San Antonio (4-2) had a scheduled day off for the Texas League All-Star game
Matt Buschmann pitched the second inning and gave up two walks and a hit with two men out before retiring the final batter of the inning to keep the game scoreless.
Kyle Blanks got the starting nod and went 0-for-5, striking out twice. Chad Huffman went 0-for-3, fanning once. Craig Cooper replaced Huffman in left field and went 0-for-1 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored.
Greg Burke picked up the win, tossing two innings of scoreless ball while allowing one hit and striking out one.
Lake Elsinore (2-4) had a scheduled day off
Fort Wayne (2-4) won 8-0 over West Michigan (Tigers)
Wynn Pelzer was back on the mound after getting hit with a line drive in his previous start, causing him to leave the game after an inning and a third. The right-hander would go on to toss six scoreless innings, giving up three hits, walking two and striking out five. He did toss three wild pitches on the evening, upping his total to eight for the year. Pelzer has allowed two runs or less in eight of his 12 starts with Wednesday marking the second time he has gone at least six frames.
Robert Woodard faced the minimum across three innings to pick up his second save of the year and complete the shutout. The right-hander struck out two and induced five fly ball outs. Woodard has allowed three runs on 13 hits across his last 19.2 innings of work, striking out 17 and posting a 1.37 ERA. He has kept the opposition to a .217 average with runners in scoring position.
Robert Perry reached base four times from the leadoff spot, collecting three hits in four at-bats and drawing a walk. The outfielder also drove in a run and scored three times. Perry has reached base safely in 21 of his 23 games played in the Midwest League and sports a .410 on-base pecentage. He has been on base at least twice in 13 of his games with the Wizards and has a .500 on-base percentage when he leads off an inning.
Eugene (4-5) won 7-6 over Spokane (Rangers)
Geoff Vandel was charged with three runs, two earned, on four hits and a hit batsman while striking out a half dozen in 4.1 innings. It was just the second time he has struck out six in a game this year with the last time coming April 14 with Fort Wayne. The left-hander is without a win across seven starts that span two leagues, posting a 4.71 ERA.
Bobby Verbick enjoyed a night of perfection, registering three walks and a pair of hits that included a two-run homer with one out in the first inning. The left fielder also scored a pair of runs. Verbick has reached base safely in each of his first five games to begin the year, touching a base 12 times over that span. Verbick also has an RBI in four of the five games, rebounding from a stretch that saw him go 1-for-8 with a walk and six strikeouts.
Ryan Hill had just one hit but it was the one that mattered most. His single with one out in the bottom of the ninth brought home the winning run and ended the contest. He also added a sacrifice bunt, which led to two runs scoring. The outfielder had come into the his final at-bat without a hit in his previous 14 at-bats – all in the confines of Civic Stadium before breaking through.
AZL Padres (2-1) lost 6-5 to AZL Royals
Jaff Decker had two hits in three at-bats with a walk, a double, a run scored and an RBI. He has a hit, a walk, an RBI and stolen base in each of his first two professional games. Decker produced a .565 batting average with 56 runs scored, 53 RBIs and 17 home runs this spring for Sunrise Mountain High School. He also added 21 stolen bases. He was walked intentionally 11 times during the year. The returning Arizona Republic West Valley Player of the Year batted .534 as a junior, when he drove in 40 runs for the 2007 Class 5A Division II state semifinalists.
Kevin Hansen went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored. The second baseman also added a sacrifice and was the front half of a double steal in the first inning. Hansen hit .338 with 17 doubles, 40 RBIs and 29 runs scored for the University of San Diego. In 59 games, he drew 15 walks and fanned 17 times while stealing four bags in seven attempts. He was signed as an undrafted free agent.
Josh Davies, a converted infielder, worked two scoreless innings, allowing three hits and and striking out one. He has worked three scoreless frames on the year. Originally signed out of Australia by the LA Angels in 2004, Davies spent four seasons working around the infield diamond. He hit .246 with 24 doubles, seven triples and six homers across 161 games before he was released. The Padres picked Davies, 22, up after spring training and moved him to the mound.
DSL Padres (14-8) won 14-2 over DSL Tigers
Rymer Liriano notched a night of perfection. The outfielder had three hits – all doubles – and drew a pair of walks, driving in three runs. Two of his three doubles had a chance to leave the park but the wind knocked both down. He has 10 extra base hits through 22 games and five games with multiple RBIs. His 16 RBIs on the year lead the club and Wednesday marked the second game this year he has not struck out.
Manuel Nuno also cracked three hits as part of a 15-hit attack from the DSL Padres. He also notched three RBIs. It was his first three-hit game of the season and of his professional career. Nuno had previously notched five multi-hit games since the start of 2007. The first baseman came into the contest with four RBIs and seven hits over his first 11 games.
Pedro Hernandez picked up his fifth win of the season in as many appearances, tossing a pair of scoreless innings while allowing three hits and striking out four. The right-hander has yet to walk a batter through his first 23 innings of work, striking out 24. He has given up just four runs and none over his last eight frames, lowering his ERA to 1.17.
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