System sweep: Pitching and hitting prevalent

Clay Hensley and Enrique Gonzalez combine to toss a three-hitter. Drew Macias continues to spark the San Antonio offense and relievers Jon Ellis and Gabe DeHoyos have been stellar. Nathan Culp tosses 6.1 scoreless, and the Storm make their hits count. Fort Wayne wins two to move over .500 for the first time since Opening Day, as four hitters have big days.

Portland (28-26) won 5-0 over Las Vegas (Dodgers)

Clay Hensley tossed 40 pitches with just 20 going for strikes, but it was the results that mattered. The right-hander worked three innings of no-hit ball, walking a pair and striking out two. He has given up just two earned runs on five hits over his last 14 innings of work. Hensley has held the opposition to a .118 average against, allowing the leadoff hitter of an inning to reach base just twice in 15 innings.

Enrique Gonzalez completed the shutout, working six scoreless innings of relief. He allowed a single hit and two walks until yielding a pair of knocks in the ninth, striking out four in the outing. The right-hander has won his last three games and has given up five earned runs over his last four starts, lowering his ERA from 6.00 to 3.98. Gonzalez has held left-handed hitters to a .213 average against.

Chip Ambres' first inning double to score Chase Headley proved to be the only offense Portland would need. It would be the only hit of the day for the centerfielder, although he did throw out a runner trying to turn in a single into a double in the fourth frame – his third outfield assist of the year. Ambres has collected 27 RBIs over his last 29 games, collecting 18 extra base hits – including 10 doubles – while also scoring 23 times.

San Antonio (26-28) won 7-3 over Arkansas (Angels)

Drew Macias' reached base via a single in the sixth and a walk in the eighth – stealing second base on both occasions. Both times, the theft led to a run scored – and his steal in the eighth put San Antonio up by a run. He put the punctuation mark on the night with a three-run homer in the ninth – his fourth bomb of the season. The outfielder has gone 13-for-32 over his last eight games with five stolen bases, 11 runs scored and 10 RBIs.

Jon Ellis picked up win number six on the season, working two-thirds of an inning and striking out a pair around a walk. He stranded one inherited runner, keeping the game tied at 3-3 in the seventh. The right-hander has allowed two runs over his last 16.2 innings. After allowing the first six inherited runners to score, Ellis has stranded each of the last five.

Gabe DeHoyos picked up his first save of the season, working two scoreless frames while yielding two hits and striking out the side in the eighth. The right-hander has saved 21 games a career that began in 2001 with four coming last season with Double-A Wichita of the Texas League. DeHoyos has given up just one earned run over his last 25.2 innings, yielding 11 hits while striking out 32.

Manny Ayala joins the rotation on Sunday, replacing Mike Ekstrom in the five-man rotation.

Lake Elsinore (27-29) won 3-1 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Nathan Culp shutout the Quakes over 6.1 innings – giving up five hits and striking out two while netting 12 groundball outs to improve to 4-3 on the year. It is the second time in three starts that he has thrown shutout ball over at least six innings. Culp has walked just one batter over his last five starts – spanning 30.1 innings. It was the third this season he has given up fewer hits than innings pitched.

Mike DeMark picked up his sixth hold of the season, working two-thirds of an inning and stranding an inherited runner in a 1-0 game during the seventh inning. The right-hander has stranded nine of the 13 runners he has inherited on the season. DeMark has given up five hits in 33 at-bats with runners in scoring position, a mere .152 average. He has also held right-handed hitters to a .109 average against.

The Storm managed just four hits on the day but made them count. Brian Joynt put the Storm on top early with a solo homer – his second in as many games. He had gone without a homer over his first 44 professional games. He collected seven doubles across two leagues. Joynt has four RBIs in two California League games and five on the season. The third baseman did, however, commit his first error of the year.

Fort Wayne (28-27) won 6-3 in completion of suspended game over Dayton (Reds), won game two 10-4 (7 innings)

Felix Carrasco went 0-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in the opener before collecting four hits in as many at-bats in the nightcap. The first baseman collected three doubles – bringing his tally to 10 for the season – and scored three runs while driving in three. The first baseman is 9-for-19 with five extra base hits and eight RBIs across his last five games, pushing his average up from .226 to .257. Carrasco has also scored six times over the last three contests.

Yefri Carvajal doubled, notched an RBI and scored once in the opener before going 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs to end the night. The outfielder has a five-game hitting streak, going 7-for-20 with three extra base hits. He has scored a run in three of his last four games and has an RBI in three of the last four. Saturday marked the second time Carvajal has notched an RBI in successive games and his four RBIs were a season-high. He has gone seven games without striking out – his longest stretch of the season.

Shane Buschini singled twice and drove in three runs in game one, adding an outfield assist when he tossed out a runner at third base. He also doubled and added a fourth RBI in the nightcap. It was the second time this season he has notched an RBI in successive games and his double in game two gave him 14 extra base hits in 26 contests. Only nine of his hits have been singles. Buschini has had four multi-RBI games and four outfield assists.

Justin Baum was the only hitter to collect a multi-hit game in both contests, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the primer and 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, an RBI and two runs scored in the finale. Baum has an extra base hit in four straight games and a five game hitting streak. He has scored a run in five of his last six and notched an RBI in three of his last four.

It is the first time since winning on Opening Day that Fort Wayne has moved above .500. They have 21 wins in their last 34 games and 10 in their last 13.

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