Cesar Ramos tossed 95 pitches over four frames and was tagged with nine runs, seven earned, on eight hits and five walks while striking out four, dropping to 5-4 on the season. Five of the hits he surrendered went for extra bases. He has surrendered 30 extra base hits on the season, including 10 homers. The left-hander has allowed four or more runs in six of his last seven starts.
Mauro Zarate provided three innings of scoreless ball, giving up one hit and striking out a pair. The right-hander tossed 47 pitches, including 32 for strikes. Zarate had never tossed more than two innings in a game this season. He has allowed runs in seven of his 14 appearances on the season, coming into the game with the opposition hitting .388 off him with 26 hits in 15.2 innings.
Chase Headley went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. He did, however, ground into a double play – the 10th time this season he has notched a rally killer. Headley, playing left field, has been on base in eight straight games, going 13-for-34 with five walks for a .461 on-base percentage. Nineteen of his 29 RBIs have come over his last 26 games. Headley has hit .352 across his last 29 games.
San Antonio (25-28) lost 5-2 to Springfield (Cardinals)
Matt Buschmann evened his record at 4-4 after giving up five runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out four in 4.1 innings. Two balls left the park off the right-hander – the second time this year he has allowed multiple homers. It was the first time this season he has allowed double-digit hits after giving up 10 or more hits three times a season ago. He had given up four earned runs over his previous four starts.
Gabe Lopez has seen regular time since being signed off the street. The infielder batted leadoff on Friday and accounted for half of the team's hits, going 2-for-3, getting hit by a pitch and scoring a run. Lopez, who was released at the end of Spring Training by the Padres, has a hit in four straight games and is hitting .316 out of the leadoff spot.
Mike Ekstrom made his first appearance out of the pen since July 9, 2004 – his first professional season with Eugene. The right-hander had made 92 straight starts – until Friday. Ekstrom allowed a single and a walk while striking out three in a scoreless inning. Ekstrom had posted a 7.74 ERA across 11 starts this season, giving up 74 hits in 48.2 innings with the opposition hitting .344 off him.
Lake Elsinore (26-29) won 11-3 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Brian Joynt made his California League debut and did it in style. Seeing time at third base on Friday after playing in the outfield for Fort Wayne, Joynt went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, two runs scored and three RBIs. Joynt had gone 1-for-4 with two walks and an RBI across four games with the Wizards. The homer was the first of his professional career, as he hit .195 across 41 games and two leagues a season ago.
Cedric Hunter went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored but it was his bases clearing double that spurned a seven-run third inning. The outfielder has plated a run and scored a run in four straight games, touching home six times while collecting seven RBIs. He also has an RBI in 11 of his last 12, knocking in 19 of his 31 RBIs over that span. Hunter has a double in four of his last six games.
Drew Miller improved his record to 5-2 after giving up three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out a half-dozen across six innings. Two of the runs came on a fourth inning homer – the fifth straight game the right-hander has yielded a long ball. The homer on Friday was the first he has given up with runners on base. Miller has held the opposition to a .235 average with runners in scoring position.
Fort Wayne (26-27) vs Dayton (Reds) suspended
Lightning and thunderstorms forced a suspension of Friday night's game with two outs and two on in the bottom of the third and Fort Wayne batting.
Fort Wayne is up 2-1 and the game will be played to its nine-inning conclusion on Saturday, followed by a seven-inning game. Felix Carrasco is up with a 0-2 count and Lance Zawadzki and Robert Perry on first and second, respectively.
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