Will Venable opened up the fifth inning with a double – his 16th - and wound up scoring the first run of the game to tie the score at 1-1. His single leading off the 10th frame led to the second run. Venable had scored two runs or more just once in his previous 30 games. The outfielder came into the contest with five hits in his previous 24 at-bats. Venable did commit his third error of the year.
Joe Thatcher worked an inning and two-thirds of no-run ball, allowing a walk and recording four of his five outs by way of the strikeout. The left-hander also stranded two inherited runners to move to 4-0 in Portland. Thatcher has given up a single earned run over his last 17.1 innings in Triple-A, allowing 10 hits over that span while fanning 18. Thatcher has stranded seven of the 10 runners he has inherited in the Pacific Coast League.
Cesar Ramos worked six innings in a no-decision, allowing one run on six hits and two walks while striking out three. He tossed 92 pitches and recorded seven groundball outs and seven via the air. It was the fifth time this year in 17 outings that he has given up two runs or less. He had allowed at least six runs in two of his previous three starts. The southpaw has walked 37 in 86 frames this year.
San Antonio (8-4) had a scheduled day off
Lake Elsinore (5-8) lost 11-5 to Visalia (Diamondbacks)
Cedric Hunter had two hits in four at-bats, driving in one. He also added an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at third base by hitting his cutoff man in the fifth, his fifth outfield assist of the year. Hunter is in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak that has seen him amass five multi-hit contests. His 104 hits lead the California League, and he leads the circuit in runs scored with 64.
Ernesto Frieri was hammered for seven runs – all earned – on 12 hits while striking out three in five innings, dropping his record to 3-5. The right-hander gave up five extra base hits, although none left the park. Thirty-nine of the 77 hits he has allowed this year have gone for extras. Frieri has allowed 13 runs on 17 hits over his last two starts over a span of 10.2 frames.
Fort Wayne (5-8) vs West Michigan (Tigers) postponed due to rain
Eugene (7-9) lost 5-2 to Salem-Keizer (Giants)
Simon Castro gave up all of his hits and runs in the opening frame, surrendering three knocks and two runs before pitching shutout ball over the next four. The right-hander walked one and hit two over the rest of the way and ended the night with six strikeouts and his first loss of the year. All six of his earned runs have come across the first two innings of his starts. He has given up just six hits across his last 14 innings but has hit at least one batter in every start.
Dean Anna went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk, driving in one from the sixth spot in the order. He also swiped his fourth bag of the season. The infielder has hits in five of his 11 games and all have been multi-hit games. He has an RBI in four of his last six games. Anna has stolen four straight since getting caught in his first attempt of the year.
Kyle Heyne made his Northwest League debut and surrendered three runs on three hits, including one extra base hit, and a free pass in two innings of work. Heyne pitched three scoreless innings for the AZL Padres before being promoted, giving up just two hits and not walking a batter while striking out three in three innings.
AZL Padres (5-4) lost 6-4 to AZL Angels
Stiven Osuna was pegged with his first loss of the season, allowing five runs, three earned, on seven hits and a hit batsman while fanning two across four innings. All five runs crossed in the fourth inning, as he allowed five hits in the frame. Of the 12 runs he has surrendered on the year, a mere four have been earned runs. The Venezuelan native has held the opposition to a .300 on-base percentage to leadoff an inning.
Nick Schumacher pitched to the minimum over an inning of work, despite allowing a hit. A caught stealing and two groundouts accounted for his tally. The right-hander has not allowed a hit with runners in scoring position this season, although four of the six hits he has surrendered have gone either for triples or homers. Schumacher has allowed runs in one of his four appearances to date.
Clint Naylor notched his first hit of the season in a 1-for-4 game that included a strikeout. He also threw out the only runner trying to steal a bag. The backstop is 1-for-12 to begin the year with four walks. Last season, Naylor hit .169 with a .368 on-base percentage thanks to 18 walks in 23 games. In his third season with the AZL Padres, Naylor came into the year with a .168 career average with 41 walks compared to 28 strikeouts.
DSL Padres (14-14) lost 3-0 to DSL Nationals 1 Jorge Minyeti had both DSL Padres hits on Wednesday, as the team average dropped to .218 for the season. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and a double. The second baseman sits second on the squad with 20 hits and is first with 23 walks for a .440 on-base percentage. He has three straight multi-hit games and has reached base safely in 10 straight with 10 hits and 13 walks.
Juan Herrera dropped his second game of the year after allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while fanning two. The right-hander allowed three extra base hits and saw two stolen bases against. Herrera had surrendered just two extra base hits over his first 11.2 innings of work; he and his catchers have seen just one runner thrown out in 11 stolen base attempts.
Stalyn Valdez pitched 2.1 innings and was on the hook for an unearned run on two hits and three walks. The run came as part of a double steal with a runner getting credited with a steal of home. His catchers have nabbed two of the 14 runners attempting to steal off him this season after going 0-for-4 on Wednesday. Valdez has given up just six hits in 31 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
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