Matt Buschmann's Triple-A debut was a success – 5.1 scoreless innings while yielding three hits, two walks and a hit batsman while fanning two. In 8.1 innings for the Padres this spring, Buschmann allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out seven. The right-hander went 10-6 with a 2.98 ERA across 27 starts for San Antonio. Buschmann allowed two runs or less in 17 of his outings a season ago.
Kyle Blanks went yard for the first time this season, belting a ball over the center field wall to open the second as the front half of back-to-back homers. Getting extended playing time this spring with the Padres, Blanks hit .319 across 69 at-bats with a .415 on-base percentage. The first baseman led the Padres in homers (4) and extra base hits (10) this spring. Last year, Blanks hit 20 homers while notching 107 RBI for the Missions. He also hit .325 with a .404 on-base percentage.
Scott Patterson pulled in two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk while stranding an inherited runner to pick up his second hold of the year and give the Beavers their first 3-0 start since the team returned to the PCL. The right-hander did not allow a run in three outings for the Padres last season and notched a 3.80 ERA across 42 appearances for Scranton-Wilkes Barre of the Triple-A International League. Patterson allowed six runs, five earned, on 14 hits and five walks over 8.1 innings for the Padres this spring.
San Antonio (2-1) won 6-5 over NW Arkansas (Royals)
Cesar Carrillo was on the bump for the first time since earning a victory when the big league club played an exhibition against the Double-A club. The right-hander surrendered three runs on five hits and three walks while fanning one over five innings of a 73-pitch effort, 33 coming in the first inning. Carrillo allowed seven runs on seven hits and six walks in 4.2 innings during major league spring training. He was 3-5 with a 5.97 ERA last season with Lake Elsinore, walking 33 in 57.1 innings.
Luis Durango scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth on an error after leading off the frame with a walk. The outfielder reached base safely four times out of the leadoff spot and scored three times. Durango has been on base nine times through the first three games with five runs scored. He has a 15-game hitting streak dating back to last season with 10 multi-hit games over that span. Durango has also been on base in 23 straight across three leagues dating back to 2008.
Evan Scribner picked up the save for the Missions and didn't allow a run, despite two walks and an error. With runners on second and third he induced a pop up and then got the final out by way of the strikeout with the bases loaded. The right-hander had just one save in four opportunities last year for Lake Elsinore. He did, however, give up just seven runs across 20 outings, allowing runs in four of those contests.
San Antonio Missions third baseman Seth Johnston was ejected by 1B umpire Mike Jarboe in the sixth inning.
Lake Elsinore (0-3) lost 2-1 to Visalia (Diamondbacks)
Cory Luebke had a successful return to the California League. The left-hander allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while fanning four in 5.2 innings. Luebke went 3-6 with a 6.84 ERA last season for the Storm. In 17 games he allowed 97 hits over 72.1 innings – giving up more hits than innings pitched in all but four of his 15 starts and allowed four runs or more in nine starts. Luebke was demoted to Fort Wayne where he notched a 2.89 ERA across 10 starts, allowing two runs or less in seven contests.
Aaron Breit worked an inning and one-third scoreless, stranding one inherited runner, walking one and striking out one. The right-hander stranded all six runners he inherited a season ago with Fort Wayne. Breit worked in 27 games last season, going 3-7 with a 5.57 cumulative ERA, lowering his ERA to 4.75 after moving into the bullpen from a starting role where he posted a 6.75 ERA.
Danny Payne had one of three Lake Elsinore hits and was the lone batter to land an extra base hit. He also added a walk and was credited with an outfield assist in the third frame, hitting relay man Beamer Weems who gunned the ball to catcher Ali Solis to stop a third run from crossing the dish. The outfielder hit .172 across 39 games with Fort Wayne before his season was cut short due to injury. He did, however, collect 32 walks to give him a .342 on-base percentage.
Fort Wayne (3-0) won 9-0 Lansing (Blue Jays)
Three games into the season, shortstop Drew Cumberland has six RBI and three multi-RBI games. He also has a multi-hit game in each contest after going 3-for-4 with two extra base hits and a walk. Cumberland had six RBI across his first 19 games last season and had just three multi-RBI games during his 53-game tour with Fort Wayne and never had accomplished the feat in successive games. He has a seven-game hitting streak dating back to last season. Cumberland's seventh inning double gave the TinCaps runs in five straight innings.
Dan Robertson reached base three times via a hit by pitch, double, and triple, scoring twice and driving in three on a night that saw the TinCaps put runners in scoring position in every inning except the first. The outfielder has been on base five times over his first two games with four runs scored and a pair of stolen bases. The Northwest League MVP hit .377 last year for Eugene, setting a new league record with 114 hits while scoring 59 runs and plating 45 in 73 games.
Simon Castro got the start and allowed a single hit over 4.1 innings but walked a career-high six while striking out three. Castro had walked four batters in a game on four occasions, the last coming on July 13, 2008 with Eugene. The right-hander walked three or more five times last year. Castro allowed one hit while going at least four innings four times a season ago while holding the opposition to a .223 average for the year. He went 2-3 with a 3.99 ERA in 15 starts for the Emeralds.
Seven of Fort Wayne's 12 hits went for extra bases, including two triples. The team went 6-for-18 with runners in scoring position while adding a sacrifice fly. The bullpen chipped in 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing a single hit. Colt Hynes stranded two inherited runners and picked up the win. Six of their nine runs came with two outs. It was the first three-game road sweep for Fort Wayne since September 2007.
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