King, Wooten heroics; Durango earns save

Tom King and Shawn Wooten provide the heroics for a Portland thriller. San Antonio's sloppy play costs them the game, and manager Bill Masse is not happy. Two players are thrown out running the bases in a Storm loss. Derek McDaid gets his first save opportunity, but it was Luis Durango that saved the day.

Portland (25-23) won 9-8 over Salt Lake (Angels) in 11 innings

Tom King came through with a two-out, two-run homer off closer Darren O'Day, effectively sending the game into extra innings. Shawn Wooten, who was 0-for-10 with Portland prior to Sunday, put the Beavers ahead with a solo homer to begin the top of the 11th – the eventual game-winner. Wooten collected two RBIs on a 2-for-6 night that included a double. He did strike out three times. Wooten is 7-for-49 with four extra base hits across two leagues.

Edwin Moreno earned the win, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings while giving up two hits and a walk while striking out two. The right-hander also stranded two inherited runners. Just one of seven inherited runners has come around to score on Moreno across two leagues. The right-hander has given up nine earned runs over 30 frames between the Texas and Pacific Coast Leagues, a 2.70 ERA.

Chase Headley reached base five times, going 4-for-5 with a walk. The left fielder cracked his 16th double and hit his ninth homer, driving in one and scoring two. Headley has notched an RBI in five straight games, plating six over that span. It is the sixth time this season that Headley has notched multiple extra base hits in a game. He has 12 extra base hits over his last 12 games.

San Antonio (23-26) lost 4-3 to Arkansas (Angels) in 10 innings

Jon Ellis came into the game with the bases loaded in the fifth and one out. He struck out both batters he faced to end the threat and went on to pitch 1.2 scoreless frames, walking one. Six of the first seven runners he had inherited had scored. The right-hander has given up runs in eight of his 23 appearances. Ellis has allowed six hits in 31 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

"Situations like that, you can't really think about the guys on base," Ellis said. "You have to stick to your gameplan. I got two punchouts and tried to keep us close. The slider was good. It has been my go-to pitch all year. I just tried to get ahead with my fastball and bury the slider. It worked."

Greg Burke's 22-inning scoreless streak came to an end on Sunday night. After working through two scoreless frames, Burke gave up a run with one out in the 10th inning – unearned thanks to a Seth Johnston error. Relying on his slider, Burke has struck out 10.53 batters per nine innings. He had not allowed a run from the eighth inning on in any contest, spanning 14 frames coming into the game.

Drew Macias went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI – the only member of the squad to record a multi-hit game. He also stole a bag on a botched hit-and-run, eluding a rundown, and was at the dish with two outs in the bottom of the seventh when Jonathan Schemmel was picked off second base and the score tied at 3-3. Macias has scored a run in three straight games and has three RBIs over his last two. He is batting .277 as the leadoff hitter and .167 when he hits elsewhere in the lineup.

San Antonio manager Bill Masse laid into his team after the contest for their lack of fundamental play. His 15-minute postgame tirade was still lingering when the clubhouse opened.

"I am tired of coming up short," Masse said. "We put ourselves in position and we throw away at-bats in the eighth and ninth and go to extra innings. The reason why it is tied in the eighth and ninth is because of the little things early in the game.

"It is not going to happen again. Mark my words. I am not going to let my team – our team – play like that. It is not going to happen. It is unacceptable. Mark my words, you won't see that again.

"He is right," said Ellis. "We have come up short a few times over the last few weeks. Come back tomorrow, forget about yesterday."

"You can't get picked off second base in the seventh inning," Masse added. "A comebacker to the pitcher – you can't get caught between second and third. That kind of stuff is not going to happen on my team. It is not.

"If it is going to continue to happen, we will search to the ends of the earth to find guys willing to focus and concentrate. I am not going to watch it anymore. That is beer league stuff that happened today."

Lake Elsinore (23-27) lost 5-3 to Lancaster (Red Sox)

Nathan Culp was on the hook for four runs on 10 hits over five innings. The left-handed did not walk a batter and fanned two, seeing three balls go for extra bases. It was the first time this season Culp has given up double-digit hits – after seeing that occur five times across two leagues a season ago. He has, however, allowed more hits than innings pitched in seven of his 10 starts. He did get two double play grounders and now has nine rally killers on the season.

Dylan Axelrod worked two innings, giving up one run on two hits and a walk while fanning three. Axelrod has given up runs in three straight games and five of the last six. Overall, the right-hander has yielded runs in 12 of his 20 appearances. Since tossing scoreless ball in his first appearance, the lowest ERA Axelrod has had on the season is 5.75.

Richie Daigle allowed a lone single over two scoreless innings but had to work overtime due to two errors. While the leadoff man of an inning has secured a .458 average and .552 on-base percentage off the righty, Daigle has kept the opposition to a .240 mark with runners in scoring position. He has given up runs in 11 of his 22 appearances on the year, including five of the last eight coming into this contest.

Fort Wayne (25-25) won 3-2 over Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Jeremy Hefner lost out on a win, despite allowing a single run on three hits and a walk while striking out five over a season-high six innings. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 3.22 ERA over eight starts while holding a 6.55 ERA across four relief appearances. Hefner has limited the opposition to a .182 average with runners in scoring position.

Derek McDaid came into to close the game out for the first time this season and was charged with an unearned run on one hit and walk, tying the game at 2-2 and picking up his first blown save. He did not have a save opportunity all of last year. He has given up runs in five of his 17 appearances this season. McDaid has given up four hits in 33 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Luis Durango provided the walk-off winner in the bottom of the ninth. He cracked a sacrifice fly to score Zachary Brown, sending the Wizards to a .500 record. It was his first sacrifice fly of the season. He extended his hitting streak to five games and on-base streak to nine. Over his last 11 contests, Durango is 17-for-45 – a .378 average. Seven of his 11 RBIs have come over the last 11.

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