Brach impressive; Oland suffers many firsts

Stephan Faris keeps San Antonio close but the rest of the bullpen implodes. Yefri Carvajal ties the game late and has a chance to win it. Bryan Oland suffers a blown save and sees two firsts in over a year. Brad Brach has been about as perfect as anyone can be. Andy Parrino provides a lone RBI in a nightcap loss.

Portland (10-7) Salt Lake (Angels) postponed due to rain

San Antonio (6-10) lost 6-0 to Midland (A's)

Stephen Faris allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three in 5.2 innings – leaving with a pair of men on, neither of which would score. The right-hander has held the opposition to six runs over his first four starts. Faris has held the opponents to two hits in 16 at-bats with runners in scoring position this season.

"He had a good curveball today, the change was okay and his command was pretty good," said manager Terry Kennedy. "If he only gives up two each time he throws nearly six innings, we'll take it."

John Hudgins stranded a pair of base runner in the sixth but wound up allowing one of his own, as the right-hander allowed one run on two hits in an inning and one-third. Hudgins has inherited nine runners on the season, seeing five cross. He has also given up runs in four of his seven appearances – but just three have been earned. He has held the opposition to three hits in 16 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

On a night that saw the Missions collect just four hits over the entire game, Christopher Britton gave up five hits in his lone inning of work, yielding three runs in the process. The right-hander has now allowed runs in five of his first seven appearances and has given up 17 hits and two walks in eight innings of work. Left-handed hitters have managed to collect eight hits in 14 at-bats for a blistering .615 average.

Lake Elsinore (9-9) lost 9-6 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Yefri Carvajal hit a game-tying homer in the sixth inning, smacking a three-run blast that went over the wall in left field. It was the second homer of the season for Carvajal. It was the lone hit of the day for the outfielder, although he did score twice. Carvajal had a chance to add more with the bases juiced in the eighth but struck out to end the threat. Carvajal had four homers all of last season, hitting his second on May 28. He is hitting just .190 on the season and is now 0-for-4 with the bases loaded with zero RBI.

Aaron Breit suffered the loss. After retiring the first six batters he faced, the right-hander saw the next three reach base and left with two men on and nobody out. He would eventually be charged for three runs across two-plus frames. He has allowed runs in three of his eight outings, giving up two or more runs each time. While he has kept the opposition to a .147 average with the bases empty, they are hitting .368 off him with runners on base.

Bryan Oland suffered his first blown save of the season. The Storm closer saw two inherited runners score in the top of the eighth inning and proceeded to give up a two-run bomb in the ninth. Oland had stranded the first five runners he had inherited this season. It was the first time since August 15, 2007 that Oland allowed more than a single run in a game – something that did not happen in 44 relief appearances a season ago. The homer was also the first he allowed since August 8, 2007 – the only other time he has given up a long ball (two on that day).

Fort Wayne (12-4) won 6-3 over Great Lakes (Dodgers) in game one, lost 2-1 in game two

Brad Brach kept his ledger flawless with his fifth save of the season, putting down the side in order to finish off game one. In eight games, the right-hander out of New Jersey has given up just a single base runner, a lone base hit to open the inning on April 14. He has held the opposition to a slim .040 batting average while saving all of his games.

Sawyer Carroll notched the lone game one multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs. The outfielder has notched an RBI in five of his last seven games with four doubles over that span. He has four multi-RBI games, and Carroll sports a 12-to-10 walk-to-strikeout ratio on the season. Carroll went 0-for-3 in the nightcap.

Andy Parrino went 2-for-3, accounting for the lone TinCaps RBI in the second game with his two-out double. The infielder has an RBI in two straight games after going 0-for-5 in his first game after being sent down from Lake Elsinore. Parrino had been 8-for-30 with the Storm, notching a hit in six of his eight games played. He had just one RBI in the California League and was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Talk about this story on our subscriber-only message boards

MadFriars Top Stories