San Antonio (19-19) won 4-1 over Corpus Christi (Astros)
Steve Garrison worked efficiently, throwing 74.4 percent of his 82 pitches for strikes over seven scoreless innings. He allowed four hits, did not walk a batter and fanned four to move to 3-2 on the year. It is the third time in seven starts that he has thrown shutout ball over five or more innings, and Garrison has kept the opposition to three runs or less in all but one start. He has also held opponents to four hits or less in four starts. He has faced just eight left-handed hitters through his first 36.1 innings of work.
Craig Cooper went 1-for-1 with a solo homer – his third - and two walks. The right fielder has been on base in five straight plate appearances and in seven of his last eight. He has scored a run in four straight games and has an RBI in three of his last five. All of Cooper's homers have been of the solo variety, and despite a .302 average, he is hitting .238 with runners in scoring position.
Seth Johnston cranked out his team-leading sixth homer of the year, a two run shot in the sixth. He has twice as many homers as the next closest Mission player. Johnston's career-high for homers is 10, set in 2006 with Fort Wayne. The third baseman has an eight-game hitting streak, going 10-for-30 with two homers and five RBIs. He is hitting .304 when he bats sixth in the order and .205 when he hits elsewhere in the lineup.
Lake Elsinore (19-21) won 3-2 over Stockton (A's)
Nathan Culp surrendered two runs on seven hits – all singles – while not walking a batter and striking out two over a season-high seven innings. The left-hander has walked just a half-dozen over his first 47 innings of work and induced his seventh double play grounder on Wednesday across eight starts. He has held the opposition to three earned runs or less in every single outing and two runs or less three times. Despite the success, he is 2-2 on the year.
Cedric Hunter scored the tying run in the bottom of the eighth after drawing a walk and plated the winning run in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out single. Hunter is hitting .360 with runners in scoring position this season, despite only collecting 12 RBIs through 37 games. He is reaching base nearly twice per game (1.97) via a walk, hit, or hit by pitch and has scored four runs over his last three games.
R.J. Rodriguez picked up the win with a scoreless top half of the ninth, putting down the side in order and moving to 3-2 for the season. The right-hander has surrendered runs in four of his 18 appearances this season and has yielded one run over his last eight outings. Wednesday marked the fifth time that he has retired every batter he has faced. Rodriguez has kept the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .211 average.
Fort Wayne (16-22) won 7-5 over West Michigan (Tigers)
The hit tally for Fort Wayne read three at the end of the evening, but seven runs still crossed thanks to 11 walks. The is tied with Wisconsin for the eighth-best average in the 14-team Midwest League at .239 but leads the circuit in walks with 160. As a result, they are third with 168 runs scored. On the pitching front, the Wizards rank dead last with a 4.41 ERA, despite allowing the fewest walks against with 91.
Felix Carrasco drew two of those walks and also added a solo homer – his sixth bomb – in two at-bats. It was the first time this year he has drawn more than one walk in a fame and by not striking out, he completed a two-day span without a whiff for the first time as well, coming in games 30 and 31 for the first baseman. Carrasco has already topped his career-high for homers in a season – besting the four he had in 46 games for the AZL Padres. Four of his dinger this year have been solo shots.
Wynn Pelzer picked up his third win of the campaign, giving up one run on three hits and a walk while fanning four over three innings. Since surrendering seven earned runs over his first 5.1 innings, Pelzer has yielded six earned over his last seven outings, spanning 25 frames. He has a 2.13 ERA over that span, lowering his season ERA total from 11.81 to 3.86. The homer he allowed on Wednesday was just the sixth extra base he has given up among his 26 hits allowed.
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