Brian Myrow collected three of Portland's seven hits, doubling, scoring a run, adding an RBI and a walk. The first baseman extended his hitting streak to seven games and is 11-for-22 with two doubles a triple and a homer over that span. Myrow also has five RBIs in his last five games and seven runs scored in his last six. He did, however, ground into a double play - the second time this year he has had a rally killer.
Cesar Ramos earned his second win of the year after pitching 5.2 innings of scoreless ball, yielding three hits and a walk while striking out seven. The left-hander tossed 86 pitches, including 55 strikes. Ramos had allowed seven runs over his first 8.1 innings on 10 hits coming into the game. He has kept left-handed hitters to a .176 average early in the year and the opposition has a .189 average with the bases empty compared to the .400 mark with runners on base.
Paul Abraham kept the game scoreless when he stranded two inherited runners in the sixth but wound up giving up a run on two hits in 2.1 innings while striking out a pair. The run came on a solo homer, as 24 of his 36 pitches went for strikes. Abraham has allowed two homers in his last three games - the same amount he surrendered all of last season across 47 contests. The right-hander has yielded runs in four of his first six appearances after allowing runs in nine games a year ago.
San Antonio (6-6) had a scheduled day off
Lake Elsinore (8-6) lost 6-5 to High Desert (Mariners) in 10 innings
Drew Miller went 4.2 innings in a no-decision, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three. The right-hander plunked one and allowed a solo homer – the first bomb he has yielded this season. Miller gave up 12 homers a season ago – 10, he notes, came on changeups. He has now hit nine batters in his last 10 games dating back to last season after not hitting a batter over his previous nine starts.
Mike DeMark surrendered a two-run homer with no outs in the bottom of the eighth, putting the Storm behind by one. The right-hander walked a pair, struck out two and gave up two hits in an inning and two-thirds. It was the second homer he has given up this season and homers account for three of the four runs he has yielded this year. DeMark has given up runs in three of his seven appearances this year. He also committed his second error of the year, although it did not figure into the scoring.
Sam Carter's ninth inning single saved DeMark from the loss, tying the game at 5-5. His sixth inning homer – his first bomb of the year – tied up the game at 3-3. He hit 12 homers last year for Fort Wayne but had just one over his first 26 games. It was Carter's fourth straight multi-hit game – tying his longest such streak from a year ago - and extended his hitting streak to seven games. The outfielder is 9-for-18 over his last four games with six RBIs.
Mike Baxter had a chance to put the Storm up in the top of the tenth but struck out with the bases juiced. Richie Daigle would take the loss in the bottom half.
Fort Wayne (4-10) lost 6-2 to Wisconsin (Mariners)
Allen Harrington worked five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two in a no-decision. The left-hander also picked off a runner at first base in his longest outing of the year. Harrington did pitch six innings in one game during his debut professional season. He has yet to allow more than two runs in any of his four appearances this year, going at least three innings in each. He has a .172 average against with runners on base.
Jeremy Hefner suffered the loss after being charged with four runs on three hits and two walks over 2.2 innings. He left with the bases loaded in the eighth and all three runners would score. All but one of the outs he recorded came by way of the strikeout. He has fanned 24 in 15 innings after striking out 74 in 62.1 innings a season ago. Hefner came into the game with one run allowed over his first three outings, spanning 12.1 innings. His four earned runs are the second most he has allowed in a game in his professional career.
Steve Delabar entered the game needing to get one out to keep the Wizards within one but could not get the job done, giving up two hits to score all three inherited runners before striking out the final batter. The right-hander came into the game with two hits allowed over his last five innings and his ERA dropped with the outing on Wednesday. Four of the six runners Delabar inherited during the 2007 season with Fort Wayne came around to score.
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