Decker debut a hit; Kazmar slamming

Josh Banks showed he has what it takes to start while Sean Kazmar provided a grand slam. Nathan Culp sees a rarity – more fly balls than grounders. Lance Zawadzki continues to cruise, hitting a pinch-hit three-run bomb. Rob Musgrave gives up more homers in one day than all of last year while Jaff Decker returns with a bang.

Portland (10-6) won 5-1 over Sacramento (A's)

Josh Banks was placed back in the starting rotation after a one-outing sabbatical out of the bullpen. The Maryland native worked five innings and did not allow a run, yielding two hits and three walks while striking out four in a no-decision. He breezed through the outing using just 63 pitches, inducing six ground outs. Banks had allowed four runs on eight hits in his first start of the year.

Gabe DeHoyos continued his string of run-free ball, tossing two scoreless innings and facing the minimum over that stretch. The right-hander has not allowed a run in his first 8.2 innings of Pacific Coast League action. DeHoyos has twice worked to the minimum while pitching over two innings across his first five appearances and has allowed four hits on the campaign.

Sean Kazmar broke a 1-1 tie with a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning - his first homer of the season. The shortstop came into the game with two hits in his previous 18 at-bats and had just four hits in 35 at-bats before going yard with the slam. He also had just one RBI - and that came on Opening Day. Kazmar had been 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. His last grand slam came on May 1, 2007 while with Double-A San Antonio.

San Antonio (5-9) lost 9-3 to Midland (A's)

Anthony Contreras went 1-for-3 with a triple and two RBI out of the nine-hole in the lineup. He also added a sacrifice fly. The infielder had just two hits in his first 13 at-bats this season for the Missions and did not have an RBI prior to Friday. Contreras hit .304 last year with Fort Wayne, playing in 36 games and collecting nine extra base hits.

Nathan Culp saw his record evened at 1-1 after allowing five runs, four earned, on six hits and two walks over five. Generally a ground ball pitcher, Culp had more fly outs this day and saw one ball leave the yard, though he did record one double play grounder. Culp yielded 10 homers a season ago in the California League. The walks he allowed were the first he surrendered on the season.

Derek McDaid was on the hook for two runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk in his lone inning on the bump, tossing 26 pitches. The right-hander has allowed runs in four of the eight appearances he has made, surrendering at least two runs in each of those where a run crossed. The opposition is hitting .348 off him early in the year and is 8-for-11 when they are ahead in the count.

Lake Elsinore (8-8) won 6-3 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

After seeing the game get knotted up in the top half of the eighth, Lance Zawadzki came on and delivered a pinch-hit three run bomb to give the Storm the victory. Zawadzki already has four homers, despite missing time to begin the season. All four bombs have come over a five-game span, as the shortstop has collected eight RBI through eight games and is hitting .429 with men in scoring position.

Justin Baum went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI. He also added a sacrifice bunt out of the two-hole. After collecting one hit in his first 14 at-bats, Baum is 7-for-16 with three doubles and three RBI. Six of his eight hits have come with runners on base but just one has come with men in scoring position.

Aaron Breit worked to the minimum in his two innings of work, setting down all six he faced, including four by way of the strikeout. Breit has allowed runs in two of his seven appearances this season, going at least two innings five times. He has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .167 on-base percentage to open the year.

Fort Wayne (11-3) lost 8-3 to West Michigan (Tigers)

Jaff Decker returned to the lineup after missing the first 13 games of the season due to a concussion he suffered in spring. The outfielder went 1-for-3 with a walk, his lone hit leaving the yard. Decker earned MVP honors in the Arizona Rookie League last season after hitting .352 with a ridiculous .523 on-base percentage. He had 18 extra base hits, 34 RBI and 51 runs scored for the AZL Padres while drawing 55 walks compared to 36 strikeouts.

Adam Zornes reached base three times, drawing a walk, singling, and smacking a double. The backstop also added two RBI – both coming with two out in the sixth. Zornes has driven in at least two runs on four occasions this season, although Friday marked the first multi-hit game of his season. His single on Friday was a first – his first six hits had all gone for extra bases.

Rob Musgrave suffered the loss after surrendering five runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings. Three balls left the yard off the left-hander – a career-high. It was the first time this season that Fort Wayne has lost two in a row. Musgrave has allowed nine runs on 14 hits over his last 10 innings of work, seeing four balls leave the yard. Last year, he allowed just two homers in 42 innings of work.

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