LeBlanc drops third straight; Storm shutout

Wade LeBlanc

With Fort Wayne's game cancelled due to rain and San Antonio enjoying a rare Sunday off, only two teams were in action on Sunday. Wade LeBlanc and Enrique Gonzalez each get losses, as the Beavers are swept. Corey Kluber gets hit hard again and the Storm offense is dormant for the fourth time in six days.

Portland (17-18) lost 3-0 to Iowa (Cubs) in game one, lost 3-2 in game two

Wade LeBlanc gave up three runs on five hits and a walk over four innings, pulled after 66 pitches in the opener. The left-hander surrendered three extra base hits and was saddled with his third loss. He has lost three straight decisions and over his last four games, LeBlanc sports a 12.12 ERA> Eighteen of the 44 hits he has surrendered this year have gone for extra bases. The opposition is hitting .389 off him with runners in scoring position.

Brian Myrow had a hit in each half of the doubleheader – one of only two players to achieve that goal – and ended the day with two hits in five at-bats with a double and a run scored. The first baseman has a hit in 12 of his last 14 games and is hitting .353 over that span. Seven of Myrow's last 12 hits have gone for extra bases. He is hitting .367 away from PGE Park and .283 at home.

Enrique Gonzalez dropped to 0-2 in the game two loss, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five across four innings. Two of the runs came across on a fourth inning homer. He has yielded a long ball in three straight and is sporting a 7.00 ERA across four starts after not allowing any runs in two relief outings. Gonzalez has walked three or more in three straight starts.

San Antonio (16-19) had a scheduled day off

Lake Elsinore (17-20) lost 11-0 to Modesto (Rockies)

Robert Perry's double in the sixth inning broke up a no-hitter and wound up being the only hit the Storm would generate on Sunday. It was the fourth time in six games that the Storm has been shutout and they have dropped six straight, scoring just seven runs over that span. Even after getting blanked, only two other teams have scored more runs. Yet, their team ERA dropped to second to last in the California League at 5.11. No starter has more than two wins and only four pitchers on the staff have an ERA under 4.00 while six have an ERA over 5.00.

Corey Kluber dropped his fourth game of the year, allowing five runs, four earned, on six hits and two walks over 4.2 innings. Three of the hits went for extra bases and one left the park. It was the fourth time in six starts that he has allowed five or more runs and third time in four games that he has surrendered a homer. Kluber has yet to pitch into the sixth inning and has walked two or more in six straight games.

John Madden was tagged for four runs on five hits and three walks over two frames while also tossing two wild pitches. After allowing runs in five of his first 12 appearances, the right-hander has given up runs in each of his last three. Seven runs have crossed over his last 4.1 innings on 10 hits and four walks. Madden had not allowed more than a single walk in any game and just six over his first 21.1 innings. He had also not uncorked a wild pitch.

Fort Wayne (14-21) vs. South Bend (Diamondbacks) postponed due to rain

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