Luke Carlin was in on three of Portland's six runs and reached base in each of his plate appearances. The backstop drew four walks and added a single while scoring twice and driving in one. Carlin has drawn a walk in each of his eight games to begin the year and has drawn 13 overall – giving him as many walks as Matt Antonelli who has played in 10 more games. He is also 8-for-20 to begin the year, putting his on-base percentage at .618 to begin the season.
Jared Wells picked up just his second save of the year in as many attempts. His last four appearances had come in non-save situations. Wells allowed a walk and a hit but came away unscathed on Sunday. Since giving up three runs in his first outing of the season, the right-hander has given up one run on three hits over his last 7.2 innings. Wells has not surrendered a hit to the leadoff hitter of an inning this season.
Josh Geer evened his record at 2-2, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out two over six innings. He threw 90 pitches, including 65 strikes, and the one mistake landed past the outfield wall in the first. It was his error on a pickoff attempt that led to the unearned run. Geer has allowed five earned runs over his last three starts and has kept the opposition to one earned run or less in three of his five starts. The homer he allowed was the fifth ball to leave the yard off Geer
San Antonio (12-10) won 11-5 over Midland (A's)
Drew Macias was moved back into the leadoff spot and responded with two extra base hits, including a two-run homer, and four RBIs. He also tripled in a pair, drew a walk and scored twice. Macias has a hit in six of his last seven games while reaching base safely in each. Eleven of his 17 hits have gone for extra bases and the outfielder has collected seven of his 10 RBIs over his last four games. Two of his four multi-hit games have come in his last four contests.
While Brett Dowdy had another hit to extend his hitting streak, Chad Huffman had four hits, including a double, while scoring twice. The outfielder has 10 hits over his last five games with four extra base hits. Huffman has also scored seven runs over his last five and has an RBI in five of his last seven. Huffman's last four-hit game came on July 4, 2007 while playing for Lake Elsinore.
Matt Buschmann moved to 2-1 on the year with five innings of three-run ball. He allowed five hits and walked two while striking out four. Fifty of his 79 pitches went for strikes and he picked off a runner at first base. The right-hander has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his five starts but has also not pitched more than five innings in any start. Buschmann tossed a wild pitch on Sunday – his fourth in the last two games.
Lake Elsinore (13-11) lost 4-2 to Lancaster (Red Sox)
Jeremy Hunt was the only Storm player to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. The first baseman has busted out of a 0-for-13 slump with two straight multi-hit affairs. He still has more home runs (4) than doubles (3) through 20 games. Hunt has whiffed in six straight games, however, after not fanning in more than two games in a row previous to his recent stretch.
Drew Miller gave up just three hits but three runs crossed thanks to four walks over 4.2 innings, dropping the right-hander to 1-1 for the season. Miller has walked three or more twice this season after registering that feat four times over 16 starts a season ago. He also threw two pitches to the backstop and has three wild pitches in his last two contests; he had three wild pitches all of last year. Miller has not made it through the fifth inning in four of his five starts.
Richie Daigle stranded one inherited runner in the fifth but went on to give up a run of his own on two hits over his next inning of work. Daigle has inherited four runners this year and has kept them all off the scoreboard. The right-hander has given up runs in six of his 12 appearances to date but has held the opposition to just four hits in 31 at-bats with runners in scoring position. The leadoff batter of an inning, however, has a .647 on-base percentage.
Lake Elsinore pitching coach Wally Whitehurst was ejected in the fourth for arguing balls and strikes.
Fort Wayne (9-14) won 7-2 over Peoria (Cubs)
Luis Durango walked to the plate five times and reached in each plate appearance, drawing three walks and adding a pair of singles. The outfielder also scored three times and doubled his stolen base output from two to four; the Wizards swiped five bags on the day. Durango had scored just twice over his previous 10 games with one stolen base attempt over that span. Durango also notched an outfield assist in the seventh inning when he fired a ball home that did not nab the runner but catcher Luis Martinez followed it with a rifle to second to nab the runner trying to turn a single into a double.
Removed from the piggyback rotation, Brandon Gomes worked one scoreless inning of relief by getting two groundouts and a fly out. As a starter to begin a game, Gomes had posted a 1.13 ERA, giving up one run in eight innings. As the second half of the piggyback, the left-hander had surrendered five runs in 6.2 innings. Gomes had given up more hits than innings pitched in all but one contest coming into Sunday's game.
Matt Teague worked five scoreless frames, giving up four hits and striking out a season-high five to pick up his second win. The left-hander did commit two errors and uncorked two wild pitches. It is the third time this year he has gone five innings and allowed two runs or less, as the southpaw has lowered his ERA from 8.18 to 4.88 over his last three outings. After getting one double play grounder on Sunday, Teague has induced five over 24 innings to begin the year.
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