Headley's magical six; Miller solid again

Chase Headley reached base six times on Thursday and capped off his night by scoring the game-winner. Steve Garrison was pulled early with a high pitch count and Lee Gwaltney was hammered in his debut. Drew Miller had another wonderful outing, but the pen would not hold. Three players collect multiple extra base hits – but it wasn't enough for Fort Wayne.

Portland (17-15) won 8-7 over Omaha (Royals)

Chase Headley reached base all six times he came to the plate on Thursday, going 5-for-5 with a walk. He collected four singles, a double, two runs scored and an RBI. His second run scored was the eventual game-winner. Headley is 14-for-24 over his last five games, upping his average from .238 to .304. The outfielder also has nine extra base hits across his last 12 games.

Edgar Gonzalez notched three hits in five at-bats and added a walk. He hit his third homer of the year – a solo shot in the third – and added two runs scored. Gonzalez has homered in two of his last three games. The San Diego native has hit in all but two spots in the lineup and has a .400 average with the bases empty. He has an incredible .381 average when hitting behind in the count.

Mike Adams picked up his third win of the season, tossing an inning of scoreless ball while walking two and striking out one. Adams has given up runs in four of his eight appearances this year and has yielded a base runner in all but one outing. While the opposition has a 2.06 WHIP off him, he has kept he leadoff man of an inning to a slim .182 on-base percentage.

San Antonio (15-18) lost 11-6 to Midland (A's)

Steve Garrison lasted just 3.2 innings after his pitch count reached 90 for the game – the second most pitches he has thrown in a game. The left-hander yielded just one run on three hits but walked four while striking out three. Garrison has walked three or more hitters on three occasions this season. Through 29.1 innings, Garrison has pitched to just six left-handed hitters.

Recently signed Lee Gwaltney suffered the loss in his system debut, giving up five runs on four hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning. Gwaltney, who was at Spring Training in Peoria, Arizona and released near the end of camp, had been just re-signed the previous day. The right-hander went 6-2 with a 3.16 ERA over 105.1 innings pitching for Fort Worth in an Independent League last season, allowing 95 hits while striking out 59.

Sean Kazmar reached base three times in four trips, walking twice and hitting a three-run bomb in the eighth. The shortstop also scored twice to pace the offense. While Kazmar does not have a single hit in 22 at-bats when he leads off an inning, he is batting .250 with runners on base. Twelve of his 19 hits this year have come from the sixth inning on.

Lake Elsinore (17-17) lost 4-2 to San Jose (Giants)

John Madden suffered his first loss of the year, allowing two runs on three hits in an inning and a third. He had originally preserved a one-run lead by stranding an inherited runner but a two-run homer in the seventh proved the difference. Madden has stranded 10 of the 12 runners he has inherited this year. The right-hander had not allowed a long ball all season. He has given up runs in successive outings - the third time this year he has yielded runs in two straight games. Overall, Madden has allowed a run in seven of his 14 appearances.

Drew Miller gave up a run on four hits and two walks over 5.2 innings, striking out a pair and inducing eight groundball outs. The right-hander tossed a wild pitch but also picked off two runners - both at second base. Miller has allowed two runs over his last 12 innings of work and has held the opposition to 12 hits over his last 16.2 frames. Miller has uncorked four wild pitches in the last four games and has yet to record a double play grounder.

Tom King was the only member of the Storm to notch an RBI, as the infielder went 1-for-4 with a single that tied the game at 1-1 in the fifth. After reaching base 10 times over his first 14 games, King has been on base seven times over his last five with four hits and three walks. The Florida native had just one RBI over his last 11 games and came into the contest hitting .091 with runners in scoring position.

Fort Wayne (14-19) lost 6-5 to South Bend (Diamondbacks) in 11 innings

Shane Buschini contributed three RBIs with a sacrifice fly, a run scoring double and his first homer of the season – a solo shot in the fifth. Six of his 12 hits have gone for extra bases through nine games and he has three multi-hit games. Buschini is 9-for-20 over his last six games with five extra base hits, seven RBIs and five runs scored.

Yefri Carvajal had three hits in five at-bats, including doubles six and seven, while driving in a run and stealing his fourth base of the year. Carvajal is riding a season-high five-game hitting streak and has been on base in seven straight, notching a .308 average over his last eight. Carvajal has, however, gone 10 games between multi-hit contests. The outfielder has an RBI in four of his last six games.

Felix Carrasco was the third member of the squad to collect multiple extra base hits this day, doubling twice and scoring a run. He did, however, strikeout in his other three at-bats. Carrasco upped his hitting streak to five games in the process and has four extra base hits over his last two and five in his last four. He also has an RBI in four of his last five. The switch-hitter has fanned in 46.2 percent of his at-bats through 26 games.

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