk that had seen his average drop from .308 to .265. He had gone 12-for-64 over his previous 18 games with just one multi-hit game. Brown had just three RBIs over that stretch after notching 26 RBIs over his first 34 contests. The first baseman is hitting .296 with runners on base but just .241 with the bases empty.

Lake Elsinore won 13-3 over San Jose (Giants)

Nic Crosta had hits in each of his first three at bats, including a two-run homer – his seventh. He drove in four runs and also drew a walk in five plate appearances. His .212 average is his best mark since April 25 and it was his first three-hit game since April 22 and just the third time since that he has notched a multi-hit contest. Crosta has knocked in three runs or more six times on the year, accounting for 22 of his 27 RBIs.

Manny Ayala improved to 8-2 with six innings of scoreless work, tying him for the California League lead in victories. The right-hander gave up five hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out eight to match his season-high. Ayala has allowed three earned runs over his last five outings, spanning 29.1 innings. He has allowed two runs or less in 10 of his 13 starts and has three games without walking a batter.

Kyle Blanks jumped over four players in the California League with his five-RBI night and is now second in the league with his 54 driven in. The first baseman went 3-for-5 while scoring twice. He has an RBI in three straight and has knocked in runs in 23 of his 52 games. He had just seven RBIs in his first 19 games but has collected 47 over his last 33 outings. Blanks' double with the bases loaded gave him five hits in 10 at bats with four extra base hits and 18 RBIs with the bases juiced.

Fort Wayne lost 6-4 to Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Despite pounding out 16 hits, with five players registering multiple hit games and only Matt Stocco going without a hit, the team could not come out victorious. They left 11 men on base, had one player picked off, had one caught stealing and a third thrown out at home. So, while they fell one hit from matching their season-high, the Wizards fell 11 runs shy of hitting the 15 runs they scored earlier in the year.

Aaron Breit was on the hook for three first innings runs and surrendered four runs, two earned, on seven hits and three walks while striking out six over 4.1 innings. He also committed his third error of the year. The right-hander has surrendered 14 first inning runs this year in 11.2 innings pitched with eight of his 20 walks coming in that first frame. Breit has allowed four runs or more in four straight and seven of his 12 starts.

Javis Diaz led the offense, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Diaz has three straight multi-hit contests, going 8-for-13 to push his average from .273 to .294. He also added a stolen base but was caught stealing once, giving him five steals in 14 attempts on the season. He has seven three-hit games in 50 overall with the Wizards. Fourteen of his 62 hits have come in the first inning where he has a .380 on base percentage. Only the fifth inning offers a better on base percentage in frames where he has at least 20 at bats.

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