Portland lost 11-5 to Tucson (Diamondbacks)
Mike Thompson was roughed up for six runs on seven hits and two walks over an inning and two-thirds in his 150th minor league start. Fifty-two pitches later, he was removed from the game – with two men still on base. Both would be stranded, but his Triple-A ERA ballooned to 27.00 for the season. In two Triple-A starts, Thompson has been rocked for 11 runs against over 3.2 innings on 13 hits and three walks. Including the time he spent in San Diego, Thompson has given up 20 runs over his last 10.1 innings.
In each of Craig Stansberry’s first four at bats, he notched a hit and a run scored. Three of those times in the box supplied doubles – giving him a Pacific Coast League leading 11 on the season. He would go 4-for-5 with his doubles, runs scored, and an RBI. The infielder accounted for half of Portland’s hits and ended the night with a .402 average. It is the second time in three games that he has notched a four-hit night and the fifth time in 20 games that he has three or more hits in a game. Stansberry has scored a run in 10 straight games. He matched Portland’s franchise record for doubles and runs in a game since returning to the PCL.
Aaron Rakers notched his second appearance since his one-inning spot outing with the San Diego Padres. And for the second time since being sent down, Rakers allowed runs – four, in fact. After allowing one run over his first five outings, spanning nine innings, Rakers has been tagged for five runs in his last 2.1 frames. He allowed three hits and a walk in a third of an inning and all baserunners touched home.
Paul McAnulty played third base for the first time this season.
San Antonio lost 1-0 to Midland (A’s)
Paul Abraham worked two scoreless, part of a relief effort that pitched five near flawless innings. He allowed one walk and struck out three, dropping his ERA to 0.68 on the year. His scoreless streak has now spanned eight appearances and 9.1 innings and he has given up just four hits while whiffing nine during that stretch. The leadoff man of an inning has reached base just once off the righty.
Mike Ekstrom went just four innings but allowed a single run on six hits and two walks while striking out five in a loss, evening his record at 1-1. The right-hander’s longest out of the season has been just 5.1 innings over four starts; last year in Double-A, Ekstrom had just four outings in 14 starts that did not see him go six or more. He has induced four double play grounders in the last two games after not netting any in the first two.
Nick Hundley collected two of San Antonio’s four hits, including his fourth double of the season. It was just his third multi-hit effort over 18 games this year. He has hits in six of his last seven games, pushing his average up from .143 to .220 – with Friday the first time this season he has eclipsed the .200 barrier.
Lake Elsinore lost 3-2 to Stockton (A’s)
Matt Buschmann went six-plus, giving up three runs, one earned, on nine hits and a walk while striking out two. He left with the bases juiced in the seventh – only one run charged to him. The right-hander had won his previous two starts and has yielded one earned run or less in three of his five starts, dropping his ERA to 2.51 for the year. The opposition has collected eight or more hits in three of his starts.
Greg Burke stranded two of the three runners he inherited, working two scoreless innings and striking out one while not allowing a hit. He has stranded four of five runners on the year and has held the opposition to a .200 average against. The righty has not allowed a hit with runners in scoring position and two outs and is holding lefties to a .185 average.
Matt Antonelli hit a solo homer, his third long ball of the year. After netting zero homers last year, the second baseman has as many homers as doubles. All of his homers have been solo shots. He is hitting .174 with runners in scoring position. After drawing 11 more walks than whiffs over two leagues last year, Antonelli has struck out 12 times compared to 11 walks this year.
Fort Wayne lost 12-4 to Wisconsin (Mariners)
It is tough to win when your team commits one error. Think how hard it is when you make seven errors in one game. Seven errors led to seven unearned runs over the first five innings of the game. Tom King and Aaron Breit each had a pair, Rayner Contreras committed his tenth of the year, Brian Hernandez had one and Jodam Rivera had his first miscue. The Wizards entered the game with 24 errors as a team and the new tally of 31 puts them second to last in the league in the dubious category. Ironically, only Wisconsin has more.
Javis Diaz went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and a double. The outfielder has six multi-hit games this year but has scored two times in a game just twice over 14 contests – all as a leadoff hitter. He is batting .341 with the bases empty but just .143 with runners on base. Diaz has yet to be successful stealing a base this year, going 0-for-4.
Breit dropped to 1-3 on the year and was tagged for all seven unearned runs and 11 total. He gave up right hits over 4.2 innings but his average against dropped from .353 to .347 and his ERA dipped from 8.25 to 8.10. The opposition is hitting .458 off Breit with runners in scoring position and 10 of the 26 hits he has allowed have gone for extra bases.