Estes implodes; Hefner, Harrington shine

Shawn Estes was fine through five but imploded in the sixth. Greg Burke provides a solid outing but Kurt Isenberg can't hold the fort. Jose Lobaton, meanwhile, knocked in three but the Missions fell short. Jeremy Hefner and Allen Harrington complete another piggyback, as Andrew Parrino reaches base three times in a Fort Wayne win.

Portland (7-10) lost 9-4 to Salt Lake (Angels)

After allowing one run over his first five innings, Shawn Estes could not record an out in the sixth. He pitched to six batters and all of them reached base. During that six-batter span, Estes yielded a grand slam before hitting the next batter, giving up five of the seven hits he allowed on the day. He was charged with six runs, five earned, over five-plus while also committing an error and walking one. Estes has allowed four runs of the first five innings over five starts and nine runs in the sixth frame.

Dirk Hayhurst was called upon to limit the damage, and he did just that. The right-hander pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a single hit and stranding one inherited runner. Hayhurst has inherited six runners on the year, keeping all but two from scoring. He stranded nine of 13 inherited runners a season ago for San Antonio. It is the third time in the last four appearances that he has gone two or more innings and not surrendered a run.

Adam Bass allowed three runs on three hits and two walks while fanning two in an inning of work. The right-hander has allowed runs in three of his last four appearances, yielding 11 runs on 12 hits and three walks over 5.2 innings. He has given up three runs or more in those appearances; last year he allowed three runs or more in just one of his 19 outings, which included four starts. Six of the 12 hits he has surrendered this year have gone for extra bases.

San Antonio (9-8) lost 6-5 to Frisco (Rangers)

Greg Burke picked up the start in place of right-hander Stephen Faris. The right-hander did his job, working four innings and allowing one run on four hits while striking out four. The long reliever has given up two runs over his last 12 innings of work. Burke made nine starts for Lake Elsinore a season ago, going 2-2 with a 7.88 ERA. The right-hander has issued one walk over 15 innings to begin the season. He walked 14 in 120.2 innings for Fort Wayne in 2006 and 28 in 96.1 innings a season ago.

Jose Lobaton knocked in three runs on two singles to lead the San Antonio offense and was on deck when the game ended. The backstop has a modest four-game hitting streak with seven hits over his last 16 at-bats. He has knocked in a run in four straight games, plating seven over that span. Lobaton has thrown out only three of 16 runners attempting to steal off him, but did not have a chance to toss out any on Monday.

Despite throwing 76.4 percent of his pitches for strikes, Kurt Isenberg allowed five runs, three earned, on six hits over three innings while striking out five and tossing a wild pitch. The left-hander had allowed three earned runs over his first 8.1 innings of Texas League play. He entered the game having allowed one hit to left-handed hitters but they went 3-for-6 off him this day and all three hits went for extra bases.

The Missions loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning, looking to snare their second straight final at-bat comeback, but Craig Cooper struck out and Seth Johnston grounded out to end the game.

Lake Elsinore (9-9) had a scheduled day off

Fort Wayne (7-11) won 6-1 over Clinton (Rangers)

Jeremy Hefner worked five innings and allowed one run on five hits and a walk while striking out three to even his record at 2-2. It is the fourth time in five outings that he has surrendered one run or less. Hefner leads the Midwest League in strikeouts with 27, pending the night's action. Left-handed hitters have just four hits in 30 at-bats off the right-hander and he has yet to surrender a hit with runners in scoring position.

Allen Harrington picked up his third save of the season – and all have come in outings spanning four innings. The left-hander yielded three hits and struck out three over four scoreless frames. Harrington has tossed shutout ball in three of his five outings – all spanning four innings or more. He has walked just one batter over his last 13 innings while also keeping the leadoff man off the bases in all but four of his 20 innings of work.

Andrew Parrino went 1-for-2 while also drawing a walk and getting plunked by a pitch. He scored two runs and added his third stolen base of the year. It is the third time this year that he has scored multiple runs in a game and the fifth time he has reached base at least three times in a game. His three stolen bases are more than he had all of last year in 69 games for Eugene.

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