Portland (27-23) won 5-0 over Sacramento (A’s)
Three pitchers tossed a combined two-hitter on Tuesday. Clay Hensley led things off with three scoreless frames, surrendering one hit and two walks while fanning three across three innings. It was the longest outing of the year for Hensley, as he had gone two innings twice prior. He has allowed three earned runs on six hits over 12 innings of Pacific Coast League work and right-handed hitters are batting less than .100 off him.
Wade LeBlanc came on in relief to pick up the win to even his record at 4-4. The left-hander allowed one hit and walked three while striking out five over five frames. It was the third time this season he has given up one run or less but the first time he accomplished the feat in six outings. He had given up at least four runs in five of his last six, and his ERA dropped under 8.00 for the first time since April 25.
Nick Hundley went 1-for-4, hitting his seventh homer of the year – a solo shot to open the second that put Portland up for good. The backstop has gone yard in three of his last five games and has an RBI in four of his last five, plating eight over that span. He is also 10-for-31 across his last eight games, raising his average from .184 to .217. Five of his homers have come with the bases empty and three of his bombs have come in the second inning.
Vince Sinisi was added to the active roster. The outfielder has been on the disabled list since the start of the year with a right wrist fracture.
San Antonio (23-27) had a scheduled day off
Lake Elsinore (24-28) won 7-1 over Lancaster (Red Sox)
Ernesto Frieri was brilliant over six scoreless frames, hitting as many batters (2) as hits surrendered. He battled through the bases loaded in the fourth and wasn’t in trouble in any other frame. The right-hander walked one and struck out a season-high six – an outing after giving up three homers and seven runs. Frieri came into the contest with a 8.25 ERA across three starts, lowering that to 5.50.
Rayner Contreras went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. He also stole third base and was caught stealing home. After getting hit by a pitch in the seventh inning, the third baseman was tossed for charging the mound and throwing a punch at the opposing pitcher. It was the second time he has been tossed this season – both coming in games against Lancaster. Four players were ejected during the seventh inning bench clearing. Contreras is hitting .379 with runners in scoring position this season.
Mike DeMark allowed the only other Lancaster hit but worked a scoreless inning, striking out one, to pick up his fifth hold of the year. The right-hander has given up runs in seven of his 20 appearances, allowing multiple runs just once. He has surrendered just eight hits in 43 at-bats with runners on base – a .186 average – and has given up just six hits in 51 at-bats to right-handed hitters, a paltry .118 average against.
Fort Wayne (25-26) had a scheduled day off
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