Josh Geer dropped to 4-5 after allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out a season-high eight. Four of those hits went for extra bases, including a solo homer. Geer has given up a homer in five straight games and in nine of his 11 starts overall. He did collect two double play grounders, giving him nine rally killers on the season and four in the last three games.
Paul Abraham worked a scoreless frame, giving up a hit to leadoff the inning but inducing a double play grounder to end it. After not recording a double play grounder across his first 14 appearances, Abraham has notched one in each of his past three. The right-hander has allowed runs in nine of his 17 appearances on the year, despite a .194 average against with runners in scoring position.
Brett Dowdy was the lone Portland hitter to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a run scored out of the leadoff spot. Playing third base on Wednesday, Dowdy is 4-for-17 after four games in Portland with a run scored in three straight. He hit .316 across 33 games with San Antonio with 12 multi-hit games and 32 runs scored.
San Antonio (24-27) won 7-5 over Springfield (Cardinals)
Neil Jamison earned a two-inning save – his second save of the year in three chances. He retired all six batters he faced, striking out four and inducing a pair of groundouts. Jamison has given up runs in six of his 24 outings on the season, holding the leadoff man of an inning to a .172 on-base percentage. He has also held left-handed batters to a .182 average.
Chad Huffman reached base four times, going 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a homer, a run scored, and four RBIs. The outfielder has not gone more than one game without an RBI since May 10-12, although Wednesday was his first multi-RBI contest since May 6. He has four multi-RBI games on the season and is hitting .377 with runners in scoring position.
Drew Macias went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs. The outfielder also swiped his sixth bag of the year. He has successfully stolen three straight after beginning the year with three steals in seven chances. Macias has a five-game hitting streak, going 7-for-19 with three walks. He has scored a run in five straight games and has driven in at least one over the last four, plating six over that span.
Lake Elsinore (25-28) won 6-2 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Corey Kluber baffled the opposition over 6.2 innings, allowing a single unearned run on three hits and a walk while striking out six to move to 2-4 on the year. The right-hander has given up five earned runs over his last three starts, lowering his ERA from 7.05 to 5.53. Kluber has given up four hits or less in three of his 11 starts and two runs or less in four outings.
Jesus Lopez collected three hits in four at-bats – all singles. It was his third three-hit night of the season and 10th multi-hit game. He has hits, however, in just seven other games – going 0-for in 19 of his 38 games overall. Over his last 18 games, Lopez is batting .190, and he has grounded into nine double plays on the season. The shortstop has committed just one error since April 19.
Sam Carter drove in a pair with a double – his 12th – but also grounded into a double play. The outfielder – who has seen considerable time at first base of late - is tied for third in the California League with 41 RBIs, despite netting an RBI in three of his last 12 games. Carter entered the game with three hits across his previous 36 at-bats, seeing his average drop from .300 to .253.
Fort Wayne (25-27) lost 5-4 to Dayton (Reds)
Luis Durango reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and a run scored. After hitting .225 over his first 21`games, the outfielder is batting .347 over his last 21. He is in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak that has seen him reach base 17 times with 10 hits and seven walks. He has seven multi-hit games in his last 13 and has upped his average to .287 for the season.
Jeremy McBryde worked 4.2 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits and a hit batsman while striking out four in a no-decision. The right-hander has given up three earned runs over his last five outings, spanning 20.2 innings. He has lowered his season ERA from 6.86 to 4.10 in the process. McBryde has worked through five innings just once this year.
Geoff Vandel worked an inning and a third scoreless, facing the minimum while striking out one and stranding two inherited runners. The left-hander has kept three inherited runners from scoring this season and has given up just one base runner across his last three outings. Vandel came into the game with a 9.00 ERA at home before tossing scoreless ball in Fort Wayne. By contrast, he has a 2.45 ERA away from Memorial Coliseum.
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