Chase Headley had his first three-hit game of the year, a feat he accomplished or topped 10 times a season ago. It was, however, his sixth multi-hit game of the season. The outfielder hit a pair of doubles and added a single while scoring once and knocking in one. Eight of his last 12 hits have gone for extra bases. Headley came into the game with five hits in his previous 32 at-bats.
Marshall McDougall, moved to shortstop with the loss of Luis Rodriguez to the disabled list and Oscar Robles being claimed by Philadelphia, committed his first error of the year in 20 games across two leagues, although it did not lead to an unearned run. At the dish, the infielder went 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs. It was his second three-hit game but first with Portland. He had not collected more than one hit in any of his previous nine games. His two RBIs were his first in the Pacific Coast League since Opening Day.
Wade LeBlanc was pounded for six runs in the first inning on two three-run homers and went on to allow eight runs - all earned - on 10 hits and three walks over three innings to even his record at 2-2. Over his last 6.1 innings, the left-hander has given up 15 runs on 20 hits and eight walks. He has given up six earned runs or more three times this year after never having allowed more than four earned runs in any start during his minor league career. He has given up 10 hits in successive outings after holding the opposition to less than double-digits in his career. He also failed to strikeout a batter for the first time in a start since entering the professional ranks.
"He looks tentative out there right now with his command and location were off and he wasn't pitching with confidence," Beavers manager Randy Ready said. "If he's tentative, he's not going to survive. If he's just going through a spell with his command he'll be ok because there is no question that he has had success.
San Antonio (12-13) lost 6-4 to Frisco (Rangers) in 10 innings
Craig Cooper collected four singles in as many at-bats, drew a walk, and scored a run to complete his night of perfection. The outfielder has a hit in seven of his last eight at-bats and nine of his last 12. He has three straight multi-hit games and eight on the year. While he has collected 27 hits, just six have gone for extra bases, including just two of his last 17.
Will Inman retired the first 14 batters he faced before giving up a triple in the fifth. It was he only hit the lefty allowed going into the seventh, but Inman would give up a walk, two hits and a hit batter before recording his first out of the inning. He ended up getting charged with a season high four earned runs on three hits, a walk, and two hit batsmen over 6.2 innings. Inman has held the opposition to three hits or less in three of his six starts.
After working a scoreless ninth to push the game into extra innings, Edwin Moreno gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in his next frame to take the loss – his first of the year. The right-hander had allowed two runs, one earned, over his first 15 innings this season and had given up a single hit over his previous nine innings. He has worked multiple innings six times this year, giving up runs in two of those games.
Lake Elsinore (15-12) won 8-7 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)
After managing just one hit over their first seven innings and still sporting a 3-0 lead, the Storm hitters cranked out three more hits in the eighth, including a Javis Diaz triple, to plate five runs. Lake Elsinore came into the game leading the California League in walks by a margin of 10 and added 11 more walks to that total on Wednesday. The Storm also lead the circuit in runs scored with (178) and hits with (278). The bullpen allowed seven runs over the last two innings but held on for the win.
Corey Kluber worked five scoreless innings to pick up his first California League win. He yielded three hits and walked two while striking out a pair. It was the second time in six starts he has allowed one run or less. He came into the contest with 15 runs allowed over his previous 15 innings of work. His pitching effort on Wednesday dropped his ERA from 7.03 to 5.83. Kluber has walked 12 over his last four starts.
Rayner Contreras came up to bat four times but did not officially record an at-bat. The infielder drew four walks, including one with the bases loaded to net an RBI. He also scored a run. Contreras had just three walks over his first 10 games – topping that mark in a single day. The third baseman has reached base safely in 10 of his games played and is sporting a .476 on-base percentage.
Fort Wayne (11-15) won 11-5 over Kane County (A's)
Justin Baum belted two doubles as part of a 3-for-5 afternoon while also adding an RBI and three runs scored. It is the first time this year he has netted a pair of doubles in a game and pushed his total to five for the season but the second time he managed to collect a pair of extra base hits in a contest. Baum has scored multiple runs in six games, although this was his first three-hit game of the season.
Andrew Parrino reached base four times with three hits and a walk. He hit a solo homer in the sixth - his third of the season - and scored three runs. The infielder has a hit in five straight games, going 8-for-14 with five walks over that span. It is the second time this year that Parrino has scored three runs in a game. He is sporting a .400 average with runners in scoring position.
Wynn Pelzer worked four innings and allowed two runs on four hits, a hit batsman and two walks while fanning four. The right-hander has allowed four earned runs over his last four outings, lowering his ERA from 11.81 to 5.12. He is holding right-handed hitters to a .195 average on the season while lefties are swatting .328 off him. Just five of the 21 hits he has allowed have gone for extra bases and the opposition is hitting .214 off him with runners in scoring position.
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