Portland won 5-3 over Round Rock (Astros)
Paul McAnulty hit his first homer of the year and added a sacrifice fly to give him two RBIs on the night. McAnulty has reached base safely in 12 straight games and has a hit in nine of his last 10. He has reached base 20 times over the last 12. The outfielder homered once every 25.1 at bats last season but it wasn’t until his 86th at bat this year that he connected.
Ryan Ketchner worked five innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits and four walks. The lefty threw 109 pitches on the day, walking the bases loaded in the first inning. Since allowing five homers and 11 runs over his first three starts – spanning 15.1 innings – Ketchner has not surrendered a bomb and has given up just six earned over his last five starts, spanning 25 innings.
Steve Watkins allowed one hit over two innings to pick up his first win of the year. He tossed 17 pitches, including 15 for strikes. The right-hander has pitched scoreless ball over his last 7.2 innings, lowering his ERA from 7.82 to 4.87. He has held left-handed hitters to six hits in 34 at bats, a .176 average, while righties are hitting .302 off him. He has also held the opposition to four hits in 22 at bats with runners in scoring position.
San Antonio won 3-2 over Corpus Christi (Astros)
Sean Thompson notched a no-decision, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks over six frames. He also had a balk and a throwing error but did single and score a run. It is the seventh time in eight starts that the lefty has allowed one earned run or less. He has also limited the opposition to three hits or less in three of his starts but has walked 20 over 47.1 innings. Thompson is 2-for-7 at the dish this year with two runs scored.
Shawn Wooten went 2-for-4 with an RBI and also caught the only runner attempting to steal off him. It was Wooten’s fourth multi-hit game in his last six and second in a row. The catcher is clubbing .438 against right-handed pitching and in 25 at bats has whiffed just twice. Wooten has caught two of the three baserunners attempting to steal off him this year.
Dirk Hayhurst allowed two baserunners over two innings but wound up facing the minimum, picking off one runner and having the other caught trying to steal. The right-hander picked up his first win in the Texas League for his efforts. Hayhurst has not allowed an earned run over his last 10 innings, spanning two leagues. He has yet to see a runner enter scoring position in four innings with the Missions.
Lake Elsinore lost 8-7 to Modesto (Rockies)
David Freese went 3-for-4 with a walk, a two-run homer and two runs scored. It is the second game in a row that Freese has reached base three or more times and the eighth time this year he has accomplished the feat. Freese is hitting .350 with runners in scoring position on the year but just .154 when he leads off an inning.
Matt Antonelli cracked two singles in four at bats. He was also hit by a pitch, scored a run, notched an RBI and stole his tenth base. The second baseman has reached base in 22 straight games, hitting .345 (30-for-87) with a .477 on base percentage over that stretch. He has also scored 26 runs and drawn 20 walks. Antonelli has been successful on seven straight stolen base attempts and 10-of-11 overall. He already has more stolen bases than he had all of last year (9).
Matt Buschmann dropped to 2-3 on the year, suffering his worst outing as a pro. The right-hander was tagged for seven runs on ten hits, a walk, and a hit batsman. His previous mark for runs came on August 23, 2006 when he allowed six runs, four earned, while pitching for the Eugene Emeralds. Buschmann has allowed double-digit hits in two of his last three games and the opposition has 66 hits in 42.1 innings over eight starts, a .365 average. Buschmann had not allowed more than four runs in any start this year.
Fort Wayne lost 2-1 to Dayton (Reds)
Daryl Jones collected the only RBI of the game for Fort Wayne, singling in a run in the first inning. He was also the only player to notch a multi-hit game and added a walk. Jones is 5-for-13 with four walks and four RBIs over his last four games after going 5-for-41 in the 10 games prior to his recent surge. Jones, who has yet to homer this year, is hitting .313 with runners in scoring position but just six of his 21 hits have gone for extra bases.
Andy Underwood allowed one run on fits and a walk over six innings. The right-hander struck out six but did plunk two batters in a no-decision. Since allowing five runs in a April 22 outing, Underwood has given up four runs over his last four outings, spanning 20.1 innings. He has given up two runs or less in all but one of his seven starts and one run or less in all but two. Underwood entered the game having hit one batter all year; he has still not given up a homer.
Derek McDaid took his first loss as a professional, allowing one run on two hits, a wild pitch, and a balk over two innings to drop to 3-1 on the season. The right-hander has allowed runs in half of his 14 outings and lefties are swatting .405 off him with 15 hits in 37 at bats. Right-handers, meanwhile, are batting just .180 off him. The leadoff man of an inning has a .526 on base percentage of McDaid in the 19 innings he has started.