Cha Seung Baek moved up to Portland for a rehab start after netting two such starts with High-A Lake Elsinore. Facing off against Ervin Santana, also on a rehab assignment, the right-hander was tagged for five runs in the third, four of those runs coming on a three-run bomb and solo shot. Baek posted a 7.27 ERA across 8.2 innings with the Storm, giving up seven runs in 8.2 innings.
Wade LeBlanc came on in relief with a runner on. He stranded that man and went on to work 5.1 innings, giving up one run on five hits and two walks while striking out six. It is the seventh time in his career that he has come on as a reliever but the first time that he has ever worked with a runner already on base. LeBlanc had given up four runs or more in three of his first five starts.
Sean Kazmar hit a two-out, two-run single in the second inning to account for all of Portland's runs. The shortstop went 1-for-3 and drew a walk. Kazmar came into the contest with two hits in his previous 20 at-bats. He has yet to register a multi-hit game through 21 contests. Kazmar has made just one error defensively and owns a .984 fielding percentage.
San Antonio (12-17) lost 8-3 to Corpus Christi (Astros)
Kellen Kulbacki returned to the lineup after beginning the year in extended spring rehabbing from his off-season shoulder surgery. The outfielder went 1-for-4 with a run scored. After hitting .184 across 18 games with Low-A Fort Wayne to begin the year, Kulbacki went on to bat .332 with 20 homers and 66 RBI across 84 games of California League play. Nineteen of the homers came across a 57-game span.
Nathan Culp was saddled with his third loss of the year, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits across five innings. The left-hander tossed 65 pitches while four of the hits went for extra bases. The southpaw has given up 14 runs on 17 hits and four walks over his last nine innings, seeing his ERA spike from 2.91 to 5.87. The opposition is hitting .355 off him with runners in scoring position.
Derek McDaid gave up two runs on three hits across two innings, striking out three. Both runs came home on a bomb in the seventh. It was the fourth homer McDaid has given up this year. The right-hander has allowed runs in seven of his 13 appearances, allowing multiple runs on six occasions. Left-handed hitters are swatting .444 off him.
Craig Cooper extended his on-base streak to 24 games with a double and an RBI.
Lake Elsinore (17-13) won 4-3 over High Desert (Marines)
Lance Zawadzki smacked his eighth homer of the year, a solo blast in the first. Five of his homers have been solo shots, as he is tied for fourth in the circuit – pending the night's action. Zawadzki, who played shortstop, did commit his first error of the season. It was just the second time this year he has played the field in successive games. He has been the designated hitter in 11 of his 19 games.
Despite four of the five hits he surrendered going for extra bases, it was a single pitch from Jeremy McBryde that resulted in his two runs against over seven innings. He walked two and struck out four. It is the fourth time in five outings that McBryde has given up two runs or less. McBryde had allowed four extra base hits through his first 20 innings of work.
Andy Parrino had one hit – a two-run blast in the third inning – in four at-bats – one of just four Storm hits. The homer was his first across two leagues and 21 games. Parrino had been 1-for-15 over his last three games with six strikeouts. The infielder has fanned in nine straight games, whiffing 15 times over that span. Parrino has struck out in 31.8 percent of his at-bats in California League play.
Logan Forsythe's 39-game on-base streak came to an end after a 0-for-4 night. He had reached in every single game he had played as a professional.
Fort Wayne (21-8) lost 7-1 to Peoria (Cubs)
Rob Musgrave dropped to 1-2, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out a pair over 3.1 innings – his shortest outing of the year. The left-hander has given up four runs or more in four of his last five starts. Musgrave has issued 4.6 walks per nine innings. The opposition is hitting .474 off him with runners in scoring position.
Tom Davis was on the hook for three runs, two earned, on seven hits and a walk over 2.1 innings. He also struck out three and saw both runners he inherited come around to score. The right-hander had surrendered one run across his first 16.2 innings of work, including a scoreless stretch of 9.2 innings. The seven hits he allowed accounts for 36.8 percent of his season total of 19. Six of the nine runners he has inherited on the season, however, have scored.
Kevin Hansen had one of the TinCaps four hits – all singles. He also committed his first error of the season, accounting for an unearned run. Hansen also grounded into his second double play of the year. The infielder is hitting .308 during his last seven games after hitting .200 over his first six. Hansen has struck out three times in 46 at-bats, including once on Saturday.
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