Mike Baxter, batting in the nine-hole, supplied the offense, going 2-for-4 with a triple and four RBIs. Baxter also swiped his first bag in Triple-A. The outfielder had collected three hits in his first 20 at bats in Triple-A prior to Thursday night. His previous season-high for RBIs was three, a feat he accomplished three times with Lake Elsinore.
Aaron Rakers (2-2) allowed a run on two hits and a walk in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth to take the loss. The right-hander has surrendered nine runs over his last four innings of work on 10 hits and two walks, allowing runs in three straight and four of his last five. He has surrendered runs in 14 of his 34 appearances overall on the year.
San Antonio lost 5-2 to Midland (A's)
Matt Antonelli went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in his Double-A debut. He was, however, picked off second base. The second baseman hit .314 over 82 games with the Storm, placing in the top five in the California League in hits (109) and runs scored (89) while also drawing 53 walks compared to 58 strikeouts. He recorded 32 extra base hits, including 14 homers, drove in 54 runs and stole 18 bases in 24 attempts.
Jon Ellis pitched a scoreless inning of relief, putting down the side in order. He has gone seven straight appearances without allowing a run, yielding four hits over that span. The right-hander has allowed runs in eight of his 38 outings on the season and sports a 0.92 home ERA. He has held right-handed hitters to 12 hits in 72 at bats, a .167 average.
Lake Elsinore won 4-2 over Lancaster (Red Sox)
Matt Buschmann (9-4) has slid nicely into the ace role, allowing two unearned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out eight over six innings to pick up the win. The right-hander has given up five earned runs over his last seven starts, picking up six wins in the process. Buschmann has yielded two runs or less in all seven of those outings and has surrendered just 30 hits over a 46.2 inning stretch.
Lake Elsinore managed just four hits and the recently demoted Sean Kazmar supplied three of them. He went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored in his return to the California League. Kazmar also stole two bags. Over 78 games in San Antonio, he hit .208 with 18 extra base hits and 33 RBIs. He drew 24 walks, struck out 46 times and scored 30 runs. Kazmar is 8-for-9 in the stolen base category over two leagues.
Fort Wayne had a scheduled day off
Eugene lost 5-4 to Everett (Mariners)
Jackson Quezada (1-1) suffered his first blown save of the year and took the loss, allowing two runs while giving up more hits (3) than he had all season. With one man on base and two outs, he thought he had a called third strike before falling apart – giving up a single and a two-run double in the ninth. Quezada had allowed just two hits all year over his first nine innings of work, striking out 11.
Mat Latos reached his 60-pitch limit after just three innings of work, giving up a run on three hits and a walk while striking out four and hitting a batter. The right-hander surrendered a solo shot in the third for the only run and picked off a runner at second base. The homer was the first he has allowed this season, and Latos has given up one run over his last six innings.
"In the bullpen I threw really well, my slider and changeup were working," said Latos. "I got on the mound and was uncomfortable – the footing. I was just uncomfortable and you have to be comfortable on the mound."
Luis Durango smacked his fourth triple and added a slap single in four at bats, scoring a run and driving in one. He has been on base in 12 straight games and has reached base two or more times in eight straight, including six multi-hit games. Durango has 11 multi-hit contests in 20 overall for the Ems. He is 20-for-54 over his current streak with all four of his triples, nine RBIs, and 12 runs scored.
AZL Padres won 11-2 over AZL Mariners
Jeudy Valdez went yard for the first time as a professional, shooting a solo homer over the wall in the third inning as part of a 3-for-5 night that included a walk. The infielder matched his RBI total over his previous eight games after registering nine RBIs over his first five. Valdez has four multi-hit games over his last five and seven in 14 games this season. He is hitting .407 with runners on base.
Yoeli Florentino had just one hit but it left the park. His three-run homer in the eighth inning capped a six-run inning. The outfielder came into the game with one RBI on the year along with one hit in his first 13 at bats. He has struck out six times while drawing just one walk. His two hits have come with runners on base.
Brian Hernandez, back in the desert after beginning the season with Fort Wayne, collected three hits in four at bats with a walk, a double, a run scored and two RBIs. He also threw out two of the three baserunners attempting to steal. Hernandez was hitting .223 with two doubles over 37 games with the Wizards. He had one three-hit game all year and three multi-hit games. His two RBIs also matched a season-high – a feat he accomplished once previously.
Drew Cumberland suffered a compound fracture in his hand during early work and is out indefinitely.