Royce Huffman went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI but also committed two errors – one leading to an unearned run. He has been charged with three errors in the past two days and has 15 on the year, nine more than any other player on the team. Huffman is 24-for-72, a .333 average, with six doubles and nine RBIs over his last 17 games. His 18 doubles are three shy of joining the Pacific Coast League top five leaderboard.
Mike Thompson saw his record slip to 1-6 on the year after yielding five runs, four earned, on six hits over seven innings. Four of the six hits he allowed went for extra bases. Twenty-eight of the 76 hits he has allowed over 53 innings have gone for extra bases. He has given up five runs or more in seven of his 11 outings on the season. Thompson has given up 12 first inning runs, including five on Saturday and 27 of the 48 runs he has given up this year have come over the first two innings.
Aaron Rakers gave up three hits and all scored. He gave up a solo homer in the eighth and a two-run shot in the ninth. He entered the game with three homers surrendered over 35 innings this year. The last time he was tagged for multiple homers in a game was June 9, 2005 while with Triple-A Ottawa of the International League. He has allowed runs in 10 of his 25 appearances.
San Antonio lost 4-2 to Midland (A's) in 6 1/2 innings (rain)
The Missions got the shaft on Saturday night in a big way. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Peter Ciofrone and Shawn Wooten opened the inning with consecutive walks. Michael Johnson then singled to right to load the bases. Midland replaced the pitcher, and the game was called with the bases juiced and nobody out in the home half of the inning with San Antonio down by two.
Roger Deago surrendered three runs on four hits and a season-high five walks while striking out six in five innings, taking the loss to even up his record at 3-3. After walking seven over his first 42.2 innings, Deago has issued a free pass to 16 over his last 19.2 frames, including three or more in four straight starts. He has, however, allowed four hits or less in seven of his nine starts.
Neil Jamison provided relief for the middle innings, tossing two innings and allowing one unearned run on two hits and two walks. The right-hander has given up 17 runs over his last 17.1 innings, giving up 17 walks and 22 hits over that span. Prior to Saturday, Jamison had never worked before the seventh inning and only two of his 25.1 innings had come as early as the seventh frame. He has induced just one double play grounder over his last 26.1 innings.
Lake Elsinore won 5-1 over Bakersfield (Rangers)
David Freese went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and an RBI. It is the tenth time this season over 63 games that Freese has collected three or more hits. Despite collecting hits in all but three games this month, the third baseman is hitting .268 over the month after clubbing .356 during the month of May. Freese has scored nine runs over his last seven games.
Greg Burke picked up the win, pitching two scoreless innings and giving up two hits and two walks while striking out two. He has picked up the win in two of his last four appearances. Burke has allowed one earned run over his last 11.2 innings. He has issued a free pass to two batters three times over his last 12 outings. Burke walked two in three of his 36 outings all last year split over two leagues.
Chad Huffman went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and two RBIs while breaking a nasty streak of three straight games that he had grounded into a double play. After a scorching May which saw Huffman hit .356, he is hitting .263 in June. He has 14 multi-RBI games on the year and his 55 RBIs rank fifth in the California League. He is hitting .375 when he bats fifth in the lineup, as he did on Saturday.
Fort Wayne lost 2-1 to Lansing (Blue Jays) in game one, won 3-0 in game two
Nathan Culp and Drew Miller were kept to three innings apiece in their respective games. Culp allowed one unearned run on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Miller did not allow a hit, walking one, and striking out four in the nightcap. No ball left the infield with Miller on the mound. Matt Handley worked two hitless innings.
Three Ernesto Frieri walks loaded the bases but he struck out the final batter to preserve a no-hitter. Unfortunately, R.J. Rodriguez gave up a one out single on =a tough play off the glove of Jodam Rivera. It is the third time this year that Rodriguez has been on the mound with a no-hitter on the line and the third time he has yielded a hit. Rodriguez did earn the save, his 14th in 16 chances and the win eliminated the Lugnuts from a first half playoff spot.
Grant Varnell took the loss, dropping to 0-3 on the year, after being charged with one run on a hit and three walks over 2.2 innings. He left with two men on with one coming around to score. Varnell had walked just eight over his first 31.1 innings. It is just the fifth time in 22 appearances he has allowed a run to score. Seventeen of the 27 hits he has yielded have come over his last nine outings. Varnell was promoted to the Lake Elsinore Storm after the game.
Jodam Rivera collected two of the Wizards four hits in game one, going 2-for-3 with a double. His fifth inning single led to an unearned run when the right fielder committed an error fielding the ball. The infielder is hitting .316 when he is in the field at shortstop, as he was on Saturday, and .236 when he plays anywhere else on the diamond. He is also hitting .327 in innings five through seven but just .202 combined in all other innings.
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