Kazmar grand-slam; LeBlanc loss

Jack Cust has found his comfort zone – joining Justin Germano who is already there. Sean Kazmar set a career-high in RBIs, hitting a grand slam as part of his evening. Wade LeBlanc gets his first California League loss.

Portland won 6-1 over Fresno (Giants)

Jack Cust slugged two homers, both solo shots, on a night that saw him go a perfect 3-for-3 with one walk and three runs scored. Cust has six hits and four extra bases over his last two games with six RBIs and four runs scored. He had just two hits in his previous eight games.

"The offense is looking up," manager Rick Renteria said. "Cust hit his two and Sinisi hit one. Hopefully it continues."

"It was good to see that," hitting coach Jose Castro said. "It was fun to watch. I think everyone was pressing a little bit and if we don't try and make it too difficult we will be OK."

Vince Sinisi went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs, extending his hitting streak to six games. The outfielder is hitting .370 off right-handed pitching after nine games and is 1-for-9 off lefties. Sinisi has been on base in all but one game and is 9-for-17 with runners on base.

"The biggest thing from this year to last year is trying to improve on driving guys in and taking advantage of the opportunities when runners are in scoring position," Sinisi said of his goals for the year.

Justin Germano pitched seven brilliant innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits while striking out three, lowering his ERA to 0.75 for the year. The right-hander has given up just one hit in 16 at bats with runners on base and is holding righties to a .160 average after his first 12 innings to begin the year. He has not given up a hit when he has been ahead in the count.

San Antonio lost 6-3 in the completion of the suspended game, won 10-3 in game two over Tulsa (Rockies)

The Missions and Drillers were tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh and the game stayed tied until the top of the ninth when closer Neil Jamison was tagged for three runs on three hits and a walk, taking the loss. It was the first time this year he has worked in a non-save opportunity. Jamison has allowed five runs through five innings but these are the first earned runs on his resume. He allowed three runs or more in three of his 61 outings last season but allowed runs in just 16 appearances.

Cesar Ramos bounced back from an awful first outing to allow three runs, two earned, on three hits, a walk and a hit batsman in five innings to gain his first Texas League win. The left-hander matched his career-high with eight strikeouts. The only other time in his professional career that he whiffed eight came on August 19, 2005. He has allowed two leadoff men to reach base in nine innings that he has started.

Sean Kazmar crushed a grand slam and added an RBI double in five at bats, giving him five RBIs – a new career-high. The second baseman had record three four-RBI games last season with the Lake Elsinore Storm – the last coming on September 3. Kazmar has reached base safely in all but one of his contests this year, and he is hitting .417 with runners on base. Kazmar slugged 13 homers a year ago with 72 RBIs in 133 games.

Lake Elsinore lost 6-2 to High Desert (Mariners)

Wade LeBlanc took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. The left-hander has given up nine runs on 10 hits over 7.1 innings this season. Of the nine innings he has pitched in, the leadoff man has reached base six times. LeBlanc allowed four runs in just one of his outings last season over two leagues – a feat he has accomplished twice in two starts this year.

Craig Cooper reached base three times, going 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. The first baseman has settled into the sixth slot in the lineup, going 6-for-15 when he is slotted there. He is 2-for-18 when he hits elsewhere in the lineup. Cooper has struck out 12 times in nine games this year, whiffing at least once in all but one game.

Charlie Lisk snapped a 0-for-7 start to the year with a 2-for-4 night that included a double. The backstop did, however, commit two errors and surrendered two stolen bases in three attempts and has caught just one of seven thieves this year. Originally a 24th-round pick by the Chicago White Sox in 2001, Lisk was released by the club last year and signed with the Padres this off-season.

Fort Wayne versus Dayton (Reds) postponed

For the fifth time this season, Fort Wayne has not been able to play a scheduled game. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Monday, May 14. Nathan Culp, who carried a perfect game through six innings last time out, is scheduled to start for the Wizards on Sunday.


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