Blanks barrage; Headley coming on

Josh Geer was hit hard on Wednesday and the Portland offense was absent. Kyle Blanks opens and ends the scoring for San Antonio. The Lake Elsinore offense is silent in a shutout. Felix Carrasco is hitting the extras but is also striking out a lot.

Portland (16-15) lost 7-1 to Omaha (Royals)

Josh Geer's first-pitch in the fifth inning went out of the park, as the right-hander surrendered his sixth bomb of the season. He allowed nine homers over 177.1 innings a season ago. Geer allowed six runs, all earned, on seven hits and a season-high four walks over six innings in the loss, dropping to 2-3 on the season. It is the second time this year he has given up six or more runs while holding the opposition to one earned run or less four times.

Chase Headley had two of Portland's four hits and its only RBI with a double to score a run in the eighth. It was his 10th two-bagger of the year, and pushed his average up to .275 for the season. After netting five multi-hit games over his first 22 contests, the left fielder has five over his last eight. He is 14-for-34 with five walks and seven runs scored over that span, raising his average 54 points.

Nick Hundley went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. The catcher has just three hits in his last 37 at-bats, a .108 average, dropping his season average from .310 to .203. Five of his six extra base hits have come with the bases empty so far on the year, and he has one hit in 15 at-bats against left-handed pitchers. Hundley has, however, thrown nine of the 19 base runners attempting to steal on him this season.

San Antonio (15-17) won 4-3 over Midland (A's) in 12 innings

Kyle Blanks scored the winning run in the bottom of the 12th on a fielding error after collecting his second hit, a two-out single. Blanks also opened the scoring with a solo homer – his second - in the sixth inning. It was his second straight multi-hit game and his sixth such game over the last eight. The first baseman has 23 hits over his last 66 at-bats, a .348 average. Blanks did, however, ground into his seventh double play of the year.

Matt Buschmann tossed 91 pitches in a no-decision, giving up one run on four hits and two walks while striking out a season-high eight. He struck out eight or more six times a season ago. The only blow – a solo homer in the third. He has surrendered six bombs over seven starts and four over his last two outings. He yielded nine bombs over 149.1 innings all of last year. Buschmann has yielded two earned runs or less in four of his seven starts.

Gabe DeHoyos worked three extra-innings of scoreless relief to pick up his first win of the year. He allowed a pair of hits and a walk while striking out five. The right-hander has not allowed an earned run over his last 10.2 innings, striking out 14 over that span while allowing five hits. He has kept left-handed hitters to a .143 average on the year while giving up runs in five of his 13 appearances.

Lake Elsinore (17-16) lost 6-0 San Jose (Giants)

Cedric Hunter reached base three times in four trips, collecting two singles and a walk out of the leadoff spot. Hunter has 14 multi-hit games over 30 games to begin the year and has reached base at least three times in 11 contests. He is sporting a .405 on-base percentage and has 17 walk compared to 13 strikeouts, whiffing more than once in a game on just one occasion. He is hitting .364 across five games out of the leadoff spot.

Cory Luebke dropped to 1-2 on the year after allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out three in 5.2 innings. The left-hander has surrendered four runs or more in three straight starts and four of seven overall. He has given up more hits than innings pitched in all but one of his starts and the opposition has a .331 average off him while hitting .354 with runners in scoring position.

Richie Daigle worked an inning and a third, giving up one run on two hits. He did, however, strand two inherited runners in the sixth inning and all of his outs came via groundouts. Daigle has stranded all six runners he has inherited this season. The right-hander has, however, given up runs in three straight games, allowing eight runs over his last 4.1 innings on 10 hits and two walks. Overall, Daigle ahs given up runs in nine of his 16 appearances.

Fort Wayne (14-18) lost 7-4 to Burlington (Royals)

Felix Carrasco collected two extra base hits in four at-bats, hitting his fifth homer of the year – a solo shot – and adding a double. All of his dingers have come over his last 13 games. It was his fifth multi-hit game of the year and second with multiple extra base hits. Carrasco has collected an RBI in four straight games and five of the last six. He has fanned 39 times in 86 at-bats, including once on Wednesday.

Lance Zawadzki went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs. The RBIs on Wednesday matched his total over the previous 12 games. Zawadzki has reached base eight times over his last four games with six hits and a pair of walks. The infielder improved his day game average to .271 across 13 contest while his night time average is just .193 in 15 games. Zawadzki is also batting .291 at home and just .160 on the road.

Jeremy McBryde tossed bullets over three innings of relief, giving up one hit, walking one and striking out four. The right-hander has struck out more batters than innings pitched in five of his eight outings and has 32 strikeouts over 24 frames. He has posted a 3.97 ERA in four relief appearances while holding a 7.82 ERA across four starts.

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