Luke Carlin had a night of perfection at the dish, going 3-for-3 with two walks. He doubled, homered, scored a run and drove in two while throwing out the only runner attempting to steal. Carlin was, however, picked off first base in the eighth, a batter before Matt Antonelli homered. The backstop has been on 10 times in three games, posting a .714 on-base percentage. Carlin hit .220 last year over 98 games for Triple-A Portland and did not hit a homer. His last homer came on September 4, 2006.
Will Venable had a productive night, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBIs. It was his third multi-hit game of the year and tripled his RBI total. He came into the game with just one run scored – and that came in the season opener. Venable had two four-RBI games last season with San Antonio en route to pushing 68 across the plate. He also had 39 multi-hit games over 134 contests with the Missions.
Brian Myrow fell a homer shy of the cycle, netting three hits and drawing a walk while scoring twice. The first baseman had just four hits in his first 23 at-bats coming into the game. Myrow collected four triples and 31 doubles last season with Portland. He also had 12 games with three or more hits en route to leading the circuit with a .354 average. Myrow did commit his first error of the year on Friday.
San Antonio (4-4) lost 11-4 to Northwest Arkansas (Royals)
Matt Buschmann allowed three runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk over five innings while fanning four. The right-hander tossed 77 pitches before he was lifted and was in line for the win. Buschmann has yielded three earned runs over his first 10 innings of Texas League play. He has held right-handed hitters to a slim .194 average while lefties are swatting .500 off him. He allowed two earned runs or less in 18 of his 25 starts last season.
Jon Ellis recorded just one out, taking the blown save and the loss after allowing a career-high six runs on three hits and three walks. The big blow was a grand slam and he left the game with two men still on. Ellis came into the game with two hits allowed and zero walks over his first five innings of work. He surrendered runs in 13 of his 55 appearances a year ago, giving up multiple runs seven times. His previous career-high for runs allowed was five, coming on May 7, 2005.
Gabe DeHoyos allowed both of his inherited runners to score and two more runs were put on his ledger over two-thirds of an inning, as he yielded three hits. The right-hander has allowed five hits in 1.2 innings to begin the season. DeHoyos went 6-0 with four saves and a 1.64 ERA for Wichita of the Texas League last year, giving up 38 hits in 55 innings while fanning 44. He appeared in nine games in the Pacific Coast League, going 0-1 with a 5.52 ERA.
Lake Elsinore (5-4) won 10-6 over Lancaster (Red Sox)
Cedric Hunter notched another multi-hit game – his sixth such multi-hit affair in eight starts – while also pushing his on base streak to nine games to open the year. He had three hits, including two doubles, scored twice and knocked in one. He has 14 hits in nine games to go with five walks for a .452 on-base percentage. Hunter also saved a run with an outfield assist in the opening frame, hitting Mitch Canham on a line to snare Lars Anderson at the plate – one of two runners the Storm threw out at home.
Drew Miller got out of his Lancaster start with three runs allowed on six hits and three walks over five innings to pick up the win. He has given up four earned over nine innings to begin the year. All of the hits he has surrendered this season have gone for singles; a year ago, 26 of the 27 hits Miller allowed went for extra bases. After fanning 87 in 80.2 innings last season, he has just four through his first two outings in 2008.
Mike Baxter added three hits in five at-bats, doubling, scoring two runs and plating a pair. He also stole his first bag of the year. After beginning the season with two hits in his first 14 at-bats, Baxter has collected seven over his last 16. He has driven in six runs over his last four games and is tied for the team lead in RBIs with eight. Baxter has fanned just once through 30 at-bats after striking out once every 5.5 at-bats last season.
Fort Wayne (2-7) won 11-1 over Beloit (Twins)
Fort Wayne got off the schnide in a big way, plating 11 runs on Friday to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Ali Solis had one of four homers, but his came with the bases loaded in the second inning to cap a five-run frame. It is the first and only hit of the year for the backstop, as he is 1-for-12 on the young season, going hitless in his other four at-bats. Solis has fanned seven times through three games. Solis hit one homer last season – coming in his lone game for the Eugene Emeralds. He hit .253 over 27 games with the AZL Padres.
Andrew Parrino hit a solo homer in the seventh – one of two hits on the night for the infielder. He hit three homers a year ago for Eugene. Parrino also knocked in a second run and scored three runs to pace the offensive barrage. He has scored five runs over his last three games. Parrino has already played at three different spots in the infield after lining up at second base on Friday.
Steve Delabar picked up the win, tossing a scoreless inning sandwiched between the piggyback rotation. The right-hander had a losing decision in his first outing when he allowed two runs on four hits and a walk but has come back with two scoreless appearances. Delabar split time between Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore in 2007, posting a 2-6 record with a 5.69 ERA in the California League and a 2-5 mark with a 5.96 ERA in the Midwest League.
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