Wade LeBlanc was pulled after five innings and 87 pitches. The left-hander allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four. LeBlanc walked the first two batters of the game and both came around to score before giving up a solo homer in the second. While the southpaw has yielded less than four hits per start, he has given up nine runs in 15.1 innings. LeBlanc has walked three in two of his first three starts; he walked three or more in 12 of his 31 outings across two leagues a year ago.
Arturo Lopez worked a pair of scoreless frames, giving up a walk and striking out three. The left-hander has been called upon six times this season, going two innings in each outing and allowing runs in just one appearance. Lopez has allowed the leadoff hitter of an inning to reach base in two of his 12 frames. Last season, the leadoff hitter posted a .348 on-base percentage against Lopez across two leagues.
Jose Lobaton, added to the Padres 40-man roster this offseason, has gotten off to a slow start with the Beavers. The Venezuelan native came into the game with two hits in his first 20 at-bats, striking out eight times, and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. The backstop went 3-for-12 this spring for the big league club. Lobaton did throw out the lone runner attempting to steal off him and has snared 2-of-6 to open the season. He threw out 30-of-112 base runners attempting to steal last season with San Antonio.
San Antonio (5-7) had a scheduled day off
Lake Elsinore (6-8) lost 8-1 to San Jose (Giants)
The Storm had another tough assignment facing top prospect Madison Bumgarner. A Danny Payne double in the third provided the lone Lake Elsinore run – one of six hits they managed and the only one that went for extras. Hitting leadoff for the first time this year and playing center field for the first time, Payne went 1-for-4. Payne, who missed most of last year to injury, is hitting .235 early in the year but has just three hits in his last 18 at-bats.
Jeremy McBryde gave up four runs on three hits and a walk over five innings while striking out eight. The right-hander, unfortunately, saw two of the three hits he surrendered leave the yard. He has given up five hits in his first two starts but three have left the yard and four have gone for extra bases. McBryde has struck out 17 in 10 innings to begin the season.
Chris Wilkes was battered to the tune of four runs on five hits and a walk in his lone inning of work. He had blanked the opposition in his first California League relief appearance. Wilkes has allowed six runs on nine hits and four walks across 5.1 innings. His four walks are one shy of the total he posted across 61.2 innings a year ago in the Arizona Rookie League. The opposition is hitting .545 off him with runners on base.
Fort Wayne (11-1) won 7-5 over West Michigan (Tigers)
Sawyer Carroll hit a bases loaded double to clear the bags in the seventh, pushing the TinCaps into the lead for good. The outfielder ended the night with the lone hit, albeit a big one, a walk, and two runs scored. While Carroll has just seven hits on the season, he has driven in nine runs with five of his hits coming with runners in scoring position. Carroll has four hits in his last 14 at-bats after beginning the year with three in his first 23.
Matt Clark continues to hit well, adding another two-hit game to his ledger. The first baseman doubled in a run in the fourth and capped the TinCaps scoring with a single in the seventh. He did, however, commit his first error of the year, although it did not figure into the scoring. Clark extended his hitting streak to seven games and his RBI streak to four games. He is 12-for-25 with six walks, eight runs scored and eight RBI over the life of the streak.
Erik Davis picked up his third win of the season in just five appearances, going two innings while getting charged for one unearned run on two hits and a walk while striking out two. The two hits he surrendered doubled his hits allowed tally for the year. Davis has still held the opposition to a .133 average against and has not given up a hit to the leadoff batter of an inning.
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