Buschmann's best; Deago strike three

Clay Hensley is ping-ponged again in a loss while the defense in Portland falls to shambles. Roger Deago struck out eight over the first three innings. Matt Buschmann was at his finest and almost went the distance. Andy Underwood was shelled for season-highs. Why run on Shane Buschini – his arm has already proved worthy.

Portland lost 8-1 to Fresno (Giants)

Clay Hensley was smacked around for eight runs, four earned, on 10 hits and two walks in 5.1 innings. Five of the hits he allowed went for extra bases, including two triples. He was also on the hill for four successful stolen base attempts while snaring just one. The opposition has swiped 11 bags in 12 attempts with Hensley on the mound. The right-hander has given up eight or more hits in four starts but just nine of his first 45 hits allowed had gone for extra bases.

It took Jared Wells just 10 pitches (nine strikes) to record five outs in a scoreless outing. He came into the game with the bases loaded and one out in relief of Hensley and only one run would score off the right-hander. He has a 4.65 ERA as a reliever – thanks to four runs against in his last outing – after posting a 7.25 mark as a starter. He has allowed three of the seven runners he has inherited to score.

Portland committed five errors in the game, matching their hit total. Ray Chang (3) had two, Pete Laforest (6) pitched in two more and Craig Stansberry (9) contributed the last one. At the end of the game, Portland dropped to dead last in the Pacific Coast League in fielding with a 84 errors in 73 games. They have also turned a league-low 63 double plays. Laforest has thrown out just seven of 43 baserunners attempting to steal.

San Antonio won 6-3 over Midland (A's)

Roger Deago struck out two in the first, whiffed the side in the second, and fanned three in the third inning around two walks – eight of the first nine outs he recorded came by way of the strikeout. He went on two strike out 11 over six innings, allowing one run on one hit and two walks while also hitting a batter in a no-decision. It is the fifth time in 10 starts he has allowed two runs or less and the seventh time he has allowed four hits or fewer.

Tim Brown doubled in two for his only hit in four trips – but that hit capped a five-run eighth inning. He matched his RBI total over his previous 12 games. He is hitting .224 over his last 21 games and had been hitting .242 with runners in scoring position for the year. Brown has 22 hits in 99 at bats when he bats sixth in the order, as he did on Thursday.

Sean Kazmar went 2-for-4 and stole his sixth base of the year on Thursday. Since being caught stealing in his first attempt of the year, Kazmar has been a successful thief in his last six. Playing shortstop for the seventh straight game after logging his previous 59 games at second, Kazmar broke a four-game error streak. He had just seven errors playing second base but four at short. The multi-hit game was just his third over his last 36 contests and he came into the game with 10 hits in his last 62 at bats.

Lake Elsinore won 4-2 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Matt Buschmann went eight strong innings, a season-high, allowing one unearned run on five hits, not walking a batter, and striking out eight to pick up his fifth win. He also recorded 12 ground ball outs. The right-hander has allowed three earned runs over his last 21 innings on 14 hits and three walks. It is the sixth time over 15 starts that he has allowed two runs or less – with five coming over his last seven. Buschmann has allowed four earned runs in the first inning of his starts.

Mike Baxter went 2-for-3 with a run scored and his eighth stolen base. He did, however, commit an error that led to an unearned run – his first error of the year. The outfielder came into the game with six hits in his previous 42 at bats, grounding into two double plays and whiffing 10 times. It is just his third multi-hit game over his last 23 contests. Baxter has scored three runs in his last four games.

Jose Lobaton went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. He was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double in the sixth. He is 13-for-28 in the sixth frame this season – a .464 average. After hitting .313 in April, the catcher has hit .215 over his last 33 games. He does, however, have a .377 on base percentage over his last 12 contests thanks to eight walks over that span and he has been on base in nine of his last 10 games.

Fort Wayne lost 9-1 to Lansing (Blue Jays)

Andy Underwood was pummeled for a season-high nine runs, all earned, on a season-high 10 hits and a walk over five innings. Five of the hits went for extra bases and two left the yard. It is the second game in a row that he has surrendered two homers and the third time this season. He has given up 15 runs on 19 hits over his last 13 innings, seeing his ERA rise from 3.26 to 4.52. Underwood has given up five or more runs four times in 14 starts.

Stephen Faris came on in relief after the long absence due to the All-Star game and struck out the side in the seventh inning, all swinging. He did not allow a baserunner over three scoreless innings, striking out five total. It was his second relief appearance of the year – the first coming on May 2. The right-hander has given up three earned runs over his last 13.2 innings, lowering his ERA from 5.26 to 4.38.

Javis Diaz scored the lone run of the game for the Wizards, going 1-for-3 with a walk. He did, however, ground into a double play – the third time this season he has done so. The outfielder is hitting .361 with 10 runs scored over his last 16 games, despite a 2-for-12 slump that he is currently in. He is hitting .315 with eight runs scored in the first inning this year, including the one on Thursday.

Eugene lost 3-1 to Spokane (Rangers)

Shane Buschini went 1-for-4 and struck out twice but did get credited with an outfield assist when he gunned down a runner trying to stretch a single into a double in the fourth. It was the second time in three games he has been credited with an outfield assist. The San Diego native has a hit in each of his first three games but has whiffed five times in that span. Buschini capped off his four-year career at USD by being named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year. Buschini finished the season with a .348 batting average, had 79 hits, 20 doubles, a team-leading 13 home runs and 58 RBI. Buschini had a .442 on base percentage as well as a .626 slugging percentage.

Brandon Gomes made his second appearance of the year and matched his first by tossing a scoreless inning and striking out one. The Padres took Gomes after posting a career 24-15 win-loss record, with 276 strikeouts and just 75 walks in 351.1 innings of work at Tulane. In 2007, Gomes posted career-bests with a 3.92 ERA and a .273 opponent batting average, while tallying a team-leading 4.11 strikeout-to-walk ratio with 74 Ks and just 18 walks in 96.1 innings.

Rey Garramone worked four innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits and two walks. He induced six ground outs but two batters into the game he was touched for two runs after a home run. The right-hander went 3-3 with a 4.01 ERA over 14 appearances, including four starts, last year for the Arizona Rookie League Padres. In 42.2 innings he allowed 43 hits, walked 14 and struck out 31. Garramone allowed three earned runs over his final 17.2 innings.

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