Rocky Cherry was on the hook for five runs, all earned, on four hits and a walk across two innings. The right-hander gave up a double and a three-run homer while striking out four. The Texas native has allowed nine runs on eight hits and three walks across his last 3.1 innings while allowing two inherited runners to score. Cherry, who has allowed at least four runs in his last two outings, had allowed more than two runs just once in 38 appearances with Pawtucket.
Jon Ellis delivered two scoreless frames, giving up one hit while striking out two and notching three ground ball outs. The right-hander has allowed one run over his last 10.2 innings, giving up seven hits over that span. Ellis has given up 14 hits in 59 at-bats to the leadoff hitter of an inning, a .237 average. He has allowed runs in 20 of his 49 appearances on the season.
San Antonio (26-34, 65-64) won 8-3 over Frisco (Rangers)
Craig Cooper, whose average dropped to .301 three games ago – the lowest it had been since Opening Day when he went 1-for-4 – had three hits in five trips with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Cooper has not, however, hit over .260 in any month since batting .382 and .377 in April and May, respectively. The RBI was number 84 on the season; his previous high for a season was 78 set in 2007 while with Lake Elsinore.
Nathan Culp moved to 7-8 on the year, giving up two runs on five hits, not walking a batter and fanning one. He induced nine ground ball outs and the only runs scored on a two-run homer in the second. It is the seventh time in his last nine starts that he has given up two runs or less. The southpaw is just 2-2 over that span with five no-decisions. He has 10 no-decisions when allowing two runs or less this season.
Lake Elsinore (29-31, 68-62) won 13-4 over Visalia (Diamondbacks)
Luis Martinez delivered three hits in five trips, smoking his 18th double and tallying his fourth homer. The backstop scored a run and notched four RBI. He went 0-for-1 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal. Martinez has notched an extra base hit in four of his last five games, notching multiple extra base hits twice over that span. His four RBI were a season high. He is hitting .317 over his last 19 games.
Every player in the lineup scored a run and Matt Clark led the charge with three runs scored. The first baseman had three hits in five trips, scoring each time. He also belted his 13th homer in the California League and notched two RBI. He is now two RBI shy of reaching 100 for the season. Clark leads the minor league system with 24 homers. He is hitting .322 over his last 23 games.
Fort Wayne (42-17, 87-43) lost 10-0 to Great Lakes (Dodgers)
Stiven Osuna was bombarded for seven runs on three hits, four walks and a hit batsman in his first inning of work. By the end of his night, the right-hander had walked eight, allowing nine runs, eight earned, while giving up five hits. Osuna has given up five runs or more in two straight and in seven of his 22 starts. He has also walked four or more four times.
The TinCaps were no hit through six innings and the only player to reach base over that time was Allan Dykstra who was hit by a pitch. He was quickly erased by a double play. Blake Tekotte would break the no-hit bid with a single on a line drive to center. Tekotte went 1-for-4 with a single, netting one of the three hits. The center fielder came into the game hitting .204 over his previous 25 games.
Fort Wayne manager Doug Dascenzo and right-hander Eduardo Perez were ejected in the eighth inning. Perez plunked a batter after a homer and was promptly tossed. Dascenzo argued and was sent to the locker room shortly thereafter.
Eugene (30-36) lost 4-2 to Vancouver (A's)
David Erickson allowed two hits and a walk across 4.1 scoreless innings. The right-hander stranded a pair of inherited runners and notched eight ground ball outs while striking out three in his longest outing of the year. He had not gone more than two frames in any of his previous outings. Erickson has stranded 13 of the 17 runners he has inherited on the year. He has given up runs in 11 of his 27 appearances.
Jeff Ibarra took the loss, allowing four runs, two earned, on six hits and two walks across 2.2 innings while striking out four. The left-hander has allowed runs in 14 of his 23 appearances with the Emeralds. He has allowed seven of the 15 runners he has inherited to score. Ibarra has given up 17 hits across his last 8.1 innings.
AZL Padres (14-13, 27-28) won 7-2 over AZL Royals
Deiber Sanchez yielded one run on four hits and a walk while striking out four across five frames. The right-hander out of Colombia has allowed one earned run or less over each of his last three starts. Sanchez has a 3.91 ERA across five starts while he posted a 2.25 ERA in nine relief appearances. He has held the opposition to a .146 average with runners in scoring position after holding them 0-for-6 on Thursday.
Wande Olabisi pounded out two hits in four trips, drilling his sixth homer of the season – a solo shot - scoring two runs and driving in two. The outfielder also added his 11th stolen base of the year in 14 attempts. Four of his six homers have come during the month of August. Olabisi has an extra base hit in three straight games with a run scored in four straight.
Cody Decker, who hit his 15th homer of the year, was named the Arizona Rookie League MVP on Thursday. He and outfielder Rymer Liriano were named postseason All-Stars.
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