Mike Thompson pitched a complete game (eight innings) but took the loss, allowing five runs on a season-high 12 hits while striking out three. The right-hander allowed three runs through seven before two more were tacked on in the eighth. It is the eighth time in 13 appearances – including one relief outing – he has been on the hook for five or more runs. Over 70 percent of his pitches were strikes on the day and 63.2 of his pitches this year have been strikes.
Luke Carlin went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored – in on both Portland runs. The backstop threw out one of the two baserunners attempting to steal. It was his second multi-hit game in a row – the second time he has accomplished the feat this year. Carlin is 6-for-16 over his last four games after going 4-for-36 over his previous 12 games. He has thrown out 16 of the 54 baserunners attempting to steal – good for 29.6 percent.
San Antonio won in 10-2 game one (7 innings) over Tulsa (Rockies), won 5-3 in game two (7 innings)
Peter Ciofrone went 3-for-5 with three runs scored in the opener and went 1-for-4 with two runs scored in the nightcap, as he touched home five times on the day. It was the third time this year that Ciofrone has scored multiple runs in consecutive games. The outfielder is 11-for-27 over his last seven games with eight runs scored. Prior to this recent stretch, Ciofrone has been in a 9-for-54 slump that included an 0-for-22 stretch.
Nick Hundley came to the plate with two runners on and one out in the top of the seventh of game two with the Missions down a run. With one swing, the backstop put San Antonio up by two, sending a ball over the left field fence for a three-run homer. Hundley also hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run in the third and added a run-scoring single in the fifth to account for all the game two RBIs. Hundley came into the game with just four hits in 19 at bats in the seventh inning of games and had yet to drive in a run during that frame.
Cesar Ramos improved to 6-7 on the year after claiming the game one victory. The lefty allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk over five innings while fanning one. It is the seventh time in 16 starts he has allowed two runs or less and the 10th time he has yielded two earned or less. With the one run he allowed in the fourth inning on Friday, Ramos has given up 12 runs in that frame this season – the most of any inning. By contrast, he has surrendered six runs in the opening stanza.
Lake Elsinore lost 2-1 to Visalia (Diamondbacks)
Brooks Dunn took the hard luck loss after allowing two runs on six hits and a walk over five frames. The left-hander induced nine ground ball outs, struck out three and picked off a runner at first base – the second man this year he has caught leaning. It was just the second start of the year for the southpaw and only the fourth and fifth earned runs off him in 25 innings of work. Dun has allowed three earned over his last 21.2 frames.
Chad Huffman accounted for half of the Storm's four hits and their only run. He hit his 13th homer in the seventh inning to prevent a shutout and added a single in four trips. Huffman has homered in consecutive games and has notched an RBI in four straight, tallying seven RBIs over that span. It is the third time this year he has gone yard in successive games. The outfielder is hitting .349 when he bats fifth in the order, as he did on Friday and .264 when he bats elsewhere.
Fort Wayne won 5-1 over Dayton (Reds)
Sam Carter's first inning single was all the offense the Wizards would need. His bases loaded knock scored two runs and he added two more hits on a 3-for-4 night. Carter was, however, thrown out trying to stretch his second single into a double in the sixth. Carter has 10 multi-hit games in his last 20 and knocked in two or more for the sixth time this year. After collecting four doubles over his first 28 games, Carter has seven in his last 18 – including one on Friday.
Nathan Culp improved his record to 8-3, tossing seven innings of one-run ball. The left-hander allowed six hits, plunked a batter and struck out five. Twelve of the 16 outs recorded in the field came via the ground ball. It is the fourth straight start that he has given up two earned or less and the 10th time in 14 starts overall that he has accomplished the feat. Culp has given up eight earned runs from the second through fourth innings this year – spanning 41 frames altogether.
Wilton Lopez spun an inning of scoreless relief, striking out one to run his overall scoreless streak to 8.2 innings. The right-hander also extended his streak without a walk allowed to 16.2 innings and he has issued a free pass to just one batter all year. Lopez has given up runs in five of his 20 appearances and four of the 10 runners he has inherited this season have scored.
Eugene lost 3-2 to Everett (Mariners) in 11 innings
Cory Luebke made his debut after being selected 63rd overall in the 2007 MLB Draft. The southpaw worked one flawless inning, striking out a pair. Luebke went 9-1 with a 2.07 ERA (27 ER/117.2 IP) in 16 starts for the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2007. The left-hander led the Big Ten Conference in wins, ERA, strikeouts (98), opponents batting average against (.213) and innings pitched.
Dustin Gibbs took the loss after allowing a run on one hit and two walks over an inning and a third. Signed as a free agent this February, the right-hander had thrown scoreless ball over his first 4.1 innings in the Northwest League and had walked just one over that span. Gibbs went to college at Rio Grande University where he went 6-5 with a 6.14 ERA over 66 innings as a junior but followed it up with a 6-2 mark with a 2.81 ERA as a senior, earning Second-Team All-AMC honors.
Jackson Quezada tossed two scoreless frames on Friday, striking out three and setting down the side in order each inning. He induced two ground outs, one fly out and sent two men down swinging while the other sat gazing at a called third strike. The right-hander has allowed just one hit over five innings to begin the year and has struck out six over that span.
AZL Padres won 8-7 over AZL Giants
It was a big day for the catchers in Peoria, Arizona. Rehabbing Colt Morton collected two of his three doubles on the year and plated three runs while also scoring a pair. He entered play with three hits in 13 at bats but has now secured an RBI in five straight games. All but on of his previous five RBIs came on sacrifice flies. He had notched four sac flies in a span of four games prior to Friday. He went 1-for-3 in catching base stealers on the day. Colt Morton hit .286 with 37 hits in 139 at bats over 41 games for Double-A Mobile last season. He hit ten doubles, six homers, scored 15 runs and drove in 21. He also walked 11 times and struck out 44 times. He also appeared in 52 games with Lake Elsinore, batting .224 with 15 doubles, five bombs and 22 RBIs.
It was Ali Solis who provided the much needed magic. He singled to right in the bottom of the ninth to push across the winning run. Solis came on as a defensive replacement for Morton in the seventh inning and added a walk. For Solis, it was just his second hit of the season after going 1-for-6 to open the season. Solis went 0-for-1 in throwing out baserunners stealing – it was the first attempt of the year on the catcher. Solis hit .250 with 14 hits in 56 at bats over 17 games for the AZL Padres in 2006. He had five doubles, six RBIs, seven runs scored while drawing seven walks and whiffing ten times. He threw out 16-of-38 baserunners attempting to steal.
Tyler Davis mopped up a mess and stranded an inherited runner in the process. He worked an inning with a man on first and pitched through an error that put two men aboard, getting three ground outs to keep the game tied in the ninth and earn the win. Davis has allowed all three of his inherited runners to score last time out and gave up four runs of his own. Davis, a 21st-round pick this year, was a 2006 All-WAC relief pitcher. He was 8-4 with a 4.18 ERA in two years with at Hawaii, recording seven saves. This past year, Davis went 6-2 with a 4.06 ERA over 22 appearances. In 44.1 innings he allowed 49 hits, walked 11 and struck out 35.
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