Josh Geer tossed 64 of his 101 pitches for strikes over six innings, giving up one run on seven hits and two walks while striking out five in a no-decision. The right-hander has given up one earned run or less in four of his six starts this season. Geer had surrendered five homers over his first five outings and 15 of the 35 hits he has allowed this year have gone for extra bases but he kept New Orleans in the park on Friday.
Clay Hensley worked a scoreless eighth, putting down the side in order on nine pitches. The right-hander has allowed one run in six innings across two leagues since beginning his rehab assignment but Friday marked the first time he worked through an outing without giving up a base runner. He has held right-handers to a .143 average since joining Portland.
Craig Stansberry delivered a pinch-hit two-run homer in the eighth inning – his second bomb of the season. The infielder, who has been the regular third baseman, had been mired in a 3-for-31 slump across his last 10 games and he had been without an extra base hit over his last 11. Stansberry has just two hits in 19 at-bats with runners in scoring position this year.
San Antonio (12-15) lost 14-10 to Frisco (Rangers)
Mike Baxter made his Double-A debut, going 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs. Both of his hits came with men aboard and netted RBIs. The outfielder had just four doubles in 24 games for the Storm and six extra base hits total, but he did have one other game with multiple extra base hits. Baxter hit .239 with Lake Elsinore while collecting 17 RBIs thanks to a .313 mark with runners in scoring position.
While his hitting streak dating back to last year ended at 22 games, Brett Dowdy has been on base in all 13 of his games this year and added three hits in five at-bats on Friday. He collected his first triple of the year, drove in two and scored three runs. Dowdy has scored a run in nine straight games, touching home 13 times over that span. He has scored multiple runs in four games and sports a .419 on-base percentage.
Five of the seven hits that right-hander Matt Buschmann surrendered went for extra bases, including three home runs. He was charged with six runs, five earned, on seven hits and a walk over five innings while fanning a half-dozen. Buschmann has surrendered multiple homers in a game twice previously but never more than two in any contest. He had given up just four extra base hits over his first five starts.
Lake Elsinore (16-13) won 2-1 over High Desert (Mariners)
Drew Miller was dominant over 6.1 innings, as a pair of doubles in the seventh scored the lone run in a winning effort that moved him to 2-1. The right-hander allowed five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out 11. It is the third time in his career that he has reached double-digit strikeout totals and he matched his career-high set on April 24, 2007 while with Fort Wayne. Miller has fanned 22 in his last 15 innings.
Mitch Canham's two-run double in the fourth inning stood throughout the contest, and the backstop collected two of the Storm's three hits. Canham has six RBIs over his last two games and the catcher has collected six of his nine extra base hits over his last nine games. In fact, six of his last 11 hits have gone for extra bases. Canham is hitting .333 with runners in scoring position.
John Madden came in with a man on second base and one out in the seventh and shut the door to keep the inherited runner from scoring – picking up his third hold of the year in two-thirds of an inning. Madden has kept the last seven runners he has inherited from scoring and has kept nine of the 11 from touching home this season. He has given up just four hits in 26 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Fort Wayne (12-15) won 7-5 over Cedar Rapids (Angels)
Angel Mercado put the Wizards on his back, going 4-for-5 with five RBIs. The designated hitter belted a two-run homer in the third inning and cleared the bases with a triple in the eighth – the eventual game-winner. Mercado had just six RBIs over his first 15 games with the club and Friday was his third multi-hit affair. He is hitting .333 with runners in scoring position and all three of his homers have come with runners on base.
Luis Martinez didn't figure into the scoring – batting behind Mercado – but did reach base four times with a pair of singles and two walks. He did, however, commit his third error of the season on a pickoff attempt and was 0-for-1 in his attempts to catch a base stealer. Despite a .375 on-base percentage, the backstop has scored just five runs in 19 games. Martinez has thrown out 6-of-25 base runners this season.
Jackson Quezada pitched to the minimum over two scoreless inning, striking out three to pick up the win. Since giving up four runs in his first two-thirds of an inning on five hits, Quezada has not allowed a run over his last 11 innings of work and has given up just two hits over that span. He has held right-handed hitters to three hits in 28 at-bats on the year.
Shortstop Lance Zawadzki and manager Doug Dascenzo were ejected in the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes.