Luis Durango drove in the tying run in the top of the ninth, scoring Sean Kazmar who began the inning with a walk. The leadoff hitter also drew a pair of walks but was picked off first. The outfielder has begun the season with a .237 average and .308 on-base percentage while stealing 10 bases in 13 attempts. He is 10-for-30 with five walks over his last eight games.
Chris Denorfia notched a pair of hits in five at-bats. The outfielder clubbed his fifth double and hit a solo homer while scoring twice. Denorfia also stole his fifth base of the season in six attempts. He has clubbed 10 extra-base hits in 16 games this season and is hitting .400 with runners in scoring position.
Adam Russell came on with one man on and nobody out in the seventh. The first batter he faced went yard, pushing the inherited runner across and one of his own to push Sacramento ahead 4-3. He then struck out the side. Russell has allowed nine hits and two walks across 5.1 innings with Portland – with two balls leaving the yard.
San Antonio (7-7) won 7-5 over Midland (A's)
Wynn Pelzer picked up his first Double-A win, as he was charged with four runs, three earned, on seven hits and two walks across 5.1 innings while fanning five. Two of the runs scored after he left the contest. The opposition has hit .340 off him to begin the season with 23 base runners in 11 frames for a 2.09 WHIP. Twelve of the 18 hits he has allowed have gone for extra bases.
Matt Clark pounded out four hits in five trips, including his first double of the year, while adding two RBI. The first baseman was picked off first base and committed his first error. It was his second multi-hit game in his last three. Prior to that, Clark had been hitting .194. The double was his first extra-base hit on the year and his two RBI were more than he had in his first 12 games.
Brad Chalk went 2-for-3 with a triple, a sacrifice bunt, a run scored and an RBI out of the nine-hole in the lineup. The outfielder did ground into a double play for the first time this year. Chalk came into the game with five hits in his first 27 Double-A games with zero extra-base hits. He is hitting .455 when he bats ninth in the order while hitting .105 when he hits elsewhere.
Lake Elsinore (7-8) lost 7-1 to High Desert (Mariners)
Blake Tekotte accounted for all of the Storm offense, going 2-for-3 with a double and a homer. He was also hit by a pitch. Tekotte had two straight multi-hit games and four in his last eight. This was his second game with multiple extra-base hits. The outfielder is 7-for-16, a .438 average, when hitting out of the leadoff spot.
Jorge Reyes suffered the loss, surrendering a career-high four runs on six hits and two walks across 4.2 innings while striking out four. The leadoff man of an inning has a .353 on-base percentage off the right-hander, as he has allowed seven runs on 11 hits across his last 7.1 innings.
Colt Hynes provided two innings of scoreless ball, yielding one hit while striking out three in his return to the California League. The left-hander had one scoreless appearance in Double-A before getting sent back down. He has yielded two runs across 7.1 innings with the Storm but has allowed 11 base runners over that span.
Fort Wayne (8-8) won 2-1 over Great Lakes (Dodgers)
Nick Greenwood allowed one run on a career-high 10 hits across six innings, striking out a half-dozen. The left-hander saw runners in scoring position in four of the frames but was able to limit the damage. He has limited the opposition to five hits in 24 at-bats with runners in scoring position but has held opponents to a .217 on-base percentage to open the inning.
Rymer Liriano hit his second homer of the year, a solo shot in the fifth inning that put the TinCaps ahead for good. It was just his third hit this year in 35 at-bats with the bases empty. The outfielder has a hit and an RBI in each of his last three games. He is, however, 3-for-24 in his last six games. Seven of his 11 hits have gone for extra bases.
Nick Schumacher was dropped from Lake Elsinore to take the spot of closer Rafeal Arias who was put on the disabled list and closed out the contest with a 1-2-3 innings, striking out a pair. It was his first regular season save since closing out a game on August 18, 2008 while with Eugene. Schumacher did earn a save in the playoffs last year for Fort Wayne. The right-hander had gone 0-0 with a 10.29 ERA across six games for the Storm, giving up 15 hits across seven innings.
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