A wonderful outing from Tim Stauffer was denied in the ninth. Scott Cassidy (2-4) came on to preserve the lead with a three-run advantage but was tagged for four runs on four hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning to take his fourth blown save. It is the third time in his last 10 appearances that he has surrendered four or more runs. He has given up runs in seven of his last 11 outings and nine of his last 15 after allowing runs in three of his first 15. Cassidy's ERA has exploded from 3.00 on June 22 to 7.28 today.
Stauffer had just one blemish over seven innings, a solo homer yielded in the sixth inning. He scattered three other hits and walked one while striking out four, leaving the game with a win at the doorstep. He has given up 10 runs over his last five starts, lowering his ERA by over a full run from 6.00 to 4.96. He has given up two runs or less three times in his last five. After beginning the year with an 11.88 ERA in his first five outings, Stauffer has posted a 4.40 ERA over 17 starts.
San Antonio won 4-3 over Arkansas (Angels)
Edwin Moreno earned his third save of the year, allowing a single and a walk but not allowing a run. Since allowing two runs in his first game with the Missions, the right-hander has not given up a run over 6.2 innings, spanning six appearances. He has surrendered four hits over that span but has walked a batter in three straight games. The Venezuelan has not surrendered a hit with runners in scoring position.
Drew Macias picked up two hits in three at bats but it was his sacrifice fly to score a run in the eighth inning that became the game-winner. Macias has four RBIs in his last four games and has been on base in each of his last 10 games since returning to Double-A. Macias is 11-for-32, a .344 average with six walks over that span. He has been on base in 14 straight over two leagues, sporting a .458 on base percentage to go along with 20 hits in his last 52 at bats.
Lake Elsinore lost 7-3 to Stockton (A's)
Nathan Culp surrendered three runs, two earned, on eight hits and a walk over 5.1 innings, striking out just one in a no-decision. The left-hander has given up 63 hits over 42.2 innings in the California League after giving up fewer hits than innings pitched in the Midwest League. It is the fifth time in eight games he has allowed eight hits or more. Culp has walked four over his last three starts after issuing just one walk in his first 25.1 innings.
Aeden McQueary made his first California League start after being moved up from Eugene, going 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, as every batter in the lineup notched a hit. He did, however, ground into a double play and commit an error. It was his second error of the year and first time he had grounded into a double play. McQueary had a .262 average with a .407 on base percentage across 15 games with Eugene. He had two doubles, scored nine runs and added six RBIs.
Fort Wayne lost 3-2 to Quad Cities (Cardinals)
Jeremy Hunt slugged two doubles as part of a three hit night. He was in on both Fort Wayne runs, scoring once and knocking in a second. The first baseman has 16 RBIs over his last 14 games and has a hit in all but two of his last 17. Over that span, Hunt is 25-for-72, a .347 average, with five doubles and four homers. He has seven multi-hit games during that time along with nine runs scored.
Cory Luebke (0-1) went 5.1 innings and allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits and a walk while striking out three. Three of the hits he allowed went for extra bases, including a solo homer in the sixth, and he plunked a batter. It was the first time in three Midwest League starts that he has yielded two earned runs or less. Luebke has walked three batters since joining Fort Wayne, one more than he issued in eight games and 24.2 innings with Eugene.
Eugene lost 5-3 to Spokane (Rangers)
Corey Kluber pitched a season-high five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two. He held the opposition hitless with runners in scoring position but a sacrifice fly and double with a man on first brought runs home. The right-hander had not worked more than three innings in any of his previous outings and had given up eight runs on nine hits and four walks over his last 5.1 frames. Kluber has walked three or more in successive outings and came into the game with just three extra base hits against over five games before two more were added to his resume on Saturday.
Robert Woodard gave up a solo homer in his only inning of work, the first bomb he has surrendered after keeping the ball in the park through his first 21.2 innings as a professional. Six of the 19 hits he has surrendered have, however, gone for extra bases. Woodard, who was sent to Portland for a day only to be told to go back to Eugene, has given up runs in seven of his 17 appearances on the year. He came into the game having struck out 10 over his last 6.2 innings and managed to add one K to his total on Saturday.
AZL Padres lost 4-3 to AZL Angels in 12 innings
A two-out homer in the 12th inning off Vantroit Medina (2-1) ended up being the game-winner. The right-hander has given up runs in eight of his 15 relief appearances and has allowed five runs on eight hits over his last five frames. Eight of the 21 hits he has surrendered have gone for extra bases, including two homers. While he has held the opposition to a .206 average with runners in scoring position, Medina has faced 34 at bats in those situations – 37 percent of the time that he is on the mound.
Jeudy Valdez reached base four times, going 2-for-4 with a walk and hit by pitch. He was in on all three runs, hitting a two-run shot in the third inning and scoring again in the fifth inning. Valdez did commit his 11th error of the year, although it did not adversely impact the game. He had gone six games without an error, matching his longest streak of the season. Valdez has 16 multi-hit games over his first 34 contests and has scored multiple runs five times while driving in more than one run on six occasions.