Brian Myrow had a perfect night, going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. It is the fourth time this season he has notched three hits or more and the ninth time he has reached base at least three times. He has had four games with multiple extra base hits and upped his on-base percentage to .472 for the year. He is in the top 10 in the Pacific Coast League in hitting and on-base percentage.
Nine of Portland's 14 hits went for extra bases and Chase Headley collected two of them. He hit a solo homer – his fifth – and added his 12th double of the campaign while scoring two runs. It was the second homer in as many days for the left fielder and all five of his homers have been solo shots. Headley is hitting .381 over his last 15 games with 24 hits in his last 63 at-bats with seven going for extra bases. He has also scored 13 runs over that span.
Will Venable also doubled and homered, driving in three runs and scoring once. All three of his homers have come over his last three games and he has seven RBIs over that span. This is his third game with multiple extra base hits, despite it being just his sixth contest with multiple hits. While he left the bases full in the first inning and stranded a runner at third base in the third and sixth inning, it was Venable's bases loaded double in the eighth that proved the difference in the game; he is still hitting .346 with runners in scoring position for the year.
San Antonio (19-20) lost 13-10 to Corpus Christi (Astros) in 11 innings
After Mike Ekstrom was hammered for nine runs in an inning and a third, Lee Gwaltney came on and worked 3.1 scoreless inning, giving up four hits and a walk while striking out three. He also added an RBI on a groundout in the second. Gwaltney did allow an inherited runner to score but the outing was far better than the five runs he surrendered on four hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning in his system debut and only other appearance.
Manny Ayala made his season debut after missing the first month-plus of the season with an arm injury. The right-hander gave up a solo homer and a walk while striking out one, tossing 17 pitches. Ayala worked in 22 games last season – all as a starter – across two leagues. In Lake Elsinore, he went 11-3 with a 2.22 ERA over 17 starts and 101.1 innings. He then went on to post a 1-3 mark with a 5.28 ERA in five starts and 29 innings with San Antonio before his season ended prematurely due to injury.
Down nine runs after two frames, the Missions came back to tie the game at 10-10 in the bottom of the eighth, eventually sending the game into extras. Colt Morton's single in the eighth tied it and the catcher ended the night with two RBIs and two hits in five at-bats. He had been in a 0-for-9 slump in San Antonio and hitless since his return from the big league club. Morton went 1-for-15 over nine games with the Padres, striking out five times.
Lake Elsinore (19-22) lost 2-0 to Stockton (A's)
Ernesto Frieri made his second straight start, dropping to 1-3 on the year after allowing two runs on four hits and two walks over five-plus innings. He struck out a pair, tossed his first wild pitch of the year and induced his second double play grounder in 17 appearances. It is the first time he has started more than one game in a year since 2005 when he made five starts for the AZL Padres. He has kept the opposition to a .189 average with runners in scoring position.
Dylan Axelrod worked two scoreless frames of relief, putting down all six batters he faced via four fly outs and two groundouts. He came in with two runners on and nobody out, keeping one off those inherited runners off the scoreboard. Axelrod has prevented seven of the nine runners he has inherited from scoring. The right-hander has surrendered runs in nine of his 17 outings and has worked to the minimum three times.
The Storm managed to collect just two hits on the day, but Robert Perry who reached base three times – accounting for half of the Storm base runners throughout the game – without the benefit of a hit. He drew a pair of walks and was hit by a pitch. Perry has just six hits in his last 44 at-bats – a .136 average – but boasts a .325 on-base percentage for the year thanks to 18 walks. While he has five multi-hit games, he also has four multi-walk games.
Fort Wayne (17-22) won 6-5 over West Michigan (Tigers)
A day after collecting just three hits, Fort Wayne busted out by putting 12 on the board - all singles. Andrew Parrino led the way with a 4-for-5 day that included an RBI and a run scored. He was, however, thrown out trying to steal for the third time this year. The infielder has gone five games without striking out - the longest span in his minor league career. Parrino matched his RBI total from his previous 11 games and now has five multi-hit games on the season and a .430 on-base percentage.
Derek McDaid picked up the win, his second, tossing a scoreless inning while surrendering a hit, a hit batsman and a walk. He was aided by a caught stealing from Luis Martinez. The right-hander has allowed just two runs over his last 14.2 innings on nine hits. He has held right-handed hitters to a .108 average with just four hits surrendered in 37 at-bats. He has also not allowed a hit in 15 at-bats with runners in scoring position and two outs.
Brad Chalk reached base three times via a pair of walks and a single while also touching home twice. The outfielder has drawn six walks over his last four games and has a .457 on-base percentage when he leads off an inning. He has scored three runs over his last two games after scoring three total in his previous 13. Chalk is hitting .333 over 15 games when he bats seventh in the lineup and .224 when he hits elsewhere.
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