San Antonio (9-9) lost 7-4 to Frisco (Rangers)
Matt Buschmann took the loss to even his record at 1-1, yielding six runs, three earned, on seven hits and a walk while striking out five. The right-hander tossed three wild pitches and saw three runners steal a base off him while picking off one. Buschmann uncorked five wild pitches all of last year and had not recorded a single one in his first three starts this year. His catchers had caught 3-of-6 runners attempting to steal coming into the game.
Seth Johnston went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored, a sacrifice fly and an RBI, but his error – third of the season – in the fifth led to three unearned runs. Johnston has been on base in nine straight games with a hit in eight of those affairs. He also has four doubles in his last five games and six over his last eight. Eight of his extra base hits have come over the last 11 games. Johnston has an RBI in three straight.
Neil Jamison struck out a pair in his lone inning of scoreless work, using 11 pitches – nine for strikes. The right-hander has given up two runs over his first 13 innings of work but has yet to induce a double play grounder. Jamison has 11 rally killers a season ago in 58.1 innings – averaging one every 5.1 innings. He has given up just three hits in 18 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Lake Elsinore (10-9) won 9-4 over High Desert (Mariners)
Clay Hensley picked up the win by working one inning of scoreless ball, striking out one and inducing two groundouts in a rehab assignment. The right-hander went 2-3 with a 6.84 ERA across 13 games, including nine starts, for the Padres in 2007. He also went 2-7 with a 6.72 ERA across 13 starts for the Portland Beavers. Hensley had labrum surgery on his right shoulder in September.
Javis Diaz picked up two hits in five at-bats, plating four runs with a single in the fifth and a bases loaded double an inning later. The outfielder also scored twice and added two stolen bases, giving him eight thefts on the year. It was his ninth multi-hit game on the year through 16 contests and the sixth time he has scored multiple runs. Diaz has now swiped 31 bags in his last 36 attempts dating back to last season. The last time he had four RBIs in a game came on August 19, 2005 while playing for the AZL Padres.
Rayner Contreras had two hits in three at-bats, drew a walk, scored twice and knocked in a run. He was, however, picked off first base in the second inning. The infielder has multi-hit games in two of his last three and has been on base in four straight to open the year. Contreras had struck out six times in his first 13 at-bats coming into the contest and the walk is the first he has mustered this season. He fanned 53 times while drawing 22 walks over 268 at-bats last season in Fort Wayne.
Fort Wayne (7-12) lost 8-3 to Clinton (Rangers)
Brad Chalk had two of Fort Wayne's five hits and reached base four times after getting hit by a pitch and drawing a walk. He also scored a run. It was the fourth time this year he has reached base at least three times in a game and gave him multi-hit games in two of the last three. Chalk is hitting .500 when he leads off an inning (7-for-14) while posting a .583 on-base percentage.
Jeremy McBryde dropped his third straight decision this season and seventh straight dating back to last year, giving up five runs on seven hits and a hit batsman over four innings while fanning three. While the right-hander has walked just three batters this year, he has given up 21 hits in 15 innings and the opposition has a .450 average against with runners in scoring position.
Matt Teague was on the hook for three runs, two earned, on five hits over three frames. The southpaw has seen left-handed hitters bat .500 off him early in the year and six of the 14 runs he has yielded this year have come in the first inning he has pitched. Teague has struck out just seven over 19 innings and two over his last 11. His ERA as a starter is 6.23 and as a reliever it is 6.00.
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