Nic Crosta, Jose Lobaton go deep twice

Nic Crosta and Jose Lobaton matched homers – combining for four homers. Mike Thompson was back in Portland and got a PCL welcome. Peter Ciofrone collected four hits as Josh Geer earned win number three. Aaron Breit picked up his first Midwest League win.

Portland lost 7-1 to Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Vince Sinisi went 3-for-4 with a double while knocking in the sole run. It was his third straight multi-hit game and third game in a row with a double. Sinisi is hitting .393 with runners on base this year and is crushing right-handed pitching at a .391 clip while struggling against lefties with a .133 average.

"I played with some things (this off-season)," said Sinisi. "Just watching some film, getting back to where I was a few years ago."

Mike Thompson made his Pacific Coast League debut and things didn't go as well as he planned. He allowed five runs, all earned, on seven hits and a walk over two innings. Thompson posted a 7.84 ERA over five games with the Padres before being sent down. In 10.1 innings he allowed nine runs on 11 hits.

Ryan Ketchner dropped to 0-2, giving up two runs on nine hits and three walks over six innings, tossing 100 pitches on the night. Saturday marked the first time this year he has not surrendered a homer. Six of the 13 runs he has allowed have come in the second inning. Ketchner was also picked off first base after a single.

San Antonio won 3-1 over Midland (A's)

Peter Ciofrone went 4-for-5 with a run scored. The left fielder has hits in seven of his last eight games and netted his third game of the year where he reached base at least four times. Ciofrone's last four-hit game came on July 7 last year with the Storm. The left-handed hitter is hitting .638 off lefties this year.

Josh Geer moved to 3-0 by tossing six innings of one-run ball on five hits and a walk while striking out six. Geer has gone five or more innings and allowed two runs or less in each of his starts. Geer won his first three decisions last year as well while pitching for the Wizards. He has limited the opposition to a .219 average with runners on.

Paul Abraham earned hold number three by pitching a scoreless inning of relief, walking one. It was his fifth straight scoreless appearance and he has allowed just two hits over that span. The right-hander has allowed three hits over 9.1 innings and has yet to allow the leadoff hitter to reach base. The opposition is hitting .097 off him.

"Throwing strikes low in the zone," Abraham said of his goals. "Keeping the ball down. I could care less about strikeouts. Just get as many outs as possible and see how many wins we can get on the board for our team this year."

Lake Elsinore won 13-4 over High Desert (Mariners)

Three players collected at least four hits and another one collected three. Three scored three times on the night and three collected multi-RBI games. And two had multi-homer games.

Nic Crosta mashed two homers in the sixth inning alone, sending one to left field and another over the centerfield wall, doubling his total for the year. It was his first multi-homer game as a professional. He went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBIs. Four of Crosta's seven hits have left the yard and he has 12 RBIs on the year. This was his second four-RBI game this season.

"We are scoring runs," Crosta said of the Storm offense. "You have to throw out all the stats. We have been in all the baseball games. I think the run production is going to keep coming around."

Jose Lobaton also sent two balls over the wall – his first and second homers of the season. Lobaton fell a triple shy of the cycle on a 4-for-5 evening that included three runs scored and four RBIs. Lobaton's last two-homer game came on June 15 last year with Lake Elsinore. He leads the team in RBIs with 13, despite batting seventh or eighth in the lineup each night. He has been on base at least twice in each of the last five games and has six extra base hits over the last five.

After starting the season in a 3-for-28 slump, Yordany Ramirez is 7-for-16 over his last four games, including a 4-for-45 night on Saturday that included a double and an RBU. It was his first multi-hit game of the year. Ramirez also swiped his first base of the year. His average has soared from .107 to .227 in four days. The double was his first of the season.

Chad Huffman also collected four hits, including a solo homer. He scored three times and drove in two. Huffman has just three extra base hits on the season but started off the season hitting .100 over his first eight games. He has upped his average to .245 by going 9-for-19 over his current five-game hitting streak. He also has an RBI in three straight games.

Fort Wayne won 7-4 over Quad Cities (Cardinals)

Javis Diaz took over the team lead in homers with a solo shot, his second of the year. Diaz hit four in 2005 – two in the Dominican Summer League and two in the Arizona Rookie League but he did not go yard over 59 games last season. The outfielder has a modest four-game hitting streak and is hitting .333 with runners in scoring position – although both homers have been solo shots.

Aaron Breit surrendered two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six over five solid innings, dropping his ERA down to 8.25 from 11.57 while picking up his first win. Breit had given up nine runs over his first seven innings of the year and had struck out just three. The opposition entered the game hitting .500 off Breit with runners in scoring position but went 0-for-3 in those situations on Saturday.

Michael Campbell went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. It was his second multi-hit game in a row after netting just one hit in his previous 12 at bats. He had gone without an RBI in six games but he is hitting .333 with runners in scoring position while hitting .118 while the bases are empty.

Daryl Jones is day-to-day with a tweaked hamstring. He had an eight-game hitting streak snapped on Friday, going 0-for-1 and leaving the game early.

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