The Beavers were shutout for the third time this year, as three of their six hits came off the bat of Kyle Blanks. It was the third three-hit game of the year for Blanks with his last coming on May 5. In between those games, the first baseman/left fielder batted .209. Blanks does have two multi-hit games in his last four and five of his previous six hits had gone for extra bases before his three singles on Monday.
Rolando Valdez suffered the loss, working just one inning in a starting role after being moved up from San Antonio. The right-hander gave up two runs on a pair of hits and three walks while fanning one – tossing 39 pitches. He took a liner off the shin with two outs before a walk and strikeout ended the inning. Valdez had gone 0-0 with a 4.87 ERA across 10 appearances in Double-A. Valdez made a spot start for the Beavers, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks over four innings in a loss on August 19, 2006.
Arturo Lopez worked 3.1 innings of relief, giving up an unearned run on three hits and a walk while striking out two in his longest outing of the year. The left-hander has tossed at least two innings 11 times in 17 appearances, allowing runs in five of his outings. Lopez has held the leadoff man of an inning to a .143 average and .200 on-base percentage through 30 innings.
San Antonio (28-28) won 4-2 over Arkansas (Angels)
The Missions scored all four of their runs in the fourth inning with a bases loaded single by Brian Joynt scoring two of those. It was his lone hit in four at-bats, as no San Antonio hitter notched more than one hit. All four of Joynt's RBI have come across his last three games. He did, however, strike out twice – the sixth time in 13 games he has fanned twice in a game. He is striking out once every 2.8 at-bats.
Stephen Faris moved to 3-7 on the season, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out two across five innings. The right-hander and his catcher gave up five steals in six attempts on the day. The opposition has been successful in 13-of-17 stolen base attempts on the year. Faris came into the game having lost six straight decisions. He had allowed five runs or more in two straight and four of his last seven.
Evan Scribner picked up save number 10, as the Missions relief corps contributed four scoreless frames. Scribner worked around a one-out error to retire the side. The right-hander has allowed runs in five of his 21 appearances and is holding the opposition to a .178 average against. He has not allowed a hit with runners on and two outs all year and has kept right-handed hitters to seven hits n 56 at-bats, a .125 average.
A great leaping catch by first baseman Craig Cooper in the eighth prevented a potential two-RBI single. The Missions also thwarted a hit-and-run when a line drive back to the pitcher resulted in a double play in the sixth – one of three double plays San Antonio collected.
Lake Elsinore (32-25) won 6-3 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)
Logan Forsythe hit a three-run homer in the third inning, his eighth of the year. It was his only hit of the day, extending his on base streak to 19 contests. Forsythe has gone yard in successive days for the first time in his career and has driven in seven across his last four games. Eight of his last nine hits have gone for extra bases. Forsythe has, however, struck out nine times in his last 23 at-bats.
Colt Hynes registered his first save of the season, working around an error and a base hit when he induced a game ending double play line out. The southpaw has allowed runs in four of his 23 appearances across two leagues. He has given up two runs in 9.2 California League innings. Hynes' last save came on September 1, 2007 while playing with the Eugene Emeralds. He has given up just four extra base hits all year.
Luis Martinez extended his on base streak to 27 games with an RBI single, matching the season-high set by Forsythe earlier this year. He is one of three Storm players to have a current on base streak of at least 19 games (Beamer Weems has a 20-game streak). Martinez is hitting .337 over the life of the streak with a .417 on-base percentage. He has notched 11 extra base hits, scored 15 runs and driven in 13 over that span.
Fort Wayne (35-22) won 4-1 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)
Matt Clark cracked a pair of homers, pushing his tally to 10 for the season. The first baseman hit a two-run blast in the sixth and added a solo shot two innings later. Clark has three homers in his last two games with four extra base hits. He has three straight multi-hit games, matching a season high, and has scored five times over that span. He has hit two homers in a game twice in his career – both coming over his last eight games.
Midwest League All-Star Anthony Bass picked up his fourth win, yielding one hit and one walk while striking out three across six innings. The right-hander has given up one earned run in his last five starts across a span of 27.2 innings, lowering his ERA from 3.86 to 2.24. Bass has allowed one run or less in seven of his 12 starts. He has held the opposition to a .125 average with runners in scoring position and two outs.
Blake Tekotte had three singles out of the leadoff spot in the lineup but did not figure into the scoring. He extended his on base streak to 11 games, recording multi-hit contests in successive games for the first time this season. He is 14-for-41 – a .341 average – with six walks to raise his average from .201 to .229. Tekotte has scored a run in five of his last seven games.
DSL Padres (4-3) won 13-3 over DSL Nationals
Manuel Nuno notched four RBI despite netting just one hit. He had an RBI groundout in the third, notched a sacrifice fly an inning later and plated two with a double in the eighth. The first baseman is tied for the club lead in RBI with eight and has been on base 14 times through seven games with nine walks and five hits for a .485 on-base percentage. Four of his five hits have gone for extra bases – all doubles.
Jean Corpas has half of the DSL Padres wins this season. The right-hander out of Panama allowed two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two across five innings, tossing a wild pitch and securing nine fly ball outs. Corpas earned his first win as a relief pitcher, working three innings of one-run ball on five hits while striking out three.
Yair Lopez reached base five times out of the leadoff spot in the order. The outfielder went 1-for-2 and drew four walks, scoring three times. He also stole his second base of the season in as many tries. While he is 3-for-20 to begin the season, the Dominican native has drawn 11 walks through seven games – netting multiple walks in a contest four times. All three of his hits have gone for extra bases.
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