The hits keep coming for Royce Huffman. He went 4-for-4 on Sunday with a double, a solo homer, and three runs scored. He also swiped his second bag of the year. It was the second time in five games Huffman has notched a four-hit affair and the sixth time this year he has collected multiple extra base hits in a game. He is hitting .368 over his last 18 games with 28 hits in 76 at bats. His average has gone from .208 to .258 in the process.
Ray Chang went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and three RBIs. The shortstop, who missed a week of action during June, has three doubles in his last four games and four RBIs over his last three. He came into the game with three runs scored over 14 Triple-A games before tacking on two Sunday. Chang has five multi-hit games over his last 11 and has a .381 average when he bats seventh in the order. It was his run on a safety squeeze in the sixth that was the eventual winning run.
Ryan Ketchner can't catch a break. He yielded two runs on four hits while matching a season-high with eight strikeouts over five innings but earned a no-decision when Jared Wells was tagged for four runs in the next frame. Ketchner, thus, remains winless on the year. It is the seventh time in 14 starts he has allowed two earned runs or less. Ketchner did allow a homer for the third game in a row after keeping all the balls in the park for eight straight starts.
San Antonio lost 8-1 to Corpus Christi (Astros)
Cesar Ramos took his seventh loss of the year, allowing seven runs, six earned, on nine hits and a walk over 6.1 innings. It is the fourth time in 14 starts he has allowed five or more runs. He did induce a double play grounder, giving him four in his last three games and 12 for the year. Four of the hits he allowed went for extra bases and two left the park. Thirty-seven of the 86 hits he has allowed this year have gone for extra bases.
Jon Searles came on with two men on base and both inherited runners would score. He would be on the hook for one of his own runs over an inning and two-thirds on three hits and two walks. The last five runners he has inherited have scored and six of the last seven. Prior to that, Searles had stranded 12 of 14 inherited runners. He has allowed runs in eight of his 22 appearances and has walked a batter in 16 outings.
Brett Bonvechio returned to game action for the first time this year. The third baseman went 1-for-3, belting a solo homer in the fourth inning. Bonvechio is coming off two surgeries to his knees and had been originally working out at catcher during Spring Training before undergoing the second operation. He hit .236 with 14 doubles, seven homers, and 33 RBIs over 81 games for Double-A Mobile in 2006.
Lake Elsinore won 4-2 over Bakersfield (Rangers)
Manny Ayala became the first player in the entire minor leagues to secure his 10th victory of the season. The right-hander allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits while striking out six over 6.2 innings. His 1.81 ERA is ninth-best overall in the entire minors. The right-hander has allowed two earned runs over his last 32 innings and four earned over his last 43 frames. Sunday marked the 13th time in 15 starts he has allowed two earned runs or less.
Nic Crosta went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and two RBIs to pace the offense. The right fielder has a season-best five-game hitting streak where he is 8-for-20 with five doubles and a homer. He has driven in five over his last four games and he is hitting .366 with 15 hits in 41 at bats over his last 12 games. Nine of those hits have gone for extra bases. Crosta had 10 extra base hits over his first 27 games.
Jon Link worked the ninth to pick up his seventh save in eight chances. He allowed one hit while striking out one. Including the PETCO Park nightmare, the right-hander has given up four runs on seven hits and two walks over four appearances, including at least one hit in each outing. He had given up just 11 hits in his previous 23 innings of work. His average against has jumped from .138 to .186 since.
Fort Wayne won 7-4 over Lansing (Blue Jays)
Sam Carter had a perfect night, going 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. He was also credited with an outfield assist, throwing a runner out a home in the first inning by hitting the relay man Jesus Lopez who fired it to the plate. He was, however, caught stealing for the third time this year. Carter has notched a hit in 11 of his last 12 games and has seven multi-hit contests in his last 14. He has gone from a .265 average on May 24 to a .304 mark after Sunday's game.
Daryl Jones also pounded out three hits, falling a triple shy of the cycle. The first baseman hit his second homer of the year, a two-run shot in the first. Jones has homered twice over his last seven games after not going deep during his first 42. He is 15-for-43, a .349 average, over his last 11 games with hits in nine of those contests, pushing his average up from .235 to .263. Seven of his 23 RBIs on the year have come in the first inning.
Derek McDaid improved to 6-2 with four innings of scoreless ball. He came on with one on in the fifth and stranded that runner, giving up one hit and a walk while striking out four. The right-hander had surrendered nine runs on 19 hits over an 11-inning span before working 5.1 scoreless over his last two outings. He came into the game with 14 runs allowed on 17 hits over 8.2 innings during day games.
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