Frieri rolling; Silva, bullpen solid

Walter Silva had a solid rehab start and the bullpen closed the door. Ernesto Frieri had another strong outing and Cedric Hunter seems to be breaking out. Allen Harrington is hammered in two-thirds while Luis Martinez' bat has come alive. Jaff Decker continues to reach base at a solid clip but his homaer is the only run until the ninth.

Portland (15-16) won 3-2 over Salt Lake (Angels)

Walter Silva got back onto the hill in another rehab assignment, facing off against another pitcher on the comeback trail, Angels ace John Lackey. Silva allowed one run on one hit – a solo homer – and three walks across 4.2 innings, striking out four in a 68-pitch effort. The former Mexican League pitcher allowed seven runs on 10 hits over 9.2 innings with the Padres before heading to the DL and gave up two runs in 2.2 innings in his first Pacific Coast League outing.

Joe Thatcher retired all four batters he faced, striking out three to pick up his third hold of the season. The southpaw stranded an inherited runner in the process. Thatcher has given up runs in two of his 14 appearances but has only allowed earned runs in one outing. Thatcher has stranded all five of the runners he has inherited on the year. It was the fourth time he has retired all of the batters he has faced.

Greg Burke surrendered a run in his lone inning of work on a solo homer but still picked up his seventh save in eight chances. It was the first homer he has allowed on the year through 16 innings and third extra base hit. Burke has given up runs in four of his 13 appearances, never allowing more than a single run to score in any of those. He is holding the opposition to a .091 average with runners in scoring position.

Kyle Blanks played six innings in left field and recorded one put out on a Freddy Sandoval routine fly out in the sixth. He switched to first base in a tight game with Drew Macias moving out to left. Macias, incidentally, was promoted to San Diego after the game. He will replace left-hander Arturo Lopez on the big league roster.

San Antonio (13-17) won 6-1 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Ernesto Frieri picked up his third win, going six innings and allowing one run on five hits without a walk while striking out five. The lone mistake was a solo homer during an 82-pitch outing. It is the fifth straight start that Frieri has allowed two runs or less and the fourth time over that same span that he has given up a single run. A part of the Padres 40-man roster, Frieri has held the opposition to two hits in 22 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Cedric Hunter paced the offense with three hits in five trips, collecting a double, an RBI and two runs scored. It was Hunter's second straight multi-hit game, the first time he has accomplished the feat since the initial two games he played to begin the season. Hunter has a hit in four straight and eight of his past nine. He has scored a run in four straight and six of his last seven.

Seth Johnston's ground out in the second produced the first San Antonio run. An inning later he delivered a two-run single to cap his three-RBI night. He went 2-for-4 and scored a run while stealing his third bag of the year. He has notched five multi-RBI games on the year and is hitting .300 over his last 10 games after batting .194 across his first 18 contests. Johnston is 11-for-30 in day games – a .367 average – while batting .182 in night affairs.

Craig Cooper extended his on-base streak to 25 games with two singles and a walk.

Lake Elsinore (17-14) lost 14-6 to High Desert (Mariners)

Allen Harrington gave up five runs, four earned, on seven hits in just two-thirds of an inning. Aaron Breit suffered a similar fate in two-thirds of an inning but only one of his five runs was earned. Four of the seven hits off Harrington went for extras. He has given up run in four of his last six outings, allowing eight runs on 13 hits and four walks – seeing his ERA spike from 2.89 to 6.59. The opposition is hitting .414 off him with runners in scoring position.

Luis Martinez had three hits in four trips, blasting two doubles and driving in two. The backstop has extended his hitting streak to nine in the process. Martinez is 14-for-36 over the life of the streak – a .388 average – with all four of his doubles and all five of his RBI. Martinez has upped his average from .171 to .273. He had been batting .170 across his first 12 games.

Wynn Pelzer took his first loss of the season, dropping to 4-1. He gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits and a hit batsman. He struck out four and notched nine ground ball outs. The Storm committed four errors on the day, accounting for six unearned runs. Pelzer has given up four runs ore more in three of his six starts. Left-handed hitters are batting .317 off him with a .400 on-base percentage. Righties are hitting .164 with a .246 on-base percentage.

Fort Wayne (21-9) lost 5-2 to Peoria (Cubs)

Stiven Osuna gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four over five innings. The outfielder was aided by his defense when they gunned down a runner at home after a single in the second. The very next batter doubled. It was the second time in seven outings that Osuna has made it through five innings. He had surrendered 13 runs on 14 hits and four walks in his previous 7.1 innings.

Jaff Decker extended his on-base streak to 12 games with a solo homer in the first – the lone Fort Wayne run until they scratched out a second run in the ninth. He reached four times with a pair of walks and a single. Decker was also thrown out at home in the fifth – one of two TinCaps to be gunned down on the base paths. Decker has an RBI in three straight and four of his last five. The outfielder is reaching base 2.1 times per game through his first 15 contests.

Michael Watt contributed four innings of two-run ball, yielding five hits and a walk while striking out one. Three of the five hits went for extras, including a solo homer. It is the first homer he has surrendered in Midwest League play after giving up a dinger during a spot start with Portland. He had given up just two extra base hits 1n 15.2 innings of work with the TinCaps coming into Sunday.

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