"I didn't think we were as jumpy and some guys are starting to settle in at the box a little more," Beavers manager Randy Ready said of the team's progress offensively. "As soon as you can slow that down as a hitter, the better look you are going to have at it and you are going to start to square some balls up."
Jody Gerut belted two homers, a solo shot in the first and a three-run blast in the fifth to pace the Portland offense. It was his first multi-homer game since August 28, 2003 when he hit a pair as a rookie playing for the Cleveland Indians. Gerut has four multi0hit games over his last six games and has notched multiple extra base hits in a game three times through 18 games this year.
Chase Headley had one hit in three at-bats with a walk but that hit left the yard in the eighth and proved to be the game-winner. It was just his second homer of the year but five of his last seven hits have gone for extra bases. Headley has notched five RBIs in his last six games but is hitting just .226 on the year. The left fielder has fanned once every 3.5 at-bats this season for Portland and is hitting .192 with runners in scoring position.
Shawn Estes allowed two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out three over five innings of work to move to 3-2 on the year. The left-hander gave up a two-run homer in the first before settling in and has allowed three homers in his last four games. It is the third time in five starts he has held the opposition to two runs or less. His three walks matched his total across his previous 22.1 innings to begin the year.
San Antonio (12-11) lost 12-3 to Midland (A's)
Peter Ciofrone was in on two of the three Missions runs, going 3-for-4 and falling a homer shy of the cycle. He scored after a triple in the second and singled in a run in the eighth. It was just his third multi-hit game of the year but second time with at least three hits. It is the first time he has recorded multiple extra base hits in a game, but Ciofrone has collected four RBIs over his last four games.
Steve Garrison was pounded for seven runs on nine hits and three walks over three-plus innings. He worked to five batters in the fourth inning, all of whom reached base and scored. It was his worst outing since giving up eight runs over 3.2 innings in an August 11, 2006 start for West Virginia of the South Atlantic League. The left-hander had given up three runs over his first three starts in Double-A.
Ray Chang began the game as the second baseman and ended it on the mound. Chang pitched the eighth inning of the blowout, tossing a scoreless inning on one hit while striking out one. It was the first time in his career that the infielder took the mound. He also scored the final run in the top of the ninth on a wild pitch after collecting a single – his lone hit in four at-bats.
Lake Elsinore (13-12) lost 8-6 to Lancaster (Red Sox)
Ernesto Frieri took the loss after giving up three runs on three hits in an inning-plus of work. Two of the three hits went for extra bases and all three batters he faced in the seventh reached base safely, dropping the righty to 1-1 on the year. The right-hander had allowed one run over his last 13 innings of work coming into the game and had held the opposition to a .136 average with runners in scoring position before seeing Lancaster go 2-for-2 in those situations on Monday.
Nathan Culp worked through five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk while fanning three. All three runs scored on two homers given up by the left-hander. Culp had never surrendered more than one homer in a game during his minor league career and has given up four over his last four games. The southpaw has yielded more hits than innings pitched in every outing this season – with 40 hits allowed over 27.1 innings pitched.
Cedric Hunter reached base in four of his five plate appearances with a pair of walks, a single and a double. He also scored a run and drove in one. It was his third multi-hit game in the last four and 12th through 23 games on the year. It was also the tenth time this year he has reached base at least three times. Hunter has scored six times over his last five games. Despite 32 hits on the year, only five have gone for extra bases.
Fort Wayne (9-14) vs. Kane County (A's) postponed due to rain
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