Adam Bass was hammered to the tune of four runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batsman over an inning and one-third, leaving the game with the bases loaded only to see all three score. The right-hander has yielded runs in 19 of his 43 appearances this season with three or more runs crossing the dish 11 times. Bass has had an ERA over 8.00 in every month except May when he posted a 5.11 ERA.
Joe Thatcher came on with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and promptly served up a grand slam to the first batter he faced. The left-hander went on to allow four runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk over one-third of an inning, leaving the contest with the bases loaded, although none of the three would be charged to his ledger after they were stranded. It is the first time since joining Portland that he has given up more than one run or three hits in a game and the homer he allowed was his first of the season. Thatcher had also stranded nine of the 13 runners he had inherited on the year coming into the game.
San Antonio (24-25) won 9-6 over Arkansas (Angels)
Will Inman was tagged for six runs on 10 hits and a walk over five innings of work while striking out seven. The right-hander allowed three extra base hits, including two homers, in a 81-pitch effort. It is the first time this season that Inman has allowed more than eight hits in a game and the first time he has given up more than four earned runs. Inman does lead the league with 133 strikeouts.
Kyle Blanks reached base in each of his five plate appearances, going 4-for-4 with four singles while getting hit by a pitch. The first baseman also scored two runs and plated two to give him 79 RBIs on the season – a tally that ties him for fourth most in the Texas League. It is the third time this season that Blanks has collected four or more hits and he now sits 10th in the league in hitting.
Beamer Weems, sent up to Double-A from Eugene to add another able body, started at third base and batted ninth. The 2008 draft pick went 2-for-4, scoring a run and hitting a ground ball off the third baseman's glove for an RBI single in the eighth. He was picked off first base in the game. Weems is now 3-for-6 in San Antonio and the two hits on Monday represented his first multi-hit contest. Weems bated .175 across 13 games with Eugene but did draw 10 walks for a .306 on-base percentage.
Lake Elsinore (25-25) won 4-2 over High Desert (Mariners)
Mitch Canham singled in a run in the eighth to tie the game at 2-2 and came around to score the final run of a four-run frame. His 12 stolen base allowed him to scamper home on a wild pitch. Canham also threw out the only runner to attempt a theft but did get called for his 17th passed ball of the year. Canham has thrown out 27-of-151 base runners attempting to steal on him this season. Canham had been in a 3-for-18 slump coming into the game but has scored a run in three of his last four games and has reached base safely in 11 straight.
Ernesto Frieri's error on a pickoff attempt in the fifth led to an unearned run and the only other run to score came on a solo homer in the seventh. He allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks in picking up his seventh win. Frieri has allowed two runs or less in seven of his 17 starts. The homer was his 14th allowed on the year, eight of them solo shots. He has a 4.64 ERA as a starter after posting a 2.45 mark in relief.
Evan Scribner pitched to the minimum in his lone inning of work to pick up his fifth hold of the year. It is the fifth time in 11 appearances with the Storm that he has faced the minimum and the second time that he has not recorded a strikeout. Scribner has surrendered just six hits in 13.1 innings, holding the opposition to a .128 average against.
Fort Wayne (25-25) won 4-0 over Great Lakes (Dodgers)
Jeremy Hefner and three relievers combined to throw the Wizards eighth shutout of the season. The right-hander picked up his ninth win, allowing three hits and a walk while pitching to two over the minimum in his six innings of work, fanning six. Hefner has not allowed a run over his last 11 frames, giving up just five hits while fanning 12. He has allowed two runs or less in 18 of his 26 outings on the season.
Justin Baum had a pair of hits and added hi 64th RBI of the year – one of two players to notch a multi-hit game. The third baseman also added his third stolen base. Baum entered the game with two hits in his previous 24 at-bats but he has netted three RBIs over his last two games. Baum has gone three games without striking out – tying his longest stretch of the season. He also has two of his three steals over his last two games.
Bryan Oland worked a scoreless inning to finish out the shutout, as all three relievers to enter the game put down their respective sides in order. Oland has allowed runs in six of his 36 appearances and has not allowed more than one run in any outing. He has given held the leadoff man of an inning to a .175 on-base percentage and is holding right-handed batters to a .143 average.
Eugene (29-25) lost 3-2 to Tri-City (Rockies)
Kyle Heyne suffered the blown save and the loss, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks over an inning and one-third. It is the sixth time in 16 appearances that Heyne has allowed runs and each time multiple runs have crossed the dish. It is the second time this season he has allowed at least six base runners in a game while going two innings or less.
Geoff Vandel worked 6.2 scoreless frames, giving up seven hits, hitting a batter and tossing a wild pitch. He also struck out seven and recorded five ground ball outs. The left-hander has run his scoreless total to 22.1 innings and he has allowed two earned runs or less in all but one of his 11 starts. Vandel has blanked the opposition in five of his starts, going five innings or more four times.
Emmanuel Quiles delivered an RBI double in the seventh inning – his fourth double of the year. He also threw out one of the two base runners attempting to steal but did commit his 17th passed ball of the season, a number that leads the league. Quiles has thrown out 21 of the 55 runners attempting to steal this season. He is hitting .258 over his last eight games, upping his average from .194 to .210.
AZL Padres (8-5) lost 16-5 to AZL Angels
Josh Davies surrendered three runs on three hits and a walk in his lone inning of work to take the loss, his first of the season. The Australian right-hander came into the game without having allowed an earned run over his previous 9.1 innings of action. The opposition has placed 41 base runners on in his 20.1 innings of work.
Pascual Juan surrendered four runs on five hits in his sole inning of work, tossing a wild pitch. Juan had allowed three runs total over his first seven innings of action in the AZL but the opposition had been hitting .348 off him coming in – a number that went up to .412 by the end of the day. Juan has tossed three wild pitches in Arizona and five on the year. He has given up 15 runs in 13.2 innings across two leagues.
Jason Codiroli logged three hits – all singles – in four at-bats and added an RBI, extending his hitting streak to six games. He also threw out a runner at second base for his fourth outfield assist of the year. Codiroli has reached base safely in all but one game this year. He has notched four games with three or more hits and 13 multi-hit games. His .461 on-base percentage is fourth in the league.
DSL Padres (27-34) won 3-2 over DSL Tigers
Eduardo Lopez' double with two outs in the top of the ninth pushed home the second run of the inning and gave the DSL Padres a lead they would not relinquish. The third baseman entered his final at-bat without a hit over his previous 33 at-bats, seeing his average plummet from .206 to .118. Lopez has just eight hits on the season but does have six RBIs.
Juan Oramas hurled four innings of shutout ball, giving up one hit and a walk while striking out five to pick up his third victory of the year. The southpaw out of Mexico has held right-handed hitters to a .104 average across 135 at-bats and has yielded just two hits in 52 at-bats with runners in scoring position, a paltry .038 average. He has surrendered four earned runs over his last 41 innings.
Freddys Henrique was on the hook for two runs on three hits – including two of the extra base variety – over 4.1 innings while striking out a half-dozen. With just four appearances under his belt since the start of the season, Henrique has limited the opposition to a .114 average across 13.2 frames and has held the leadoff man of an inning to a .214 on-base percentage. He had not given up any extra base hits prior to Monday's outing.