Despite throwing just 14 strikes through the first two innings, Cesar Carrillo made it through without a scratch - three walks but no runs. It was the first hit he surrendered in the fourth that led to a run and the only hit or run he would surrender over five innings. Carrillo walked five and struck out two, tossing 39 of his 84 pitches for strikes, dropping to 0-1 on the season.
Craig Stansberry went 2-for-3 with a walk, a triple, and the only run scored for Portland. The second baseman has safely reached base in all but one of his 13 games to begin the year. His six doubles were tied for the Pacific Coast League lead and is second on the team in RBIs with 10 – despite batting second for much of the season. He is hitting .412 when he bats second in the lineup and .267 when he bats elsewhere.
Justin Hampson allowed a solo homer in his sole inning of work – the first run he has surrendered on the year. He had pitched five scoreless innings before Wednesday. The left-hander split last season between starting and relief for Triple-A Colorado Springs last year, compiling a 2-1 record with a 2.84 ERA over 18 relief appearances. During one stretch of the year, Hampson worked 22.2 innings without allowing an earned run.
San Antonio had a scheduled day off
Lake Elsinore lost 6-5 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Brent Carter had runners in scoring position in every inning but the first and the leadoff man reached base in every inning but the third and managed to limit Rancho to four runs despite the 11-hit barrage over five frames that they assaulted the left-hander with. It is the second time in as many starts that he has allowed double-digit hits – and he took his first loss of the year. He allowed double-digits hits twice in 15 outings last year.
Jose Lobaton went 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles, and two RBIs. It is the sixth time in 10 games he has reached base multiple times. The catcher is now hitting .444 with runners in scoring position – and is tied for the team lead with eight RBIs. His four doubles also lead the club. Brad Coon stole two more bags off Lobaton but he was credited with a caught stealing when Brandon Higelin picked off a runner.
David Freese went 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs. He has hits in nine of his last 10 games and his nine walks lead the club. The third baseman is hitting .333 with runners on base but is 0-for-12 when he leads off an inning. After starting the year 2-for-12, Freese has hit .324 with three doubles, two homers, and eight RBIs.
Fort Wayne lost 6-4 to Burlington (Royals)
After scuffling through the first inning where two singles and two wild pitches led to a run, Orlando Lara settled down, allowing four hits and a walk over four innings while striking out five – including the last two he faced. His elevated pitch count – 75 pitches thrown – led to an early exit. Lara has uncorked three wild pitches after two starts. The leadoff batter has reached base in five of the eight innings Lara has pitched.
Cedric Hunter had a homer stolen from him in the fifth inning when O.D. Gonzalez snared a ball ticketed for the short porch in right to keep the game tied at 3-3. Hunter had notched his first double of the year and went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored on the day. After starting the year 1-for-15, Hunter is 6-for-16 with a five-game hitting streak.
Grant Varnell took the loss, his first of the year, after allowing two runs on three hits and a walk in his lone inning of work. The right-hander had allowed just one hit over five innings in his first three outings and no runner had reached scoring position against him. Of the four times he saw a runner on first base, he had not surrendered a hit.