Estes brilliant; Chang caps off night

Shawn Estes was brilliant over seven innings and Brian Myrow and Luke Carlin provided the offense. Ray Chang has a night of perfection and scores the game-winner. Sam Carter has an impressive streak working, but he was the only offense. Justin Baum has been a scoring machine while Ali Solis has an eventful night.

Portland (13-13) won 6-1 over New Orleans (Mets)

While both of his RBIs on Friday came without the benefit of a hit, that was not the case on Saturday. Brian Myrow put the Beavers up early, hitting a three-run homer in the first inning – a blast that turned out to be all the team needed. He ended up going 2-for-4 with two runs scored to go with his three RBIs. Myrow is hitting .341 with runners on base this season and is sporting a .443 on-base percentage overall.

Shawn Estes was charged with an unearned run on four hits and a walk while striking out four across a season-high seven innings to move to 4-2 on the year. The left-hander tossed 103 pitches, including 61 strikes. Estes has given up two runs or less in four of his six starts and has allowed two earned runs over his last 12 innings. He has allowed six hits in 30 at-bats to left-handed hitters this season.

Luke Carlin doubled in a run in the opening frame and singled in a second run in the third. Carlin was, however, thrown out trying to go to first to third on a single. Carlin has been on base in 10 straight games to open the year and has reached base at least twice in eight of those contests. The backstop has an RBI in three straight and in five of the last six. Saturday was the first game he did not draw a walk, but his on-base percentage sits at .581 for the season.

San Antonio (13-15) won 4-3 over Frisco (Rangers)

Ray Chang had a perfect night, going 3-for-3 with a double but it was his walk in the ninth that turned out to be the game-winner when he scored on a sacrifice fly. Change scored twice on the day and has touched home four times in his last three games. Since a 0-for-10 slump, he is 5-for-10 with two doubles and three walks. Five of Chang's 11 hits have gone for extra bases and he sports a .396 on-base percentage.

Neil Jamison evened his record at 1-1 with an inning of scoreless ball, benefiting from the two runs the Missions scored in the top of the ninth. He struck out one while retiring all three batters he faced. Jamison has allowed runs in four of his 14 outings this season and has walked just one batter over his last six games. Left-handed hitters have been held to a .130 average against off the righty.

Edwin Moreno picked up his seventh save of the year by putting down the side in order on three groundouts in the ninth. It is the sixth time in 12 appearances that he has faced the minimum during his outing and the right-hander has allowed just 11 hits in 18 frames. Moreno has held right-handers to seven hits over 40 at-bats, a .175 average. He has allowed two runs over his last 12 innings.

Lake Elsinore (16-14) lost 3-1 to High Desert (Mariners)

The Storm collected eight hits on Saturday but only one mattered in the scoring, Sam Carter's solo homer in the fourth. It was his only hit in five at-bats but his fourth bomb of the season to give him a team-leading 24 RBIs. Carter has reached base safely in 12 straight games. While he has just one multi-hit game over that span, the outfielder has scored a run in all 12 of those games, touching home 14 times over that span. He has scored a run in 16 of his last 17 games.

Nathan Culp took his first loss of the year, getting charged with three runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks over 6.2 innings while striking out six. Four of the five hits he allowed went for extra bases, including a homer. The left-hander has given up four bombs over his last three games. Eight of his first 40 hits allowed had gone for extra bases.

Mike DeMark worked to the minimum over an inning and a third, stranding an inherited runner in the process and striking out one. The right-hander has stranded five of the last six runners he has inherited. DeMark has not allowed a run over his last 6.1 innings, giving up just two hits over that span and striking out 10. He has held right-handed hitters to a .121 average through 33 at-bats.

Fort Wayne (13-15) won 10-9 over Cedar Rapids (Angels)

Ali Solis had an eventful night. After failing to throw out six straight base runners stealing over the first three innings with Jeremy McBryde on the hill while also tossing the ball away twice, Solis snared the next four to attempt a stolen base. He also added a double that plated two in the seventh inning, helping to fuel a comeback. Solis did have two passed balls and was the cause of two unearned runs. The backstop ended the night 2-for-3 with a pair of walks.

Shane Buschini had a hit in four of his five at-bats, drilling two doubles, scoring a run and plating three – his first RBIs of the season. His previous high for hits came on August 18. 2007 when he had three for the AZL Padres. Buschini has a hit in each of his four games and three doubles over his last two. It was the first time in his career that he has netted multiple extra base hits in a game.

Justin Baum had just three walks over his last 10 games but matched that number on Saturday while also adding a single in two at-bats. The third baseman also scored three times, giving him eight runs scored over his last three games. He also added an RBI to up his total to 12 for the year. He has scored two runs or more in eight of his 24 contests and he is leading the Midwest League with 25 runs scored, pending the night's action.

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