LeBlanc rolls; Kulbacki crackin'

Wade LeBlanc was outstanding in a Portland win. Matt Buschmann was solid but the San Antonio offense was stagnant. The Kellen Kulbacki inferno continues. Wynn Pelzer's run ended on Saturday. Dan Robertson sparks a rally and Clint Naylor finishes it. Jonathan Galvez snaps a considerable slump.

Portland (59-54) won 9-1 over Albuquerque (Marlins)

Wade LeBlanc fell an inning shy of a complete game, going eight and allowing just two hits in a 96-pitch effort that included 11 strikeouts and zero runs against. With 66 strikes thrown, LeBlanc pitched to two over the minimum and improved to 10-7. The southpaw is now third in the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts with 117 and has fanned eight or more six times. His 10 wins are tied for third-most in the circuit.

Vince Sinisi pounded out a season-high four hits in five at-bats with a double but did not figure into the scoring. The outfielder extended his hitting streak to 10 games, going 16-for-41 to raise his average from .243 to .277. Sinisi's double was his eighth and he came into the contest with one extra base over his previous 16 games.

Matt Antonelli reached base in each of his four plate appearances, drawing a pair of walks while adding a single, double, and two runs scored. He also added his fifth stolen base of the season in eight attempts. It is the first time since May 9 that he has reached base four or more times. Antonelli has drawn 66 walks this season – good for third in the Pacific Coast League.

San Antonio (21-20) lost 6-1 to Frisco (Rangers)

Seth Johnston accounted for the lone San Antonio run, belting his 13th homer of the season in the seventh inning. The third baseman has gone yard in four of his last seven games and has five extra base hits among his last eight hits. Eleven of his homers have come with the bases empty.

Matt Buschmann dropped to 7-6, giving up a pair of runs on four hits and three walks while fanning seven over seven frames. It is the fourth straight start that he has allowed two runs or less and he has not picked up a win in any of those contests. Buschmann has worked seven innings in each of his last two games after accomplishing the feat once previously on the year. He has walked three or more in seven of his 22 starts.

Jon Ellis was pounded for four runs on six hits – both season-highs – in his lone inning of work, upping his ERA to 3.05 for the season, more than half a run above the 2.45 mark he had entering the game. Ellis had not surrendered more than two earned or three hits in any outing, giving up multiple runs just twice in his previous 47 appearances.

Lake Elsinore (21-21) won 12-3 over Bakersfield (Rangers)

Kellen Kulbacki put another four hits on the board as his sizzling ways continue. He hit his 19th homer of the year in the sixth and added a walk and four RBIs. Kulbacki has a 16-game hitting streak where he has batted .470 – his second 16-game hitting streak of the year. Kulbacki has reached base in 33 straight games, posting an average of .427 over that span – a streak that leads the California League.

Drew Miller picked up his ninth win, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk while fanning three over six frames. It is the sixth time in 21 starts that he has given up two runs or less. Miller has not had a month with an ERA lower than 4.15 through the first five months of the season.

Jodam Rivera started at third base and picked up two walks and two runs scored. He did, however, ground into a double play – one of five rally killers the Storm grounded into. Rivera has reached base safely in six straight games, reaching base 14 times over that span with eight hits and six walks. He has scored five runs over his last five games.

Fort Wayne (20-22) lost 5-4 to Burlington (Royals)

Luis Martinez was the lone Wizards batter to collect a multi-hit game. The backstop had a pair of singles and a walk, scoring a run and notching an RBI. He also threw out one of the two runners attempting to steal. Martinez has three multi-hit games over his last eight after netting three such games in his previous 50 contests. He has thrown out 37-of-104 base runners this season.

Matt Teague allowed one run over 2.2 innings on one hit and two walks while striking out two. The run scored on a solo homer – his third allowed over 31 innings of relief. Teague has posted a 3.19 ERA across 15 relief appearances after notching a 5.69 ERA in 15 starts. His two walks in a relief appearance are a season-high, as he had not walked more than one in his previous 14 relief outings.

Wynn Pelzer took his fifth loss, surrendering four runs on five hits, two walks and two hit batsman over four innings. Two of the runs came via solo homers. It is the second time this year he has given up multiple homers and six of the eight he has yielded have come with the bases empty. His four earned runs matched a season-high – set in his first outing of the year on April 6.

Eugene (22-23) won 11-6 over Everett (Mariners)

Dan Robertson started a seven-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning with his second single of the game, eventually scoring the then tying run. The outfielder also drew three walks. The Northwest League leader in hits, Robertson has reached base three times or more 14 times in 42 games and has notched 21 multi-hit contests.

Nick Vincent came away with a no-decision after giving up one run on three hits and a walk while striking out a Eugene season-high nine over five innings – as the Ems staff fanned 16 for the game. The right-hander has allowed three runs over his last three starts while striking out 15. The right-hander has given up four hits in 25 at-bats to the leadoff hitter of an inning.

Clint Naylor came on as a defensive replacement in the sixth inning and wound up going 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. His second extra base hit of the season and first in Eugene came with the bases loaded, scoring them all. He is 2-for-5 with the bases loaded over two leagues this season. Along with Logan Gelbrich, the catching position went 4-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs on Saturday.

AZL Padres (17-16) had a scheduled night off

DSL Padres (23-30) lost 4-3 to DSL Nationals 1

Jonathan Galvez reached base in each of his four plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a walk. His single to open the ninth led to a three run inning. After hitting .367 over his first 20 games, the shortstop struggled with a .151 average over his last 86 at-bats and 24 games. Galvez has reached base 12 times over his last five games, drawing eight walks over that span.

Rosario Carrillo also reached base four times, notching three singles and a walk. He plated a run with one out in the ninth and moved a runner to third base down by one before a double play ended the game. While the outfielder has a .133 average when leading off an inning, Carrillo has a .310 average with runners in scoring position.

Stalyn Valdez suffered his fifth loss without a victory, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk while fanning four in 6.2 innings. The right-hander also hit three batters – the third time this season he has plunked two or more. Valdez also uncorked his eighth wild pitch of the season. He has held the opposition to a .212 average with runners in scoring position.

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