Stansberry, Chalk key to wins

Craig Stansberry did it all on Monday, including scoring the winning run to close out the ball game. Craig Cooper hit a homer in the first and committed a crucial error in the tenth. Brad Chalk is a hero, despite not recording a hit while Wynn Pelzer proves dominant.

Portland (15-13) won 5-4 over New Orleans (Mets) in 12 innings

Craig Stansberry reached base four times and scored the winning run on a Jody Gerut single with one out in the 12th. The infielder drew two walks, doubled, and homered while scoring three runs for the Beavers. Stansberry has homered in two of his last four games and has an RBI in four straight, plating six over that span. He has seven hits in his last 15 at-bats with four going for extra bases.

Wade LeBlanc allowed four runs on four hits and a walk over six innings, giving up a homer and striking out five. All four hits he allowed went for extra bases and the homer was his sixth yielded in as many starts. The left-hander had given up 14 homers over his first 203 professional innings coming into the year. LeBlanc has given up four hits or fewer in three of his starts.

The bullpen tossed six innings of scoreless relief with Dirk Hayhurst cruising through two innings. The right-hander faced the minimum and struck out three in support of LeBlanc. It is the first time this season he has put down each man he faced, but he has given up just one run over his last 12 innings of work. Hayhurst has also struck out 27 in 20.2 innings to begin the year while issuing just four walks.

San Antonio (14-16) lost 3-2 to Corpus Christi (Astros) in 10 innings

Craig Cooper hit his second homer of the season as the second hitter of the game but would go silent until the 10th when his defensive error led to an unearned run and the end of the game. He was 1-for-5 on the day with two strikeouts and the error came while he was playing first base for the first time in a week. He has 17 hits in his last 41 at-bats with 12 of his 14 RBIs coming over that span.

Will Inman allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out a season-high eight over six innings. It is the fifth time in seven starts that he has given up two earned runs or less. He has held right-handed hitters to a .184 average on the year and has allowed just one homer over his first 38.1 innings. He has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .111 average over 36 at-bats.

Gabe DeHoyos was charged with the loss – on the hook for an unearned run on a walk and a hit while striking out two in an inning and two-thirds. The right-hander has not surrendered an earned run over his last 7.2 innings. He has allowed runs in five of his 12 appearances – giving up multiple runs on four occasions. While he has held lefties to a .148 average, righties are swatting .340 off him.

Lake Elsinore (17-14) had a scheduled day off

Fort Wayne (14-16) won 4-3 over Burlington (Royals)

Brad Chalk accounted for two of the Wizards four runs without the benefit of a hit. Fort Wayne capitalized on five Burlington errors and Chalk drove in one with a ground out and scored the eventual winning run after striking out and reaching first on a passed ball. Chalk also stole a bag – his fourth in as many chances this year – and was credited with an outfield assist gunning down a runner that tried to stretch a single into a double. It was his third outfield assist on the year.

Wynn Pelzer moved to 2-1 on the year with three innings of scoreless relief. The right-hander retired all nine batters he faced, striking out one. Pelzer has given up four earned runs over his last 17 innings of work, lowering his ERA from 11.81 to 4.43. Monday marked the first time he has not walked a batter in one of his outings. He has held right-handers to eight hits in 45 at-bats, a .178 average.

Robert Woodard matched a season-high with six innings of work, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits. Three of the hits went for extra bases, including a homer. Fifteen of the 28 hits Woodard has surrendered have gone for multiple bags. The right-hander has held the opposition to a .214 on-base percentage to the leadoff hitter of an inning, and right-handed hitters are batting just .182.

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