Portland lost 4-1 to Las Vegas (Dodgers)
Ryan Ketchner gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six over five innings of work, dropping to 0-4 on the year. The left-hander had allowed three runs or less in each of past six starts and two earned runs or less over each of his last five contests. He gave up three runs in the third inning – a frame he had not surrendered a run in over his first eight starts. Left-handed hitters are hitting .319 off the southpaw this year.
Scott Cassidy made his first relief appearance since moving up from extended spring training where he had been rehabbing. He worked one inning and struck out the side on nine pitches. The right-hander went 6-4 with the Padres last season, posting a 2.53 ERA over 42 appearances. In 42.2 innings he allowed 39 hits, walked 19 and struck out 49. In 17 appearances for Triple-A Portland in 2006, Cassidy had a 2.70 ERA over 20 innings, whiffing 23.
Brett Dowdy was the only Beaver to log a hit until Pete Laforest went deep in the bottom of the ninth inning to end the shutout bid. Laforest went 1-for-2 with two walks, playing third base. Laforest was in on six plays at the hot corner and played flawless ball. Laforest has not played third base regularly since 1999 when he was with Charleston of the South Atlantic League. He notched two games at third prior to Saturday, one in 2005 with Triple-A Durham and another in Double-A Orlando in 2003.
San Antonio won 4-2 over Frisco (Rangers)
Roger Deago improved to 3-1 after allowing two runs on three hits and a walk over six innings. While he did plunk a batter, he also struck out eight. The lefty is 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA as a starter this year, allowing four runs on 12 hits over 18.1 innings and striking out 23. He has given up just seven hits in 48 at bats with runners on base this year.
Arturo Lopez pitched two scoreless innings to earn his third hold of the year, giving up two hits and striking out two. The lefty has given up runs in five of his 17 outings this year but six of the seven runners he has inherited have scored. The opposition is hitting .444 off him with runners in scoring position and he has allowed a baserunner in all but two of his appearances.
Juan Ciriaco went 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. He had been without a hit in his previous 15 at bats coming into the game and is 8-for-69, a .116 average, over his last 20 games. Ciriaco is hitting .143 in May after hitting .182 in April. The RBI was his first in 10 games and his last double came on April 23.
Lake Elsinore lost 14-12 to Lancaster (Red Sox)
Brent Carter gave up eight runs, all earned, on 12 hits – including five home runs – but, amazingly, did not get tagged with the loss. In fact, he left the game in position to get the win. Aaron Bates homered three times off Carter and Bates added a fourth bomb off reliever Steve Delabar, the eventual loser. The 12 hits Carter allowed matched a career-high and the left-hander had never allowed more than one home run in any contest. He has given up double-digit hits three times in nine starts this year.
Kyle Blanks hit his third grand slam of the season in the first inning, homering in back-to-back games for the first time this year (Chad Huffman also homered for the second straight day). Blanks is hitting .364 in May with five homers and 21 RBIs over 13 games. He has driven in four runs or more five times over his last 14 contests. All eight of Blanks’ homers have come off right-handed pitching.
Mike Baxter, who did not get to enjoy in the reindeer games on Friday, had leadoff duties on Saturday and reached base five times, going 4-for-5 with a walk, three runs scored, a homer and three RBIs. It was the second game in a row that he has driven in three runs and the outfielder has scored six times over his last three contests with four extra base hits. Baxter is hitting .327 with runners in scoring position this season.
Fort Wayne won 5-2 over Cedar Rapids (Angels) in 10 innings
Andy Underwood gave up two solo homers over seven innings of work, the only blemishes on the day. Underwood allowed five hits and a walk while striking out four in a no-decision. The right-hander had not surrendered a homer over his first seven starts this year, spanning 34.2 innings and it was his first time he has ever allowed multiple homers. The right-hander has held the opposition to a .172 average this year.
Jodam Rivera hit a solo shot in the seventh and singled in a run with two outs in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 2-2. Rivera ended up with three hits in five at bats, falling a triple shy of the cycle. It was the third straight multi-hit contest for Rivera, as he has pushed his average up from .225 to .263 as a result. The homer was his second of the year; in 150 career games coming into the year, Rivera had never gone deep. He has four RBIs in his last three games.
Kyler Burke went 3-for-5 with a run scored. After spending 15 games with an average below .200, the outfielder peeked his head above the crest at .202. He is 6-for-12 over his last three games with a run scored in each and two RBIs. Burke had just six hits in his previous 15 contests, going 6-for-50 before his recent stretch. He is, however, hitting .273 with runners on base but just .145 with the bases empty. Burke has struck out 45 times in 124 at bats.