Carter monster game; Liriano knocks two

Mauro Zarate saw five runs come across on his watch, although it lasted two-thirds of an inning. Stephan Faris had a solid outing but the Missions offense. Sam Carter put on a display for the ages in a Storm shellacking – with Brian Joynt and Keoni Ruth dazzling as well. Rymer Liriano flexed some impressive muscles.

Portland (31-31) lost 8-4 to Las Vegas (Dodgers)

Justin Germano dropped to 0-2, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits – all singles – and a pair of walks over 6.1 innings, striking out three. The right-hander tossed 110 pitches, recording 12 groundball outs. It is fourth time across two leagues – including the majors – that he has given up five runs or more and all have come in the last five starts.

Mauro Zarate lasted just two-thirds of an inning – allowing two inherited runners to score. He also surrendered three runs of his own on four hits and a walk – including a three-run homer. Zarate has given up runs in eight of his 16 outings, surrendering multiple runs in five of those outings. Eleven of the 16 runs he has yielded have come in the seventh inning.

Peter Ciofrone reached base four times in five plate appearances, going 3-for-4 with a walk while scoring twice. Since going hitless in his first 11 at-bats, Ciofrone is 35-for-99 with 11 extra base hits and 23 runs scored across 25 games. He has scored four runs over his last three games. Ciofrone, who played left field on Monday, has hit .372 with runners on base this season.

San Antonio (33-29) lost 1-0 to Corpus Christi (Astros)

Stephen Faris threw well over six innings, allowing a single run on five hits while striking out six over six frames but was saddled with the loss to drop to 3-2. He tossed 95 pitches, including 61 strikes, and induced nine groundball outs. It is the fourth time this season that Faris has given up two runs or less over at least five innings and didn't earn a win. He has given up two runs or less in seven of his 11 starts.

Wilton Lopez pitched to the minimum in his lone inning of work, getting two fly outs and a ground out. The right-hander has allowed runs in nine of his 24 appearances this season, tossing scoreless ball over his last four. He has worked to the minimum in three of his last four and six overall. Lopez has fanned just one over his last 9.1 innings but has recorded three double play grounders over that same span.

Sean Kazmar accounted for three of San Antonio's seven hits, collecting his 10th double of the season in the process. The shortstop has three multi-hit games across his last five – as many as he had in his previous 30 contests. He has also reached base multiple times in five of his last six with nine hits and four walks. Kazmar has upped his average to a season-high .226 and is hitting .366 over his last 13 games.

Lake Elsinore (32-31) won 21-3 over High Desert (Mariners)

Every starter in the lineup had an RBI and eight players collected multi-hit games – with Kellen Kulbacki the only Storm player without a hit.

Sam Carter was a monster on Monday. Playing first base, Carter had five hits and all of them went for extra base. He collected three doubles, smashed two homers, scored five runs and drove in six. One of Carter's homers was a fourth inning grand slam and he capped off the night with a solo shot in the ninth. Carter is 8-for-10 with three homers, three doubles, two walks, seven runs scored and nine RBIs over his last two games. He is 8-for-12 with three homers, two doubles and 22 RBIs with the bases loaded.

Brian Joynt pelted four hits in six at-bats, hitting his second double of the year while cracking his third homer – a two-run shot in the third inning. He had as many hits on Monday as the previous seven games. The third baseman scored twice and drove in three on the day. It was the first time this year he has collected multiple base hits in a game. Joynt has an RBI in three straight games.

Keoni Ruth joined the five-hit parade on Monday, cracking a nickel spot in six at-bats. He doubled twice to up his total to five in California League play, drove in a run and scored three times. The second baseman had three multi-hit games coming into the game – the last coming on April 8 – although he did miss exactly one month of the year. Ruth did commit his fourth error of the year.

Fort Wayne (33-30) vs Dayton (Reds) postponed due to rain

Less than an hour before game time, some severe thunderstorms came through the Fort Wayne area, and the game against Dayton was postponed.

A pair of 7-inning games will be played on Tuesday.

DSL Padres (4-3) lost 8-2 to DSL Nationals 2

Rymer Liriano accounted for both runs with two hits in four at-bats – both hits left the park, his first two homers of his professional career. The outfielder has scored a run in five straight games and six of his seven overall. He also has knocked in six runs and has drawn six walks. Despite a .192 average, he has secured a .344 on-base percentage.

Left-hander Pedro Martinez made his debut, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two over 4.1 innings, as he took the loss. The southpaw also tossed a wild pitch and committed a balk. Martinez gave up two runs on a hit and a pair of walks over two-thirds of an inning in his first outing. He has tossed a wild pitch in each outing. Four of the five hits he has yielded have been doubles.

Juan Chavez gave up three runs on four hits while striking out two in four innings of work, uncorking a wild pitch and seeing seven fly ball outs. The right-hander surrendered two homers, accounting for all three runs – the first time in his career he has allowed multiple bombs in a game. Chavez has given up three homers across two games this year. He gave up four homers in 11 outings across 45.1 innings last season.

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