Portland (7-12) lost 12-11 to Las Vegas (Dodgers)
Jody Gerut fell a homer shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and two RBIs. The outfielder has been on base in eight of his last nine plate appearances with four hits and four walks. He is 6-for-9 over his last three games and has scored a run in each. Gerut has upped his average from .192 to .262 in the span of three days. Gerut already has three triples this season – he collected five with the Cleveland Indians in 2004.
Oscar Robles went 2-for-5 after coming in as an early replacement for Luis Rodriguez. He drove in four runs and two came off a ninth inning homer – his first of the year - that brought the Beavers within one. Robles did commit his first error of the season. The infielder doubled his RBI totals for the season with Friday’s game and came into the contest with just two extra base hits. He is, however, hitting .333 with runners on base.
Wade LeBlanc picked up his first loss of the year after allowing seven runs – all earned – on 10 hits and five walks over 3.1 innings. He threw 90 pitches in his shortened stint – the worst of his career. It was the second time in three games he has pitched in a contest that can be considered his worst after giving up six runs on eight hits in an April 12 start. He has not given up more than four runs in any start prior to coming to the Pacific Coast League.
San Antonio (10-10) won 10-4 over Midland (A’s)
Will Inman improved to 3-1 by tossing blanks over 5.2 innings, yielding five hits and walking two while striking out seven. He tossed 96 pitches, including 60 strikes, before being lifted. It is the fourth time in five starts that he has not allowed an earned run and the third time he has not given up any runs. The right-hander is holding the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .125 average against.
Brett Dowdy collected three hits in five at-bats, scoring twice and adding an RBI from the two-hole in the lineup. He also stole his first base of the year. His three-hit game was his first multi-hit affair of the season but did push his hitting streak to 18 games dating back to a year ago. He has scored four runs in the last two games and has an RBI in each of the last two.
Sean Kazmar reached base four times, collecting a single, double, and a pair of walks. Kazmar also swiped his first base of the season. The shortstop has been on base in seven straight games, drawing six walks while netting six hits. He now has 10 walks compared to 11 strikeouts – a year after posting a 24-to-46 walk-to-strikeout ratio. Through 19 games, however, he is batting .197. Kazmar stole 10 bags in 12 attempts a season ago.
Lake Elsinore (12-10) won 7-5 over Lancaster (Red Sox)
Mitch Canham doubled in a pair of runs in the first inning and added a bases loaded walk in the seventh to push across the eventual winning run. He drew a pair of walks in the game on a 1-for-3 night and added his first stolen base of the season after thieving five bags in seven attempts a season ago. Canham did get charged with his fourth passed ball of the year. The backstop is hitting .316 with runners on base this seson.
Ernesto Frieri worked an inning of scoreless ball, despite allowing three base runners via two hits and a walk. He struck out a pair and picked up his fourth hold of the season. Frieri has given up one run over his last 13 innings and has held four inherited runners from scoring during that span. The Padres 40-man prospect has allowed just three hits in 22 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Rolando Valdez picked up his second save of the year in three save opportunities, pitching the ninth in place of R.J. Rodriguez. The right-hander hit a batter and struck out one to close the game out. Valdez has given up just five hits in 13.1 innings while fanning 17 and has not given up a hit to the leadoff man of an inning.
Fort Wayne (7-14) lost 4-3 to Peoria (Cubs)
Angel Mercado homered in his first game off the disabled list, a two-run shot in the second inning that stood up until the ninth. Mercado missed nine games but the hit – his only one of the game – extended his on-base streak to eight games. The homer was his first since Opening Day and he did strikeout twice, fanning twice in three of his last four games.
Robert Woodard yielded a single run over five innings, giving up six hits and a walk while striking out four. As part of the piggyback rotation, the right-hander has posted a 2.57 ERA over three starts and a 8.31 ERA in two relief appearances. Woodard has allowed four runs in his last three outings and has held right-handers to a .200 average on the year. He has also held the opposition to a .206 average with runners on base.
Drew Cumberland committed three errors from his shortstop position and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. The errors, pushing his total to nine for the season, led to three unearned runs in the ninth inning and the loss. His first error in the final frame would have ended the game. His second in the same inning put the winning run on. Seven of his nine errors have come while playing nine games at shortstop and he has committed five errors over his last three games with at least one in each.
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