Matt Antonelli scored two of Portland's three runs on a day that saw him go 1-for-4 with a walk, but the second baseman grounded into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth. It was the second straight game that he has grounded into a double play. Antonelli has scored four runs and driven in four runs over his last three games. He does, however, have just two hits in 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Antonelli went 7-for-16 with the bases loaded last season across two leagues.
Josh Geer followed up the worst outing of his career with a solid effort, allowing a single run on five hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out four, tossing 94 pitches - including 65 strikes. He has given up 10 runs in three starts with eight coming in his last outing. The right-hander has limited right-handed hitters to a .192 average on the year and has seen the leadoff man of an inning get on base just three times through the 17 innings he has started.
Adam Bass suffered the blown save and the loss after allowing four runs on four hits and a walk over two innings. Three of the four hits he allowed went for extra bases with two leaving the ballpark. Bass has given up eight runs on nine hits and a walk over his last 2.2 innings. The last time Bass allowed more than a single homer in a game came on August 22, 2006 when he was starting for Triple-A Tucson. The right-hander yielded just three homers all of last year, spanning 50.3 innings.
San Antonio (6-5) won 4-2 over Tulsa (Rockies)
Drew Macias was the only member of the Missions to collect a multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, a run scored and an RBI. The outfielder had been in an 0-for-11 slump and had six hits in his first 37 at-bats to open the year. Six of his eight hits, however, have gone for extra bases. Macias logged six triples across two leagues a season ago, getting his first of the year on Monday.
Mike Ekstrom evened his record at 1-1 with five innings of two-run ball. The right-hander allowed five hits and walked two while striking out seven. He threw 75 pitches, 47 for strikes. The opposition did swipe two bags off Ekstrom and have been successful in their first six attempts this year. His catchers threw out six of the 16 attempting to steal on him a year ago. After giving up five runs on 10 hits in his first start, Ekstrom had given up three runs on nine hits over his last two.
Edwin Moreno picked up his second two-inning save of the year, pitching scoreless ball while walking two and striking out one. The right-hander did not have a single two-inning save last year across 16 games. Moreno has pitched more than an inning three times in five appearances this year after working more than an inning one time in 16 outings last season. He has saved 13 games in 14 chances since joining the system.
Lake Elsinore (7-5) lost 7-2 to High Desert (Mariners)
Corey Kluber gave up more runs in his third outing than he did over his first two. After allowing five over his first two starts, Kluber was on the hook for six in five innings, yielding five hits, walking two and plunking a pair. Three of the hits he allowed went for extra bases, including a homer. Kluber had not allowed more than four innings in any game entering Monday's game.
Jonathan Schemmel came off the disabled list and started at third base for the Storm. The left-handed hitting Schemmel went 2-for-4, scoring one of their two runs. He also added a stolen base; Schemmel swiped just four bags all of last year across three leagues and 78 games. The Kansas native hit .271 between Fort Wayne, Lake Elsinore and Portland a year ago, playing second, third and short while also seeing two games as a pitcher.
Rolando Valdez worked an inning of scoreless ball, striking out two and keeping his ERA at 0.00 for the year. The right-hander has not allowed a run in 7.1 innings to begin the year and has not issued a single hit. The only hitters to reach base are the three walks he has issued. Valdez has fanned 10 while keeping the two runners he inherited from scoring. He did not allow an earned run in his first 14 innings of work a year ago for Fort Wayne.
Fort Wayne (3-9) won 5-1 over Wisconsin (Mariners)
Drew Cumberland collected his first three-hit night of the year, scoring a run and plating one. The infielder, playing shortstop on Monday, also swiped three bases, taking second twice and third once. He has stolen seven bases in nine attempts over 10 games, thieving his last six successfully. Cumberland has been on base five times in the last two games and has scored twice – his first two runs scored of the season. Cumberland collected three three-hit games a year ago.
Lance Zawadzki had one hit in four at-bats but it was a big one – a three-run homer with two outs in the seventh – the eventual game-winner. Zawadzki also drew a walk and stole his third bag of the year. The infielder, playing second base on Monday, hit three dingers a year ago across two leagues. Since collecting hits in four straight games to open the year, however, Zawadzki has gone 3-for-26 with 11 strikeouts. He fanned twice on this day, the fifth time in seven games he has struck out twice in a game.
Robert Woodard got into the win column with six innings of shutout ball. The right-hander, who had lost his first two appearances, hit a batter, walked one, and allowed two hits while striking out seven. Woodard allowed eight runs over his first five innings and had struck out three coming into the game. Woodard had not gone more than three innings during his professional career until Monday.
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