Ernesto Frieri suffered the loss, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks in a 2-2 game. They were the first runs he has allowed all season. Frieri had tossed scoreless ball over his first 12 frames, yielding just two hits all year until Wednesday. He has walked 10 batters this season, including six in his last two outings.
Craig Cooper had two of Portland's three hits, including a double, but did not figure into the scoring. The squad had just three at-bats with runners in scoring position. The first baseman has 10 multi-hit games this year, including two in his last three games. Cooper has drawn just two walks all season – despite a .322 average he has a .337 on-base percentage.
San Antonio (12-14) lost 4-2 to Frisco (Rangers)
Nathan Culp suffered his second loss with the Missions, yielding three runs on six hits and four walks across a 98-pitch outing. The left-hander struck out two and notched eight ground ball outs, including his third double play grounder in as many games. Three of the hits went for extra bases, including a solo homer. It was the third time in six starts across two leagues that he has walked three or more.
Ali Solis saw his average drop to .071 for the season with an 0-for-3 day. The backstop has been hit by as many pitches (1) as he has hits. Solis did throw out one of the two base runners attempting to steal against him. The catcher has gunned down 5-of-9 runners attempting to take a base on him this season, good for 55.6 percent.
Craig Italiano kept his scoreless streak alive, yielding one hit in his lone inning of work. The right-hander has not allowed a run in 13 innings this season, giving up seven hits. Italiano has not allowed an earned run since July 25, 2009 and has a scoreless streak of 25.2 innings dating back to last season with the Storm. He has limited right-handed hitters to a .129 average against.
Lake Elsinore (15-12) won 10-9 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)
Allan Dykstra hit a three-run bomb over the center field wall in the bottom of the eighth to cap a six-run frame, putting the Storm ahead by a run heading into the ninth. It was his second homer of the game, giving him four RBI on the night. The first baseman also drew a walk out of the seven-hole in the lineup. Dykstra has homered in two of his last three games, has drawn a walk in four straight and scored a run in four in a row.
Dan Robertson had four hits in five trips, collecting his third double of the year, scoring once and driving in two. He was picked off first base and committed his second error of the year but notched his California League leading seventh outfield assist when he gunned down a runner at home to end the fourth. Robertson has reached base safely in his last 20 games, sporting a .435 on-base percentage over that span with 14 runs scored and 10 RBI.
Michael Collins also had four hits in five trips out of the cleanup spot. The backstop notched his seventh double, scored a run and drove in two. He did commit his third error and was 0-for-1 throwing out base runners attempting to steal. Collins has recorded 14 extra-base hits this season for a .645 slugging percentage. He has had an extra-base hit in four straight and six in his last six games. He also has nine RBI in his last six.
Fort Wayne (13-13) lost 5-1 to Bowling Green (Rays)
Nick Greenwood was the hard luck loser, dropping his first game despite yielding one run on three hits, a pair of hit batsmen and a walk. The southpaw induced 12 ground ball outs and fanned two. He has notched six double play grounders this year, including two on Wednesday. It was the fourth time in six starts that the left-hander has allowed two runs or less.
Everett Williams was the lone player to secure a multi-hit game for the TinCaps, going 2-for-5. The outfielder also drove in the lone run of the game and stole his first base of the season. The team, however, went 1-for-15 as a team with runners in scoring position. Williams has collected three multi-hit games in his last four and five in his last nine. He has an RBI in six straight games, plating 10 over that span.
Daniel Sarria was on the hook for four runs on four hits and a trio of walks across three innings, striking out three and netting a pair of ground ball outs. The right-hander out of Cuba had pitched scoreless ball over three frames in his first outing of the season. The opposition is hitting .400 off him with runners on base.
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