TinCaps net fourth shutout; Luebke brilliant

Scott Patterson sees one get away in the 10th on a potential double play ball. Chris Britton can't record an out in the bottom of the ninth. Cory Luebke is a steadying force and Yefri Carvajal goes yard. The Fort Wayne TinCaps extend their scoreless streak to 22.1 innings behind Nick Schmidt and crew while James Darnell hits his first 2009 bomb.

Portland (4-4) lost 7-6 to Sacramento (A's) in 10 innings

Scott Patterson recorded four of his five outs by way of strikeout and pitched a scoreless ninth. In extra innings, Patterson saw the bases loaded on two singles and a walk with one out. A potential double play grounder resulted in only one out and the winning run scoring. Patterson had not allowed a hit in his first three appearances. He has struck out nine of the 18 total batters he has faced.

Matt Buschmann surrendered six runs on five hits and four walks across 5.1 innings, striking out two in a no-decision. He gave up three extra base hits, including a homer. Buschmann walked three or more in 11 of his 27 starts a season ago with San Antonio. He did, however, allow five runs or more just three times. Buschmann had a 4.04 ERA through April and May last season before posting a sub-2.60 ERA in each subsequent month.

Will Venable went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, extending his hitting streak to seven games and on-base streak to eight games to open the campaign. The outfielder is 12-for-28 with five extra base hits over the life of the hitting streak and has scored a run in four straight games, touching home five times. All five of those extra base hits have come with the bases empty.

San Antonio (3-4) lost 5-4 to NW Arkansas (Royals)

Chris Britton suffered the loss, giving up a run on two hits without recording an out in the bottom of the ninth. The right-hander has allowed runs in three of his four appearances this year and six runs on seven hits across three innings. In Triple-A Scranton last season, Britton allowed just four runs in 21 appearances.

Sam Carter reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk, scoring a run. The outfielder came into the game with one hit in his first 12 at-bats. Last season, Carter hit .282 with 53 extra base hits in 127 California League games. He also plated 82 and scored 79 times. Carter struck out in 25 percent of his at-bats a season ago and has fanned four times in 18 at-bats this year.

Will Inman surrendered four runs on seven hits and a walk across four frames, taking 86 pitches to labor through. He struck out one and saw one ball leave the yard. Both homers that Inman has surrendered through two games have come with him ahead in the count. The opposition also stole two bases off him and have been successful in four straight to open the year against Inman and his catchers. He and his catchers were 7-for-22 snaring runners a season ago.

Lake Elsinore (2-6) won 6-0 over Bakersfield (Rangers)

Cory Luebke put Lake Elsinore back in the win column with seven wonderful innings. The left-hander gave up just two hits and a walk while striking out eight. He also induced 10 ground ball outs. With a double play grounder, Luebke worked to two over the minimum. Luebke has given up two runs in 12.2 innings this season; he had surrendered 14 runs in his first seven innings last season.

Yefri Carvajal pounded his first bomb of the season, connecting on a two-run blast in the fourth. He also added a single on a 2-for-4 day. The outfielder hit four homers last season in the Midwest League and had just one dinger in his first 49 games. Carvajal, who struck out 100 times last year in 456 at-bats has fanned just four times in 28 this season.

Allen Harrington worked a pair of scoreless frames, working to the minimum and striking out two. It was a rebound effort after giving up four runs across one-third of an inning last time out. While he has held the opposition to a .143 mark with the bases empty, Harrington has seen five hits in nine at-bats occur with runners on base.

Fort Wayne (7-0) won 7-0 over Dayton (Reds)

Nick Schmidt allowed two runners to open the game but struck out the side and worked through four scoreless, giving up three hits and two walks while fanning five. The left-hander had allowed three of the four earned runs the TinCaps have allowed all season. Fort Wayne now has four shutouts in seven games. Schmidt has allowed 11 base runners in eight innings but is also tied for the team lead with 10 strikeouts.

James Darnell hit his first homer of the year, a two-run blast in the second inning that began the TinCaps scoring. His fourth hit of the season gave him the cycle to begin the season. It was the second homer of the season for Fort Wayne. Darnell had two hits and a walk and has drawn six walks through six games. The third baseman had nine multi-hit games across 16 games with Eugene, reaching base safely in every contest.

Fort Wayne entered play with 15.1 scoreless innings thrown and extended that to 22.1 on the backs of Schmidt and three relievers. Alexis Lara took over for Schmidt, yielding one hit and a walk while striking out the side. The right-hander has recorded seven of his nine outs across three innings by way of the strikeout. Last season, Lara saw action in two games for Fort Wayne, not allowing a run. He also went 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in 20 relief appearances for Eugene.

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