Justin Germano evened his record at 2-2 by holding the opposition to two runs on six hits and four walks over 6.2 innings, striking out five. Both runs came on solo homers, as the right-hander tossed 102 pitches on the evening. Germano did contribute a double and a run scored from the plate. He has allowed four homers across four start in Portland and walked more on Thursday than he over his first three starts (3).
Joe Thatcher worked an inning and one-third, stranding two inherited runners in the process and working to the minimum while striking out one. Since allowing runs in successive outings in Triple-A play, Thatcher has not allowed an earned run across a span of 11 innings. He has not surrendered a hit over his last four frames. Thatcher had allowed three of his first four inherited runners to score.
Edwin Moreno picked up his 13th save of the season – five coming in Portland in as many opportunities - tossing a scoreless ninth and striking out one. The right-hander has a seven-inning scoreless streak, giving up three hits over that span. Since walking four in one outing, Moreno has not issued a free pass over his last nine outings.
San Antonio won (1-1) 2-0 over Corpus Christi (Astros)
Stephen Faris and three relievers combined on a six-hit shutout. The right-hander contributed seven scoreless frames to the cause, giving up four hits, not walking a batter and striking out six. He tossed 90 pitches, including 62 for strikes, and notched nine ground ball outs. Faris has allowed one run or less in each of his past four starts and two runs or fewer in nine of 13 starts. Take away a nine-run outing and he has a 2.29 ERA over his other 12 starts.
Jon Ellis worked a scoreless eighth, allowing a lone hit while collecting three ground ball outs for his fourth hold of the year. He has thrown scoreless ball over his last 11 appearances, spanning 13.2 innings. Over that span, Ellis has given up five hits. He has not walked a batter in six straight – his longest such stretch of the year. Ellis has picked up five wins over his current scoreless streak.
Seth Johnston notched two hits, both singles, and scored a run in three at-bats. The third baseman came into the game with an RBI in five straight games. Since hitting .264 with 14 extra base hits in 24 April games, however, Johnston came into Thursday hitting .223 with 11 extra base hits over his last 43 contests and three for his last 26. He has scored just five runs over his last 17, including Thursday.
Lake Elsinore (1-3) lost 7-3 to Lancaster (Red Sox)
Cory Luebke gave up five runs – all coming over the firs two frames – on seven hits and three walks while striking out three across five innings, dropping to 3-6 on the year. The left-hander has given up four runs or more in nine of his 15 starts, surrendering four or more in four of his last five. His ERA has not sat under 6.03 this season, sitting at 7.00 at the end of play on Thursday.
Eric Sogard went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored out of the leadoff spot. After hitting third most of the year, he has been in the top spot for two straight games. Sogard is hitting .333 over his last 16 games after netting a .243 mark in his previous 27 contests. His five extra base hits and 10 RBIs through 11 fewer games surpassed the total he amassed during his month of struggles.
Brian Joynt collected two hits in four at-bats, dropping a double, scoring a run and driving in one. He did, however, commit his second error of the year while playing third base, leading to an unearned run. Joynt has nine extra base hits in 16 games of California League play with four coming over his last five contests.
Fort Wayne (0-1) lost 4-0 to Lansing (Blue Jays)
Yefri Carvajal had two of the Wizards six hits – his third multi-hit game in the last six. He smacked his 16th double, giving him two-baggers in three of his last five contests. Carvajal also threw out a runner at third base but did commit his fifth fielding error of the season. Carvajal has three outfield assists on the year and six errors.
Jeremy McBryde took his fifth loss of the season after allowing two runs on six hits without a walk while striking out four in five innings. The right-hander has not picked up a win since May 12 – his only win to date. He had allowed four runs or more in three straight. McBryde has given up two earned or less in seven of his 12 starts.
Pitching in his third game since being sent back up to Fort Wayne, Colt Hynes was on the hook for two runs on two hits while fanning one in an inning of action. Hynes, who was sent to extended spring after his ERA had gone up to 13.50 on April 13, had worked four scoreless innings upon his return to Midwest League play. The left-hander has allowed runs in four of his seven relief appearances.
Eugene (2-1) won 8-4 over Boise (Cubs)
Rey Garramone lost out on a win, despite allowing a single run on two hits while striking out three in five innings of work. The lone run came on a solo homer, as the right-hander induced seven ground ball outs. Garramone went 5-6 across 19 outings, including 10 starts, with a 5.48 ERA for Eugene last season. In 64 innings a year ago, he allowed 72 hits, walked 25 and struck out 36. He did not go five innings or more and allow one run or less all year.
Dan Robertson reached base four times via two walks and a pair of singles, scoring once and driving in one. He has three RBIs over his last two after netting a pair of sacrifice flies on Wednesday. Robertson did get caught stealing in his first stolen base attempt of the season. Robertson transferred to Oregon State prior to the 2008 season from Concordia. In his one and only season with OSU, Robertson batted .327, hit 12 doubles, one triple and two home runs and drove in 27 RBI. He made four assists in the outfield and was involved in three double plays.
Omar Gutierrez picked up the save – one of the two-inning variety. The right-hander gave up two hits and a walk while striking three in his debut. Gutierrez led the Texas A&M Corpus Christi with six wins in 2008, striking out 90 batters in 87.1 innings while earning second-team All-Southland Conference honors. He led the Southland Conference with a .227 opponent's batting average and his strikeout total was second in the league.
DSL Padres (10-7) won 9-8 over DSL Nationals 2
Jonathan Galvez reached base three times via two hits and a walk, scored three times and knocked in three to pace the DSL Padres offense. His bases clearing double in the ninth tied the game and Galvez came around to score on an error for the eventual winning run. The outfielder also added his first stolen base of the year but also committed his first error. Galvez leads the club with 12 RBIs and is sporting a .558 on-base percentage.
Rymer Liriano belted his fourth homer of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth, as part of a 2-for-5 day that included three RBIs. Liriano has homered twice over the last three games and has 11 RBIs on the campaign. He also stole his fifth base of the season in six attempts. Liriano did fan twice on Thursday, giving him 30 strikeouts in 62 at-bats.
Juan Oramas picked up his second save of the year, working a perfect inning and striking out a pair. Since allowing two runs in his first outing of the year, Oramas has not surrendered a run while allowing just three hits over eight innings. The left-hander has struck out 18 in 11 innings this year while walking three. He has held right-handed hitters to a .158 average against.
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