Cesar Ramos and two relievers combined for a shutout in their season finale on Monday. Ramos tossed six-plus innings of scoreless ball, giving up three hits and two walks while fanning four. He worked to two batters in the seventh before being removed. The southpaw had allowed nine runs in his previous outing. It was the first time in Portland since May 23 that he has given up two runs or less.
Edwin Moreno preserved the shutout by stranding a pair of inherited runners in an inning that he took over with no outs. After loading the bases, he got a struck out and a double play. He then worked a scoreless eighth. The right-hander had allowed two hits in six at-bats with the bases loaded in Triple-A coming into the game. He has stranded all but one of the seven runners he has inherited this season. Moreno had allowed runs in six of his previous eight appearances.
Mike Ekstrom closed out the game by retiring the side in order, getting a strikeout, ground out and fly out. The right-hander has allowed runs in eight of his 42 appearances with Portland, allowing more than one run just once all season. Since allowing seven runs in his first 10 outings, Ekstrom has given up just five runs over his next 32. He has a 0.96 ERA across his last 47 innings.
San Antonio (31-40, 70-70) won 8-5 over Corpus Christi (Astros)
Matt Buschmann worked three scoreless innings to pick up the win after Steve Garrison gave up five runs in the opening frame on a pair of homers and five hits. Buschmann worked to the minimum, retiring all nine batters he faced while striking out two. The right-hander has allowed two earned runs over his last 16.1 innings, lowering his ERA from 6.57 to 4.39. He has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .216 average in Double-A.
Sawyer Carroll reached in all four of his plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks. The outfielder also scored three runs, including the eventual game-winner in the sixth. Carroll has collected a multi-hit game in five of his last six starts and has reached base four times in two of his last four games. He is 11-for-34 with five extra base hits and four walks in his last seven games.
Cedric Hunter had another three-hit night, collecting all singles while driving in one and scoring twice. It was his second straight game with three hits and the third time in his last four that he has accomplished the feat. Hunter has five RBI in his last four games and seven runs scored over that span. The outfielder has raised his season average by 13 points over his last 13 games. He is hitting .285 with runners on base as compared to a .240 mark with the bases empty.
San Antonio will face Midland (A's) on Wednesday to begin the playoffs.
Lake Elsinore (34-35, 73-67) lost 11-0 to San Jose (Giants)
Aaron Breit closed out the regular season by allowing seven runs, six earned, on 11 hits, a hit batsman, and two walks across four innings, striking out two. It was the first time since August 5, 2007 that he has allowed double-digit hits. He had not given up more than seven hits in any outing this season. Breit has allowed four runs or more in four of his 13 starts, allowing two runs or less in the other nine.
Allen Harrington allowed as many hits in an inning plus of work as the Storm offense managed all game. The left-hander allowed two runs on three hits while fanning one before exiting. Harrington has allowed runs in three straight games since returning to the Storm. He had allowed just one unearned run across 10 appearances for the TinCaps. Harrington has a 2.13 WHIP while pitching in the California League.
Lake Elsinore begins the playoffs against Rancho Cucamonga (Angels) on Wednesday.
Fort Wayne (49-20, 94-46) won 3-1 over West Michigan (Tigers)
The TinCaps ended a historic regular season behind a strong performance from Stiven Osuna. The right-hander tossed scoreless ball over five innings to improve to 10-9, yielding three hits, plunking a batter and striking out six while netting his seventh double play grounder. Osuna went 8-3 with a 3.68 ERA across 15 games since the All-Star break after going 2-6 with a 5.80 ERA prior to the break.
Zach Herr notched his 18th hold of the season, facing the minimum in his inning of work and fanning one. His 18 holds were the most in the Padres minor league system this year. The left-hander has allowed runs in just three of his last 20 appearances, giving up runs in 13 of his 55 relief outings overall. He is second in the Midwest League in appearances, despite spending some time in San Antonio.
Jaff Decker went 1-for-4 to end the season with a .299 average. The outfielder also plated his 64th run of the season – the second most RBI on the team. His .442 on-base percentage landed him atop the Midwest League – 37 points higher than his closest competitor and one of only two players to eclipse the .400 mark. His .299 average placed him a tie for ninth overall in batting and his .514 slugging percentage was second overall in the circuit.
Fort Wayne will play South Bend (Diamondbacks) on Wednesday to begin the playoffs.
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