Wade LeBlanc cruised through five innings, retiring the first 11 batters he faced and allowing two hits to that point. Three hits and a walk in the sixth – including two homers – led to a four run inning against the left-hander. It was the third time this season through nine starts that he has given up multiple homers. LeBlanc did go 1-for-2 at the dish and is 3-for-8 on the season. The southpaw has pitched into the sixth just two times this year.
Adam Bass got the save opportunity with Jared Wells' promotion to the big league club. The right-hander had a rocky go of things, hitting the first two batters he saw. After a sacrifice, he walked the next batter before a line out produced an unassisted double play, earning Bass his first save since August 28, 2003 while pitching for Yakima of the short-season Northwest League. Bass has allowed runs in six of his 17 appearances but extended his scoreless streak to six frames.
Chip Ambres led the offense, going 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored. It was the ninth multi-hit game of the year for the outfielder, seven coming over his last 20 contests. Ambres has scored a run in four straight games, touching home six times over that span. He also has an RBI in five of his last seven, registering seven RBIs during that time. He has scored two or more runs eight times this season and his 32 runs scored sit second on the team.
San Antonio (21-25) lost 6-4 to Springfield (Cardinals)
Will Inman was on the hook for four runs on six hits and four walks over four innings, striking out a half dozen on an 88-pitch night. The right-hander has given up four runs or more four times this year and it is the second game in a row that he has not pitched into the fifth. He had worked five or more frames in six of his first seven starts. Inman has walked three or more four times on the year but leads the Texas League with 56 strikeouts.
Wilton Lopez worked two scoreless innings, giving a hit and a walk while striking out one. The right-hander has given up two runs over his last 10 innings of work but has walked three over his last two outings – the most he has yielded over a two game span on the season. Lopez has given up runs in eight of his 19 appearances, allowing multiple runs five times – accounting for his 6.08 ERA on the season.
Kyle Blanks went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Two pitches also hit the first baseman. He had been plunked twice all year. The last time he was clunked twice in a game came on May 27, 2007 while with Lake Elsinore – a year that saw him hit by 18 pitches. Blanks has 29 RBIs on the year, despite collecting just 11 extra base hits out of 47 hits overall. He is hitting .305 with runners in scoring position.
Lake Elsinore (21-25) vs. Rancho Cucamonga (Angels) postponed due to wet grounds
Fort Wayne (22-25) won 6-3 Great Lakes (Dodgers)
Robert Woodard returned from the disabled list, replacing Mat Latos who went on the DL with a strained oblique, and worked a scoreless inning of relief, fanning one. The right-hander last pitched on May 14 as a starter but his new role will be in relief. Woodard has posted a 5.58 ERA as a reliever, pitching four games as a piggyback starter.
Yefri Carvajal went 2-for-4, scoring a run and plating the Wizards final run. The outfielder also collected an outfield assist in the fourth, gunning down a runner trying to stretch a single into a double. Carvajal extended his hitting streak to six games with his effort. He is 11-for-27 over that stretch with three doubles and five RBIs. Carvajal has scored a run in five of his last six games.
Zachary Brown had just a single hit but it was his three-run homer – his first of the season - that capped a five-run first inning that wound up as the game-winner. The first baseman has collected 11 RBIs in 12 games for the Wizards, collecting three multi-RBI games. Brown has been on base in 11 of his games this year via a walk or hit and boasts a .413 on-base percentage. He has scored a run in five straight games.
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