Josh Geer went 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits while fanning three. Four of the hits went for extra bases, including a solo homer. The right-hander has given up six homers through five starts this year and 14 of the hits he has allowed have gone for extra bases. Geer allowed double-digit hits twice in nine starts last year for Portland.
Adam Russell surrendered four runs on three hits, three walks and a hit batsman across two-thirds of an inning, pushing his ERA to 11.00 for the season while taking his second loss. The 6-foot-8 Ohio native has allowed runs in four of his eight appearances, giving up multiple runs three times. This was the first time he did not last a full inning before getting removed.
Mike Baxter cracked his third triple of the season, scored a run and notched two RBI. The outfielder has as many three-baggers as doubles to begin the year and sports a .480 on-base percentage with 13 walks and 21 hits in 19 games. He has been on base in all but one of his starts. Baxter had, howeverm been 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position coming into the game before going 1-for-2 this day.
San Antonio (11-12) lost 7-2 to Midland (A's)
Chris Young received the starting nod in a rehab assignment, as he battles back from a strained right shoulder. The target had been 60 pitches for the Padres starter. Young only got 35 pitches in and needed two-thirds of an inning to do it before he was pulled as six of the seven batters he faced reached base. The right-hander was charged with five runs, as he walked four straight batters, struck out a batter and then allowed a base clearing double. One of his outs came via a pickoff.
James Darnell had two of San Antonio's four hits and plated the second Missions run with a solo homer in the seventh. The right-handed hitter is batting .270 off left-handed pitching this season but just .156 off right-handed pitching. He is also hitting .156 with runners on base and that number drops to .118 with runners in scoring position.
Simon Castro came on in to begin the third inning and allowed two runs on five hits and three walks across five innings, striking out four and collecting seven ground ball outs. The right-hander has yet to allow more than two earned runs in any of his five starts and has four double play grounders to his credit. This was the first time since May 19, 2009 that he did not start the game; he went five frames in that outing as well.
Lake Elsinore (14-11) won 13-6 over Lancaster (Astros)
Michael Collins hit a grand slam as part of a six-run fourth inning, one of three Storm homers on the day. He also drew a walk in five plate appearances. The backstop has gone yard in two straight and three of his last four. He has an RBI in four straight. Collins last grand slam came on August 17, 2007 while playing with Double-A Arkansas in the Texas League.
Drew Cumberland reached base four times, notching a walk, a double and two singles. The shortstop also scored three runs, drove in two and stole his 10th bag. Cumberland has scored a run in eight straight games, touching home 13 times over that span. He is 9-for-17 with two walks over his last four games with eight runs scored and four RBI.
Cole Figueroa had three singles in five trips, plating three runs and scoring once. The second baseman also stole his fifth base of the season. The infielder has two straight three-hit games and has a pair of three-RBI games over his last three contests. Figueroa is hitting .393 with runners in scoring position this season and .439 with runners on base.
Adam Zornes is getting closer to returning to action. His hamstring injury has made progress in the last week. He has yet to appear in a game this season.
Fort Wayne (12-11) won 5-2 over Lansing (Blue Jays)
Everett Williams clubbed a pair of doubles, doubling his two-bagger total for the season, drew a walk and drove in his sixth run. He was caught stealing for the second time this year. The outfielder has five multi-hit games this year, three coming in his last five games to up his average from .171 to .241. Williams has an RBI in three straight games.
Griffin Benedict went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored to keep his healthy .433 average. The backstop was picked off second base and went 1-for-2 in throwing out would be base stealers. Benedict has made the most of his sparse playing time, collecting 11 hits in his last 18 at-bats with three extra-base hits, three runs scored and seven RBI.
Michael Watt allowed two runs on four hits and a pair of walks while fanning three across six innings. He induced nine ground ball outs in earning his second win. The left-hander has allowed two runs or less in four of his five starts this year, allowing four hits or fewer in his last two.
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