Matt Teague got a second spot start in Triple-A, coming up from his normal Northwest League domain on Friday. The left-hander labored through four innings but had the same affect as before – shutout ball. He did allow four hits and three walks, tossing 72 pitches. It was a double play with the bases juiced in the fourth that was his biggest savior on a night where he tossed just 39 strikes. Teague has induced two double play grounders in two Triple-A starts and had just two in 11 outings with the Emeralds.
Triple-A was not so kind in Robert Woodard's (0-1) second appearance. He allowed five runs, all earned, on four hits and two walks in an inning-plus. He left the game with the bases loaded and was lucky to have just one of those baserunners charged to his ledger. Woodard threw 38 pitches in the outing, days after pitching two scoreless and facing the minimum in his first Triple-A experience. He has allowed runs in eight of his 19 appearances across two leagues.
San Antonio lost 2-1 in game one to Springfield (Cardinals), won 1-0 in game two.
Working on six days rest, Mike Ekstrom (6-9) held the opposition to two runs over five innings, yielding seven hits and three walks while striking out four, but the offense managed to collect just three hits in the loss. It is the second game in a row that he has allowed two runs or less, the first time all year with 24 starts under his belt that he has accomplished the feat. He has allowed two runs or less in nine starts. Ekstrom did allow a homer, just his fifth yielded in 126.2 innings.
The offense was again dormant in the nightcap – collecting just two hits again. A bases loaded ground out by pitcher Wade LeBlanc accounted for the lone run, as the Missions pitching staff earned its eighth shutout of the year. LeBlanc went five, scattering four hits and two walks while fanning five. The opposition went 0-for-3 off him with runners in scoring position. It is the fifth time in nine outings that he has allowed two runs or less.
Lake Elsinore lost 7-6 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)
Ernesto Frieri notched his first start of the year and first since June 26, 2006 while with Eugene. The right-hander went four innings and surrendered three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three. Three of the hits he allowed went for extra bases. Frieri had allowed just one hit over his first 8.2 innings in the California League while striking out 13. He had a scoreless streak spanning 15.2 innings across two leagues prior to Friday's start.
John Madden (1-4) faced one batter in the ninth inning and that hitter went yard with a walk-off bomb. Madden has allowed runs in five of his last seven outings, giving up nine runs over a six-inning span on 10 hits and five walks. Over his first 39 appearances with the Storm he had not surrendered a homer but has given up two dingers over his last two outings. Fourteen of the 51 hits he has yielded have gone for extra bases. He has given up runs in 17 of his appearances.
Fort Wayne lost 7-2 to Lansing (Blue Jays)
Aaron Breit returned to the starting rotation for the first time since July 6. The right-hander worked four solid innings, allowing one run on four hits without a walk while striking out a pair. It was just the third time in 18 starts he has given up one run or less. Breit has not walked a batter over his last three games – his longest stretch of the year without issuing a free pass. He has surrendered one run over his last 8.1 frames on seven hits with nine K's. Breit had given up 74 runs in 70.1 innings as a starter entering play on Friday.
Jake Ociesa (0-2) lasted just three batters, giving up a single and two walks before exiting the game. All three would score, as the left-handers ERA jumped to 18.00. The southpaw has walked six in three innings with the Wizards, allowing seven runs. The reliever has issued a free pass to two or more batters in five of his nine appearances across two leagues with no outing spanning more than an inning and a third. The leadoff man of an inning has reached base in five of the 11 innings he has started.
Eugene won 6-2 over Everett (Mariners)
Pitching coach Tom Bradley left the Eugene Emeralds for personal reasons and will not return to the club this year. AZL Padres pitching coach Dave Rajsich, who many pitchers in the organization swear by, flew into Eugene this afternoon and will assume the duties of Bradley. Pitching coordinator Mike Couchee will take over duties in Arizona.
Jackson Quezada (3-2) got the win with two innings of scoreless work, facing the minimum. He struck out three, giving the Emeralds pitching staff a season-high 19 strikeouts for the game. The right-hander had allowed runs in three straight appearances after giving up runs in two of his first 16. Seven of the 19 hits he has yielded and three of the four walks surrendered came during the three-game span. He has, however, won his last two games.
Dustin Gibbs worked around three walks and a single over two frames thanks to five strikeouts and a fly out. They had struck out 17 in a game once previously and tied the mark that Salem-Keizer set earlier this week for strikeouts in a game. It is the ninth time in 19 relief appearances, with none lasting more than 2.1 innings, that he has walked two or more. Gibbs has allowed 24 baserunners over his last 8.2 innings with nine runs crossing the dish.
AZL Padres had a scheduled night off