Huffman snaps skid; Carrasco belts two

Chad Huffman breaks out with a homer and a walkoff single. Cesar Carrillo sets a career-high while Luis Durango adds four more hits. Felix Carrasco goes yard twice in a Storm loss. Simon Castro has a quality start and Jaff Decker drives in three.

Portland (14-15) won 6-5 over Salt Lake (Angels)

Matt Buschmann was on the hook for five runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out three over five innings. He also hit a batter, was called for a balk, and saw two balls leave the yard. Overall, Buschmann surrendered four extra base hits on the night. Buschmann has allowed 14 extra base hits in 27.2 innings this season; his seven homers yielded are tied for the Pacific Coast League in bombs allowed.

Chad Huffman lined a single to right with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to break a 5-5 tie and send Portland home as winners. The outfielder also hit a three-run homer in the fourth, giving him four RBI. Huffman came into the contest mired in a 6-for-38 slump and had been 4-for-26 with zero RBI at PGE Park before his 2-for-5 performance. It was his first multi-hit game since April 15.

Mike Ekstrom worked two scoreless innings, retiring all six batters he faced on 26 pitches. The right-hander has allowed runs in three of his 13 relief appearances. He sports a 1.45 ERA across those 18.2 innings of relief, yielding just nine hits. His 3.48 season ERA is a result of the five runs he allowed over two innings as a starter. Ekstrom has held right-handed hitters to a .116 average.

San Antonio (12-16) won 8-4 over Frisco (Rangers)

In his longest start of the year and his career, Cesar Carrillo worked 7.2 innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two in a 94-pitch affair. Three of the runs came via a homer with two outs in the eighth. He longest outing previously had been seven innings, last accomplished on April 22, 2006 while with Mobile of the Southern League. Carrillo recorded three double play grounders and has five rally killers over his last four starts.

Mike Baxter pushed his RBI tally to 21 for the year on 2-for-3 night that included a double and his first two sacrifice flies of the season. The outfielder also scored a pair of runs. He paces the offense with seven more RBI than his closest teammate. His 11 extra base hits also lead the team. Baxter has nine multi-hit games through 27 overall. Ironically, Baxter is hitting .286 with runners in scoring position – third best on the Missions.

Luis Durango put four more hits on the board in five at-bats, smacking his third double and scoring two runs. His 41 hits are the second most in the Texas League behind teammate Craig Cooper. He has 11 multi-hit games on the year and five games with three hits or more. Durango has scored nine runs across his last seven games, scoring twice on four occasions. Durango is hitting .426 on road games while batting .316 at home.

Craig Cooper has been on base in 23 straight games.

Lake Elsinore (16-13) lost 9-7 to High Desert (Mariners)

Felix Carrasco went yard twice, hitting a solo homer in the second and smacking a two-run blast in the sixth. The first baseman also smacked his sixth double and scored three times. Carrasco was charged with his fourth and fifth errors of the season. He is 6-for-9 over his last two games with three doubles, three homers and seven RBI. Carrasco is hitting .313 with runners on base.

Brad Chalk had three hits out of the leadoff spot, falling a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. The center fielder scored a run and drove in two while also adding his 10th stolen base of the year. It is the second straight three-hit game for the outfielder and second game in a row with a triple. He has driven in four runs over his last two. After beginning the year with a .191 average across his first 14 games, Chalk is 20-for-54 – a .370 average.

Cory Luebke allowed one run through five innings before getting torched for four more over the next one-third of an inning. He was charged with five runs on nine hits and a walk across 5.1 innings, striking out five in the loss. He recorded nine ground ball outs and hit a batter. The left-hander has not allowed a homer this season but is handing out 10.7 hits per nine innings and the opposition has a .281 average with runners in scoring position.

Logan Forsythe extended his on-base streak to 39 games with a pair of doubles.

Fort Wayne (21-7) won 8-3 over Peoria (Cubs)

Simon Castro picked up his first victory of the year, going five strong and allowing one run on five hits and two walks while striking out five. The right-hander has held righties to a .190 average on the year while lefties are batting .306 off him. Castro is holding the opposition to a .167 average (4-for-24) with runners in scoring position. This is the second time in three starts that he has allowed one run while going five innings or more.

Jaff Decker cracked a bases loaded double during a five-run fifth on a night that saw the TinCaps go 5-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Five of Decker's eight RBI have come over his last four games. Seven of the outfielder's 11 hits have gone for extra bases. Decker has scored a run in five of his last six games. His run of walks in nine straight came to an end on Friday.

Sawyer Carroll had three hits in four trips, scoring once. He has touched home in each of the past five games. The outfielder has notched five multi-hit games in his last seven, raising his average from .215 to .297 in the process. Carroll has been on base in all seven of those games, going 13-for-26 with six walks. Carroll has also stolen seven of his eight bases over the past seven.

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