Enrique Gonzalez fought through deep counts for most of the night, tossing 87 pitches and 46 strikes in just four innings. He allowed three runs on three hits and four walks while striking out a pair. Two of the hits went for extra with one leaving the park. The right-hander is averaging more than 20 pitches per inning pitched over 11 frames this season in Portland. Gonzalez walked three or more in nine of his 27 starts a year ago for Tucson.
Jared Wells picked up his first win of the year in a game that saw him pitch two innings for the first time in 2008. The right-hander did not allow a hit and struck out two. Wells has allowed two runs over his last 10.2 innings of work. It is the fifth time in 10 appearances that the Texas native has not allowed a baserunner. Wells has given up just one hit in 10 at-bats to the leadoff hitter of an inning.
Matt Antonelli went 0-for-4 with a walk. While nine of his 16 hits have gone for extra bases, the second baseman saw his average drop to .188 for the season. Antonelli has just four hits in the last 34 at-bats, a .118 average. He does have a .327 on-base percentage thanks to 16 walks in 21 games. He has just one hit in 25 at-bats when is behind in the count.
San Antonio (12-14) lost 12-10 to Frisco (Rangers)
The Missions battled back from 10 runs back to close within two and had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth with one out but would not come any closer. Craig Cooper cleared the bases with a triple in the ninth and ended the night with five RBIs. The outfielder came into the contest with six RBIs over his first 21 games. Cooper had three hits in the game and now has collected four straight multi-hit games during which he has gone 12-for-17. He has 10 multi-hit games in 22 games this year.
Stephen Faris threw 54 pitches – with just 25 going for strikes in an inning-plus to open the game. He worked to six batters in the second frame and every one of them reached base. Faris was charged with nine runs on five hits and six walks while also tossing a wild pitch and seeing two runners successfully steal second base off him. the right-hander had surrendered two runs over his first 12 innings of work. Both the nine runs allowed and six walks issued set new career-highs.
Chad Huffman collected four hits, including a double, in five at-bats while scoring three runs and knocking in a pair. It is his second four-hit game in his last five, although the outfielder had gone 1-for-12 between the contests. Huffman had four games with four or more hits a season ago and has nine multi-hit games through his first 25 this season. He has reached base safely in 11 straight.
Lake Elsinore (15-13) lost 8-7 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)
Cory Luebke worked six innings in a no-decision, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out six. While he induced 10 groundball outs, he also yielded four extra base hits and tossed a wild pitch. Just seven of the 35 hits he had surrendered this season went for extras coming into the game. Thursday was the first time he has worked through six innings this season.
Mitch Canham cleared the bases with a third inning double – his first hit in four at-bats with the bases juiced this season. He also added a ninth inning single to score a fourth and reached base four times on the day with a pair of walks. It is the third time this year he has collected three or more RBIs in a game. Canham was 1-for-3 in catching runners attempting to steal on the day. He has thrown out 13-of-52 runners on the season and he has had more stolen base attempts against than any other catcher in the California League.
Jeremy Hunt went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and two-run single to give him three RBIs on the day. Hunt did, however, ground into a double play – the fourth time this year he has notched a rally killer. Hunt has collected five multi-hit games over his last six with four extra base hits in his last five. Hunt has six multi-RBI games on the year.
Fort Wayne (11-15) had a scheduled day off
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