Shawn Estes hit one batter for each run scored, giving up two runs over 5.1 innings on seven hits and a walk while plunking a pair and striking out seven. Estes left the game with the bases loaded. The southpaw also went 1-for-2 with a sacrifice, a sacrifice fly, and two RBIs. He tossed 88 pitches, including 65.9 percent of them for strikes. On the season, 61.5 percent of his 265 pitches have gone for strikes.
Michael Megrew made his season debut after replacing Mike Adams (shoulder strain) on the roster. He faced an immediate test, coming in with the bases loaded and one out. Two of the three inherited runners scored, as the left-hander walked one. He went on to strike out the side around a walk and a wild pitch in the following frame. His night ended after an inning and two-third with a pair of walks and three strikeouts on his ledger. Megrew went 6-6 with a 5.30 ERA over 21 games, including 19 starts, for Double-A Jacksonville in the Southern League last season. He fanned 90 but also walked 46 in 93.1 innings.
Nick Hundley fell a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-6 with three runs scored and three RBIs. He doubled his RBI output for the year with his third homer of the year, and he has scored at least one run in seven of his eight games, touching home six times in the last three. The backstop did, however, ground into a double play – the fifth time this year he has recorded a rally killer. Hundley grounded into seven double plays all of last year, spanning 101 games.
San Antonio (6-6) lost 11-5 to Tulsa (Rockies)
Two errors led to seven unearned runs off starter Will Inman, as the right-hander was pulled after 3.2 innings with 78 pitches in the books. He allowed five hits, walked four and struck out four before exiting with the bases loaded - and all three runners would come around to score. With the unearned runs, Inman maintained a 0.00 ERA on the season. He did not allow a single unearned run in Double-A last season over 15 starts. Inman did go 1-for-2 at the plate with a double and a run scored. It was the first hit of his career, as he entered the game hitless in 11 at-bats.
Matt Stocco hit his first homer of the year, a solo shot in the fourth, and ended the morning game with two hits. It was Stocco's first homer since May 22, 2007 - the only homer he hit last year in Fort Wayne. He did, however, get tagged with a passed ball and two runners successfully stole second off him. He is 1-for-5 on the year in catching thieves after throwing out 35 in 116 chances a season ago. Stocco was appearing in just his third game of the year across two leagues.
Chad Huffman went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk on Tuesday. It was the first multi-RBI game of the year for the outfielder after collecting 28 such games across two leagues a year ago. Huffman has five multi-hit games through his first 11 games this year and has been on base 12 times over his a six-game on base streak with seven hits and five walks. He leads the club in doubles (6), hits (14) and walks (6).
Lake Elsinore (8-5) won 9-5 over High Desert (Mariners)
Cory Luebke gave up two hits and a walk and little else over five scoreless innings – a rebound performance after allowing 11 runs on 11 hits in his previous outing. The left-hander struck out four and recorded 10 of the other 11 outs via ground balls. He has just four outs recorded through the air through three starts. It is the second time in his career that he has pitched five or more scoreless innings – the last coming on August 21 with Fort Wayne.
Jeremy Hunt extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a three-run homer in the fourth inning, pushing his RBI total to 11 – good for a tie at third-best in the league pending the night's action. The homer – his fourth – placed him second in the circuit. It was his lone hit of the day in four at-bats, but he also drew a walk. Hunt has knocked in nine runs over his last six games while scoring seven times over that same span.
Sam Carter went 3-for-4 with a walk, a pair of doubles and two runs scored. He has a hit in six straight games and logged his third straight multi-hit game in the process. Carter entered the contest with just two runs scored over his first nine games, doubling that tally on Tuesday. The outfielder has struck out just three times in his first 34 at-bats this year after fanning 124 times last season – once every 2.75 at-bats.
Fort Wayne (4-9) won 5-3 over Wisconsin (Mariners)
Luis Martinez doubled in a pair in the second inning and tripled in one in the eighth to give him a trio of RBIs, upping his tally to four for the season. The three-bagger was his first as a professional. The opposition did successfully steal one bag off him on Tuesday. Martinez has thrown out three of the 13 runners attempting to steal this year after pegging 13-of-49 a season ago across two leagues.
Brandon Gomes allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk while striking out three over four innings. He surrendered a solo homer in the third – the first bomb of the year for the Wisconsin team. Gomes yielded three dingers a season ago in 59.2 innings. The right-hander has allowed two earned runs in three games, despite allowing the leadoff man to reach base in four of his 10 innings to begin the year.
After surrendering 10 runs on nine hits, three walks and a pair of hit batsmen over his first 5.1 innings, Wynn Pelzer struck out six over his first three innings of work, fanning the side in the seventh – with the only base runner reaching on an error. Pelzer, however, walked the bases loaded with two outs in the ninth, picking up the win when Tyler Davis stranded two of the three inherited runners. Pelzer upped his strikeout total to 12 on the year and his walk total to six in nine frames.
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