Josh Geer lucked out during his start on Tuesday. The right-hander surrendered 10 hits and three walks across four innings but was only on the hook for three runs during a 77-pitch effort. He induced two double play grounders and was aided by a caught stealing. Geer has notched three double play grounders in two starts this season after netting 20 a season ago in Portland. Geer allowed 10 or more hits four times last season in Portland, suffering the loss three of those times.
Joe Thatcher worked an inning and one-third scoreless, giving up one hit, plunking a batter, and a walk while striking out two. He stranded a pair of inherited runners as well. The left-hander stranded 11 of the 17 runners he inherited last season with Portland while seeing nine of the 16 runners inherited in San Diego come across to score. Thatcher posted a 2.77 ERA in 37 appearances at Triple-A but notched a 8.42 ERA in 25 outings with the Friars.
San Antonio (3-3) lost 5-4 to Tulsa (Rockies)
Craig Cooper belted a two-run homer in the fourth and added a two-run single in the ninth, accounting for all four San Antonio RBI. The first baseman has three multi-hit games in his first six. It was his highest RBI total since pushing seven across on August 28, 2007. Cooper hit .282 last season in San Antonio, notching 34 extra base hits and driving in 55.
Brandon Gomes fell victim to an Eric Sogard error that contributed to two runs crossing the dish. Gomes was tagged for those two unearned runs on two hits and a walk over two innings, striking out four. He has fanned nine in four innings but has seen three unearned runs cross. Gomes saw just six unearned runs across 51 appearances and two leagues.
Stephen Faris allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits and a hit batsman while whiffing two. He tossed 73.4 percent of his pitches for strikes but four of the hits went for extra bases. Thirty percent of the hits he surrendered a season ago went for extra bases. Faris allowed just five runs in the first inning last year – a 1.73 ERA in that frame – and has yet to allow a run in the opening frame through two starts.
Lake Elsinore (1-5) won 9-0 over High Desert (Mariners)
Ali Solis tripled in two in the seventh and added a bases loaded walk an inning later to give him a three-RBI night. It was the first time in his a career that began in 2005 that he notched a three-bagger. It was the most RBI in a game for Solis since he set a career-high with four on April 11, 2008. The backstop hit just .184 across two levels last season.
Corey Kluber evened his record at 1-1 with a brilliant performance. The right-hander went six strong, giving up three hits – including two doubles – while not walking a batter and striking out six. Kluber allowed three hits or less in four of his 26 starts across two leagues a season ago – a feat he has accomplished in each of his first two starts this year.
Matt Teague contributed three scoreless innings to pick up the save and preserve the shutout. The left-hander yielded two hits and a walk while fanning three. He has contributed five straight scoreless and has held left-handed hitters to one hit in 10 at-bats. Teague went 7-8 with a 4.75 ERA split between starting and relief for Fort Wayne last season. The southpaw was much better in relief, posting a 3.40 ERA compared to a 5.62 ERA as a starter.
Fort Wayne (5-0) won 3-2 over Wisconsin (Brewers)
Michael Watt, acquired in the Greg Maddux to Los Angeles deal, pitched to the minimum in his three innings of work, striking out seven of the nine he faced. Watt struck out seven or more on seven occasions last season – all coming out of a starting role. He went 9-4 with a 4.35 ERA, compiling two complete games, for Ogden of the short-season Pioneer League. He fanned 79 in 80.2 innings.
Stiven Osuna saw two unearned runs cross due to a pair of errors from Drew Cumberland (he had three on the day) in two separate innings. He went four, giving up four hits and striking out four. Osuna went 7-3 with a 2.18 ERA across 14 starts for the AZL Padres a year ago. The right-hander allowed two runs or less in 12 of those starts, including each of his last 11 starts.
Adam Zornes hit his first homer as a professional, smacking a two-run homer in the fourth on a 1-2 pitch. Zornes has, however, struck out in seven of his first 14 at-bats. The backstop hit.230 across 17 games last season across two leagues. Zornes also threw out one of the two runners attempting to steal off him and has snared 3-of-6 to begin the season. He three out 3-of-9 last season.
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