Carter crushed; Wizards lack hitting

Brent Carter

Clay Hensley had his finest start in Triple-A but received a no-decision. Brent Carter received a beating in his start for Lake Elsinore – the worst outing of his career. Fort Wayne lost a pair and got little hitting in each of the contests.

Portland won 3-2 over Omaha (Royals)

Ray Chang twisted his ankle on a stand up double in the second inning and was immediately removed from the game. He appeared to step on the bag awkwardly while looking where the ball was going. While it looked bad on the video, he was able to walk off under his own power. Chang was on a 13-for-33 tear over his last eight games and the double was his first of the year in Triple-A. Luke Carlin took his spot on the bases and had to play second base while Craig Stansberry moved from third base to shortstop and Royce Huffman moved from second base to third base. It is the second time this year Carlin has seen time at second base and just the fourth time in his career that he has played anywhere else but catcher.

Clay Hensley worked a season-high seven innings, surrendering two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out two in a no-decision. The right-hander threw 97 pitches, 57 for strikes in his longest outing since returning to Triple-A. The Texas native had allowed 10 runs on 15 hits and nine walks over his previous 8.1 innings with Portland. He has given up 29 hits and 13 walks over 19.1 innings with the Beavers. Hensley has given up eight or more hits in four of his 10 starts across two leagues in 2007.

Royce Ring struck out two in his lone inning of work, throwing 11 strikes out of his 14 pitches. The left-hander has not allowed an earned run in 15 appearances, spanning 16.1 innings. He has allowed nine hits over that span while striking out 25. Ring is averaging 12.6 strikeouts per nine innings pitched for the year and has allowed just three runs over 21 appearances with Portland for an ERA of 0.72.

Infielder Brett Dowdy and outfielder Adam Shabala were placed on the disabled list to make room for Hensley and Oscar Robles.

San Antonio had a scheduled day off

Lake Elsinore lost 12-5 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Brent Carter was smashed around and then pounded some more on Monday. The left-hander was mercilessly hammered for 12 runs, 11 earned, on 14 hits and a walk over three innings of work – all career-highs. It was the fourth time this season he has given up double-digit hits and the sixth time in his career. Rancho Cucamonga is responsible for three of the double-digit hit totals he has allowed in his career. He had never surrendered more than eight runs in a contest, a feat accomplished twice with the last occurrence on May 19.

Kyle Stutes came on to toss three scoreless innings of relief, giving up two hits and striking out one. He has not allowed a run over his last eight innings in the California League and has surrendered runs in just four of his 16 appearances with the Storm this season. He has allowed one earned run over his last 12 outings with Lake Elsinore. The left-hander has a 3.33 ERA over two leagues this year.

John Madden returned to the California League after spending over a month in extended spring training. Coming into a non-pressure situation, the sidearming right-hander put down the side in order, striking out one. While he has posted a 7.00 ERA over 10 appearances and a .366 average against, Madden has put down the side in order four times. The opposition did, however, come into the game with five hits in eight at bats with runners in scoring position.

Fort Wayne lost 4-2 to West Michigan in game one, lost 3-1 in game two

The Wizards managed just two hits in the opener and neither hit drove in a run. Fort Wayne had as many hit batsmen as singles in the opener. The team managed just four hits in game two. The team is 2-10 over its last 12 games and entered the doubleheader with a .250 average that ranked ninth in the 14-team league. The 19 homers they have amassed ranks dead last in the Midwest league, as does their 19 stolen bases. They are second to last in runs scored with 203.

Steve Delabar got "the start" of the resumed game, going 3.1 innings and allowing two runs on three hits and three walks while hitting a batter. The right-hander has allowed four runs over 3.2 innings in Midwest League play, yielding four hits and walking five. He has a WHIP of 1.56 for the year over two leagues and has allowed runs in five straight games and six of his last seven. He has limited the opposition to a .240 average against on the year but sports a 6.06 ERA.

Derek McDaid got the game two start, his first of the year. He allowed three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four over four innings of work. All three runs came on a first inning homer, his first bomb allowed since April 29. The right-hander has allowed six runs over his last six innings on 10 hits and two walks, spiking his ERA from 3.86 to 4.83. His longest outing coming into Monday was 2.2 innings. He has given up 11 runs in 11 innings on the road and has posted a 2.61 ERA at home.

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