Cesar Ramos gave up three runs on nine hits and five walks over five frames, striking out three in a 106-pitch effort. Ramos saw runners on in every inning and in scoring position in all but one frame. The left-hander has given up 15 hits over his last nine innings and has given up four walks or more on three separate occasions. Lefties are hitting .380 off the southpaw.
Drew Macias was the lone Beaver to notch a multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with a double and a solo homer. His homer was the third Portland bomb but all were solo blasts. Macias was also credited with an outfield when he hit his relay man Brett Dowdy who fired a strike to catch former teammate Luke Carlin trying to stretch a double into a triple. Macias has been on base in nine straight games with Portland, reaching base at least two times in eight of those contests.
Gabe DeHoyos suffered the loss – giving up a run for the first time this year. The right-hander made it through his first frame without being scored upon but the first four batters to face him in the 11th reached base, culminating with a bases loaded walk to end the game. He allowed four hits and two walks in an inning-plus. DeHoyos had tossed 12.2 scoreless frames coming into the game and had yielded just five hits all season. The opposition came into the game with a .119 average off DeHoyos.
San Antonio (8-13) lost 9-1 to Midland (A's)
Cedric Hunter went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts, dropping his season average to .185. Since starting the year with an eight-game hitting streak, Hunter has gone 4-for-48 over his last 11 contests – a .083 average. He has seen his overall average drop 148 points during that span. It was, however, the first time in 19 games that he has struck out more than once in a game. Hunter is also hitting .143 with the bases empty.
Stephen Faris suffered his third loss of the season, giving up five runs on eight hits and three walks across a 93-pitch effort. Three of the hits went for extra bases, including two that left the yard. Faris has allowed three homers over the last two games after not seeing any ball leave the park in his first three outings. He has also walked five over his last two after issuing one free pass in his first three.
Rolando Valdez was pressed into action for the first time this year after starting the year in extended spring to work on solidifying his curveball. The right-hander surrendered four runs on six hits and a walk over three innings, yielding three extra base hits, including a homer. Valdez went 8-5 with four saves and a 4.00 ERA last season in Lake Elsinore. Moved into a starting role after the All-Star break, the righty posted a 3.77 ERA across 11 starts – although 10 of the 26 runs he yielded came in a single start.
Lake Elsinore (13-9) won 10-4 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)
Jeremy Hefner moved to 2-3 on the season, yielding two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out a half-dozen. He did surrender a homer – the fourth consecutive game he has seen someone take him deep. Hefner has struck out 11.6 batters per nine innings through five games while averaging 1.4 walks per nine. The opposition does, however, have a .440 average versus Hefner when leading off an inning.
Andy Parrino, who spent roughly a week in Fort Wayne, went 2-for-4, was plunked by a pitch, notched a walk and added two runs scored. The infielder extended his hitting streak to seven games across two leagues. He is 13-for-26 over the streak with a walk in five straight games. Parrino is now hitting .344 for the year across both leagues while playing solid defense at second base, shortstop and third base.
Lance Zawadzki reached base four times, going 3-for-4 with a walk. Playing as the designated hitter, Zawadzki scored a run and plated two to push his RBI total to 13. It is the third time in his last four games that he has notched a multi-RBI game. He is hitting .500 with runners in scoring position. Zawadzki has scored a run in four straight and has been on base safely in all but one of his 11 contests.
Fort Wayne (15-6) lost 4-1 to Clinton (Mariners)
Sawyer Carroll had two of the TinCaps three hits and the lone RBI, singling in a run in the sixth. He also collected his sixth double and added his second stolen base. The outfielder is now hitting .423 with 11 hits in 26 at-bats with runners in scoring position – accounting for his 15 RBI – while batting just .114 with the bases empty – a mere four hits in 35 at-bats.
Anthony Bass saw his record evened at 2-2 after allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits and three walks over five innings. The right-hander struck out two and notched nine ground ball outs. He also allowed his first homer of the year. Bass has walked three batters or more in three straight starts after not issuing a free pass in his first two outings. The leadoff hitter of an inning is sporting a .440 on-base percentage off Bass.
Eric Gonzalez yielded a single run – coming on a solo homer – across two innings, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out four. After not allowing a run in his first four outings and giving up a single hit, Gonzalez has yielded runs in four of his last five – five runs on 13 hits over a span of nine frames. Left-handed hitters are hitting a sweltering .417 off him while righties have been limited to a .129 average.
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