Will Inman tossed 64 pitches through three innings and was pulled after five with 89 on the board. The right-hander was on the hook for five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five. Five of the hits went for extra bases, including two that went over the fence. It is the second time in three starts that he has allowed five or more runs and the third time in five Pacific Coast League contests that he has allowed two bombs in a start. He has allowed seven homers in five starts.
Everth Cabrera moved up to Portland after beginning his rehab assignment with Lake Elsinore. The shortstop hit leadoff and accounted for two of Portland's four hits. He also added a stolen base, his fifth in eight rehab games. Cabrera has a five-game hitting streak where he is 9-for-19 with three walks and four stolen bases. Cabrera had scored in five straight games, touching home seven times, before getting shutout Thursday.
Joe Thatcher worked a scoreless inning, retiring the side in order in his lone inning of work – his first in Triple-A since May 10. Thatcher has given up runs in two of his 15 appearances in the PCL. He has faced the minimum in five of his Triple-A outings. In eight appearances with San Diego, the left-hander allowed runs in two contests, surrendering four runs across eight innings and walking six.
San Antonio (30-28) won 4-1 over Frisco (Rangers)
Cesar Carrillo allowed one run over five innings, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out four in an 87-pitch effort. The right-hander is walking 3.26 batters per nine innings and has not had a single start among his 12 where he has not given up a free pass. Carrillo has allowed one run or less, however, in three of his last five starts. He had registered a double play grounder in three straight and six of his last seven until not netting on Thursday.
Craig Cooper reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances. The first baseman went 2-for-2, drew a walk and was hit by a pitch. He also notched an RBI, scored a run and swiped his fifth base in eight attempts. He had been caught stealing in each of his previous three stolen base attempts. Cooper has been in a 2-for-19 slump to begin the month but has bounced back with five hits in his last nine at-bats along with three walks.
Tim Stauffer picked up his first win since August 21, 2007 while playing with Portland. The right-hander faced the minimum in his lone inning of work, striking out two. Stauffer has held the opposition to a .180 average and right-handed hitters have just two hits off him in 31 at-bats. This is the third time he has pitched to the minimum in 10 appearances and also the third time he has not gone more than a single frame.
Lake Elsinore (34-26) lost 4-3 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels) in 10 innings
Wynn Pelzer tossed seven innings of scoreless ball but would end up with a no-decision when the bullpen blew a three-run lead in the ninth. He yielded three hits and a walk while striking out seven and notching eight ground ball outs. Pelzer had given up six runs or more in three straight starts. The right-hander has allowed two runs or less in five of his 12 starts and has allowed three hits or less four times.
Nick Vincent came on with a pair of runners on base and one out. After registering the second out of the frame, the right-hander served up a game-tying three-run homer. It was the first homer he has given up this season and just the sixth extra base hit through 31.2 innings. Vincent has allowed runs in successive games for the second time this season and suffered his third blown save in five opportunities. Working the bottom of the tenth, Vincent surrendered a two-out single with a pair on, taking his second loss of the year.
Danny Payne had a pair of hits out of the seven-hole in the lineup, hitting his second homer of the year in the fourth – a solo shot. Payne also doubled off a runner at first base in the opening frame. It is his fourth multi-hit game in his last 11. He is 12-for-33 over his last 11 with nine runs scored, upping his average from .196 to .240.
Fort Wayne (38-22) won 4-3 over Dayton (Reds) in 13 innings
Eduardo Perez worked a pair of scoreless frames, retiring all six batters he faced and striking out two. The right-hander had allowed a base runner in each of his other outings. He has now allowed runs in two of his eight appearances and has thrown scoreless ball over his last seven frames since giving up five runs in one outing. Perez was in line for the win but had to settle for a no-decision.
Jaff Decker's second hit of the game pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning, driving in Blake Tekotte. Coming into that final at-bat, the outfielder had been 7-for-43 with runners in scoring position – as compared to his .383 average with the bases empty. Decker also drew a walk, giving him a 36-to-31 walk-to-strikeout ratio. He has nine multi-hit games on the year.
Matt Clark reached base four times. The first baseman smashed his 11th homer of the year, a two-run shot in the opening frame, and drew three walks. Clark has homered in three of his last four games, going yard four times over that span. He also extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Clark has hit six homers over his current streak with 11 extra base hits and 16 RBI. He is hitting .385 over that span.
DSL Padres (7-4) won 5-4 over DSL Reds
Jairo Gomez had a pair of RBI singles in successive innings – the last of which pushed the fifth and final run across in the seventh inning, the difference in the game. Gomez has two straight multi-hit games after netting four hits in his first 24 at-bats. The middle infielder has three multi-RBI games on the year, as four of his hits have come with runners in scoring position.
Ruben Mejia earned the start, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three across four innings in a no-decision. The right-hander out of the Dominican Republic has given up two earned on six hits across seven innings this season. The leadoff man of an inning has reached base just once and he has limited right-handers to a .150 average.
Erick Ojeda picked up the win to move to 1-1, giving up an unearned run on two hits and two walks while fanning one. He was called for a balk and uncorked a wild pitch. Ojeda has hit a batter in each of his outings after hitting two all of last year but has limited the opposition to one earned run across nine frames overall. Ojeda allowed just five earned runs in 37.1 innings last season with the DSL Padres.
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