Jared Wells jacked; Tom Brown heroics

Portland and Lake Elsinore managed to combine for zero runs and six hits. Jared Wells saw two balls leave the yard in the unforgiving PCL. Tim Brown hit a game-winning solo homer in the top of the ninth, making sure Jose Oyervidez' solid outing did not get wasted. Brent Carter is back on the hill and looking good but four Storm errors – more errors than hits...

Portland lost 3-0 to Fresno (Giants)

Jared Wells took the loss, yielding three runs on four hits and two walks over five innings. While he struck out six, Wells also saw two balls leave the park, accounting for all the runs against. It is the fourth time in his last 11 Triple-A starts that Wells has given up multiple homers in a game. He went 2-9 with a 7.27 ERA over 15 starts last season for Portland. Wells logged four innings this spring, giving up two runs on five hits while notching a save.

Eighteen pitches thrown over one inning for Tim Stauffer was enough. The right-hander allowed three runs on four hits over that span while also issuing a wild pitch and committing an error on a pickoff attempt. He went 7-12 with a 5.53 ERA over 28 outings, including 26 starts, for Portland last season. Stauffer tweaked his arm this spring after surrendering three runs on six hits over six innings during Spring Training. While he appeared in relief, the expectation is he will rejoin the starting rotation when he is stretched out.

Brett Dowdy has yet to start a game but for the second day in a row he came on to play third base and ended up with a hit. Unfortunately, his base knock was one of three on the day for Portland. Dowdy went 3-for-7 with two stolen bases during Spring Training. The utility man went 2-for-12 in four games for Portland last year, and he hit .260 over 70 games in Double-A, playing all three outfield positions along with second and third base.

San Antonio won 3-2 over Tulsa (Rockies)

The first basemen in San Antonio continue to do their job. Michael Johnson went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Johnson is 5-for-7 after three games with a double in each to go with three RBIs. Johnson did not record a two-bagger in successive games at all last year, hitting .235 with eight doubles, ten homers and 38 RBIs in 61 games for Double-A Mobile. Over the last four years, 48.7 percent of Johnson's hits have gone for extra bases.

It was first baseman Tim Brown who hit a pinch-hit solo homer in the top of the ninth, the eventual game-winner. Brown hit a three-run bomb against Milwaukee this spring to break a 2-2 tie – his lone hit in three at bats with the big league club. He has two pinch hits through three games this year and has already surpassed his homer total during April last year when he did not go deep once in his first 22 games.

Jose Oyervidez was masterful over six innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits while striking out six. More importantly, the right-hander did not walk a batter. Oyervidez walked three or more in 16 of his 28 starts last year for Mobile and in only three outings did he come away without issuing a free pass. He went 6-12 with a 3.92 ERA over 149.1 innings last season, holding the opposition to a .257 average against and allowing four hits or less in 11 starts.

"The big thing about me is my walks," said Oyervidez. "I feel good, real confident. My location was real good this spring. I had one rough inning, but it has been real good. My arm is well."

Lake Elsinore lost 3-0 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

The Storm has more errors than hits on Saturday night, four to three. Matt Antonelli had two errors, one throwing and one fielding in his fifth game professionally playing second base. Seth Johnston, playing shortstop, also had a fielding error, and Yordany Ramirez dropped a fly ball. Antonelli's first error came in the fifth inning on a double steal. Bradley Coon swiped second base and Antonelli tried to catch the runner going home but tossed the ball away.

Brent Carter got the start – his first action since tearing his Achilles in a June 30 game last year against High Desert. The left-hander pitched 3.2 innings, yielding just two hits, walking two and whiffing two. Carter While the rest of the staff is on a 75-pitch count, the team will take a more cautious approach with Carter. He has allowed just one earned run in his last 31.2 California League innings dating back to last year.

"I am probably about two pens behind everyone else," said Carter. "It was definitely a lot of hard work to get to where I am at right now."

Steve Delabar took the loss, allowing two runs, one earned, on one hit and one walk in 2.1 frames. A starter last year, Delabar has moved into the long relief role in the California League. How did two runs score? Four stolen bases off the Delabar – Charlie Lisk combination. Delabar was on the hill for 26 stolen bases against last year, but he and his catchers did nab 33 percent of thieves. The right-hander went 8-9 with a 3.41 ERA for Fort Wayne last year over 27 starts.

Fort Wayne postponed at Lansing (Blue Jays)

The entire opening series between the Fort Wayne Wizards and Lansing Lugnuts was wiped out due to inclement weather and icy field conditions. Two of the games will be made up in Fort Wayne at the end of the first half of the season.


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