San Antonio (7-6) won 7-6 over Midland (A's) in 14 innings
Wilton Lopez recorded one out in the fifth but would not record another, as the next four batters in the sixth reached base via two hits and two walks. All would score, tying up the game at 6-6 and eventually sending the game into extra frames. It is the second time in three games that he has allowed four runs in a relief appearance, as the right-hander has allowed eight runs on eight hits and three walks over his last three innings. Lopez has allowed runs in four of his seven outings. Lopez walked just three in 44 appearances across two leagues last year.
Josh Alley matched his homer total from a year ago with his fourth inning two-run homer – his first of the year. He also drew a bases loaded walk in the second to plate a run, giving him three RBIs on the day. But it was his single in the 14th inning and stolen base that led to the winning run. He walked twice on the day has six walks to one strikeout through seven games. Alley fanned 37 times while walking 36 times a year ago across two leagues.
After seeing his seven-game hitting streak come to an end on Wednesday, Marshall McDougall played a pivotal role in the win. His line drive single to left plated Alley to win the ball game – one of three hits on the day. He scored twice – including a theft of home plate as part of a double steal. McDougall had stolen three bases all of last year in five attempts across 139 games and two leagues.
Missions manager Bill Masse was ejected by umpire Brian Sinclair in the sixth inning.
Lake Elsinore (8-7) lost 11-10 to Modesto (Rockies) in 12 innings
Rayner Contreras made his season debut for the Storm after missing the first part of the season due to injury. He went 1-for-6 with an RBI and three strikeouts. The infielder played in 73 games for Fort Wayne last year, seeing his season end prematurely. He hit .276 with 21 extra base hits and 37 RBIs for the Wizards while committing 31 errors in the field.
After driving in three runs on Wednesday, Sam Carter upped the ante with a four-RBI game on Thursday. His ninth inning homer – a two-run shot – tied the game and sent the game into extra innings. It was his second bomb in as many games and gave him seven RBIs over his last two contests – more than he had in his previous 10 games. Carter also netted his fifth straight multi-hit game, setting a person high for successive multi-hit games. He extended his hitting streak to seven games and has 10 RBIs in the last five games.
Eric Sogard hit his minor league leading ninth double on Thursday while reaching base four times with a pair of hits and two walks. Sogard also scored three runs. He is in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak and 12-game on base streak. Sogard has seven multi-hit games in 15 contests and has been on base at least twice in 11 of those games. The second baseman has drawn 13 walks compared to five strikeouts this season. He did, however, commit his first two errors of the season – and his second led to an unearned run in the 12th and eventual loss.
Modesto had scored a league-worst 41 runs coming into the game and their .219 average coming into the contest was also the lowest mark in the California League.
Fort Wayne (4-10) had a scheduled day off
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