After giving up a single run and a lone hit over seven innings in his season debut, Josh Geer couldn't make it through four frames on Wednesday. He was tagged for eight runs, seven earned, on 10 hits over 3.2 innings – tossing 81 pitches in the losing effort. Six of the hits went for extra bases, including two home runs. Geer gave up double digit hits five times last season and surrendered eight runs once for San Antonio.
Seven of the first eight outs Dirk Hayhurst recorded came by way of the strikeout, including fanning the side after a leadoff single in the fifth. Hayhurst pitched 3.1 scoreless, giving up the lone single, two walks, and stranding two inherited runners in relief of Geer. The right-hander has not fanned as many as seven in a game since May 12, 2006 while with Lake Elsinore – in a game he started.
Jody Gerut reached base three times with a single, a double and a walk while also scoring a run. After going 1-for-6 with the San Diego Padres before being sent down to Portland, Gerut has gone 3-for-11 with two doubles and two runs scored. Gerut battled his way onto the team after collecting 16 hits in 52 at-bats for the Padres this spring. He had two doubles, a pair of triples and three homers, hitting .308.
San Antonio (3-3)
San Antonio had a scheduled night off
Lake Elsinore (4-3) lost 4-3 to Visalia (Diamondbacks)
After surrendering a run in the opening frame, Corey Kluber settled in and tossed blanks over the next four frames. He yielded four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five. Seven of the 11 hits he has surrendered this season have come against left-handed hitters. Lefties hit .276 off him last year in Eugene while righties managed just a .188 average. He allowed one first-inning run all of last year and has given up three through two starts this year.
Eric Sogard cranked out two more doubles, giving him six on the young season, on a night that saw him collect three hits overall and add an RBI. His six doubles are tied for the overall lead throughout the minors, pending the night's action. Sogard has three three-hit nights through seven games to begin the year and has at least one double in four straight contests. The second baseman has eight hits in his last 14 at-bats.
Coming into the ninth with a 3-1 lead, R.J. Rodriguez was roughed up for three runs on two hits and two walks to take the blown save and the loss. The right-hander saved 18 games in 20 chances last year for Fort Wayne. Rodriguez has been in four games and has figured into the decision each time, earning wins in his first two outings, a save in his next, and the loss on Wednesday. He allowed three runs or more in four of his 58 appearances across two leagues a year ago – all coming when no save was applicable.
Fort Wayne (1-6) lost 8-5 to Dayton (Reds)
Todd Frazier hit his third homer over the last two days – this one off left-handed starter Geoff Vandel. A two-run shot and a single run in the third finished the tally on Vandel over five innings. He allowed four hits and struck out four before being lifted in a no-decision. Vandel has allowed homers in successive games – a feat that has occurred just once previously over a career that began in 2005. He had given up just six homers in 138.2 innings coming into the year.
Brad Chalk set a career-high with three RBIs on Wednesday, two coming on a ninth inning single with the bases juiced and the third on a sacrifice fly. Chalk had 13 RBIs all of last year across two leagues and 34 games. He already has five this season. With his late inning hit, Chalk extended his hitting streak to seven games to begin the season. He is 10-for-25 over that span, a .400 average.
Jackson Quezada worked a scoreless inning, walking one and striking out one. After allowing four runs over two-thirds of in an inning in his first outing, the right-hander has pitched three scoreless frames. Quezada has walked a batter in three straight games to open the season after issuing just four free passes across 21 appearances for Eugene in 2007.
"I worked hard during the off-season," Quezada said. "I can command the fastball better now. I am working on my slider now. I need a better slider to throw it hard and short."
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