Portland (8-7) won 5-4 over Sacramento (A’s)
Radhames Liz worked six innings and allowed one run on three hits and a pair of walks while striking out 11 to move to 2-0. The last time he fanned double-digit hitters came on April 24, 2008 when he fanned 10 for Norfolk of the Triple-A International League. His career best came when he struck out 15 on July 19, 2005 while with Aberdeen of the Ney York-Penn League.
Ernesto Frieri picked up his third save, closing out a one-run game with one hit allowed while fanning one. The hit was the first he has allowed in seven innings of work in the Pacific Coast League while striking out nine. His last extended action as a reliever came in 2008 with Lake Elsinore where he notched a 2.45 ERA across 15 games.
Chris Stewart went 2-for-4 with a solo homers, his first bomb of the season that began a three-run rally in the seventh. Playing first base, he made two errors, leading to two unearned runs. Stewart has played just two games at first base in a career that began in 2002 – the last coming on July 3, 2006. He had been two for his previous 13 coming into the game.
San Antonio (6-7) won 4-3 over Midland (A’s)
Simon Castro was charged with three unearned runs on five hits and a walk across six innings, striking out one and netting 11 ground ball outs in a 76-pitch effort that resulted in a no-decision. The right-hander has yielded just a single earned run through three starts while throwing 62.7 percent of his pitches for strikes.
Logan Forsythe’s sharp single to left field to drive in Cedric Hunter in the top of the ninth to plate the eventual winning run. It was his lone hit of the day, but he also drew a walk. Forsythe did, however, commit his fourth error of the year, leading to all three unearned runs. The third baseman is hitting .300 this year with runners in scoring position.
Craig Italiano finished things off with a perfect ninth inning, striking out one, to earn his second save. The right-hander has allowed just three hits through six appearances and has two double plays. He has faced the minimum in four of his six outings. Italiano has posted a 1.21 ERA since entering the Padres system.
Lake Elsinore (7-7) vs High Desert postponed due to rain
Fort Wayne (7-8) lost 11-8 to Lansing (Blue Jays)
Matt Irsfeld suffered his second loss of the year, giving up four runs on two hits, a hit batsman and a pair of walks in an inning. The right-hander has allowed 10 runs on six hits and a half-dozen walks across 4.2 innings while also hitting a pair of batters. The opposition has a .353 average off him through six games.
Stiven Osuna came into the eighth with the TinCaps up 7-4. The right-hander would surrender three runs on four hits and a walk to suffer a blown save, his second. Osuna has allowed six runs over his last 4.2 innings, yielding six hits and five walks over that span. He posted a 6.92 ERA as a reliever last season before notching a 4.25 ERA as a starter.
Griffin Benedict pounded out three hits, including a double, to maintain a .423 average to begin the year. The backstop drove in a pair of runs on a day that saw the club go 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Benedict has notched three three-hit games in his last four, going 9-for-14 with six RBI and three walks across that span.
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