Five runs crossed on Radhames Liz in the third inning, the total tally he allowed across four innings. Liz surrendered seven hits, including two homers, and a walk while hitting a pair. The right-hander had allowed six runs across his first 21 innings of work. This is the second straight game he has allowed seven hits after giving up four hits or less in his first four outings.
Scott Munter tossed a pair of scoreless innings, working to the minimum over his two innings of work by retiring all six batters and striking out three. The right-hander has given up runs in four of his nine appearances. He has allowed two runs in his last nine innings after giving up six in his first 7.1. He has limited the opposition to a .211 average.
Luis Durango reached base three times via a pair of singles and a walk. He also scored the lone Portland run in the ninth to avoid a shutout but was caught stealing for the seventh time this year in 20 attempts. Durango has four multi-hit games in his last eight and sports a .370 on-base percentage. The switch-hitter is batting .329 as a left-handed hitter and .236 as a right-handed hitter.
The Beavers are off to their worst start since returning to the Pacific Coast League in 2001.
San Antonio (13-16) lost 5-4 to Corpus Christi (Astros)
Beamer Weems' first extra-base hit of the season with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth tied the game at 3-3. The shortstop came around to score the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly. Weems also drew a pair of walks. Weems has been on base five times in his last four games after beginning the year hitless in his first 25 at-bats with four walks. He has an RBI in two straight.
The lead was short-lived. A walk, hit batsman and walk by Craig Italiano loaded the bases with nobody out. After a strikeout, a throwing error by Andy Parrino allowed two runs to score to end the game. They were the first runs to score on Italiano, although both were unearned. The right-hander has hit four batters this season and has issued five free passes in his last five outings.
Lake Elsinore (19-12) won 6-3 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
The Storm scored five runs in the top half of the first inning, topped off by a solo homer from Blake Tekotte. The outfielder had three hits and scored twice out of the seventh spot in the lineup. Tekotte has three multi-hit games in his last four and has scored a run in eight straight games. He is 13-for-34 over his last eight with four extra-base hits. Tekotte came into the game with a stolen base in five straight but did not attempt a theft Sunday. He is 10-for-10 on the season.
Cody Decker also went deep in the first inning, hitting a two-run blast – his fifth bomb of the year and the third game in a row that he has gone yard. All of Decker's last six hits have gone for extra bases, giving him 18 on the season – tied for most in the California League with teammate Michael Collins. He has scored a run in five straight and seven of his last eight.
Jorge Reyes improved to 3-2, giving up three runs on eight hits while fanning four across six innings. The right-hander had more fly ball outs than ground outs for the first time this year. Reyes has allowed 17 hits across his last 8.1 innings and the opposition is hitting .325 off him to begin the year. Right-handed hitters are swatting .397 off him in 58 at-bats.
Fort Wayne (15-15) won 7-5 over Lansing (Blue Jays)
Edinson Rincon went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and a pair of doubles. The third baseman upped his RBI tally to 18 on the year by adding four more on Mother's Day. Rincon is hitting .333 over his last nine games with 10 RBI, upping his average from .190 to .235. He has notched a .297 average with runners in scoring position and has scored a run in five of his last six games.
Jonathan Alia reached base three times in four trips, collecting a pair of singles and a walk. The designated hitter also scored a pair of runs and rove in one. Since going 3-for-24 to open the year, Alia has gone 11-for-28 with four multi-hit games. He has been on base in eight straight games and upped his on-base percentage to .406. Alia has played just four games in the field, seeing most of his time as the designated hitter.
Daniel Sarria worked three scoreless innings, earning his first hold of the year. The Cuban right-hander allowed one hit and two walks while striking out four. It is the second time that he has tossed scoreless ball across three innings. While he has yet to allow a hit to the leadoff man of an inning, he has walked three leadoff men in nine innings.
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