Clay Hensley got the start but his night was done after two innings with four runs in on eight hits and a walk in a no-decision. The right-hander tossed a season-high 45 pitches, including 28 strikes, and did not record a groundball out. Hensley had given up four runs, three earned, over his first 15 innings of work in the PCL. His eight hits allowed were two more than he had given up over that same span.
Cesar Ramos took the loss, dropping him to 5-5, after giving up three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four in six innings. In a minor league career that began in 2005, Ramos has notched just five relief appearances, including Thursday. His last relief outing came on September 3, 2006 while with Lake Elsinore. Ramos has notched a decision in all but two of his outings this season.
Nick Hundley continues to wield the hot stick, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBIs. He also threw out the only runner attempting to steal. Hundley has notched five multi-hit games in his last 10 contests. He has logged an RBI in three straight, six of the last seven, and eight of his last 10. Over his last 10 games, Hundley has 15 RBIs. Hundley has thrown out 15 of the 32 runners attempting to steal on him this season.
San Antonio (30-28) won 4-0 over Frisco (Rangers)
Matt Buschmann and three relievers combined for the Missions Texas League leading ninth shutout of the season. The right-hander picked up his fifth win, allowing four hits and walking a career-high five over five innings while striking out two. He had issued four free passes twice previously in his career, the last coming on April 17 this year. Buschmann has allowed two runs or less in five of his last six starts.
Gabe DeHoyos bailed the Wilton Lopez in the eighth and picked up his second save. Coming in with two on and nobody out, DeHoyos allowed a one-out single to load the bases but retired the next two batters before retiring the side in order in the ninth. The right-hander has given up a single run on 13 hits over the last 29.2 innings. Of the 10 runners he has inherited he has stranded eight.
Kyle Blanks reached base four times, collecting four singles – his first four-hit night since July 9, 2007 while with Lake Elsinore. He also scored a run. He had spent 15 games with an average under .300 before upping it to .311 on Thursday. Blanks came into the game with RBIs in five of his last six games. The first baseman has 60 hits this season and just 13 have gone for extra bases.
Lake Elsinore (29-30) lost 8-5 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)
Jesus Lopez went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, a run scored and two RBIs. He came into the game with one RBI over his previous 27 games. He has 11 multi-hit games on the year, accounting for 25 of his 33 hits on the year across 43 games. Lopez entered the game with just seven hits in 42 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Drew Miller dropped to 5-3 after allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings. Three of the hits went for extra bases, including one that left park. The right-hander has surrendered a homer in six straight games, allowing seven over that span. Miller has given up eight or more hits three times in his last five starts and has allowed more hits than innings pitched eight times in 12 starts.
Storm hitting coach Shane Spencer and Lake Elsinore manager Carlos Lezcano were ejected in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.
Fort Wayne (32-28) won 4-2 over Lansing (Blue Jays)
Felix Carrasco's only hit proved to be a difference maker. On a 1-for-5 night, the first baseman belted his 11th homer – a two-run blast in the fifth inning that gave the Wizards a 4-2 lead. It was his second homer over the last three games and extended his hitting streak to six. Carrasco has multiple RBIs in three of the last four and five of the last eight.
Jeremy Hefner allowed two runs on six hits over six innings, striking out five, to pick up the win and move to 4-3 on the season. The right-hander recorded nine outs via the fly ball. It was the third time in a row that he has given up two runs or less and the seventh time in 10 starts he has accomplished the feat. Hefner has held the opposition to a .200 average with runners in scoring position.
Jackson Quezada worked the ninth to pick up his 13th save of the season, allowing a pair of hits and striking out two. He had a runner on third with one out but notched a strikeout and a game-ending groundout. It was the sixth time in 25 outings that he has given up multiple hits, as he has held the opposition to a .192 average against. Quezada has given up six hits in 53 at-bats to right-handed hitters – a .113 average.
DSL Padres (2-1) won 5-2 over DSL Nationals
Luis De La Cruz did not allow a run over three innings of work, giving up a pair of hits, plunking a batter, and two walks while striking out two. The right-hander went 1-5 with a 7.77 ERA across nine games, including eight starts, last season for the DSL Padres. In 22 innings he allowed 21 runs, 19 earned, on 18 hits, 10 hit batsman and 22 walks.
Eduardo Lopez – a second baseman out of Mexico – has gotten off to a hot start in his first season in the DSL. The 19-year-old is 5-for-7 across two games with three runs scored and two RBIs. He went 3-for-4 on Thursday, hitting his first professional homer. He has also drawn two walks, giving him a .778 on-base percentage.
Daniel Garce went 2-for-4 but did not figure into the scoring. In his first game, he had two runs scored and two RBIs without the benefit of a hit. Garce hit .260 across 39 games last season for the DSL Padres. Just three of his hits went for extra bases and he netted just six RBIs but did score 23 times while posting a .383 on-base percentage.
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