Drew Macias enjoyed a night of perfection from the nine spot in the order, going 4-for-4 with a walk, double, homer, two runs scored and two RBIs. It is the first time this year he has collected four hits in a game over two leagues and 98 games. Macias came into the contest with two hits in his previous 24 at bats. He has drawn more walks (21) than he has struck out (20) in Triple-A after posting a 38-43 mark with San Antonio.
Mike Thompson (3-9) pitched a gem over eight innings. The right-hander allowed one run on six hits and two walks while striking out a pair, using just 95 pitches to accomplish the task. In the more famine than feast season, Thompson has allowed one earned run or less in five starts and five runs or more in 11 of his 18 outings. The only aberration – a three-run outing on June 22. Thompson has thrown 63.1 percent of his pitches for strikes on the year.
San Antonio lost 7-1 to Midland (A's)
Manny Ayala (1-3) gave up three homers as part of a night-hit attack that saw six runs come across the board in the losing effort. He struck out five and 10 of his outs came through the air. His three homers allowed match the amount he surrendered in his previous 14 starts over two leagues and the right-hander had just one multi-homer game over his first 21 starts. He has given up five or more in consecutive starts after surrendering five-plus in one of his first 20.
Matt Antonelli didn't figure into the scoring but connected on two doubles and has maintained a .412 average since joining Double-A. Antonelli has reached base in each of his first 14 games and sports a .500 on base percentage. The second baseman has seven multi-hit games over that span and has 39 extra base hits on the season. Friday marked the third time he has collected two doubles in a game over two leagues.
Lake Elsinore lost 4-2 to San Jose (Giants)
Sean Kazmar went 3-for-4 with a run scored to account for all but four of the Storm hits. It is his third three-hit affair over 13 games since joining the Storm and he has been on base in seven straight contests. Kazmar did not have a three-hit game over 78 games in Double-A. After hitting .208 with the Missions, the second baseman is batting .298 with the Storm.
Richie Daigle (5-5) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while matching a season-high by striking out a half dozen over seven innings in the loss. Daigle had allowed four earned runs over his last four starts, spanning 21.2 innings. He has walked four over his last two outings after walking two in his previous 22.1 innings. Daigle was on the mound for four successive stolen base attempts and his slow delivery has seen just six of the California League high 43 attempts caught by his catchers, a mere 14 percent.
Fort Wayne lost 7-4 to Kane County (A's)
Nick Schmidt (0-1) got his first professional start and lasted just two innings before meeting his pitch count. The left-hander was tagged for four runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three in the loss. Schmidt had surrendered one run on four hits over his first five innings of work in the Midwest League. He has walked six batters this season. After not allowing a hit with runners in scoring position over his first two outings, the opposition went 3-for-5 in such situations on Friday.
Ernesto Frieri tossed scoreless ball over two stanzas, allowing a single and striking out one. The right-hander has given up runs in 12 of his 37 outings this year. He has pitched two innings or more in 18 of his appearances. He has not allowed a run in 10 of those outings. Frieri has given up just 45 hits in 60.2 innings while striking out 64, holding the opposition to a .161 average with runners in scoring position.
Eugene won 6-1 over Salem-Keizer (Giants)
Salem-Keizer managed just one hit off Chris Perez in his four innings of work but it came after a first inning walk and plated a run – the sole run Perez would allow. The right-hander struck out three and retired the final 10 batters he faced. Perez has a given up one run over his last seven innings on three hits on the heels of his worst outing of the year. He came into the game with a 7.94 ERA as a starter, lowering that to 5.58. Perez has maintained a 2.20 ERA in nine relief appearances.
Cory Luebke (3-0) walked two and struck out six over three innings of work. He fanned the side in the seventh and whiffed five in a row before a pop out ended his scoreless night. The two free passes were his first two of the year after not walking a batter over his first 21.2 innings. Luebke, a southpaw, has held left-handed hitters to a .174 average on the year and the leadoff man of an inning has just a .120 on base percentage off him.
AZL Padres won 5-2 over AZL Rangers
Geoff Vandel (4-1) faced the minimum over six innings, allowing a one-out single in the first inning and promptly picking the runner off. He opened the seventh and allowed two runs on two hits thanks to a two-run jack – forcing him from the game. Vandel has gone five innings or more in all but one of his seven starts. Friday marked the first time he has worked into the seventh, although he did not record an out. He has yielded four hits or less in three of his outings.
Ali Solis had two of the Padres four hits, going 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and two RBIs. He caught both runners attempting to steal but did have a passed ball charged to him. Solis has 11 RBIs in 13 games and has driven in seven over his last eight. The backstop is 7-for-16 with runners in scoring position on the season. Solis has thrown out eight of the 14 runners attempting to steal on him, good for 57.1 percent, which places him atop the league standings.