Matt Buschmann surrendered seven runs, six earned, on four hits and five walks across an inning and one-third. He gave up a grand slam in the opening stanza and all seven RBI were credited to a single batter, Jeff Bailey. The right-hander has walked as many as he has struck out with the Beavers (20) and has issued a free pass to three or more in five straight. He has a 1.96 WHIP in Pacific Coast League play this year.
Anthony Contreras went 2-for-5 with his second homer of the season – a two-run bomb in the fourth – and two RBI. He did commit his first error in Triple-A. Contreras has four RBI over his last four starts after netting three in his first 28. He has gone 7-for-17 over that stretch and has nine hits in his last 20.
Brad Chalk reached base four times in his first game out of the leadoff spot, smacking three singles and drawing a walk. He touched home just once during the game. Chalk is 8-for-22 across nine with Portland. The outfielder hit .183 across 36 games with Double-A San Antonio with a .143 average over his final 19 contests.
San Antonio (27-28) lost 5-0 to Springfield (Cardinals)
Corey Kluber took the loss and dropped to 2-5, giving up two runs, one earned, on seven hits and a walk across six. He also struck out nine and tossed a wild pitch. He has allowed two runs or less four times but has just one win in those games. All but five of the 27 earned runs he has allowed have come in the fourth inning and beyond.
Aaron Poreda was on the hook for two runs without allowing a hit. He walked four in an inning-plus, leaving with two on. Both would score on a night that saw the Missions offense go 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position. The left-hander has allowed runs in eight of his 19 appearances and has walked two or more six times. He now has more walks (26) than innings pitched (25).
Lake Elsinore (38-19) won 16-1 over Modesto (Rockies)
Vince Belnome drove in five runs with a single, two doubles – giving him 14 on the year – and a sacrifice fly. It is his fifth game with at least three RBI and matched a high set on April 18. Belnome is hitting .294 with runners in scoring position and that numbers goes up to .393 with two outs. After hitting .238 in his first 22 games, Belnome has hit .302 over his last 32.
Lost in the offensive explosion was a solid outing from the pitching staff. Anthony Bass yielded one run across five innings, giving up three hits and three walks while fanning one. The one mistake was a solo homer. Bass has won three straight games and four straight decisions. He has allowed one run or less in seven of his 12 starts, allowing just four earned over his last five to lower his ERA from 4.17 to 2.93.
Robert Lara reached base three times, belting his fourth homer – a two-run shot – while also adding a single, a walk, three RBI and two runs scored. He also threw out the only runner attempting to steal. He has 10 RBI over his last 13 games. His fourth homer bested his three-homer total set back in 2008 with the AZL Padres. The backstop has thrown out 13-of-32 runners attempting to steal this year, good for 40.6 percent.
Cole Figueroa extended his on base streak to 38 games with three hits, including a triple, a walk, and three RBI.
Fort Wayne (29-29) won 8-3 over Beloit (Twins)
Jason Hagerty drilled three hits, all singles, out of the three-hole in the lineup and drew a walk. The switch-hitter notched three RBI to push his season tally to 28 and scored a run. The backstop is hitting .311 with runners in scoring position. He was also credited with throwing out both runners attempting to steal. Hagerty has thrown out 18-of-48 runners attempting thievery, good for 37.5 percent.
Nick Greenwood evened his record at 3-3, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits and a walk across six innings while striking out five. He also notched seven ground ball outs and picked off a runner at first. The left-hander has allowed two earned runs or less in seven of his 11 starts. He has a 3.13 ERA as a starter and a 18.90 ERA in his one relief outing. Greenwood has held left-handed hitters to a .200 average while righties are batting .330.
Miles Mikolas picked up his sixth hold of the season, striking out the side in a perfect seventh inning. The right-hander has allowed runs in six of his 23 appearances. Mikolas has held the leadoff hitter of the inning to a .182 on-base percentage – seeing just six base runners in 33 innings that he has began. Just four of the 28 at-bats he has yielded have gone for extra bases.
DSL Padres (0-4) had a scheduled day off
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