Wade LeBlanc gave up six runs on eight hits, including two homers, in a no-decision. He worked five innings, walking one and striking out four while picking off a runner at first. The left-hander has allowed three homers over his first two Pacific Coast League starts, but all have been solo shots. LeBlanc has never surrendered more than four earned runs in any of his career minor league starts.
Will Venable went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a triple, one RBI and three runs scored to lead the Portland offense. The outfielder has a double in four straight games, tallying five during that span. He has four multi-hit games in his last six. It is the first time since May 30 of last year that he has registered three extra base hits in a game. Venable had two four-hit games a year ago for San Antonio.
Luis Rodriguez collected three hits in four at-bats and drove in two runs to push his average back up to .500 on the young season. He has a six-game hitting streak to open the year with four multi-hit games. Rodriguez has an RBI in four straight games, tallying five over that span. He had three three-hit games a year ago, including one with the Minnesota Twins. Rodriguez did, however, commit his first error of the campaign.
San Antonio (5-4) won 3-1 over Northwest Arkansas (Royals)
Steve Garrison worked seven no-hit innings for the Missions on Saturday, walking two batters and striking out five on a 45-degree night. The southpaw tossed 80 pitches on the night before being lifted, 56 for strikes. After walking the first batter of the game, Garrison retired 11 straight, and he retired the last nine he faced. He faced one batter over the minimum, getting a double play grounder. His previous best for hits allowed in a game was two over 7.2 innings last season while with Brevard County of the Florida State league.
Edwin Moreno, the Missions' closer, was brought on in the eighth to close things out. After striking out the first batter, Moreno gave up a single to left on a broken bat liner that landed in front of Josh Alley. Moreno would also lose the bid for a combined shutout, thanks in part to an error that led to an unearned run. He surrendered three hits and a walk, but did pick up his third save of the season. The right-hander has yielded eight hits over his first six innings of work and the leadoff hitter has been on base in half of those frames.
Sean Kazmar delivered a two-out liner to centerfield in the sixth inning and added another two-out, two-strike ground ball up the middle past a diving infielder to plate a second run. Kazmar went 2-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice on the night. He came into the game with four hits in his first 27 at-bats this year and had one other multi-hit game. He is, however, 4-for-10 with a walk over his last four games, and the shortstop has RBIs in three straight, plating six over that span.
Lake Elsinore (6-4) won 11-1 over Lancaster (Red Sox)
Nathan Culp allowed nine hits over 5.2 innings but just one run – coming on a solo homer in the second. He induced three double play grounders to avert disaster, and 15 of his outs came on ground balls. Culp allowed nine or more hits four times in 12 games for Lake Elsinore last season and has given up nine hits in each of his first two starts this year. He also induced 12 double play grounders a year ago for the Storm, but never more than two in any one game.
Jeremy Hunt hit his third homer of the year, a three-run blast in the third inning. It was his lone hit of the day, but he did draw a walk and score twice. Hunt has a hit in each of his eight games to begin the season, going 10-for-34 with a .368 on-base percentage. It took Hunt 43 games before hitting his third homer last year in Fort Wayne. Hunt has an RBI in three straight, knocking in six over that span. He has also scored a run in six of his eight contests.
Javis Diaz extended his hitting streak to eight games with four hits in six at-bats, including a triple while scoring twice. The outfielder leads the club with 17 hits and is second with five extra base hits. He is hitting .436 on the season with a .463 on-base percentage. Diaz notched six triples a season ago for Fort Wayne and has two through eight games this year. He has scored twice in four different games this year.
Cedric Hunter added his third straight multi-hit game and seventh on the year while extended his on base streak to 10 games.
Fort Wayne (2-7) vs. Beloit (Twins) postponed
As a result, weather permitting; a pair of seven-inning games will take place on Sunday afternoon.