Jeremy Hefner allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks while fanning five across 5.1 innings in his Pacific Coast League debut and first outing above High-A. He earned a no-decision when the bullpen blew the lead. Hefner has gone 6-6 with Lake Elsinore this season, posting a 4.16 ERA. In 13 starts he has struck out 10.1 batters per nine innings. Hefner has given up two runs or less in four of his last five.
Kyle Blanks hit a three-run homer in the third inning – his 12th – accounting for all of Portland's runs. It was his lone hit of the day although he did draw a walk. The first baseman is hitting .370 over his last 16 games with a 12-to-10 walk-to-strikeout ratio. He has scored 10 runs and driven in 11 across that span. Six of his homers have now come with men on base.
Scott Patterson took the loss, the victim of an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth. He gave up one hit and struck out one, dropping to 2-2. Patterson has allowed runs in 10 of his 29 appearances, giving up more than one run just once. The opposition was 0-for-3 against him on Thursday with runners in scoring position and has just three hits in 37 at-bats in those situations on the year.
San Antonio (35-30) won 9-5 over Midland (A's)
Ernesto Frieri gave up two runs on four hits and five walks across 6.1 innings in a game that began late because of high winds, striking out four to earn his Texas League leading seventh win. Frieri has allowed two runs or less in 10 of his 13 outings on the season. He has, however, walked four or more three times – accounting for 14 of his 27 walks on the year.
Brian Joynt notched three hits out of the nine-hole in the lineup, including his fourth double and first homer of the year. Joynt also plated a pair, giving him nine RBI for the year. Joynt has four multi-hit games this year and all have come over his last eight games. He is 11-for-24 over that span with four extra base hits and five RBI, upping his average from .146 to .250.
Luis Durango reached base in three of his plate appearances, drawing a walk, collecting a single and smacking his seventh double. He also scored two runs and had a sacrifice bunt. Durango has been on base in 11 straight games – that streak only broken up by a pinch-hit appearance. He has scored five times in his last three games and has touched home at least once in six of his last seven. Durango also has 43 walks on the year compared to 33 strikeouts.
Lake Elsinore (37-29) lost 5-2 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
With Hefner moving up to Portland, Allen Harrington was pressed into duty as the starter. The left-hander was on the hook for four runs, three earned, on eight hits and two walks while fanning three across three innings. Harrington, who had been used exclusively out of the pen this season, posted a 3-1 mark with a 3.63 ERA across eight starts a season ago in Fort Wayne. He came into the game with a 6.18 ERA across 24 relief outings and has now given up 14.4 hits per nine innings.
Matt Teague worked a pair of scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out four to close out the loss. Teague has tossed 9.2 straight scoreless innings, lowering his ERA from 6.66 to 4.84. The left-hander had seen the leadoff man of an inning reach base in 12 of the 29 innings he had started coming into Thursday but held them 0-for-2 this day. He has allowed runs in 10 of his 24 appearances.
Eric Gonzalez, up from Fort Wayne, worked three innings and surrendered one run on three hits and two walks, whiffing one. The right-hander went 2-1 with a 4.19 ERA across 27 games with the TinCaps. He allowed runs in 12 of those outings, although he had never worked more than two innings in the Midwest League. Gonzalez allowed 41 hits and seven walks in 38.2 innings with Fort Wayne.
Fort Wayne (43-24) won 11-5 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)
Cole Figueroa notched a pair of doubles and recorded three hits on the evening in five at-bats, scoring a pair of runs. The shortstop has three multi-hit games through five Midwest League games – more than he had in 21 California League contests. He has been on base 12 times through five games with four extra base hits. Figueroa had just three extra base hits in 75 at-bats with the Storm.
Matt Clark put himself back in the Midwest League lead with a four-RBI game. The first baseman had an RBI groundout in the first, a run-scoring double in the third and a two-run single in the fifth. He has 54 on the season, two ahead of the next closest competitor. It is the third time this season he has knocked in four or more. Ironically, Clark is hitting just .218 with runners in scoring position but has had 105 of his 242 at-bats in those situations.
Anthony Bass picked up his sixth win, giving up one run on six hits and a walk while striking out five. He also recorded seven ground outs. It is the seventh straight game that Bass has allowed one earned run or less. He has lowered his ERA from a season high of 3.86 to 2.14 and has won three straight starts. Bass has given up three first inning runs through 14 starts and two second inning runs.
DSL Padres (7-9) vs DSL Yankees 2 postponed due to rain
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