Ayala blanks; Anna debuts in style

Wade LeBlanc gives up one run over seven innings and still takes the loss. San Antonio gets its Texas League leading 13th shutout and Kyle Blanks awakens. Jeremy Hefner does not allow a run across seven and gets a no-decision for his efforts. Dean Anna makes his season debut with a flourish but has little help on the offensive front.

Portland (39-36) lost 1-0 to Tacoma (Mariners)

Wade LeBlanc was the hard luck loser on Sunday, evening his record to 6-6 on the year. He faced just three men over the minimum, yielding two hits and plunking a batter while striking out nine. A solo homer in the sixth accounted for the lone run. It was the second game in a row that he has allowed two runs or less over six or more innings and has not gotten a win. LeBlanc has given up a homer in three straight games, yielding 13 long balls in 15 outings.

Sean Henn worked a scoreless eighth inning, giving up one hit and collecting three groundball outs. The left-hander has given up one run over his last four appearances after allowing six runs over his first two-thirds of an inning in Triple-A. Henn has given up runs in three of his six outings and has walked seven in 4.2 innings.

Matt Antonelli was one of two Portland players to collect a hit, going 1-for-4. He did, however, ground into a double play – the seventh rally killer he has bounced into this season. Antonelli has a hit in nine of his last 10 games, going 13-for-39 – a .333 average – with five walks. He has upped his on-base percentage from .297 to .315 in the process.

San Antonio (3-2) won 9-0 over Midland (A's)

Manny Ayala and four relievers combined to hurl the Missions Texas League leading 13th shutout. The right-hander allowed four hits over five innings while walking two and striking out seven to move to 2-1. Ayala had allowed eight runs on 13 hits and five walks over his previous 8.1 innings. It is, however, the second time he has gone four or more innings without allowing a run.

Kyle Blanks had three of San Antonio's nine extra base hits, doubling twice and hitting a two-run homer in the opening frame. He also added a walk, scored twice and drove in three. It is the first time this year Blanks has notched multiple extra base hits in a game. The first baseman had 16 extra base hits through his first 71 contests before breaking out on Sunday. He has an RBI in three straight games and is hitting .370 over his last 20 contests.

Sean Kazmar, who saw his 11-game hitting streak end on Saturday, belted his 13th double of the season as part of a three-hit night that included a pair of RBIs – both coming with two outs. After netting seven doubles through his first 48 games, he has six over his last 20. The shortstop has 26 hits in his last 64 at-bats, a .406 average.

Lake Elsinore (2-4) had a scheduled day off

Fort Wayne (0-4) lost 1-0 to Lansing (Blue Jays)

Jeremy Hefner tossed blanks over seven innings, a career-high. The right-hander gave up four hits, walked one and struck out a career-high 10, recording eight groundball outs. It is the 12th time in 17 outings that Hefner has given up two runs or less. He improved his ERA to 2.88 as a starter across 12 such outings and is holding the opposition to a .212 average with runners in scoring position on the year.

Derek McDaid was saddled with his first loss of the year, giving up one run on four hits and a walk over an inning and one-third, striking out two. The right-hander has allowed runs in successive games for just the second time all year and has surrendered runs in three of the last four. McDaid has allowed runs in nine of 29 outings overall. The four hits he yielded matched a season-high.

Drew Cumberland had two hits, including a double, in four trips. The shortstop has 28 hits across his last 70 at-bats – a .400 average – spanning 18 games. He has brought his average up from .206 to .276 in the process. While he did not commit an error on Sunday, Cumberland has three in his last five games and five across his last nine. He is hitting .344 when he leads off an inning but has batted leadoff just once on the year.

Eugene (3-3) lost 5-2 to Spokane (Rangers)

Dean Anna's first at-bat since being moved up from the AZL Padres to take the place of Logan Forsythe, who was put on the disabled list with a thumb injury, resulted in a home run. Anna's second hit was the second for Eugene on the day – a single. He was, however, picked off first base. In total, Anna had three of Eugene's four hits, adding a single later in the contest. A 26th-round pick, The shortstop hit .319 for the Ball State in 2008 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI out of the leadoff spot. Anna added 17 doubles and seven triples for a total of 35 extra-base hits.

Simon Castro worked four innings, surrendering a single hit, walking two, hitting a batter, tossing a wild pitch and yielding an unearned run while striking out five. The right-hander gave up four runs across two innings in his first start. He has hit a batter and tossed a wild pitch in each of his starts. Castro went 2-6 with a 6.22 ERA across 14 games, including 12 starts, for the AZL Padres last year. He hit nine batters and tossed 12 wild pitches.

Pascual Juan allowed a run on two hits over an inning of work and was saddled with the loss. The left-hander has given up four runs on five hits and a walk over 1.2 innings to begin the season. Juan missed all of 2007 and is 5-4 with a 4.58 ERA across 27 games coming into the season. He had a 7.78 ERA across 14 games and 19.2 innings for the AZL Padres in 2006, giving up 21 hits and walking 18.

DSL Padres (12-7) had a scheduled day off

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