Inman tosses blanks; Carter RBI lead

Will Inman continues to dominate the Texas League, posting another shutout outing. Ernesto Frieri get the start in Lake Elsinore and Sam Carter makes it interesting while pushing his RBI total atop the league. Felix Carrasco collected three hits and didn't whiff – but Fort Wayne dropped the game.

Portland (17-16) vs. Iowa (Cubs) postponed due to rain

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday, which will consist of two seven-inning games.

San Antonio (16-19) won 5-0 over Midland (A's)

Will Inman and two relievers combined on the shutout, moving the right-hander to 4-1 on the year. Inman allowed two hits and walked three over 5.1 innings, striking out seven on 99 pitches. It is the fifth time in eight starts that he has not allowed an earned run. Inman has fanned seven or more three times in the last four games while holding the opposition to three hits or less four times this year. He has held the leadoff man of an inning to a .096 average across 41 at-bats.

Kyle Blanks went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored to pace the offense. Blanks extended his hitting streak to five games, four of which have been multi-hit games. The first baseman has eight multi-hit games over his last 11 and has recorded an RBI in nine of his last 12. Blanks is batting .351 when he hits out of the cleanup spot in the order, as he did Saturday and .255 when he bats elsewhere.

Jose Lobaton blasted a solo homer in the second and added a run-scoring single across four at-bats, breaking a 1-for-20 hex over his previous six games. Lobaton has just five multi-hit games across 27 contests on the year and had five hits over his previous 42 at-bats across a span of 12 games. The homer was just his second extra base hit of the year, but the backstop is hitting .288 with runners on base.

Lake Elsinore (17-19) lost 7-5 to Modesto (Rockies)

Ernesto Frieri got his first start of the season and 13th since starting his professional career in 2003. His last start came on August 17, 2007 for the Storm. Frieri gave up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three in 3.1 innings. Three of the four hits went for extra bases and both runs scored on a homer. The right-hander had surrendered runs in four of his 15 appearances this season and three runs over his last 14 innings. Frieri had not surrendered a homer coming into the game.

The three runs Rolando Valdez allowed took on more discomfort when the Storm scored three runs in the top of the ninth. The right-hander worked the bottom of the eighth and surrendered three hits, including a double and a triple, as all three came around to score. He had allowed three extra base hits over his first 18.1 innings. It was the fifth time in 15 appearances he has given up runs and third time in the last five. Over his last six frames, Valdez has allowed nine runs on 12 hits.

Sam Carter, who singled in a run in the seventh, made things interesting with a three-run homer with no outs in the ninth, but it would be as close as Lake Elsinore would get. Besides the four RBIs, Carter also recorded an outfield assist at third base when he hit Eric Sogard who relayed it to third for the out on a double trying to be stretched into three. It is the fourth time this year that Carter has collected four or more RBIs in a game and his 33 RBIs lead the California League. He has six of the Storm's 18 homers on the year.

Fort Wayne (14-21) lost 4-3 to South Bend (Diamondback)

Justin Baum accounted for all three runs, registered three hits in four trips, including a triple to score two while also touching home once. It was the second time he notched a three-hit game this year and second triple as well. Baum has scored 10 runs over his last eight games but his two RBIs matched his total over the previous 10 contests. Baum is hitting just .167 with runners in scoring position.

Felix Carrasco went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored. It was just the fourth time through 28 games that he has not whiffed at least once. Carrasco has three multi-hit games in his last four and is 10-for-26 over his last seven games, raising his average from .222 to .265. Six of his last nine hits have gone for extra bases. Carrasco had just two walks over his previous 17 games coming into Saturday.

Jeremy Hefner surrendered one run on five hits while striking out two over four innings. He made one mistake – a solo homer in the fourth. After not giving up a homer in his first six outings, Hefner has allowed a long ball in each of the last three. The right-hander has given up eight runs over his last five outings and improved his ERA as a starter to 2.21; Hefner has a 6.55 ERA across four relief appearances.

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