Tim Stauffer was back on the hill after rehabbing an ankle sprain in extended spring training. The right-hander threw 63 pitches and was pulled after 3.1 innings, allowing four runs on five hits – including a three-run homer – while striking out four to take his first loss of the year. The right-hander has an ERA of 11.57 and has allowed runs in five of his six outings – his five previous outings coming as a reliever.
Kyle Stutes pitched an inning and a third scoreless in his Pacific Coast League debut. The left-hander went 0-1 with a 4.85 ERA over 14 appearances in Lake Elsinore. In 13 innings, Stutes allowed 13 hits and seven walks while striking out 10. He held lefties to a .211 average. Including Saturday, Stutes has allowed one earned run over his last 11 outings – spanning 10 innings.
Vince Sinisi took a 0-1 pitch to open up the eighth inning and hammered his second homer of the game, sparking a four-run rally. His first solo shot, in the sixth, came on a 3-1 pitch. It was his first career multi-homer game. He now has five homers and three have come in the last two days. He did not hit a home run over his first three months of the year last season, spanning 78 games. He also has three straight multi-hit games and he has a hit in 12 of his last 14 games. Sinisi has also collected nine multi-hit games in the last 14.
San Antonio won 6-2 over Corpus Christi (Astros)
Drew Macias went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer. He also scored two runs and was hit by a pitch. Batting sixth in the order, as he did on Saturday, Macias is hitting .389. The outfielder has five homers this season after netting seven over 134 games last year for Double-A Mobile. Macias has been hit by three pitches this year – all coming over the last seven games – and the one on Saturday hit him "right in the ear-hole" with the first pitch after his long ball. Incidentally, Macias has whiffed just once in his last 29 at bats.
"I was thinking of laying a bunt down and getting a cheap hit," Macias explained of the at bat that yielded a homer. "Squared the first one and ended up laying off. I took a ball the next pitch and then hit the homer. It was a 1-1 pitch, fastball middle in – right in the wheelhouse.
"I like hitting sixth – you see the pitcher a little bit more and start making adjustments and go from there."
Playing third base for the first time this year, Peter Ciofrone went 2-for-5 with a double, homer, and two runs scored. He did ground into his first double play of the year and struck out twice after not whiffing in his previous 26 at bats. Ciofrone has three straight multi-hit games. The last time he manned third base came on July 24, 2006 with Lake Elsinore – he played 10 games at the hot corner last season.
Cesar Ramos picked up his third win of the year, going six innings and allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out three. Ramos also picked up an RBI groundout, his first career RBI. The left-hander has seen his ERA drop from 7.71 to 4.81 over his last two outings. Ramos has held the leadoff man of an inning to a .257 on base percentage.
The swelling diminished in Jose Oyervidez' arm after leaving yesterday's game. He will not be headed to San Diego immediately, but he will instead stay with his club over the next few days to see if the injury continues to show signs of improvement.
Lake Elsinore won 5-1 over Stockton (A's)
Wade LeBlanc had another dynamite outing, striking out a career-high 10 batters, while allowing just a single hit and a walk over six scoreless innings. After giving up a fourth inning double, LeBlanc retired the last nine batters he faced. His scoreless streak has now been stretched to 25 innings – with California League Player of the Week honors sure to come on Monday. LeBlanc has allowed just six hits over his last 19 frames and is holding the opposition to a .196 average on the year.
"I think, especially being a pitcher, if you go out there and try to pitch away from your strengths, that's when you're going to get beat," LeBlanc said of worrying about the California League's reputation as a hitter's league. "I think if I go out here worrying about the ball flying out, I'm going to leave the ball up even more and I'm going to get hurt even worse than I would have if I just go out and pitch my game."
Matt Antonelli belted home run number four, a three-run blast in the second inning. He finished the night 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. The second baseman is 18-for-42 over the streak with 13 walks, 17 runs scored and nine RBIs. Saturday was the ninth time this year he has reached base three or more times in a game.
Mike DeMark made his third appearance with the Storm and this one far exceeded the rest. He recorded all three of his outs by way of the strikeout and walked one. DeMark had allowed four runs over his first 2.2 innings – but just one was earned. The opposition is hitting .143 off him in the early going.
Fort Wayne won 3-2 over Peoria (Cubs)
Stephen Faris made his first start of the year, replacing Drew Miller in the rotation while Miller is on the disabled list. The right-hander baffled hitters over six innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits while striking out four. He did uncork two wild pitches and beaned a batter. Faris has allowed three runs this year but just one has been earned over seven frames.
The Wizards drew five walks in the second inning, scoring three runs despite notching just one base hit off former Padres prospect Jose Ceda. Javis Diaz walked three times on the night to pace the club and the team collected nine free passes while managing just three hits. The team is fourth in the Midwest League in walks, pending the night's action.
Jon Schemmel made his second start in a row after going 1-for-5 in his system debut on Friday. He went 0-for-2 with two walks on Saturday but did commit an error in the field. Schemmel hit .297 over 30 games in the South Atlantic League last year, drawing 12 walks while striking out 14 times. He also tallied 57 games in short-season ball with Brooklyn, hitting .263 with eight doubles and two triples.