The Beavers had one more hit (5) than they had errors (4) but scored one more than their opponent to get the victory. Chip Ambres' triple with a pair on in the sixth proved to be the the game winner. He is now tied for the team lead with 27 RBIs and has four over his last two games. Ambres has seven multi-RBI games on the season and is hitting .342 with runners in scoring position.
Mauro Zarate picked up his first win of the campaign, working two scoreless innings while giving up a single and a walk and striking out three. The right-hander has surrendered runs in five of his nine outings on the year and Friday marked the first time he went more than one frame without allowing a run. Zarate had given up 16 hits in his first 39 at-bats, lowering his average against from .410 to .378.
After allowing four runs on five hits and a walk over his previous two outing, Jared Wells pitched a scoreless frame on Friday to pick up his eighth save in as many opportunities. After giving up eight hits in his first 18 at-bats with runners in scoring position prior to Friday, Wells took out three straight batters on groundouts to end a threat after the first two batters reached base. He has given up runs in six of his 17 appearances.
San Antonio (20-20) won 8-4 over Frisco (Rangers)
Ray Chang came into Friday's game with one RBI over his first 21 games played and a .063 average with runners in scoring position, netting just a single hit in 16 at-bats in such situations. He went 1-for-2 and was hit by a pitch with runners in scoring position on Friday, plating three while also connecting for a pair of doubles. Chang has 10 doubles in 22 games and each of his last five hits have been two-baggers.
Craig Cooper padded the Missions lead with an RBI single with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth as part of a 2-for-5 night that included two RBIs. The outfielder has a five-game hitting streak and has scored a run in six straight. He is 8-for-16 with four RBIs and two walks over that span. Cooper, who played centerfield on Thursday, is hitting .340 when he plays right field and .167 when he is elsewhere on the field or the DH.
Kyle Blanks went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and two RBIs. His RBI single in the ninth broke a 4-4 tie and ended up being the game-winner – giving San Antonio their first win over Frisco in eight tries this season. He leads the team with 28 RBIs on the season and is hitting .302 with runners in scoring position. Blanks has an RBI in four straight games and 13 of his last 17 games. He has not gone more than one game without an RBI since April 22-24.
Lake Elsinore (19-23) lost 4-3 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)
Corey Kluber gave up a pair of runs on five hits and a walk over 5.2 innings, striking out three. While he surrendered a homer for the third straight game, the right-hander notched his third game with two or less runs allowed. Kluber had walked two or more in six straight starts coming into the game. Twenty of the 34 runs he has surrendered this year have come over his first two innings of work, including two on Friday.
After stranding two inherited runners in his first third of an inning, Mike DeMark hit a batter, walked one and gave up a single over the next two-thirds, taking the loss in the bottom of the ninth. He came into the game with just one run allowed over his previous 11.1 innings. DeMark had surrendered just three hits in 24 at-bats with runners in scoring position on the year before the opposition went 1-for-3 in those situations on this day.
Mitch Canham reached base in each of his five plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with three walks while also scoring a run. The backstop has drawn 11 walks over his last five games, reaching base 18 times over that span. He has drawn 32 walks compared to 21 strikeouts on the season, matching his hit total (32) in the process. Canham sports a .441 on-base percentage, good for top five in the California League.
Fort Wayne (18-23) won 3-0 over South Bend (Diamondbacks) in game one, lost game two 1-0
Allen Harrington tossed shutout ball over a season-high six frames, yielding three hits and a walk while striking out five to improve to 2-1. He induced two double play grounders on Friday and pitched to one over the minimum. After not getting a double play grounder in his first seven games, Harrington has induced four rally killers over the last three. The left-hander sports a 1.08 WHIP for the season and has gone at least four innings and given up a single run or less in four of his 10 appearances.
Luis Durango went 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored in the opener – his first three-hit game of the season. The outfielder collected 11 such games a season ago for Eugene. Durango is 15-for-43 over his last 14 games, a .349 average, and has raised his average from .200 to .255. He is also hitting .429 when he leads off an inning over 35 at-bats and is hitting .333 with the bases empty but just .132 with runners on base.
The hard luck defeat in game two fell in the lap of Matt Teague. The left-hander allowed one run on four hits, a hit batsman and two walks over five innings while inducing his sixth double play grounder of the year. After giving up eight runs across eight innings in his first two starts, Teague has given up five runs over his last four starts, spanning 18.2 innings. Teague has held the opposition to a .200 average against with runners in scoring position.
Angel Mercado accounted for two of the three times that Fort Wayne reached base in the nightcap, going 1-for-2 with a double while also getting plunked by a pitch. Mercado has reached base in eight of his last 11 plate appearances, upping his on-base percentage from .333 to .384. Mercado has collected three extra base hits in his last three games and five over his last eight. He is hitting .458 over his last nine games.
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