LeBlanc crushed; Two blown saves

Wade LeBlanc suffers another rough outing in Portland. Wilton Lopez can't hold a lead for the Missions. Javis Diaz gets back on track, but R.J. Rodriguez suffers a blown save and the Storm lose in the bottom of the ninth. Luis Durango is heating up but that is not enough to net a Fort Wayne win.

Portland (19-21) lost 12-3 to Las Vegas (Dodgers)

Wade LeBlanc had the shortest outing of his career, tossing 67 pitches and getting yanked after 2.1 innings. He was on the hook for six runs on six hits and two walks while giving up a homer. LeBlanc has surrendered seven homers over eight starts this season. The southpaw has also allowed six runs or more four times, as his ERA has risen to 9.35 – the highest it has ever been in his minor league career.

Dirk Hayhurst gave up two homers – both to the same person that cranked one off LeBlanc – that accounted for all three runs charged to him over 2.2 innings. He gav up three hits and a walk while striking out four. Both of the runners he inherited scored. The right-hander had given up just one homer over his first 27 innings of work this year and had not allowed multiple runs in an outing since April 13. He has given up runs in seven of his 13 relief appearances with most lasting at least two innings.

Paul Abraham bounced back from a two-appearance span that saw him allow six runs on five hits, a hit batsman and three walks, to work two scoreless innings – giving up a lone hit and striking out three. He has allowed runs in eight of his 14 relief appearances this year and broke a string of six straight games with a walk issued. Saturday marked the third time in six outings that he has fanned three or more.

San Antonio (20-21) lost 6-5 to Frisco (Rangers)

Drew Macias reached base four times out of the leadoff spot, going 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a run scored and two RBIs. His .247 average is the highest it has been since the fourth game of the year. He is hitting .307 over his last 20 games and upped his average to .292 with runners on base. Macias is also hitting .295 when he bats out of the leadoff spot and .169 when he bats elsewhere in the lineup.

Seth Johnston extended his hitting streak to 11 games by going 2-for-4 with a double – his 13th - and two RBIs. Johnston has an extra base hit in four straight games and five RBIs over that same span. He is hitting .372 over the life of the streak with 16 hits in 43 at-bats. Johnston has knocked in at least one run in 20 of his 39 games overall and has six multi-RBI contests.

Wilton Lopez took the blown save and the loss, dropping to 0-2 after allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits and two walks. It is the eighth time in 18 appearances that Lopez has surrendered a run and the fifth time he has given up two or more. Lopez' two walks are more than he had surrendered in his previous 15.1 innings combined. He did collect his third double play grounder of the year but the opposition is hitting .319 off him with runners on.

Lake Elsinore (19-24) lost 8-7 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Javis Diaz snagged three hits in five at-bats with a run scored and an RBI. The outfielder also swiped his 11th and 12th bags of the year. It is the third time this year he has stolen multiple bags in a game and he has been thrown out just twice. Diaz came into the contest with just one hit over his last 30 at-bats, dropping his average from .337 to .268 in the process. He added 10 points to that number on Saturday.

Cory Luebke gave up five runs on eight hits – including three extra base hits – over five-plus innings. He worked to two batters in the sixth, surrendering a two-run bomb before getting the hook. It is the fifth time this year he has given up four runs or more and third time surrendering five or more. Luebke had gone 35.1 innings without surrendering a home run. Seventeen of the 59 hits he has yielded have gone for extras over 42.1 innings.

R.J. Rodriguez suffered his third blown save of the season, giving up two runs on two hits and a pair of walks while fanning two in an inning of work. The next inning, a hit and an error would lead to an unearned run and a loss on the ledger of John Madden. Rodriguez had given up just one run over his last eight appearances. The right-hander has allowed runs in five of his 19 appearances overall but is 6-for-9 in save situations.

Fort Wayne (18-24) lost 5-2 to South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Working successive days since returning to action in Fort Wayne after missing nearly a month, Steve Delabar allowed a hit and plunked a batter in a scoreless inning of work. The right-hander has given up two runs over his last 9.2 innings, walking a single batter over that span. Delabar has surrendered just one extra base hit this season.

Luis Durango had a pair of hits and a walk in five plate appearances while also driving in a run. It is his second multi-hit game over the last three and raised his average to .260 – the highest it has been all year. He is hitting .333 over his last 11 games with six walks and a .436 on-base percentage. The outfielder, who was the designated hitter on Saturday, has nine hits in 20 at-bats during the first inning of games and is hitting .432 when he leads off an inning.

Brandon Gomes allowed a run on three hits and a walk while striking out one across two innings. Since posting a 1.13 ERA in two starts early in the year, the right-hander has posted a 6.11 ERA across nine relief appearances. Gomes has yielded runs in seven of 20 relief appearances overall, including each of his last three. Left-handed hitters are swatting .365 off him across 52 at-bats.

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