Aaron Cunningham had one of four Portland hits and drove in its lone run with a double – his 18th RBI of the year. He was also credited with an outfield assist, gunning down a runner at home by hitting his relay man. Four of his last five hits have gone for extra bases, but he is just 6-for-39 over his last 11 contests. He has struck out 44 times in 163 at-bats.
Tim Stauffer took the hill on a rehab assignment – his first since undergoing an emergency appendectomy. The right-hander posted two scoreless frames, tossing 17 of his 25 pitches for strikes while giving up two hits. Stauffer allowed a single run on 18 hits across 23.1 innings for the Padres, stranding all five runners he inherited. Included is one start of five innings of run-free ball.
Scott Munter delivered a pair of scoreless frames, lowering his ERA to 2.37. The right-hander allowed one hit and struck out three. Munter has stretched his scoreless streak to 18 innings. Over the streak, he has given up just eight hits while striking out 19. Both left-handed and right-handed hitters are hitting under .200 against him.
San Antonio (26-27) lost 6-5 to Arkansas (Angels)
Simon Castro allowed just one hit but gave up three runs, two earned, thanks to five free passes issued. The right-hander also struck out five while throwing 56 percent of his pitches for strikes. It was the second time this year he has limited the opposition to one hit and the fourth time he has given up three or less. He has walked 22 in 60.1 frames, including nine over his last three starts. Castro has had just one start that did not produce a free pass.
Logan Forsythe had two hits in four at-bats out of the three-hole, plating a run to cap a four-run fifth and adding an RBI single in the seventh. The second baseman has reached base at least two times in seven of his last eight games. Forsythe evened up his walk-to-strikeout ratio at 17-to-17 when he struck out twice. He is hitting .423 with runners on base.
Evan Scribner was ejected with two outs in the ninth inning.
Lake Elsinore (36-19) lost 4-1 to Modesto (Rockies)
Dan Robertson collected three hits, all singles, in four trips but did not figure into the scoring. He was caught stealing for the fourth time. Robertson had been successful on nine straight theft attempts and is 14-for-18 on the year. Robertson has fanned just once over his last 32 at-bats and owns a robust .392 on-base percentage.
Cole Figueroa extended his streak to 36 games with an opening inning single. The infielder, who moved over to shortstop when Cumberland was removed from the game, is 20-for-42 in the first inning with seven walks for a .569 on-base percentage. He ended up with a pair of hits and a walk. He also has a nine-game hitting streak with five multi-hit contests included.
Drew Cumberland was removed from the game after turning a double play and taking a hard slide out. No word on whether the play caused an injury or if he was taken out as a precaution. Blake Tekotte was ejected in the fifth inning for arguing balls and strikes.
Fort Wayne (28-28) lost 12-4 to Beloit (Twins)
Hayden Beard was pummeled for seven runs, all earned, on six hits, a walk, and a wild pitch in just one-third of an inning, blowing his ERA up from 2.04 to 5.50. He had recorded the first out of the inning before seven straight reached base. The right-hander had allowed four earned in his previous 17 appearances. The opposition upped its average to .333 with runners in scoring position.
Nate Freiman was back in the customary cleanup spot, going 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. He was moved out of the spot for one game, as he had struggled with runners in scoring position. The first baseman did go 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position. Freiman is hitting .226 with men on second or third and .325 with the bases empty.
DSL Padres (0-3) lost 7-4 to DSL Twins
Jairo Gomez pocketed a pair of doubles, including one with the bases loaded in the sixth, and a walk in four trips, driving in a pair of runs from the seven-hole in the lineup. Gomez hit .200 across 55 games last season, collecting 10 doubles, 17 runs scored and 19 RBI. He hit .229 with runners in scoring position a year ago.
Miguel Del Castillo also collected two hits, smacking his first double of the year, scoring a run and driving in one. The backstop went 0-for-3 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal. The backstop was a .198 hitter for the DSL Padres in 2009, hitting just two extra-base hits while scoring 21 times and driving in 10. He threw out 24.6 percent of the base runners attempting to steal a year ago.
Jean Corpas delivered 3.2 scoreless innings, yielding two hits and striking out one. The right-hander stranded the bases loaded and notched six ground ball outs. Corpas went 4-2 with a 4.25 ERA across 12 games, including six starts, last year. In 42.1 innings, Corpas struck out 40 and walked 11 while seeing the opposition hit .271.
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