San Antonio (8-11) lost 6-0 to Frisco (Rangers)
Nathan Culp twirled magic over seven scoreless innings. The left-hander yielded five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out two in an efficient 86-pitch effort. He recorded seven ground ball outs and saw an uncharacteristic 10 come in the air. The southpaw has not allowed an earned run in the first four innings of any of his starts with all seven earned coming in the fifth inning.
John Hudgins was saddled with the loss after being charged with five runs on one hit and four walks in two-thirds of an inning. Hudgins has yielded runs in five of his nine appearances this season and has walked 10 while hitting three batters in 12.1 innings. He has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to one hit in eight at-bats but 11 runs have crossed while he is on the bump.
Brandon Gomes surrendered a grand slam in the top of the ninth, allowing all three runners he inherited to score. Gomes had held the opposition to one hit in nine at-bats with the bases juiced over the past two seasons. This year, the opposition is 3-for-4 off him with eight RBI. Gomes has surrendered runs in five of his 10 appearances this season.
Lake Elsinore (11-9) won 8-7 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Wynn Pelzer retired the final nine batters he faced, as he surrendered three runs on three hits and three walks over 5.1 innings, striking out five and netting nine ground ball outs. The right-hander has given up four hits over his last two starts and moved to 3-0. Seven of the nine runs he has surrendered have come over the first two innings in his four starts.
Felix Carrasco collected four RBI, including a two-run double in the eighth. He began the scoring with a solo homer – his third – and added a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Carrasco extended his hitting streak to 10 games with his multi-hit affair. The first baseman is 16-for-39 – a .410 average – over the streak with nine RBI.
Beamer Weems upped his on-base streak to 18 games with a 2-for-5 night that included a double, a run scored and an RBI. The infielder has been on base 33 times with 15 hits, 15 walks and three hit by pitches over that span, giving him a .458 on-base percentage. Weems has notched an RBI in four of his past five games.
Fort Wayne (15-4) won 6-3 over Clinton (Mariners)
James Darnell had a night of perfection at the dish, going 3-for-3 with a walk. He doubled twice, drove in a run and added two runs scored. Darnell was thrown out trying to steal second. The third baseman has scored six runs in his last three games and upped his on-base percentage to .480 for the season. Darnell has reached base safely in 15 of his 18 games and sports a 20-to-14 walk-to-strikeout ratio.
Rob Musgrave evened his record at 1-1 after surrendering two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six across five frames. Musgrave has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .167 on-base percentage through his first 18 innings of work, but the opposition is hitting .400 (6-for-15) off him with runners in scoring position.
Zach Herr kept his ledger clean with an inning of scoreless ball to pick up his third hold. He struck out two while retiring the side in order. In nine innings of work across eight appearances, the left-hander has yielded just two hits while striking out 15. He has retired the side in order four times and is holding the opposition to a .067 average against. He has also held three of the four runners he has inherited from scoring.
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