A fine effort by Dirk Hayhurst was wasted when the bullpen allowing 11 runs. Hayhurst stifled the opposition over five innings, giving up a single run on four hits and a walk while striking out nine. He tossed 82 pitches, including 53 for strikes. Hayhurst is striking out 12.25 batters per nine innings on the season. Thursday was his highest strikeout total since June 2, 2004 when he had 10 while pitching for Fort Wayne.
Edwin Moreno took the loss after entering the game in the top of the ninth with the game tied at 7-7. He would go on to allow five runs on three hits and four walks while fanning two in his lone inning of work. The right-hander had given up just two runs across his first 8.2 innings of work in Triple-A, holding the opposition to a .148 average. He has, however, now walked 10 batters in 9.2 frames. He allowed a three-run homer – the second bomb he has yielded across two leagues on the year.
Vince Sinisi went 2-for-4 with a sacrifice fly and an RBI in his first start since coming off the disabled list. He made a pinch-hitting appearance on Wednesday – his first at-bat of the season after suffering a right wrist fracture this spring. In 80 games for Portland last season, Sinisi hit .310 with nine homers, 21 doubles, 36 RBIs and 44 runs scored. Sinisi went 5-for-10 with two runs scored and two RBIs during Spring Training this season.
San Antonio (25-27) won 7-4 over Springfield (Cardinals)
Stephen Faris improved to 3-1 after allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks while fanning seven across six innings. He tossed 93 pitches, collecting 10 groundball outs and inducing two double play grounders. He has notched four rally killers over his last three games. Faris also drew a walk and added a sacrifice bunt from the plate.
Drew Macias collected four hits in five at-bats from the two-hole, tripling, driving in one run and scoring three times. The outfielder has a six-game hitting streak, going 11-for-24 with three extra base hits. He has scored a run in each of the six games, touching home nine times over that span, and Macias has an RBI in five straight – plating seven over that stretch.
Sean Kazmar went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He has a hit in three straight games – one shy of his season-high for successive games with a hit. Prior to his recent stretch, the shortstop had gone 11-for-72 – a .153 average - during a 22-game stretch that saw his average go from .219 to .186. He has doubled in successive games and has scored a run in two straight for just the second time all year.
Lake Elsinore (25-29) lost 11-6 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Cory Luebke was rocked fro eight runs on 10 hits over just two innings, dropping to 2-3 on the season. Four of the hits went for extra bases, including a homer. After not allowing a dinger in six straight starts, the lefty has given up one in three straight. It was the second time this season he has allowed double-digit hits and at least seven runs. He has yielded five or more runs in a start four times and has not had an ERA under 6.00 all season.
Kellen Kulbacki fell a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4, scoring a run and registering four RBIs. He did, however, commit his second error of the year. It was his first homer since joining the California League – coming in game 21 – and third of the season across two leagues. Kulbacki came into the game with just two extra base hits and seven RBIs while playing for the Storm. He is 9-for-25 over his last eight games.
Cedric Hunter notched a double and a solo homer – his fourth – across five at-bats, scoring twice. All four of his bombs have come over his last 11 games and Thursday marked the second time this season he has notched multiple extra base hits in a contest. Hunter has an RBI in three straight games and 10 of the last 11. Over that stretch, Hunter has knocked in 16 – accounting for over half of his 28 RBIs across 51 games for the season.
Fort Wayne (26-27) won 8-3 over Dayton (Reds)
Felix Carrasco belted a pair of homers – the second time this season he has cracked two bombs in a single game. The first baseman hit a two-run homer in the fourth and a solo shot in the seventh. Carrasco did whiff in his other two at-bats and has struck out 60 times in 145 at-bats – good for 41.4 percent of his at-bats. He had collected five hits in his previous 33 at-bats, dropping his average from .259 to .234.
Yefri Carvajal had a pair of singles in four at-bats, scoring twice. The outfielder is hitting .313 across his last 26 games, scoring 14 runs. Over his first 25 games, Carvajal hit .207 with eight runs scored. He has struck out just once over his last seven games – his best stretch of games this year without fanning multiple times.
Matt Teague picked up win number five, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four in 5.2 innings. The left-hander has given up four earned runs over his last 19.1 innings, lowering his ERA from 5.28 to 3.96. Teague has held the opposition to a .197 average with runners in scoring position and improved to 4-2 with a 3.86 ERA as a starter.
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