Luis Rodriguez collected three hits but none were as important as his double in the ninth with the score tied at 5-5. He would come around to score the eventual winning run. The shortstop had been 2-for-27 in his previous 10 games. In two of his previous three games he also struck out – the only two times in 74 at-bats that he has whiffed. It was his third game with three or more hits in 24 contests.
Chip Ambres hit his 16th homer of the year, sending a two-out pitch over the wall for a two-run homer in the ninth to pad the Portland lead. Eight of his bombs have come with runners on base. He also scored twice in the contest. Ambres is tied for fifth in the Pacific Coast League in homers and sits in the top 10 with 57 RBIs. His 41 extra base hits are tied for second best in the circuit.
Josh Geer notched a no-decision and was bailed out by the offense after giving up five runs, four earned, on six hits and a walk while fanning two. The right-hander surrendered three homers – accounting for all five runs – and five extra base hits in total. The right-hander has allowed 15 homers in 16 starts with three multi-homer games. He matched his career high for homers allowed, last seen on April 26, 2007 while with San Antonio.
San Antonio (4-2) won 5-2 over Midland (A's)
Will Inman moved to 8-3, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out a season-high 11. The right-hander has fanned a Texas League leading 92 batters on the season. Inman has given up two runs or less in four of his last five starts and nine of 16 overall. He has also held the opposition to three hits or fewer five times, keeping opponents to a .206 average against.
Chad Huffman had two hits – both doubles – and punched two runs across the dish while also getting plunked by a pitch. He has 19 two-baggers on the year and 39 RBIs. It was his second straight multi-hit game after netting three such games in his previous 20 contests. Huffman was also credited with an outfield assist in the eighth inning when he hit his relay man Sean Kazmar who fired a bullet home to end a threat. He has seven outfield assists on the year.
Greg Burke picked up his 12th save in as many chances, retiring the side in order in the ninth and striking out two. He is fanning 9.8 batters per nine innings pitched – the first time in his career that he has averaged better than 6.5 per nine. In 54.1 innings he has issued just nine walks and has gone 10 straight outings without yielding a fee pass. He has allowed three earned runs over his last 39.1 innings.
Lake Elsinore (2-4) had a scheduled day off
Fort Wayne (1-3) won 7-0 over West Michigan (Tigers)
Matt Teague picked up win number six, combining with three relievers to work a shutout – the fourth of the year from the Wizards staff. The left-hander allowed four hits and a walk over six innings, striking out two and netting 11 groundball outs. It is the second time this year he has gone five or more without allowing a run and seventh time in 12 starts he has given up two runs or less.
Justin Baum accounted for four of the seven Wizard runs, tripling in a pair in the first inning, adding a run-scoring double for RBI number three and scoring a run. He also drew a walk but did ground into a double play. He hopped into the top five in the Midwest League in RBIs after upping his total to 45 and sits in the top 10 in triples with five.
Drew Cumberland was also in on four runs. The shortstop drew a walk and went 3-for-4 at the dish, scoring three times and knocking in one. He also added two stolen bases, bringing his total to 16 for the season – his second multi-stolen base game of the year. After netting one three-hit game over his first 42 games, Cumberland has four such games in his last nine. He also has nine multi-hit games across his last 14. He has scored three runs in three of his last eight games.
Eugene (3-4) lost 7-4 to Spokane (Rangers)
Jeudy Valdez was the star on offense but the goat defensively. The shortstop had three hits in four at-bats and scored a pair of runs but his error, and a passed ball on strikeout, helped lead to five unearned runs. Valdez has a six-game hitting streak to open the year with three multi-hit games. He has also scored a run in each contest, touching home nine times. Valdez does have three errors thus far.
Matt Means suffered his second loss in as many appearances and was the victim of five unearned runs. After seemingly striking out the final batter of the inning, the passed ball led to a run. An error on the next play scored a second run. Former Padres farmhand Justin Pickett doubled in two before a balk brought him home. Means has given up 10 runs, five earned, on five hits and seven walks in 2.2 innings.
Nick Vincent worked a 1-2-3 inning in his third appearances of the year. The right-hander has put down every batter he has faced in three innings of work, striking out one. Vincent went 4-0 with a 1.76 ERA across 26 appearances for Long Beach State. In 30.2 innings of work, Vincent surrendered 19 hits, walked five and struck out 33, holding the opposition to a .174 average.
AZL Padres (1-0) won 5-2 over AZL Mariners on Sunday, off on Monday
Two batters into the game, Keisy Marte put the AZL Padres up by two with a two-run homer, one of three bombs hit by the squad. The shortstop also added a walk and a sacrifice fly, giving him three RBIs on the day. Marte did, however, commit his first fielding error of the year. Marte hid two homers a season ago for the DSL Padres and had just one game with more than one RBI, ending the year with 15 overall. He hit .228 and contributed 12 doubles while drawing 36 walks in 47 games.
Jason Codiroli had leadoff honors on Sunday, going 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored. The outfielder also added his first stolen base of the year and threw out a runner at second base in the sixth inning. Codiroli hit .356 with 10 doubles, seven triples and three homers for West Valley junior college. In 39 games, the outfielder notched 27 RBIs and 57 runs scored while drawing 37 walks compared to 16 strikeouts. He also stole 25 bags in 26 attempts.
Stiven Osuna got the starting nod and allowed an unearned run on three hits and a walk while fanning two across four innings of work. It was his fielding error in the second inning that led to the run. The right-hander went 4-6 with a 3.65 ERA across 15 starts for the DSL Padres a season ago. In 81.1 innings, he allowed 75 hits, walked 27 and struck out 75. He saw 16 unearned runs cross the plate with him on the mound last year.
DSL Padres (13-7) won 7-6 over DSL Nationals 2
Joel Armstrong's single in the top of the ninth led to the game-winner. He was replaced by a pinch-runner and that runner would score. The first baseman went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI while also stealing his first base of the season. After notching a .298 on-base percentage last year in the DSL, Armstrong has opened the year with a .400 on-base percentage this season.
Stalyn Valdez gave up two runs, one earned, on four hits across four innings, striking out four in a no-decision in middle relief. The right-hander has allowed 10 runs, seven earned, over 17.2 innings to begin the season on 20 hits while walking two. Valdez has given up four hits in 22 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Juan Herrera lasted just 2.1 innings and was charged with four runs on three hits, a hit batsman and four walks while fanning four. The right-hander has already walked 17 across 10 innings and has a WHIP of 2.70 to begin the season. The opposition has a .750 on-base percentage to leadoff an inning. Herrera has held the opposition to a .160 average with runners in scoring position but has also walked five in those situations.
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