Ciofrone quartet; Fort Wayne struggles

Peter Ciofrone knocks in four and Jose Lobaton goes perfect behind a solid Matt Buschmann effort. Cory Luebke opens the year in Lake Elsinore but the team drops the contest. Robert Woodard, Geoff Vandel and Derek McDaid struggle through a losing effort.

Portland (2-0) vs. Fresno postponed due to rain

Saturday's Portland Beavers game against the Fresno Grizzlies was postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader at PGE Park on Wednesday, Aug. 13, it was announced this afternoon.

San Antonio (2-1) won 8-2 over Northwest Arkansas (Royals)

Peter Ciofrone cranked out three hits in five at-bats and drove in four to lead the Missions offense, giving him six RBIs on the young season. He had eight multi-RBI games last season with the Missions and his last four-RBI game came on June 6 last year. Ciofrone hit .261 with 34 RBIs over 97 games in Double-A last year while batting .248 with 21 RBIs over 36 games for Triple-A Portland.

Catcher Jose Lobaton had a night of perfection, going 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in his first start of the year. He threw out one of the two base runners attempting to steal. The last time he reached base four times in a game came five games before the close of last season. Lobaton hit .260 with 28 extra base hits and 47 RBIs for Lake Elsinore a year ago. Lobaton threw out 42 of the 142 base runners attempting to steal on him with the Storm.

Matt Buschmann picked up the win, working five innings of two-run ball, tossing 84 pitches – 56 for strikes. He allowed six hits and fanned a half dozen without walking a batter. The right-hander won 12 games for the Storm last season and went 8-2 with a 1.67 ERA over his final 14 games, including 11 starts. Buschmann allowed two runs or less in 15 of his 25 starts overall in 2007, including 11 of his last 12.

"I think being the second off-season I was able to make some adjustments from the first – in regards to my workouts and my throwing," Buschmann said on his preparation for the season.

Brett Dowdy will head to the disabled list with a strained oblique. No word on who will replace him, but with Jody Gerut headed to Portland it could mean someone gets sent down from the crowded infield.

Lake Elsinore (1-2) lost 7-4 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Cory Luebke took the hill for his first start of the year, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks over four frames while striking out five and picking off a runner at first base. The left-hander went 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA over two appearances during the regular season for Lake Elsinore and ended the year with a 5-3 mark and 3.07 ERA across three leagues. In the postseason, Luebke went 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA across three starts for Lake Elsinore.

Keoni Ruth blasted a solo homer in the second inning and added a second RBI later in the contest. He collected two hits in four at-bats and has reached base in four of his first six plate appearances. Ruth hit .314 across four leagues last year in the Padres system, collecting 16 extra base hits and 35 runs scored in 50 games. Ruth hit two bombs last year – one in the Arizona Rookie League and a second with Eugene.

Javis Diaz went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, including a ninth inning solo homer. The outfielder also stole his first base of the year but did commit an error. Diaz hit .277 for Fort Wayne last year and smacked seven homers. Since then, he has changed his mechanics at the plate to take advantage of his power potential. Diaz stole a system-high 31 bases last season in 45 attempts, including successful attempts on 23 of his last 26.

Fort Wayne (1-2) lost 11-1 to Lansing (Blue Jays)

A reliever in 2007 for Eugene, Robert Woodard got the start on Saturday and lasted three innings, yielding three runs on four hits, a pair of walks and a hit batsman. Three of the hits he allowed went for extra bases, as he took the loss. Woodard went 3-2 with two saves and a 3.89 ERA over 23 appearances for the Emeralds – going three innings twice in his professional debut. He also made a pair of appearances for Portland, giving up five runs in three frames.

Geoff Vandel was tagged for five runs on seven hits and a walk over 3.1 innings. Promoted to Fort Wayne at the end of last year, the southpaw pitched in one game and surrendered five runs on two hits and six walks in two-thirds of an inning, bringing his lifetime ERA in Fort Wayne to 22.50. The Georgia native also made 13 starts in the Arizona Rookie League, posting a 5-4 record with a 4.29 ERA.

Derek McDaid worked between the piggyback starts, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits over two innings. The right-hander led all relievers in the Padres' system with 80.2 innings pitched last season with Fort Wayne. He worked more than an inning in 29 of his 52 appearances, going 7-3 with a 4.91 ERA. He was 1-2 with a 6.88 ERA in 12 day games; Saturday's game was also a day game.

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