Justin Leone strikes again. The third baseman hit a three run blast in the third inning, his fifth of the year. Leone went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. He has now homered in three straight games, five of his last six and leads the club in RBI's with 11. Leone has a seven game RBI streak and a seven game hitting streak to begin the season.
Jason Anderson allowed a solo homer in his two innings of work. The righty has made four relief appearances this year totaling 5.1 innings and has given up three homers and nine earned runs. Anderson gave up four homers in 67.2 innings last year while pitching with the Columbus Clippers. His ERA stands at 15.19 in the early goings this year.
Ryan Meaux served up two home runs as six runs crossed the plate on him in an inning and a third of work. The left-hander has given up runs in three straight relief appearances and ten runs over the last two innings of work. The opposition is 12-for-21 off Meaux so far this year, a .571 average. Meaux has an ERA of 30.00 this year.
Mobile won 3-1 over Mississippi (Braves)
After starting the year in an 0-for-15 slump with no walks and five strikeouts, Fernando Valenzuela Jr. notched a two-run single in the fifth inning. He also added a single later in the game, ending the night 2-for-4. The first baseman hit .296 in 133 games for the Storm. He had 43 multi-hit games last season.
Jared Wells went 5.2 innings, giving up one run on four hits – all recorded by the first two batters in the Mississippi lineup. Wells, considered for opening night starting honors, has a 0.84 ERA through 10.2 innings and is 2-0 to begin the year, stopping a four-game Mobile skid. Wells allowed at least two runs in all seven of his Southern League starts last year.
Paul Abraham pitched to nine batters over his first three innings of work but took the loss on Monday when he gave up a solo homer. On Tuesday, Abraham came on with two men on, walked the bases loaded before getting a strikeout to end the inning. Abraham allowed just one unearned run over his first 23 innings of work to begin the year in 2005 while pitching for the Storm.
Lake Elsinore won 5-2 over Modesto (Rockies)
Evan Meek recorded all of his outs in the first by striking out the opposition, sandwiched around a single and a walk. Meek went on to strikeout eight in 4.1 innings, pulled after an error put a man on base, falling just shy of earning his first victory of the year. Meek gave up just two hits while walking two, lowering his ERA to 0.96.
Peter Ciofrone notched an RBI for the fourth straight game and has now hit safely in five of his six games on the year. He ended the day 2-for-3 with a walk. Ciofrone had 33 multi-hit games last year in leading Fort Wayne with a .301 average.
Ryan Trytten pitched one inning of scoreless relief and is now perfect through two for the Storm this year after having off-season surgery. Trytten gave up runs in 14 of his 50 appearances for the Storm last year and had a streak of 14 outings without surrendering an earned run.
Fort Wayne won 8-1 over Southwest Michigan (Devil Rays)
Mike Baxter hit a grand slam in the eighth inning, the first slammer of the year for any member of the Padres' system. After breaking two bats against Jacob McGee, Baxter was happy to face a new pitcher.
"He was a left-hander running balls in under my hands," Baxter explained of McGee. "It was refreshing to get a kid out of the bullpen. It felt good to get a hold of one."
He took a first pitch fastball into the gap and out of the yard. Baxter played in Fort Wayne last year and hit one homer in 45 games. This season, the left-handed hitter has made the move to the outfield from first base.
"It is a lot of fun," he exclaimed. "Until I master it – I am feeling a lot better out there than at the start of spring training, I can tell you that."
Five pitchers combined to give up two hits, believed to be just the second two-hitter in Fort Wayne Wizards' history. Steve Delabar went three innings, striking out five and surrendering a solo homer. After a one hour rain delay, Kyle Pawelczyk earned the win with two innings of hitless ball and Alfredo Fernandez added two more innings before handing the ball over to Jon Link and Neil Jamison for one apiece. Jamison recorded all three outs by way of the strikeout. The last time Jamison was able to accomplish the feat, he recorded five straight outs with a whiff.