Cesar Ramos worked a pair of scoreless frames, yielding three hits while striking out one. He needed just 16 pitches to get through two, netting two ground ball outs. He also picked off a runner and got a caught stealing at home plate. The left-hander has a 4.36 ERA in nine relief appearances but has allowed runs in just one of his last eight.
Sean Kazmar's single in the bottom of the ninth plated Craig Stansberry, a pinch-hitter who doubled, to tie the game up at 3-3. Kazmar had three hits in the game and drew a walk. He scored once and drove in two – both with two outs. Six of his 21 RBI have come in the ninth inning. Kazmar has three straight multi-hit games, breaking out of a 2-for-23 slump.
Adam Russell came on in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth. After two quick outs, the right-hander issued a walk, a single and a suicide bunt single that scored the winning run. Russell has allowed runs in three of his last five and eight of 20 overall. The opposition is hitting .375 off him with runners in scoring position.
San Antonio (33-32) lost 8-7 to Midland (A's)
Corey Kluber gave up four runs on seven hits and a pair of walks across seven innings, striking out 11 in an 105-pitch effort. It was the fourth time in his career that he has reached double-digit strikeouts, the last coming on the same date, June 17, last year when he fanned a career-high 14 while pitching for Lake Elsinore. His 84 strikeouts this year lead the Texas League and he has fanned 28 over his last three starts.
Bryan Oland suffered the blown save and the loss, giving up four runs on five hits, two walks, and a hit batsman across an inning and two-thirds. The right-hander has allowed six runs over his last two appearances, spiking his ERA from 3.05 to 5.01. He has given up runs in seven of his 20 outings this year. The opposition is hitting .355 off him with runners in scoring position.
Cedric Hunter reached base four times in defeat. The center fielder clubbed his 12th and 13th doubles while drawing a pair of walks. He also plated three runs, all coming with two outs. It was his bases loaded double in the sixth that gave the Missions their only lead at 5-4. Hunter has a six-game hitting streak with five multi-hit games. He has drawn 26 walks over his last 43 games and owns a .478 on-base percentage across his last 15.
Lake Elsinore (45-23) lost 9-3 to San Jose (Giants)
Eric Gonzalez gave up five runs, four earned, on five hits, a walk and a hit batsman across his two innings of work. The right-hander has allowed runs in all three of his relief appearances with the Storm, giving up 10 runs on 12 hits, three walks and a hit batsman across 5.2 innings. The opposition is hitting a healthy .400 off him and two of the four runners he has inherited have scored.
Jaff Decker went 3-for-4 out of the five-hole, clubbing his third homer of the year, a solo shot in the fourth. He was, however, picked off first base. It was his first three-hit game of the year. Decker is 12-for-39 across his last nine games to raise his average from .134 to .198 – the highest it has been this season. He has struck out in all but three of his 26 games.
Cole Figueroa saw his 47-game on base streak come to an end with an 0-for-5 game that included an RBI.
Fort Wayne (34-33) won 6-5 over Dayton (Reds)
Jose DePaula got the start and carried a no-hitter through seven. The left-hander retired 17 in a row during one stretch before an error and a walk in the seventh. He walked two and struck out seven while facing three above the minimum. In his two starts, DePaula has allowed five hits across 12 innings without allowing a run. He has held southpaw hitters to a .160 average while righties have managed a .170 average against.
Hayden Beard followed DePaula and gave up a solo homer to the first batter he faced, breaking up the no-hitter and shutout. Two more singles followed. After a strikeout, a third single brought two runs in. Beard would be lifted in a 4-3 game but the last man he left on base would score – four runs against in one-third of an inning to cost DePaula the victory. Eleven of the 15 runs he has allowed across 23 appearances have come in two outings.
The TinCaps took advantage of six Dayton errors, as Jason Hagerty notched two of the three Fort Wayne RBI in the game, hitting a two-run homer in the fourth inning. The backstop also drew a walk and scored twice. Hagerty has reached base safely in 16 straight games and has a walk in eight straight. Since posting a 5-to-17 walk-to-strikeout ratio in April, Hagerty has notched a 28-28 mark.
DSL Padres (6-9) lost 5-4 to DSL White Sox in game one, won 7-2 in game two
Luis Tejada drove in two of the opening game runs with a two-out single. The center fielder also drew a walk. He was, however, thrown out trying to steal for the third time this year in as many attempts. Tejada also doubled and scored in the nightcap. He has a hit in four straight after going 4-for-33 to open the year.
Yoan Alcantara had a pair of hits, including his third double, out of the three-hole in the lineup, scoring twice and driving in his ninth run. He also added his second stolen base of the year, swiping third base. Alcantara had a single but was caught stealing in the opener. The outfielder has reached base safely in 15 of his 16 games. He is hitting .345 with runners on base this season.
Fabel Filpo added two hits in three trips, driving in his third run of the season. He was, however, picked off second base. He also walked and scored a run in the first game. It was the outfielder's second multi-hit game of the year. He had gone 3-for-33 in between those contests. Filpo has just one hit in 18 at-bats this year with runners in scoring position.
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