Thompson wins; Gottier touches home

Steve Watkins was stellar over five innings and Pete Laforest went deep in both games. Sean Thompson wins his first game in nearly two months. Kyle Blanks and Brandon Gottier combine to provide the lumber for a Lake Elsinore win. Stephen Faris has a solid outing and Matt Stocco is the hot bat.

Portland won 6-2 over Salt Lake (Angels) in completion of suspended May 2 game, won 4-3 in game two (seven innings)

Steve Watkins came in to begin the conclusion of the suspended game and was superb, tossing a season-high five innings of scoreless ball to earn the win, allowing two hits, walking one and striking out four. He threw just 57 pitches, including 39 strikes. Watkins is now 2-0 on the year and dropped his ERA from 4.13 to 3.64. He has tossed 8.1 scoreless innings over his last three relief appearances.

Andrew Brown struck out the side in the sixth inning to earn his 11th hold of the year in game two. He stranded an inherited runner, fanning all three swinging. It is the third time this year he has whiffed the side, giving him 38 strikeouts in 31.2 innings. Since giving up runs in seven of nine appearances, he has gone five straight without allowing a run, yielding just one hit.

Pete Laforest hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning, replacing Brandon Gottier who is now with Lake Elsinore. He also homered in the back half of the doubleheader, hitting a two-run shot in the fourth inning as well. Laforest has homered in four straight games but the first homer officially gets tagged back to May 2, a day before he officially joined the Beavers. He has collected seven RBIs over the last four contests.

Jack Cust was finally credited with his ninth Triple-A homer – even though he was traded and is currently in the majors with the Oakland A's. Cust and Gottier represent two of the four players who appeared in the game but are no longer with the team.

San Antonio won 8-3 over Midland (A's)

Posting his last win on April 23, Sean Thompson had gone 0-5 over his last nine starts. He broke that spell on Friday, pitching 5.1 innings and allowing one run on three hits and five walks to improve to 4-6. The left-hander has walked three or more in four straight (15 in 19.1 innings) and seven times over 14 starts. Seven of the runs he has allowed this year have come in the sixth inning – spanning 7.2 innings of work, giving him his worst single inning ERA.

Drew Macias went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. He also added an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at second base. Macias leads the Texas League with 13 outfield assists with his closest competition holding just nine assists. The outfielder has reached base safely in 10 straight, going 8-for-32 with nine walks for a .415 on base percentage over that span.

Arturo Lopez came on with two on and one out in the sixth, allowing one of the two inherited runners to score while working 1.2 scoreless. Lopez hit a batter and allowed a base hit. The lefty had allowed nine of his 15 runs over 8.1 innings worked between the sixth and seventh frames before tossing scoreless ball in those innings on Friday. Ten of the 30 hits he has allowed this year have gone for extra bases.

Lake Elsinore won 10-9 over Bakersfield (Rangers)

Gottier, who already appeared in the boxscore of another game, went 2-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored on Friday for the Storm. Gottier has a six-game hitting streak and has a hit in all but one of his last nine games. He has also scored six runs over his last three contests. He did, however, go 0-for-3 in catching baserunners attempting to steal and was charged with a passed ball in the ninth inning while grounding into his fourth double play in just 37 at bats.

Kyle Blanks also reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with two walks, a three-run homer, and four RBIs. His 61 RBIs on the season are two shy of the California League lead and his 13 homers are tied for fifth most. Blanks has 14 RBIs over his last 10 games and has knocked in four runs or more six times this year. The first baseman is hitting .397 with runners in scoring position and eight of his 13 dingers have come with men on base.

Richie Daigle was removed from the rotation to work in the pen on Friday, and the right-hander did not record an out. He worked to four batters, giving up three walks and a double. He was charged with four runs after leaving the game with the bases loaded when Jon Link surrendered a two-out grand slam. A reliever last year, Daigle had made 13 straight starts until tonight and has given up more runs than innings pitched in six straight outings, allowing 32 runs on 39 hits and 10 walks over 23.1 innings.

Fort Wayne lost 4-3 in game one to Lansing (Blue Jays), won 5-2 in game two

Cedric Hunter went 3-for-6 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI over the two-game set. The outfielder has a hit in 10 of his last 11 games with four multi-hit games. Hunter is hitting .306 over his last 15 games but has drawn just three walks over that time while whiffing 10 times. Prior to that, Hunter had a 19-to-25 walk-to-strikeout ratio. He has five RBIs over his last five games and leads the team with 28.

Matt Stocco went 2-for-2 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs in game two and the catcher is 5-for-9 with three runs scored and two doubles over his last three contests, pushing his average from .190 to .216. He has a lower on base percentage than average for June – hitting .200 over the month but flashing a .194 on base percentage thanks to a sacrifice fly. He has not drawn a walk since May 22.

Stephen Faris allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and four walks over 5.2 innings while striking out a season-high six. It marked the third time in four starts he has allowed two runs or less and the fifth time in nine overall that he has accomplished the feat. Faris has walked three or more in three straight and four times this year. The leadoff runner has reached base in just nine of the 49 innings he has started.

"I just tried to calm down and not try to do too much, too overthrow," said Faris. "I was kind of fatiguing toward the end and just wanted to calm down mentally, take it one pitch, one batter at a time."

Jeremy Hunt committed errors in each half of the doubleheader, playing third base. He came into the game without an error all year between first and third – but had just 17 total chances at the hot corner in 12 games.

John Hussey was sent to short-season Eugene after Friday's game. Hussey gave up three runs on four hits and four walks over 3.2 innings in his final outing. He has walked 20 batters in 24 innings in Midwest League play, including three or more in five straight starts. Nathan Culp will come off the disabled list to take his place on the roster and pitch on Saturday.

"(Hussey) will have it for a little bit then when he loses it, it's hard for him to get it back," said manager Doug Dascenzo.

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