Thompson hard luck loser; Burke falters
Greg Burke
Greg Burke
MadFriars.com
Posted May 9, 2007


Sean Thompson can’t buy a win as the San Antonio offense manages four hits. Paul Abraham also continues to deal, dropping his ERA to 0.49. Greg Burke suffers the loss in Lake Elsinore, giving up nearly as many runs as he had all year. Two games are suspended.

Portland suspended vs. Albuquerque (Marlins) at 0-0 bottom four

The game, which is tied at 0-0, will be resumed as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday. I t will be followed by the regularly scheduled game, which is now a seven-inning contest.

San Antonio lost 1-0 to Corpus Christi (Astros)

Sean Thompson retired the first 11 batters he faced and matched zeroes with the opposition until the seventh. He allowed three hits in the seventh inning after yielding just two hits over the first six frames. He walked one and struck out three. It is the sixth time in seven starts he has allowed one earned run or less and fifth time he has given up one run or less. His ERA dropped from 1.57 to 1.52 with his outing and he has allowed five hits or less in five of his outings.

Sean Kazmar had two of San Antonio’s four hits, giving him multi-hit games on consecutive days for the first time this year. The second baseman has reached base safely in 10 straight games, going 12-for-36 with three walks to raise his average from .203 to .243. Kazmar has batted in seven different spots in the lineup – hitting seventh on Tuesday – and is hitting .179 when he bats first or second in the lineup and .305 when he hits anywhere else.

Paul Abraham ran his scoreless streak to 12 appearances and 14.1 innings, dropping his ERA down to 0.49 on the season with a perfect inning, striking out two. The right-hander has held the opposition to a .113 average this year and has allowed the leadoff man of an inning to reach base just once in 18 frames – a .056 on base percentage. He has allowed two hits over his last eight innings, striking out 14.

It is the second 1-0 loss San Antonio has suffered this year.

Lake Elsinore lost 9-4 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Greg Burke suffered his first loss of the year, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk in an inning of work. Burke came into the game with five runs allowed over his first 20 innings of work and has now given up runs in four of his 13 appearances. The right-hander had allowed just one run over his previous 11 innings. While left-handers entered the game hitting .152 off him, they went 3-for-4 off him on Tuesday. The opposition does have a .167 on base percentage leading off an inning.

Matt Buschmann was on the hook for four runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings of work. It is the second time in seven starts he has yielded four earned runs, allowing two earned or less in four starts. Buschmann has allowed 56 hits in 38.2 innings but has walked just five. The opposition is hitting .388 off him with runners in scoring position and the leadoff man of an inning is reaching base at a .400 clip.

Jose Lobaton went 2-for-4 with a run scored at the plate but was part of five stolen bases against with zero caught stealing. The backstop entered the game second in the California League in percentage of baserunners thrown out at 34.9 percent – nabbing 15 of 43 thieves. That number dropped to 31.2 percent after the game. At the plate, Lobaton has six multi-hit games this year and with his 18 walks he has a .416 on base percentage.

Fort Wayne suspended vs. Kane County (A’s) at 1-0 after three innings

The game will resume on Wednesday morning with Kane County coming to bat in the top of the fourth inning and will be played to its nine-inning conclusion. A second game of seven innings will follow.

When the suspended game is resumed, left-hander Brooks Dunn (1-0, 0.96) will replace Fort Wayne starter Andy Underwood on the mound.



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