Drew Macias went 2-for-5 with a walk, two runs scored and five RBI. The outfielder, batting leadoff, hit a two-run double with the bases juiced in the fifth inning and added a three-run bomb – his first of the season – in the eighth. Macias opened the season with San Diego, going 0-for-2 in two pinch-hit appearances. It was his highest RBI total since August 12, 2007 while with San Antonio. Macias hit .294 in 51 at-bats with the Padres this spring, adding five extra base hits.
Cesar Ramos earned the win, tossing five-plus innings of one-run ball. The left-hander yielded four hits and a walk while fanning a half-dozen. Ramos has allowed two earned runs over his first nine innings of the season. Last season in Portland, the southpaw held the opposition to two earned runs or less in 12 of his 27 starts.
Chad Huffman added three hits in six trips, notching two singles and hitting his second homer of the year – one of four homers on the day for Portland. Huffman's shot was of the solo variety and he ended the day with two RBI and two runs scored. Huffman hit two homers over his first 29 games in San Antonio and has a pair through seven games this year. Huffman had 13 games with three or more hits a year ago.
Peter Ciofrone and Will Venable hit back-to-back homers – the second time this season Portland has accomplished the feat. Portland drew 14 walks and only one regular did not play in that reindeer game.
San Antonio (3-3) had a scheduled day off
Lake Elsinore (1-6) lost 7-1 to High Desert (Mariners)
Jeremy Hefner allowed three runs – equaling the number of hits the Storm offense managed. The right-hander dropped to 0-2, giving up six hits while striking out nine. Five of the hits he surrendered went for extra bases. He had not given up an extra base hit in his first outing. Hefner had three games with nine or more strikeouts a season ago with Fort Wayne and 30.8 percent of the hits he allowed last year went for extras.
Robert Perry accounted for the lone Storm run. The outfielder hit a solo homer, his first, and drew a walk in four plate appearances. Perry hit three homers last season in Fort Wayne across 72 games and did not go deep in 38 California League games. He hit just .165 with the Storm a season ago in 115 at-bats while hitting .251 with Fort Wayne.
Aaron Breit was on the hook for three runs on three hits and a walk over two innings. The right-hander saw one ball leave the park, accounting for two runs. Breit surrendered just two bombs all last season across 51.2 innings with Fort Wayne. He had just three relief appearances where he yielded more than one earned run a year ago in 22 overall contests.
Fort Wayne (6-0) won 6-0 over Wisconsin (Brewers)
Anthony Bass was efficient over six scoreless innings, never allowing more than one base runner in an inning. The right-hander yielded three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out six - a career-high. Bass has given up just six hits in his first 12 Midwest League innings without a run. Bass held the opposition to a .197 average against a year ago in the Northwest League and held righties to a .169 mark. The TinCaps have allowed four earned runs in seven games and boast a 0.65 team ERA with three shutouts. The bullpen has yet to allow a run across 25.2 innings.
Allan Dykstra went opposite field to crush an RBI double in the top of the seventh, breaking a scoreless tie. It was just his second hit of the year, as he opened the season with one hit in his first 19 at-bats. The RBI was his first of the season. Dykstra, the top pick in the 2008 MLB Draft, had 10 RBI in seven games with Lake Elsinore last season, hitting .292 in 24 at-bats.
Matt Clark's sky-high ball into left field was lost in the sun by the outfielder and dropped for an RBI double, scoring Dykstra. The first baseman ended the day with three hits in four trips and two runs scored. The first 14 TinCaps were retired without a fight before Clark broke through with a fifth inning single. Fort Wayne would put runners on in every inning thereafter. Clark hit .279 across 38 games with Eugene, smacking 13 extra base hits and plating 32.
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