Portland lost 4-1 to Iowa (Cubs)
Ryan Ketchner saw his record take another hit – his sixth straight losing decision and third loss in a row. He went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out four. It is the fifth time he has given up two runs or less and he has lost three of those decisions. The leadoff man in an inning is reaching base at a .407 clip off Ketchner but he has held the opposition to a .191 average with runners in scoring position.
Ray Chang collected half of Portland’s six hits, going 3-for-4 with a solo homer. The shortstop has a hit in four straight games and has an RBI in three straight. He is 9-for-16 with a walk, five RBIs and three runs scored over that span. Chang is 18-for-44 over his lat 10 games over two leagues, a .409 average, with six multi-hit games.
Frank Brooks stranded the bases loaded in relief of Scott Cassidy, getting the final out in the eighth, and preceded to pitch another scoreless frame, walking one. The left-hander has held 12 of 13 inherited runners in check over two leagues, stranding the last 10. He has given up runs in four of his 21 appearances this year, holding a 1.69 ERA with four straight scoreless outings in Triple-A.
San Antonio had a scheduled day off
Lake Elsinore lost 8-2 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)
David Freese had 60 percent of the Storm’s hits, going 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI, extending his hitting streak to six games. Freese is 15-for-26 during this recent span, a .577 average, with six doubles and two homers. He has pushed his average from .287 to .325 in the process. Freese has also scored a run in six straight, touching home 10 times.
Richie Daigle gave up five runs, four earned, on eight hits and a walk over five innings, evening his record at 3-3. The right-hander has given up five runs or more in three straight starts, seeing his ERA rise from 5.67 to 6.71. Since the second start of the year, Daigle has had an ERA below 5.14. It is the sixth time this year he has yielded seven or more hits. Daigle has only gone six innings in two of his 11 starts.
Kyle Stutes returned to the California League, pitching a scoreless inning – surrendering one hit and striking out one. The left-hander allowed three runs on 11 hits over 10 innings in Triple-A Portland, posting a 2.70 ERA. He has allowed runs in six of his 22 outings across two leagues and has given up one earned run over his last 10 innings with Lake Elsinore. He has a 3.75 ERA overall on the year.
Fort Wayne lost 4-2 to South Bend (Diamondbacks) in 10 innings
Jesus Lopez dropped two singles in four at bats and drove in the only two runs of the game with his base knock in the seventh. Despite spending most of his time hitting eighth in the lineup, as he did on Thursday, Lopez leads the team in RBIs with 21. Ironically, Lopez is 7-for-46 with runners in scoring position this year, a .152 average. He is, however, 3-for-6 with the bases loaded with 10 RBIs, thanks to three sacrifice flies. He has six sacrifice flies on the season, accounting for nearly half of the team’s total (14).
Stephen Faris went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three in a no-decision. He picked off a runner at first base, his second pickoff of the year, and induced eight ground ball outs. It was the third time in six starts that he has allowed two runs or less, but the fourth time in five games he has allowed a homer. Faris has allowed just three hits in 31 innings to the leadoff batter but the opposition is hitting .355 off him with runners in scoring position.
R.J. Rodriguez took his first loss of the year, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits over two innings, tossing a wild pitch and striking out two. The right-hander has given up runs in six of his 20 appearances and had not surrendered a run in any game that he pitched more than an inning until Thursday. Rodriguez has given up all 12 of his runs at home, allowing 26 hits in 16 innings. He has yet to allow a run on the road. Rodriguez came into the game with five hits allowed in 32 at bats with runners in scoring position and didn’t allow a hit in four at bats in those situations on Thursday but two runs still scored.