Portland won 5-3 over Fresno (Giants)
Mike Thompson picked up his second win of the year, delivering two hits in three at bats, including a triple and a run scored. On the mound, the right-hander went six and allowed three runs on six hits and two walks, leaving after the leadoff man reached base in the seventh. Thompson had been 0-for-8 at the plate before Friday. He last had two hits in a game on July 19, 2005 while with Double-A Mobile. The right-hander’s ERA dropped to under 7.00 for the first time this year.
Pete Laforest went deep for the 17th time this year, hitting a two-run homer in the fourth inning, and added a sacrifice fly to give him three RBIs for the night. He has now gone yard four times in his last four games seven of his last eight hits have left the park over an eight-game span. He has been on base in each of his last eight games, going 8-for-25 with five walks, nine runs scored and 14 RBIs. He is homering once every 8.71 at bats.
San Antonio won 6-0 over Midland (A’s)
Cesar Ramos pitched a complete game shutout on Friday night, facing three above the minimum. He allowed three hits and struck out four, retiring the first 10 batters he faced. He also retired 12 in a row before yielded a one-out double in the ninth – the only runner to reach scoring position. It is the second time this year he has thrown a complete game shutout, tossing a three-hitter on April 30. He has given up two earned or less in nine of his 15 starts.
Nick Hundley went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored to up his hitting streak to four games. He has an extra base hit and a run scored in each of those games, crossing the dish seven times in his last six games and driving in five over his last four. He also has three multi-hit games over that span and his .245 average is the highest it has been all year. Forty-nine percent of his hits have gone for extra bases.
Lake Elsinore lost 8-2 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)
Brent Carter was tagged for five runs on nine hits – all singles – and a walk in 3.2 innings of work, leaving with two on in the fourth. The left-hander has allowed five runs or more in six of his 15 starts and ha given up nine hits or more on six occasions. In 78.2 innings, Carter has yielded 115 hits. Over his last four starts, the southpaw has allowed 24 runs on 37 hits over 18.2 innings, seeing his ERA balloon from 5.55 to 6.75.
Brandon Gottier was the only player in the lineup to record multiple hits, going 2-for-4. He did commit his first California League error on a pickoff attempt but also threw out a runner attempting to steal. He has thrown out seven of the 25 runners attempting to steal off him in High-A. Gottier has an eight-game hitting streak, going 11-for-25 with five walks and six runs scored. He has a hit in 11 of the 12 games he has started and three straight multi-hit efforts. Ten of his last 11 hits have been singles.
Fort Wayne lost 6-4 to Lansing (Blue Jays)
Sam Carter went 2-for-4, doubling and hitting a two-run homer in the sixth inning while scoring twice. It is his eight multi-hit game over his last 16 contests. The homer matched his total of long balls over his previous 31 games. Carter is hitting .355 over his last 16 with nine runs scored and 10 RBIs. He had just three hits in 17 at bats in the sixth inning coming into the game.
Rolando Valdez took the loss, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk over his inning of work. He loaded the bases before inducing a sacrifice fly double play that put one run across the board before giving up a run-scoring single – just the seventh hit he has allowed with runners in scoring position. He has allowed runs in three of his last four outings, giving up four runs on seven hits. The right-hander had yielded runs in five of his previous 28 outings.
Eugene won 5-3 over Spokane (Rangers) in 10 innings
Jeremy McBryde made his debut and threw three innings of hitless ball. The right-hander whiffed five of the nine batters he faced and induced three groundouts. A 26th-round pick in 2006, he signed as a draft-and-follow on May 30. The right-hander was 4-5 this season with a 4.01 ERA. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound sophomore led the team with 76.1 innings pitched and 82 strikeouts. He allowed 65 hits and walked 22 batters.
Luis Martinez went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and a run scored. The catcher has a hit in each of his first three games along with three doubles. The Padres selected Martinez in the 12th round. Martinez finished his final season at Cumberland with a .370 batting average with 85 hits, 13 home runs, 16 doubles and 63 RBIs. In 2005, Martinez was an 11th-round pick by the New York Mets after his freshman year at Jackson State but never signed. He went undrafted last year before ending up at Cumberland.
Yesid Salazar got the start, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk over four innings, striking out four. He surrendered a two-run homer in the first inning and did hit a batter. The right-hander went 4-3 with a 4.25 ERA over 14 appearances, including eight starts, with the AZL Padres. Salazar worked through 55 innings, allowing 68 hits and nine walks while striking out 28. He went 3-1 with a 3.07 ERA in his eight starts, spanning 41 innings.
AZL Padres lost 6-5 to AZL Mariners in 11 innings
Matt Bush made his mound debut after beginning his career at shortstop in the Padres’ system. The right-hander set down the side in order, striking out two in the sixth inning of a tie game. It was his first live game action since high school. Bush was hitting .204 with 17 RBIs in 29 games. He had committed 13 errors from his shortstop position, giving him 71 miscues in 206 career minor league games. His best mark came in 2006 when he hit .268 over 21 games with Fort Wayne but lost much of the year to injury.
Geoff Vandel made his season debut, allowing four runs on a career-high 10 hits over five innings. Vandel had never allowed more than six hits in an outing – the last time coming on August 8 while with the AZL Padres. The left-hander went 2-0 with a 3.48 ERA over 13 appearances, including three starts, for the AZL Padres last year. In 31 innings he allowed 30 hits, walked 10 and struck out 33. Vandel also pitched in 11 innings for Eugene last year, going 1-0 with a 9.82 ERA, giving up 19 hits and 10 walks.
Shawn Olsen had a one-run lead entering the bottom of the 11th but would take a blown save and a loss, allowing two runs on three hits and a hit batsman while recording one out. Olsen appeared in 19 games for USC as a senior, allowing 22 runs, 17 earned, on 26 hits and five walks while striking out 14. He was 1-0 with a 8.35 ERA. Olsen made 11 starts and 31 appearances the year before for the Trojans and posted a 4-6 record with a 4.85 ERA. In 78 innings, he allowed 95 hits, walked 38 and struck out 53 with opponents batting .306 against him.
Shortstop Jeudy Valdez provided the lumber, going 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, and three RBIs. Valdez spent the previous season in the Dominican Summer League where he hit .238 with seven doubles, two triples and 10 RBIs over 47 games. He also added 12 stolen bases in 18 attempts. He has never notched more than two RBIs in a game but did record multiple extra base hits on July 6 last year.
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