Baxter pounds two; Musgrave, bullpen solid

Will Venable scored the lone Portland run, as Josh Banks was rattled over four frames. Mike Baxter hammered two homers and knocked in five, but San Antonio still lost. Logan Forsythe goes yard while Bryan Oland learns this isn't the Midwest League. Dan Robertson scores the eventual game-winner while Rob Musgrave, Tom Davis and the pitching staff allow just two hits, as Fort Wayne moves to 4-0.

Portland (3-2) lost 4-1 to Sacramento (A's)

Josh Banks tossed 81 pitches during a five-inning stint, surrendering four runs on eight hits, including three extra base hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out five. Banks allowed one run on three hits in his lone inning during Padres spring. The right-hander went 3-6 with a 4.75 ERA last year for the Padres across 17 outings, including 14 starts.

Gabe DeHoyos worked a pair of scoreless innings, walking two and striking out three. He has four scoreless to open the season. DeHoyos allowed three runs on four hits across three innings this spring with the Friars. The right-hander went 6-4 with four saves and a 2.69 ERA last season with San Antonio. DeHoyos struck out 11.8 batters per nine innings last season, fanning 110 in 83.2 innings.

Will Venable tripled, walked and scored the lone Portland run. The outfielder has two triples in the last four games and seven hits in his last 15 at-bats. Venable went 13-for-44 this spring with the Padres, driving in seven. In 2008, Venable hit .264 across 28 games with San Diego. In Portland a season ago, the left-handed hitter batted .292 with 42 extra base hits and 70 runs scored over 110 games.

San Antonio (3-2) lost 8-7 to Tulsa (Rockies)

For the first time in five minor league seasons, Mike Baxter went deep more than once in a game. Playing first base, he smoked a two-run homer in the opening frame and went yard again in the fifth, hitting a three-run jack to cap a four-run inning. His five RBI set a career-high. Baxter already has 10 RBIs in five games this season, notching at least one in every game. Baxter drove in 24 in 22 Arizona Fall League games last season, plating four three different times.

Mike DeMark, tied for the Padres' minors lead in holds last season with 16, could not hold a slim one-run lead on Monday. The right-hander did keep two inherited runners from scoring and has halted three overall to begin the year. Nine of the 29 runners he inherited a year ago came around to score. DeMark allowed runs in 13 of his 54 appearances last year. He has yielded runs in two of his three games to begin the season.

After drawing walks in each of his first three plate appearances, Eric Sogard hit a solo homer in the seventh and added a ninth inning single, reaching base five times. The second baseman reached base at least three times in 34 different games a season ago. Sogard has been on base 14 times in six games with eight hits and six walks, including a six-game hitting streak.

Mitch Canham was thrown out at home trying to score on a Sam Carter single that was deflected by the pitcher. The Missions have scored in the first inning of all five games so far this year, posting multi-run innings four times.

Lake Elsinore (0-5) lost 9-8 to High Desert (Mariners)

Wynn Pelzer allowed four runs on four hits and four walks across four frames, striking out five. The right-hander has given up eight runs in his first five regular season innings in the California League. Pelzer, however, allowed a single hit across 7.1 scoreless frames during the Storm playoff run last year. He went 9-6 with a 3.19 ERA across 29 outings a season ago with Fort Wayne.

Bryan Oland – tied with DeMark for the minor league lead in holds within the organization – came in during a tie game in the ninth and proceeded to allow a run on a hit and two walks over his inning of work. The right-hander did not allow a run over his first 14.1 innings last season for Fort Wayne, giving up just five earned runs total across 51 innings. He posted a 0.88 ERA while striking out 64 in 51 innings.

Logan Forsythe hit the first Storm homer of the season, smacking a three-run shot in the first inning. He also singled and drew a walk. The third baseman had his professional debut with Eugene was cut short when he was hurt sliding into first base just three games in. He missed the next two months before returning to the Arizona Rookie League, going 6-for-26. Forsythe had five extra base hits during minor league spring training.

Fort Wayne (4-0) won 2-1 over Wisconsin (Brewers) in 10 innings

Dan Robertson had the only TinCaps hits through the first seven innings, singling in the third and sixth. His walk in the ninth, however, was pivotal. A Blake Tekotte double on a 3-1 pitch followed to tie the game at 1-1, and Jeudy Valdez delivered the game-winner in the top of the 10th, bringing Matt Clark home with an infield single. Robertson has reached base 10 times over the last four games with three straight multi-hit games. Robertson has also scored a run in four straight, scoring six times.

Moving into the rotation after spending 2008 as a reliever with Eugene, Rob Musgrave was only blunder came when he missed a catch after a triple. He lasted four innings, getting charged with an unearned run on one hit and a walk while striking out six. The left-hander struck out 14.1 batters per nine innings a season ago, fanning 66 in 42 innings. He went 6-1 overall for the Emeralds while posting a 3.21 ERA and holding the opposition to a .217 average against.

Tom Davis worked two scoreless innings, heading a bullpen that tossed six run-free frames. He allowed one hit and struck out two, as the TinCaps limited Wisconsin to two hits this night. The right-hander split last season between starting and the pen. While he hasn't allowed a run in two appearances this year, Davis went 0-4 with an 8.59 ERA in 11 outings. Davis sported a 2.01 WHIP last season, giving up 47 hits in 29.1 innings.

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