Josh Geer allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk over 5.1 innings, taking his second loss of the year. Three of the hits he yielded went for extra bases, including one home run. The right-hander has surrendered four homers through four starts this season after allowing nine over 27 starts a season ago. Geer did not lose his second game until June 20 last season, and the opposition is hitting .400 off him with runners in scoring position.
Mauro Zarate stranded one inherited runner but allowed two runs of his own in an inning and two-thirds. He allowed three hits, including a two-run homer, and struck out a pair. The right-hander has given up runs in three of his last four outings, surrendering six runs on eight hits across his last 4.2 innings. Zarate has also given up three homers over his last four appearances – all coming to right-handed hitters. Zarate gabe up five bombs over 56 games across three minor league stops a season ago.
Jared Wells pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out one in his fifth non-save appearance of the season. The right-hander has only had one save situation so far on the year, converting that chance. Since allowing three runs in his first outing of the season, Wells has given up a single run on one hit while walking two over his last 5.2 innings. Right-handed hitters have just one hit off him so far this season.
San Antonio (9-7) won 5-4 over Midland (A's)
For the first time this year, an earned run scored upon Will Inman – in fact, three did. He worked 6.1 innings – his longest outing of the season – giving up a run in the first and two in the seventh, and allowed five hits and two walks while striking out four. While Inman has allowed just 14 hits in 20 innings, the right-hander has issued a free pass to 11 men. He has, however, surrendered just three hits in 20 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
The Missions turned Kyle Blanks loose in the ninth. With a 3-0 count and two runners in scoring position, Blanks took a fastball out over the plate and sent it the other way, plating both runners and giving San Antonio the win. He had three hits on the night, including the double that ended it. It was the second three-hit night of the year for Blanks and fourth multi-hit game in 15 overall. He has plated a run in three straight and he struck out for the first time in 11 games.
"It was a good time to swing," Blanks said. "He needed to throw a strike."
Brett Dowdy's ninth inning line drive single started the rally while also extended his hitting streak to 14 games dating back to last season. Dowdy, who came off the disabled list on Sunday, had been out since Opening Day where he hit a solo homer in four at-bats. He drew a walk and scored twice. Dowdy is 19-for-53, a .358 average, over the life of the streak with four homers, 10 RBIs and nine runs scored.
Lake Elsinore (9-9) won 9-4 over Modesto (Rockies)
Eric Sogard collected four singles in five at-bats and drove in four runs – all coming with two outs – while pushing his average up to .420 for the year. Singles in the second, sixth, and seventh drove in runs. Sogard did get picked off first base in the first inning. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games and is 17-for-37 over the streak with eight RBIs and 11 runs scored. He has four games with three or more hits and eight multi-hit games over 18 overall. With 16 walks, Sogard has a .529 on-base percentage.
Jodam Rivera reached base four times with three hits, including a double, and a walk. The infielder also scored two runs. Rivera, playing shortstop, did commit his first error of the year, although it did not lead to an unearned run. Rivera has hits in four of the nine games he has played in and three of those have been multi-hit affairs. The switch-hitter's double was his first of the year.
Cory Luebke evened his record at 1-1 after tossing 5.2 innings of two-run ball. The left-hander allowed eight hits, walked two and struck out seven. Since giving up 14 runs over his first seven innings, Luebke has given up two over his last 10.2. He has allowed eight hits or more in two of his last three starts; he yielded eight hits or more in just two of his 15 outings a year ago. Right-handed hitters are hitting .383 off him this year with a .463 on-base percentage.
Fort Wayne (6-11) won 13-6 over Quad Cities (Cardinals)
Felix Carrasco belted two homer runs – a two-run blast in the third, and a solo shot in the sixth – and finished the game with four RBIs thanks to a sacrifice fly. He has hit three homers on the young season and leads the team with 15 RBIs. It was his third straight multi-hit game, and the first baseman is 6-for-13 with three homers, 10 RBIs and five runs scored over that span. He did not hit a home run all of last year. Carrasco did commit his third error of the year and fanned for the 23rd time in 52 at-bats.
Kellen Kulbacki had three hits in five at-bats and all went for extra bases. He doubled twice and smacked a three-run homer in the first inning. Kulbacki entered the game with a single extra base hit and a single RBI. The outfielder also entered the game with four hits in his first 33 at-bats, a .152 average. Kulbacki was caught stealing in his first attempt of the year. A left-handed hitter, Kulbacki has feasted on southpaws, collecting all of his extra base hits off them while hitting .120 against righties.
Lance Zawadzki committed two of the Wizards six errors but contributed to the offensive barrage by going 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a three-run homer with two outs in the fifth. It was his first multi-hit game since opening the season with two straight such affairs. Since then, he had been 7-for-46 – a .152 average. He does have seven RBIs over his last five games. Zawadzki, playing shortstop, now has six errors on the year – three at second base and three coming at short.
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