Brian Myrow's two-out double in the eighth broke up Salt Lake bid for a no-hitter and also prevented a shutout, driving in Chase Headley who walked. He extended his hitting streak to nine games with the two-bagger and has four doubles over his last three games. Myrow is 16-for-35 during the streak with all five of his doubles, a triple, and a homer. He has an RBI in five straight games and seven over his last seven.
Arturo Lopez lasted just 3.2 innings, pummeled for seven runs on seven hits and four walks in his third straight losing effort. The left-hander has given up 15 runs on 13 hits and 10 walks over his last 6.1 innings, spanning two starts, as his ERA has climbed to 13.14. He surrendered his fourth homer of the year on Saturday – more than he allowed all of last season with San Antonio (3).
Luke Carlin hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning – one of three hits on the night for the Beavers. Carlin also drew a free pass, giving him a walk in each of the six games he has played. He did, however, commit his second error of the year, although it did not lead to any unearned runs. Carlin's two homers on the year represent 22.2 percent of his career total of nine over seven minor league seasons. He did hit four bombs in Portland in 2006 but his second dinger that year came on June 27.
San Antonio (8-7) lost 6-1 to Midland (A's)
The doors of a 1-1 tie in the top of the ninth were blown open, as Gabe DeHoyos was tagged for five runs, four earned, on five hits and a pair of walks. DeHoyos also tossed two wild pitches during a two-inning stint that saw him take the loss. The right-hander has allowed runs in three of his six appearances, giving up multiple runs each time. He has allowed 10 runs this year in 8.2 innings. A season ago, DeHoyos allowed 11 runs over 29 appearances and 55 innings in the Texas League.
Mike Ekstrom gave up one run on three hits and three walks over five innings, striking out three and uncorking a wild pitch. The right-hander has not worked exactly five innings in all of his four starts, allowing two runs or less over his last three. He has reached the 75-pitch plateau in each of his outings, tossing 81 on Saturday. Ekstrom has walked eight in 20 innings – his three walks were a season-high; he walked three or more in seven games a season ago.
Peter Ciofrone went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored before leaving the game in the sixth for a pinch-hitter, snapping him out of a 4-for-27 funk. It was just the second multi-hit game of the year for the outfielder but did give him a run scored in four of his last five games. In 42 at-bats to begin the year, Ciofrone has fanned just three times. He struck out once every 6.9 at-bats a season ago across two leagues.
Lake Elsinore (8-9) lost 5-2 Modesto (Rockies)
Corey Kluber surrendered four runs, three earned, on seven hits and five walks over five frames, striking out four. Kluber had walked just three in his first three starts of the season and had never walked more than three in any game, issuing a free pass to 15 in his professional debut. The right-hander has allowed four runs or more in three of his four starts to begin the season and has yet to make it past the fifth inning.
Richie Daigle pitched two scoreless innings, yielding two hits and getting six ground ball outs. The right-hander leads all minor leaguers in appearances this season with 10. He has allowed runs in five of his outings, giving up more than one just once. Despite not pitching more than two frames in any outing, he has faced base runners in every single outing, and he has only one outing where he did not issue a base hit.
Eric Sogard's bunt single to open the ninth inning extended his hitting streak to nine games. He also scored the first Storm run on a balk. Sogard also drew two walks in the game, giving him 16 walks to six strikeouts through 17 games. He has reached base via a free pass nine times over his last five games and during his nine-game streak is 13-for-32 with 11 walks – a .558 on-base percentage. He has also scored 11 runs during the streak.
Fort Wayne (5-11) lost 10-9 to Quad Cities (Cardinals)
After going 0-for-1 with a pair of walks in his season debut, Danny Payne collected two of Fort Wayne's eight extra base hits, doubling twice in five at-bats while scoring a run. Payne went 0-for-7 in two late season games for the Wizards a year ago after hitting .279 with the Eugene Emeralds over 54 games. The outfielder had only one game last year where he collected multiple extra base hits – on August 7 when he tripled twice.
Justin Baum went 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, two runs scored and three RBIs. The third baseman came into the contest with two RBIs over his first 11 games while netting just a single extra base hit over that same span. Baum has, however, been on base 10 times in his last five games with five walks and five hits. He has also scored five times in the last two and has scored 12 runs this season.
Tyler Davis took his first blown save of the year and the loss after surrendering two runs on two hits in one-third of an inning. Coming in with two outs in the ninth and two inherited runners on, still clinging to an 8-6 lead, Davis served up back-to-back homers – two of five bombs hit on the day by Quad Cities. The right-hander had not allowed a run over his first five appearances, spanning three innings, and came into the game with 5-of-7 inherited runners stranded. Left-handed hitters are hitting .500 off him early in the year.
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