Joe Thatcher was saddled with the loss, giving up a homer to the first hitter he faced and surrendering three runs, two earned, on four hits in his lone inning of work. It is the ninth time in 28 appearances that the left-hander has surrendered a run and Friday marked the first time he was tagged for multiple earned runs. He has given up a homer in two of his last three outings – the only homers he has yielded in Triple-A.
Justin Germano took a no-decision after giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks over seven innings. The right-hander struck out five in his 104-pitch effort, notching eight ground ball outs. Germano has gone 10 starts without picking up a win, last seeing glory on June 19. He has allowed three runs ove rhis last two starts and has yielded two runs or less in four of his last seven outings.
San Antonio (25-27) lost 3-2 to Springfield (Cardinals)
Kyle Blanks had three hits in four trips, smashing his 18th double, scoring a run and driving in his 81st run of the season. The first baseman sits third in the Texas League in the RBI category. Blanks has reached base safely in eight straight games, going 12-for-31 with seven RBIs and seven runs scored. Blanks is hitting .313 with runners on base.
Greg Burke suffered his seventh loss of the year, giving up a run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth in his second inning of work. A bases loaded single – the third hit of the inning – ended his night. The right-hander has given up 11 of his 19 earned runs this season over his last 17 appearances. Burke has posted a 5.50 ERA over that span, raising his season ERA from 1.26 to 2.27.
Stephen Faris went five frames, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks while registering seven ground ball outs. The right-hander picked off a runner at first and added a sacrifice bunt at the plate. Faris has allowed two runs or less in 11 of his 14 outings. He has given up just four first inning runs this season across 23 starts.
Lake Elsinore (28-26) won 16-4 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)
Cedric Hunter had three hits in six at-bats and drove in four runs for the Storm with each of his hits plating a run. He plated a run on a force out in the second, singled in a run in the fourth, sixth and seventh. Hunter extended his hitting streak to 17 games – tied for the eighth best mark in the league this season. Hunter has eight multi-hit games over the streak with eight RBIs in his last four games.
Keoni Ruth started off a five-run second inning with a three-run homer over the left field wall – his fifth bomb of the year. Ruth ended the day with two hits and four RBIs, adding a sacrifice fly – his first of the year – in the fifth. Ruth has four straight multi-hit games, going 9-for-17 with four runs scored and eight RBIs. He has two four-RBI games in the last four.
Brian Joynt was one of five players with three hits on Friday. The third baseman clubbed his eighth homer in the fifth inning and added two runs scored. Six of his eight homers have been solo shots. He did, however, commit his 12th error of the year, although it did not figure into the scoring. Joynt has a six-game hitting streak and has an RBI in six of his last eight games.
Fort Wayne (26-28) won 6-5 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)
Lance Zawadzki singled with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and came around to score the winning run on a fielding error – his third run scored of the game. The shortstop reached base four times with two hits and a pair of walks, scoring runs in the third and fifth. Zawadzki came into the game with two hits in his previous 23 at-bats, but he is hitting .306 over his last 186 at-bats.
Justin Baum singled in a run in the first and added his second RBI knock in the third. The third baseman went 3-for-4 with a walk and it was his ball that an outfielder made an error on to lead to the winning run. Baum was caught stealing for the second time this year. Baum leads the squad with 66 RBIs and 68 runs scored. He is hitting .273 with runners in scoring position.
Bryan Oland got a save opportunity with a one-run lead in the top half of the ninth but a two-out error by the pitcher led to an unearned run to knot the game up at 5-5. He struck out three and allowed a single and a walk in his lone inning, tossing a wild pitch as well. The right-hander is striking out 12.2 batters per nine innings and has a WHIP of 0.82 for the season.
Eugene (30-28) won 3-0 over Tri-City (Rockies)
Erik Davis got the start and worked 3.2 scoreless, giving up one hit, plunking a batter and striking out six as part of a three-hit shutout. The right-hander extended his scoreless streak to 9.1 innings and has yielded one run over his last 15.2 frames. Davis has struck out 13.73 batters per nine innings with 30 Ks in 19.2 innings. He has given up just 14 hits over that span.
Anthony Bass completed the Emeralds fifth shutout – tying them for the Northwest League lead. The fourth pitcher to enter the game earned his fourth save in the process, retiring all six batters he faced over two innings while fanning two. Bass has allowed one earned run over his last 13 innings of work but Friday marked just the second time in 18 outings that he has retired every batter he has faced.
Bobby Verbick provided the cushion with a two-run double in the top of the ninth. It was his lone hit of the day, as the outfielder drew a walk and struck out in his other three at-bats. Verbick has registered an RBI in seven of his last 11 games, plating nine over that span. Verbick has reached base safely in 15 straight games, drawing a walk in 10 of his last 11.
AZL Padres (10-6) won 3-2 over AZL A's
Chris Wilkes tied the Arizona Rookie League mark for most wins with his sixth on Friday, tossing five innings of one-run ball. The right-hander yielded six hits, struck out four and notched 10 ground ball outs. Wilkes has allowed one run or less in five of his last six starts and sports a 3.09 ERA across seven starts. He has allowed one first inning run this season.
Kevin Hansen was the lone AZL Padre to record a multi-hit game. Hitting out of the leadoff spot, the infielder, playing shortstop on Friday, had a pair of singles and a walk while scoring a run. Hansen came into the game with two hits in his previous 19 at-bats. He has 10 multi-hit games on the year and sports a 22-to-13 walk-to-strikeout ratio. He is hitting .328 when he bats leadoff.
Al Angelucci surrendered a run on one hit while fanning two over a pair of innings, picking up his second hold of the season. The right-hander has allowed runs in nine of his 12 appearances on the year, working three innings or more seven times. The leadoff double he surrendered in the seventh was just the fourth hit he has given up to the leadoff hitter of an inning in 22 at-bats.
DSL Padres (28-37) lost 9-4 to DSL Nationals
Rymer Liriano collected two of the DSL Padres three hits and their only RBI, driving in a run with a double in the fourth. The other three runs all came home on wild pitches. It is his eighth multi-hit game across 60 contests. He came into the game with five hits in his previous 38 at-bats with a three-hit game sprinkled in. Liriano has struck out 99 times in 208 at-bats overall, fanning in 53 of his 60 games.
Juan Chavez pitched two scoreless innings and came out for a third but all five batters he faced would reach base via four hits and a fielders' choice with two wild pitches mixed in. He would be charged with all five runs on five hits and a walk while fanning four in two-plus innings. Chavez has lost his last two games, allowing seven runs on nine hits over seven innings. He has tossed five wild pitches in his last two and 11 on the year.
Pedro Martinez surrendered four runs, three earned, on three hits and five walks while matching a season-high by striking out seven across 4.2 innings. The left-hander has walked three or more in eight of his 14 outings, going five frames just once. He is issuing 7.6 free passes per nine innings pitched. The southpaw has held left-handed hitters to a .038 average with one hit in 26 at-bats and righties are batting .234 off him.
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