King connects; Kazmar winner

Tom King puts the Beavers up early and it sticks behind a strong Wade LeBlanc outing. The Missions keep winning – this time behind Sean Kazmar's heroics in the eighth. Ernesto Frieri has a solid outing but the pen blows the lead. Fort Wayne has a one-run lead thanks to Yefri Carvajal's double in the ninth – but the game will finish on Sunday.

Portland (30-30) won 6-1 over Sacramento (A's)

Chase Headley had three hits in five at-bats, adding his 20th two-bagger of the season, scoring a run and driving in one. The outfielder had been 2-for-16 over his previous five games but does have a double and an RBI in two straight. Headley is fifth in the Pacific Coast League in doubles and just outside the top five in total extra bases on the year.

Tom King Put the Beavers on the board first with a two-run homer in the third inning – and it was the only offense Portland would need. He added a third RBI later in the contest on a 1-for-4 night. King did commit his second error of the year, which led to an unearned run. The infielder came into the game without a hit in his previous nine at-bats. He does, however, have an extra base hit in three of the last four games where he has recorded a hit.

Wade LeBlanc moved to 6-4 after allowing an unearned run on four hits and three walks while striking out eight over six frames. The left-hander tossed 98 pitches on the evening, including 62 for strikes. LeBlanc has won four straight starts and has yielded just one earned run over his last three, spanning 16 innings. Over that span, he has given up just seven hits while striking out 21.

San Antonio (32-28) won 6-5 over Frisco (Rangers)

Manny Ayala worked a season-high 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four. He tossed 91 pitches and recorded 10 fly ball outs and another left the park. Ayala had allowed two runs over his first nine innings of work to begin the season. The right-hander allowed at least three runs in four of his five starts last season for the Missions.

Seth Johnston reached base in each of his four at-bats, going 4-for-4 – all singles – while scoring a run. He also stole his third base of the year but did commit his 15th error of the campaign, although it did not lead to an unearned run. Johnston came into the game with six hits over his previous 59 at-bats, dropping his average from .292 to .236. he was able to lift it to .251 with Saturday night's effort. His last four-hit effort came on April 29, 2007 while with Lake Elsinore.

Sean Kazmar doubled in two runs in the pivotal eighth inning, as part of a four-run inning, and came around to score the eventual winning run. The shortstop had a night of perfection, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, two RBIs and two runs scored. Kazmar is 13-for-33 over his last 11 games with seven RBIs and nine runs scored, raising his average from .186 to tie his season-high at .219.

Lake Elsinore (30-31) lost 5-4 to High Desert (Mariners)

Ernesto Frieri took a no-decision after allowing one run on four hits across six innings. The right-hander struck out six and did not walk a batter but did give up a solo homer. Frieri has given up three earned on 13 hits over his last three starts, spanning 18 innings. Frieri has given up five homers in six starts after not allowing one in his 15 relief appearances.

Chris Shaver worked one-third of an inning, giving up two runs, one earned, on one hit. The left-hander has given up five hits and a walk across 1.2 innings and has allowed two of three inherited runners to score. Over the last 5.2 innings across two leagues, Shaver has given up 17 base runners via 12 hits and five walks.

Rolando Valdez took the loss – his first of the season. The right-hander gave up one run on two hits and a walk. Valdez has allowed three runs over his last inning of work and has surrendered runs in three of the last four and four of the last six. Valdez has also allowed four of the last five inherited runners to score. He has a 8.04 ERA on the road this season and a 1.17 ERA at home.

Fort Wayne (33-28) is winning 6-5 in bottom of ninth vs Lansing (Blue Jays) before game is suspended due to rain with one on and no one out

Aaron Breit made his second appearance of the year, stretching his arm out even further by pitching 3.2 scoreless innings. The right-hander allowed a single hit, did not walk a batter and struck out five. He also prevented two inherited runners from scoring. Breit has given up two hits over 5.2 innings while striking out seven without surrendering a run.

All-Star Andrew Parrino went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a run scored on Saturday from second base. The infielder came into the game with just seven extra base hits on the year and had not logged more than one in any single game. He is 12-for-23 over his last seven games but has scored just three runs over that span. Parrino is batting .375 when he plays second base on the year.

Yefri Carvajal doubled twice as part of a three-hit night. It was his 14th double of the year that put the Wizards up in the top of the ninth, atoning for an unearned run he caused when he committed his fifth error of the season. He notched two RBIs on the night and the outfielder has nine over his last eight contests. Carvajal has notched multiple doubles in four different games this season. He is hitting .302 over his last 34 games.

DSL Padres (2-2) vs DSL Tigers

Not reported in time for inclusion in this report.

Talk about this story on our subscriber-only message boards


MadFriars Top Stories