Clay Hensley allowed two second inning runs but would surrender no more over six innings, giving up five hits and striking out six. It is the third time in 12 starts that Hensley has allowed two runs or less. The right-hander had walked at least four batters in three straight games and has issued a free pass in each of his Triple-A starts. Hensley needed just 78 pitches to get through six. He had thrown over 100 pitches in five straight starts.
After going perfect in his last game, Luke Carlin collected another multi-hit game with two hits in three at bats, including a double, while adding a sacrifice bunt. He has five sacrifices on the season with three coming over his last four games. Carlin notched multi-hit games on successive days for just the third time this season. The backstop was 0-for-3 in gunning down baserunners attempting to steal. Carlin has thrown out 20 of the 73 runners attempting to take a base this year.
San Antonio won 5-3 over Springfield (Cardinals)
Mike Ekstrom (6-8) allowed one run over seven innings, scattering seven hits, walking one, tossing a wild pitch and striking out a season-high eight. It was just the third time this season Ekstrom has gone seven innings, the last coming on June 24 in a loss. Ekstrom has given up two runs or less in eight of his 23 starts on the year, losing two of those decisions. He has given up as many hits or more as innings pitched in all but three of his starts.
Will Venable reached base three times with a walk, a single and a solo homer. The outfielder scored three runs and also swiped his 17th bag of the season. The homer was his fifth of the year and fourth over his last 31 games. Venable had just one homer over his first 80 games. He has scored six runs over his last four games. Venable has successively stolen his last eight bases and has been thrown out just twice this year. He came into the game with seven hits in his previous 34 at bats.
Lake Elsinore won 8-5 over Stockton (A's)
Mike Baxter banged out three hits, scored a run and drove in one. He extended his hitting streak to six games with three straight multi-hit games. Baxter did, however, ground into a pair of rally-killers. He has grounded into three double plays over the last two games and 13 on the season to lead the team. Ironically, he leads the current team in stolen bases with 11 and triples with six.
Sean Kazmar went 3-for-5, smacking a two-out, three-run homer in the sixth inning. He has a hit in seven straight games, going 10-for-30 with three extra base hits in his last four games. Kazmar's homer was his second in Lake Elsinore. He has nine multi-hit games in 26 games of California League play after netting just 11 in 78 Double-A contests. Kazmar had just two RBIs over his previous 17 games coming into the contest.
Catcher Justin Hatcher is expected to rejoin Triple-A Portland.
Fort Wayne lost 5-3 to Burlington (Royals)
Steve Delabar (2-5) didn't allow a hit but four runs crossed the plate. The right-hander lasted just an inning and two-thirds, walking a season-high six. Two of the runs were earned and he left the game with two aboard, although neither would score. Over his last two games, Delabar has given up 13 runs on seven hits and 10 walks over 5.2 innings. He has surrendered three or more walks in eight of his outings and has allowed four runs or more in four straight and six of his last seven.
For the second time in a week, Jonathan Schemmel was used out of the pen after starting the game in the field. The sixth man to take the mound in the game, Schemmel allowed a single while working through a scoreless inning. Schemmel went 1-for-3 with a walk at the plate but did, ironically, commit his 12th error of the season on an errant throw. Schemmel has given up two hits but zero runs in 2.1 innings and while he did not drive in a run on Friday he does have six RBIs over his last seven games.
Justin Pickett was sent back down to Eugene after the game.
Eugene lost 6-4 to Spokane (Rangers)
Luis Durango reached base three more times with two hits in four at bats and a walk. He also stole a base and scored a run. Durango did, however, commit hit second error of the year, leading to three unearned runs and the eventual loss. He has 26 multi-hit games over 47 contests. He continues to lead the Northwest League in hitting with a .367 average and his 76 hits out-pace the competition by double-digits. The stolen base was his 13th of the year in 19 attempts.
After fanning in all three at bats on Thursday, Yefri Carvajal singled in two in his first at bat – the only hit he would collect. Carvajal did, however, add an outfield assist, credited with one after catching a batter in a rundown after a single. His two RBIs marked the fifth time in 15 games he has knocked in two or more. Seven of his 11 RBIs have come in the second inning, including the two he collected on Friday.
AZL Padres lost 6-2 to AZL Cubs
Jose Pimentel surrendered two runs on four hits and a walk over an inning and two-thirds, leaving the game with two men on. He also tossed two wild pitches. The right-hander had allowed two earned runs over his last 10.2 innings coming into the game. After allowing one hit over a six-inning span, Pimentel has given up 10 over his last 5.1. He has two games with multiple wild pitches and has uncorked seven for the year.
Angel Mercado belted a solo homer and drew a walk in four plate appearances. The outfielder also stole his third base of the season. Two of his three homers have come over his last four games. Since going 1-for-24 over an eight-game span, Mercado has reached base multiple times in three of his last four contests with two multi-hit games. The outfielder has swiped three straight since being caught in the season opener.