Portland (15-20) won 7-1 over Memphis (Cardinals)
Radhames Liz yielded a single run on four hits and a walk across a half-dozen innings while fanning two. The lone run came via a solo homer in his 102-pitch effort, moving to 3-1 on the year. It is the fourth time that Liz has allowed one run or less while going at least five innings. The right-hander has held the opposition to five hits in 34 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Mike Baxter went 2-for-5 with a solo homer – his second – and two runs scored. The outfielder, who has played left field, right field, third base and first this year also stole his ninth base in 11 attempts. Baxter came into the game with one hit in his previous 23 at-bats. He is hitting just .138 with runners in scoring position with four hits in 29 at-bats.
San Antonio (14-18) versus Midland postponed due to rain
Lake Elsinore (23-13) won 3-1 over Lancaster (Astros)
Jorge Reyes gave up one run on two hits and a walk across six innings, walking one and striking out one to improve to 4-2. He also induced seven ground ball outs, as he and the staff worked around three errors. Reyes has won three of his last four games but this was his first home win. Despite the home win, he has an 8.16 ERA at the Diamond. Reyes has not allowed a homer this season.
Brad Brach saved his league-leading 15th save of the season, striking out one while retiring the side in order. The right-hander has given up two hits over his last seven outings and has allowed runs in just two of his 18 appearances this year. Brach has held left-handed hitters to a .200 on-base percentage while right-handed hitters possess a .294 on-base percentage.
While Jaff Decker hit his first homer it was Cody Decker who recorded the lone multi-hit game for the Storm, going 2-for-4 with a solo homer, his seventh bomb of the year. The first baseman has hit a homer in five of his last seven games. Decker has a 12-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in the league. He is hitting .340 during that time with 11 extra-base hits. Decker leads the league with 21 extra-base hits.
Fort Wayne (15-20) lost 6-1 to Lake County (Indians)
John Hussey was charged with six runs, five earned, on seven hits and a pair of walks while striking out five across six. A bases loaded triple in the fifth was the big blow, as the right-hander suffered his first loss of the campaign. Hussey has given up four runs or more in three straight and four of his last five. The opposition is hitting .368 off him with runners in scoring position.
Miles Mikolas delivered a pair of scoreless innings. The right-hander did not allow a hit, walked one and struck out two. Mikolas has strung together 16.1 innings without allowing an earned run. He has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .150 average and .190 on-base percentage and the opposition has a .213 average against Mikolas overall.
Jon Alia had two of the five Fort Wayne hits and was the lone player to record a multi-hit game. He also scored the sole TinCaps run. Alia has two multi-hit games in his last three and is batting .384 over his last 10 contests. The infielder is hitting .571 at Parkview Field while batting .182 on the road.
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