Peter Ciofrone homered for the second time in as many days, hitting a solo shot. He was also the only member of the squad to record a multi-hit game - accounting for one-third of the team's six hits. Ciofrone had a pinch-hit homer in Monday's game, breaking a 0-for-10 start to his Triple-A year. He had not collected a homer over his previous 23 contests across two leagues. Ciofrone has already played three different positions in six Portland games.
Josh Banks got the starting nod, tossing six innings of three-run ball on four hits and a walk. All three runs came across on a first inning homer, as Banks allowed just two hits over the next five innings and tossed just 75 pitches in an efficient loss. The right-hander has given up three bombs this year and all have come with runners on base. The opposition has a .417 average against Banks with runners on base and a .221 mark with the bases empty.
Jared Wells surrendered two runs on two hits and walk while striking out two over an inning of work, as all five runs were driven in by the same Iowa player. Wells had surrendered two runs over his previous 10 appearances and had allowed just one hit in his last 5.1 innings prior to Tuesday. The right-hander has kept the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .077 average but the opposition is hitting .412 off him with runners in scoring position.
San Antonio (18-19) won 5-0 over Corpus Christi (Astros)
Matt Buschmann fired blanks over five innings, yielding four hits and a walk while striking out eight. He tossed 94 pitches on the afternoon, including 62 for strikes. The right-hander also picked up his first double play grounder of the season in start number eight - one year after collecting 20 double play grounders over 25 starts. Buschmann has given up one run over his last 10 innings but has still not pitched into the sixth inning in any start.
Brett Dowdy went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs to lead the San Antonio offense. The second baseman has a hit in 20 of his 22 games in the Texas League to begin the season and is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak. Tuesday was the ninth time he has collected a multi-hit game and he has scored a run in five of the last six and 16 of the last 18. Dowdy's two RBIs matched his total over the previous 14 games.
Chad Huffman collected two hits in four at-bats, registering his 11th double of the year and driving in a run, extending his hitting streak to nine games in the process. He is 13-for-31 over the life of the streak with nine walks for a .550 on-base percentage. Huffman is hitting .552 with 16 hits in 29 at-bats during day games while hitting .279 in night games and is also swatting .350 with runners in scoring position.
Lake Elsinore (18-21) won 5-3 over Stockton (A's)
Drew Miller may have surrendered a season-high 10 hits, including two that left the park, but he pitched out of trouble to pick up his third win of the year, allowing three runs without a walk and three punchouts. He retired the side in order in the first and sixth, but saw men reach scoring position in every other inning. He has held the opposition to a .205 mark with runners in scoring position on the year. Miller has given up five runs over his last three starts, picking up two wins.
Cedric Hunter picked up three hits, including a double, out of the leadoff spot while also scoring a run and plating one. The outfielder is hitting .407 in six games out of the leadoff spot in the lineup with 11 hits in 27 at-bats while hitting .419 overall in the first inning of games. Hunter has 16 multi-hit games and a trio of games with three or more hits. He has scored five runs over his last six games.
Kellen Kulbacki notched a single that scored a pair and drew a walk in four plate appearances. The outfielder came into the game hitless in his previous 13 at-bats and had one RBI over his first nine games with the Storm. Kulbacki has more walks than hits thus far on the season and has just two hits in 17 at-bats with runners on base.
Fort Wayne (15-22) lost 11-3 to West Michigan (Tigers)
A solid Mat Latos outing was wasted when the bullpen surrendered 10 runs. Latos kept the Wizards tight, allowing one run on five hits and a walk while fanning three over five innings, inducing seven groundball outs. The right-hander has given up one earned run or less in four of his five outings and has allowed two runs over his last nine frames. He has held the opposition to five hits in 30 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Geoff Vandel was saddled with the loss after allowing six runs, five earned, on seven hits – including a three-run bomb – over 2.1 innings. It was the second time this year he has given up five runs or more and has surrendered five homers in 32 innings. Vandel had allowed six homers over his first 138.2 career minor league innings. The southpaw has a 8.62 ERA in five relief appearances and a 3.86 ERA in four starts.
Angel Mercado collected two extra base hits in three at-bats with a walk. The right fielder homered with two outs in the ninth and added a double – the second time this year he has collected multiple extra base hits. He has three multi-hit games over his last six and is 10-for-21 over his last seven games, upping his average from .200 to .282 in the process. Mercado is hitting .368 with runners in scoring position.
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