Will Inman allowed two runs on seven hits and a pair of walks across six innings, striking out two and notching six ground ball outs. He tossed 63.1 percent of his pitches for strikes to pick up his second win in as many starts. Inman has allowed two runs or less in three straight outings, despite missing a start. The right-hander had allowed six hits through his first 15 innings of work.
Craig Cooper was the lone Portland hitter to secure a multi-hit game, going 3-for-4 with a double and a two-out, two-run single. He was thrown out at third base on a base running blunder. It was his third three-hit game of the season and the sixth time he has knocked in multiple runs. Cooper entered the contest hitting just .194 with runners in scoring position before breaking through with his base knock.
Ernesto Frieri picked up his fifth save in as many opportunities. He struck out one and plunked a batter in his lone inning of work. The right-hander has strung together 10 straight scoreless appearances to begin the season and has allowed just two hits through 10 innings of work, striking out 13. He has not been scored upon as a reliever across his last 23 innings, dating back to April 28, 2008 while he was with Lake Elsinore.
San Antonio (11-10) won 5-4 over Midland (A's) in 10 innings
Sawyer Carroll tied the game with a bases loaded sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to send the game into extras. He also went 3-for-4 with a triple, a run scored and two RBI. Carroll was caught stealing in his first stolen base attempt of the year. The outfielder has notched an RBI in seven of his last 10 games and a hit in 10 of his last 11 contests.
Mitch Canham notched a one-out single in the 10th and came around to score the winning run on a wild pitch. He was 2-for-4 on the day with a walk, splitting time between third base and catcher. While he is hitting .236 to begin the season, Canham has reached base in 16 straight to give him a .397 on-base percentage. He also has a hit in 10 of his last 12.
Nathan Culp went eight innings, yielding nine hits, hitting a batter and fanning three while allowing four runs. The southpaw threw just 85 pitches, notching 16 ground ball outs, including a double play grounder. He tossed 72.9 percent of his pitches for strikes in the no-decision. Culp has allowed four runs or more in four of his five starts while allowing eight or more hits four times.
Lake Elsinore (13-10) won 9-2 over Lancaster (Astros)
Danny Payne singled in the second and came around to score on a bases loaded double that capped a five-run inning. He added his second RBI of the game in the fourth and came around to score a second time as well. It was his first multi-hit game of the season. Payne came into the game with three hits in his previous 36 at-bats. He is, however, hitting .385 with runners in scoring position.
Nick Schmidt yielded one run on three hits and a pair of walks while striking out six across seven innings to earn the win, his first of the year. It is the second time he has given up one run or less and three or fewer hits, and the first time he has worked more than five innings. Just four of the 22 hits he has allowed this season have gone for extra bases.
Yefri Carvajal extended his hitting streak to five games with a leadoff triple in the fourth. He would score two runs for the second straight game. Carvajal has yet to secure a multi-hit game but has upped his average from .072 to .140 by going 6-for-16 over his streak with six runs scored. Carvajal is just 1-for-20 this year against left-handed pitching.
Fort Wayne (11-10) won 10-4 over Lansing (Blue Jays)
Robert Poutier made his season debut after being called up from extended and earned the win. The right-hander tossed a perfect inning, retiring the side in order in the sixth. Poutier went 0-0 with a 4.70 ERA across 7.2 innings for the Arizona Rookie League Padres last season, striking out eight while walking three. Poutier was injured most of last season and was rehabbing this spring.
Edinson Rincon had a pair of doubles out of the three-hole in the lineup, driving in two and scoring once on a day that saw the team go 7-for-11 with runners in scoring position. The third baseman is hitting just .192 this year with runners in scoring position and came into the game in an 0-for-17 slump. It was the fourth time this season he has notched a multi-hit game, but Rincon has been held hitless in 10 of his 21 contests.
Dean Anna hit his second homer of the season, a solo shot on the first pitch seen in the third inning. He also had an RBI single and scored twice. The infielder came into the game with one hit in his previous 19 at-bats – since the game that saw him belt a grand slam. Five of his six RBI this season have come via the long ball. It was his second multi-hit game through 15 contests.
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