Several pitchers clubbed; Tekotte clutch

Eulogio De La Cruz pitched well in his first start in Portland but took a loss. Josh Banks does well but sees a lead disappear. Stephen Faris is battered in a San Antonio loss while Corey Kluber and Matt Teague suffer a worse fate in Lake Elsinore. Brad Brach blows a save but Blake Tekotte comes up with a clutch hit.

Portland (13-14) lost 3-0 to Colorado Springs (Rockies) in game one, lost 4-3 in game two

Eulogio De La Cruz pitched well across four innings but was saddled with the loss. He yielded one run on four hits and a walk, netting seven ground ball outs in a 48-pitch effort. Acquired from the Florida Marlins for a player to be named later in late March, De La Cruz was tossed into the fire immediately, posting an 8.38 ERA across seven appearances in the spring. He made the Padres and posted a 5.40 ERA across three outings with the Friars, giving up two runs on two hits and six walks.

Kevin Howard and Will Venable combined for five game one hits – the only players to record a hit. Howard had three of them – hitting four spots behind Venable, including a double. It was his second three-hit night of the year and was one fewer hit than he had all year at home. He had been 4-for-30 at PGE Park coming into the contest. Howard is also hitting .150 in day games and .283 in night affairs.

Josh Banks yielded just one unearned run on five hits and three walks in five innings of game two work, striking out three. The left-hander's throwing error led to the unearned run. Over his last 16 innings of work, the Maryland native has given up just two runs, lowering his ERA from 7.20 to 2.57. Banks has, however, walked 10 batters over his last three starts, spanning 14 innings. Banks also went 1-for-1 at the dish and scored a run.

San Antonio (10-16) lost 10-6 to Frisco (Rangers)

Stephen Faris lasted just one inning, throwing 40 pitches, as eight runs crossed on five hits and three walks. Faris gave up nine runs across an inning of work on five hits and six walks on May 1, 2008 - the worst start of his career. The righty has given up 13 runs on 13 hits and six walks across his last six innings. His ERA has gone from 1.99 to 5.65 over his last two starts. Since walking three in 22.2 innings, Faris has issued six free passes in his last six frames.

Jesus Lopez had three hits in four trips, notching a double and two RBI. It was his first three-hit game of the season and the two-bagger was also a season-first. Lopez bumped his average up 32 points to .229 with the day's effort. Both of his RBI came with two outs – where he is hitting .400 with runners on base and two out. The shortstop is hitting .375 during day games and just .185 in night contests.

Seth Johnston went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. It was the first three-hit game of the year for Johnston. The third baseman has scored five runs in his last five games and has an RBI in three of his last four. He does, however, have just six hits in 41 at-bats – a .146 average – with runners in scoring position. His .220 season average is the highest it has been all season.

Craig Cooper extended his on-base streak to 21 games with a 2-for-5 day.

Lake Elsinore (15-12) lost 17-4 to Lancaster (Astros)

Corey Kluber was on the hook for seven runs, six earned, on 12 hits across 4.1 innings. He gave up two homers – two of the three hit by outfielder Jonathan Gatson on the day. It was the first time in Kluber's career that he has surrendered double-digit hits. His previous high was the nine hits allowed on June 28 last year with the same Lake Elsinore club. Kluber had given up eight runs on 17 hits in his first five starts across a span of 28.2 innings.

While Matt Teague stranded two inherited runners, he was pounded for another six runs on eight hits and a walk over 2.2 innings. Four of the hits went for extra bases, including a three-run homer. The southpaw has allowed runs in five straight appearances, giving up 14 runs on 19 hits across his last six frames. Teague has given up a long ball in three of his last four outings. He has stranded six of the nine runners he has inherited on the year.

Andy Parrino was pressed into service on the hill for the first time in his career. The infielder gave up four runs on four hits and a walk in his inning of work. He did not appear at the dish and is 0-for-10 with five strikeouts across his last two games. He has fanned 11 times in his last 23 at-bats and is whiffing once every three at-bats on the season.

Logan Forsythe continued his streak, stretching it to 37 games with a pair of walks and a solo homer.

Fort Wayne (19-7) won 7-6 over Kane County (A's)

A grand slam - one that started foul and was hit incredibly high had Allan Dykstra heading back to the batter's box before turning fair and sending his teammates into a frenzy. It was his first homer of the year; his only homer as a professional was also a grand slam. Dykstra reached base five times with three walks and a double. His previous high on the season was reaching base three times. Dykstra is now 5-for-9 with 16 RBI in his career with the bases loaded.

Brad Brach suffered his first blown save of the year on Wednesday afternoon. The right-hander allowed two runs on three hits and two wild pitches in his lone inning of work. It was a single up the gut after the two wild pitches moved a runner from first to third that tied the game at 6-6. Brach had allowed just one hit and one walk across 11 innings to begin the season and was a perfect 8-for-8 in save opportunities with a .029 average against.

Blake Tekotte cracked a walkoff double in the bottom of the ninth that nearly went out of the park – hitting off the top of the wall in right - driving in Jeudy Valdez. The leadoff hitter went 2-for-5 with a walk, run scored and RBI. He is 6-for-17 over his last four games with two of his four extra base hits on the year coming over that span. Tekotte had been 9-for-42 with runners on base coming into that at-bat. He was thrown out at home in the seventh inning, trying to score from second on a Sawyer Carroll single.

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