Arturo Lopez was bounced after 2.2 innings, laboring through his outing and tossing 86 pitches in a shortened start. He was pounded for eight runs on six hits and a half dozen walks before being lifted. His previous high for walks in a game came on June 6, 2005 when he walked five while playing for Lake Elsinore and the last time he allowed eight runs or more came on August 14 of that same season.
Dirk Hayhurst gave up five runs on seven hits as the sacrificial lamb behind Lopez. The right-hander allowed one of two inherited runners to score and plunked a pair, tossing 71 pitches. Hayhurst hit four batters all of last year – across 47 appearances. The Ohio native allowed six runs on seven hits over two-thirds of an inning in his second Triple-A appearance a year ago and had given up two runs over 5.1 innings this year with the Beavers.
After collecting three hits on Saturday, Luis Rodriguez upped the stakes with a four-hit affair on Sunday. The shortstop scored twice and drove in one while upping his average to .577 on the year. Rodriguez has 15 hits during a seven-game hitting streak to open the year. He has an RBI in five straight games and has five multi-hit games in his last six. Rodriguez did not have a four-hit game all last year – his last coming on August 23, 2004 when he had five hits in a game for Triple-A Rochester.
San Antonio (5-5) lost 8-6 to Northwest Arkansas (Royals)
Wilton Lopez took the loss after he was charged with four runs on four hits and a walk over an inning and two-thirds - two of the runs came across after he left the game. The right-hander has surrendered runs in three of his first five appearances to begin the season and has allowed at least one hit in every contest. He came into the game with one hit allowed with runners in scoring position, and kept the opposition to one hit in four at-bats on Sunday but successive doubles by Jon Ellis plated two runs charged to Lopez.
Stephen Faris left after just two innings after giving up two runs on one hit, a hit batsman and a walk. The right-hander did help his own cause with an RBI single in the top of the second, throwing just 31 pitches before he left the game due to tightness with the cold weather. Faris had pitched shutout ball in his first start of the season, spanning five innings of a game that did not net him a decision.
Seth Johnston hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to give San Antonio a brief 6-3 lead. It was his lone hit of the game but drew a walk and scored twice while also grounding into a double play. Johnston's homer was his second in three games. His homer was his first hit with runners in scoring position this season. Johnston has just seven hits in his first 33 at-bats.
Lake Elsinore (7-4) won 12-4 over Lancaster (Red Sox)
Robert Perry followed up a three-hit night on Saturday with a 2-for-6 day on Sunday, which included a triple, two runs scored and three RBIs. The RBIs were his first of the year after netting 12 in 19 games last year for the Storm. Perry has scored five runs in the last three games and seven in the last five. He is seven for his last 19 with three walks and a stolen base.
Sam Carter had two hits in four trips plus a walk, an RBI and a run scored. He also threw out a runner at third base – his second outfield assist of the year. Carter has a five-game hitting streak, going 7-for-19 with five RBIs over that span. His run scored was just his second in nine games. Carter has 13 outfield assists last year for Fort Wayne.
John Madden improved to 2-0 on the year with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. The right-hander allowed two hits, struck out four, and stranded two inherited runners. Madden one a single game all of last year, spanning 43 appearances. Of the six runners he has inherited this year, two have scored. He held eight of the 13 runners inherited a year ago on the base paths. Madden has given up runs in three of his five appearances this season.
Fort Wayne (2-9) lost 8-3 to Beloit (Twins) in game one, lost 6-1 in game two
Jeremy McBryde dropped his second straight decision, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks. While he struck out six, the right-hander lasted just 2.2 innings and tossed a wild pitch. He came into the game with a .167 average against but that swelled to .263 by the end of Sunday. The opposition has five hits in nine at-bats against McBryde with runners in scoring position.
Luis Durango had two of the Wizards four first-game hits, but he did not figure into the scoring. The Northwest League batting champ from a year ago came into the game with four hits in 24 at-bats to begin the year - a .143 average. The outfielder came into the game with one hit in 11 at-bats with runners on base but both of hits on Sunday came with runners on. Durango had 36 multi-hit games a season ago in 69 contests.
Colt Hynes was tagged for four runs on four hits and a walk in his lone inning of work. Four appearances into the year, Hynes has already done something he didn't do all of last year - allow runs in three straight games. The left-hander has given up seven runs over his last four innings on nine hits and two walks. Hynes surrendered runs in just six of his 30 appearances last season for Eugene and never allowed more than two runs in any outing.
Drew Cumberland hit his first homer as a profession in game two. The infielder shot one over the right field wall to put the Wizards up in by a run in the top half of the first. It would account for one of only three hits Fort Wayne mustered, as they lost the lead in the bottom half and never came close to scoring again. Cumberland went 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base – his fourth. He has eight hits in 37 at-bats to begin the year and has not had a multi-hit game since the season opener.
Matt Teague gave up three runs in the bottom of the first and was on the hook for six runs on seven hits and a walk over three innings to take the loss. He also threw a wild pitch and picked off a runner at first base. He had one other outing that produced six runs against – giving up a half dozen on nine hits in four innings on August 7 last year with Eugene.
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