After giving up six runs in his last outing, Wade LeBlanc surrendered a single run in a winning effort over five innings, yielding three hits, walking three and hitting a batter. LeBlanc allowed three hits or less 10 times a year ago across two leagues. The southpaw has held left-handed batters to a .167 average on the year, and 63.5 percent of the 244 pitches he has tossed this year have gone for strikes. LeBlanc also went 1-for-3 at the dish with an RBI and picked off a runner at second base.
Chase Headley had two hits – both doubles – in five at-bats while adding an RBI. He extended his hitting streak to six games in the process, netting his third multi-hit game over that span. Since opening the year with five hits in his first 27 at-bats, Headley has gone nine of his last 27 with four extra base hits with five runs scored. Headley has played every game in left field and does not have an error.
Enrique Gonzalez made his first appearance since being sent down by the Padres, allowing two hits and walking two while striking out five. The right-hander fanned the side around a double and a walk in the sixth. Gonzalez allowed four runs on four hits and two walks over four appearances that spanned 3.1 innings for San Diego. He had posted a 5.27 ERA this spring over 11 appearances and 13.2 innings to win a spot in the bullpen but has since been replaced by Kevin Cameron.
San Antonio (8-6) won 3-0 over Midland (A's)
Steve Garrison extended his scoreless streak to 12 innings after posting five innings of zeroes on Friday as part of a combined shutout – the Missions second of the season. The left-hander walked three and surrendered two hits while fanning four. Through 17 innings, Garrison has posted a 0.82 WHIP and while he has five over his last 12, he has yielded just two hits over that same span. Garrison has also yielded just two hits in 23 at-bats with runners on base.
Neil Jamison worked two scoreless innings – part of three relievers to work the final four innings to preserve the shutout. He allowed two hits and walked one, stretching his own scoreless streak to 6.1 innings. Jamison has given up a single run over 11.1 innings to begin the year. The right-hander has given up one hit in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position and of the 10 hits he has yielded, only one has gone for extra bases.
Jose Lobaton went 3-for-3 and was in on two of the three San Antonio runs, knocking in one and scoring another. He also added a double, his first of the season. It was his second three-hit game of the year but first since opening day. He had gone 4-for-27 in the span between games with just a single run scored. The catcher is, however, hitting .429 with runners in scoring position.
Lake Elsinore (8-8) lost 5-4 to Modesto (Rockies)
Brooks Dunn was lifted after 3.1 innings with five runs already in. The left-hander allowed six hits and walked five while striking out three. It is the second time in three starts that he has walked five in a game. Coming into the year, Dunn had never walked more than two in any contest. In fact, he issued a free pass to just nine batters in 51.1 innings last year for Lake Elsinore. He has given up 25 hits in 15 innings this season.
Mike DeMark stopped the bleeding, preventing an inherited runner from scoring and went on to pitch 2.2 scoreless frames, giving up a single hit and striking out five. DeMark has held all but one of the four inherited runners from scoring this year. He came into the game having allowed runs in three straight games and has given up a run in four of his eight appearances. DeMark has also fanned 16 in 11 frames and has issued a single hit with runners in scoring position.
Jesus Lopez collected his third multi-hit game in the last four, going 2-for-3 with a double – his fourth – and a run scored. He was, however, lifted for a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. The shortstop has struck out just five times in 51 at-bats with season, with two of those coming on Thursday. Lopez has five multi-hit games on the year over 13 games and has been on base in six of the last seven.
Sam Carter, who struck out swinging in each of his three at-bats, was ejected in the seventh inning.
Fort Wayne (5-10) won 7-2 over Quad Cities (Cardinals)
Felix Carrasco cracked a three-run homer in the eighth and added an RBI single to give him four RBIs on the day while scoring twice. After collecting five hits in his first eight at-bats, the first baseman went 3-for-31 over his next nine games heading into Friday's contest. He had struck out 18 times over that span and Friday was the first time since April 6 that he did not strike out. He has fanned in 46.5 percent of his at-bats.
Matt Teague picked up the win to even his record at 1-1, working five innings and allowing a single run on four hits and two walks while striking out one. The one run came on a solo homer, as Teague registered 11 ground ball outs in the game. Teague has allowed three homers on the year and all have been solo shots. The left-hander had walked a single batter in his first three outings before issuing two on Friday. Left-handed hitters are hitting .462 off him early in the year.
Justin Baum reached base three times and came around to score each time, going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks. Despite a .222 average on the year, Baum has been on base in each of his 11 games to start the season, posting a .356 on-base percentage with eight hits and eight walks. He has drawn five walks in his last three games. Baum did, however, commit his second error of the year.
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