Missions no-hit; System gets four wins

The San Antonio Missions went without a hit in the opening game of a doubleheader. Manny Ayala and Gabe DeHoyos went on to one hit Frisco in the nightcap. Chase Headley is heating up for the Beavers and Carlos Guevara works an inning. Cedric Hunter hits his first bomb of the year – and it was a pivotal one. Yefri Carvajal is a doubling fool and Geoff Vandel sees a first in two categories.

Portland (20-21) won 11-2 over Las Vegas (Dodgers)

Chase Headley continues to sizzle, hitting his seventh homer of the year – a two-run blast – while adding a walk, a single and a double. The outfielder also scored four times to pace the offense. Headley has gone yard in four of his last five games and has scored a run in four of his last five, touching home eight times over that span. Headley has six extra base hits over his last five contests.

Carlos Guevara worked an inning of scoreless ball while striking out one as he faced the minimum in his first rehab assignment. Guevara, who has battled a strained groin since Spring Training, has not appeared at all during the regular season. A Rule 5 Draft acquisition from Florida for cash considerations, Guevara went 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA across five appearances for the Padres this spring. In 5.2 innings he allowed five hits and five walks while fanning four.

Nick Hundley got off the schnide with three hits in four at-bats and a walk. He doubled twice and scored a run. Hundley came into the game without a hit in his last 15 at-bats and just five hits in his last 56 at-bats, a .089 average. His average had slipped from .310 to .184 before he brought it back over .200 on Sunday. Five of Hundley's last six hits have been doubles.

San Antonio (21-22) lost2-0 game one to Frisco (Rangers), won 8-0 in game two

San Antonio committed two more errors than they had hits and were caught stealing once but no hit would dot the ledger over seven innings. The managed six walks in the opener but could not get a baseball between the infielders. In game two, they exploded for 10 hits and eight runs while yielding just a single hit and three walks.

"It was a great experience," Firsco pitcher Matt Harrison told Jason Cole of LoneStarDugout.com after the game. "After I got that final out, everybody was coming out there to congratulate me. It was a feeling you rarely feel. It was awesome."

"I was kind of mad about the walks today," Harrison replied, "but I made some really good pitches when I had to. I had Max [Ramirez] behind the plate calling a great game; I didn't have to shake him off but a couple of times. He was right there with me the whole game."

"His velocity was very good all game and his slider was very good today," said Frisco pitching coach Terry Clark. "Once he got past the third inning, it was cruise control after that. He started throwing everything for strikes and started pounding the zone with his fastball and slider. If he had his changeup tonight, it would have been a very easy no-hitter."

Matt Buschmann was the only pitcher to appear in game one, giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits, a hit batsman and a walk over six innings to even his record at 3-3. He tossed 90 pitches and induced his second double play grounder of the year – both coming over his last two starts. Buschmann has given up two earned runs over his last three starts, lowering his ERA from 4.91 to 3.57.

Manny Ayala worked four scoreless innings, giving up just a single hit while walking two and striking out five. The right-hander tossed 80 pitches, including 50 for strikes. Ayala allowed three hits or less in four outings across two leagues, tossing a one-hitter over six innings on May 17 last year with Lake Elsinore. He allowed one earned run or less in 10 of his 17 starts for the Storm a season ago.

Gabe DeHoyos completed the one-hitter with three innings of scoreless ball. He walked one and struck out three, picking up the win to move to 3-2 on the season. The right-hander has not surrendered an earned run over his last 16.2 innings. Over that span he has given up six hits while striking out 24. He has given up just four hits to left-handed hitters and has allowed four hits in 25 at-bats to the leadoff man of an inning.

Lake Elsinore (20-24) won 8-7 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Game 41 of the season for Cedric Hunter saw the appearance of his first home run. The outfielder hit a three-run shot in the sixth inning that gave Lake Elsinore the lead for good. It was the first time this season that Hunter has managed to collect more than a single RBI in a game and matched his total over the last 17 games combined. Hunter has a hit in 13 of his last 15 games, hitting .368 over that span.

Aeden McQueary went without a hit but scored two runs thanks to three walks. Since netting a single in his first game with the Storm, McQueary has gone 0-for-26 with 11 strikeouts. He had scored just one run over his first nine games. The backstop also threw out the only runner attempting to steal. McQueary has gunned down four of the 15 runners attempting to steal on him this season.

Sam Carter dropped three more RBIs on the table, all of the two-out variety, going 2—for-5 with a double. The outfielder stands tied for second in the California League with 38 RBIs, pending the night's action. Through 39 games, Carter already has 10 multi-RBI games. He is hitting .365 with runners in scoring position, collecting 19 hits in 52 at-bats.

Fort Wayne (19-24) won 8-5 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Yefri Carvajal banged out three hits in four at-bats and added a walk, pacing the club with three RBIs while also netting his ninth and 10th doubles of the year. The outfielder has 12 extra base hits and eight have come over a span of four multi-extra base hit games. Carvajal has gone five straight games without striking out – his longest stretch of the year. While he is batting .250 for the year, Carvajal has a .316 mark with runners in scoring position.

Mat Latos allowed four runs on five hits while striking out five over 5.2 innings. All four runs came via three home runs – one two-run shot in the first and solo blasts in the fifth and sixth. The right-hander had given up one home run over his first 74 innings of professional ball and it was just the second time in 22 outings that he has given up four or more earned runs. Latos has surrendered five earned runs over his first five outings, spanning 18 innings.

Geoff Vandel worked just one-third of an inning but picked up one inherited runner by stranding him and the win to move to 1-1 on the campaign. He had worked at least two innings in every outing up until this point. It was the first time that Vandel has ever worked back-to-back games. The southpaw came into the game with 11 runs allowed on 18 hits over his last 12.1 innings. The opposition is hitting .353 off him with runners in scoring position.

Talk about this story on our subscriber-only message boards

MadFriars Top Stories