Frieri fine; Chalk'ing up the runs

Cesar Ramos is pummeled in a loss. Sam Carter hits a three-run blast and Ernesto Frieri turns in his best outing of the year. Lance Zawadzki delivers another strong night while Brad Chalk is the master at leadoff. Jeremy Hefner also has his best outing to date.

Portland (10-7) lost 9-3 to Salt Lake (Angels)

Cesar Ramos took his first loss of the year, giving up six runs on a half dozen hits while walking four in four innings. He allowed three extra base hits, including a homer. It is the second time this year that the left-hander has walked four in a game, although he entered play having allowed four runs total in his first three starts.

Jon Ellis came in with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh and got the final two outs while allowing one of the three inherited runners to score. The right-hander did give up a run of his own on one hit and a walk. Ellis has stranded four of the six runners he has inherited on the season. He has allowed runs in five of his nine outings but never more than a single run in any outing.

Eliezer Alfonzo was the lone Beaver to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 while scoring a run. The backstop has a six-game hitting streak going with Saturday marking the first multi-hit contest during the run. Alfonzo has struck out 10 times through his first 36 at-bats while only drawing a single free pass.

San Antonio (6-9) won 8-3 over Midland (A's)

Sam Carter was one of four players batting sixth through ninth that recorded a multi-hit game. The outfielder was 2-for-4 and went deep for his first homer – a three-run blast with two outs in the eighth. Carter came into the game with just three hits in his first 24 at-bats and did not have an RBI; Carter had 82 RBI a season ago with Lake Elsinore across 127 games with 14 home runs.

Ernesto Frieri picked up his first win of the season, allowing one run on three hits and a walk while striking out three in a 76-pitch affair. The right-hander has allowed two runs over his last two starts and has not allowed a homer this season. He has held the opposition to two hits in 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Michael Collins picked had a pair of hits in four at-bats, scoring a run and driving in his first run of the season. He was 0-for-1 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal. Collins has thrown out three of the seven base runners attempting to steal on him this season. Collins doubled his hit total on Saturday, as the Australia native had just two hits in his first 15 at-bats. Collis was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a single, smacking into the catcher at home to try and dislodge the ball.

Lake Elsinore (9-8) won 8-7 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Jeremy Hefner allowed two unearned runs on six hits and didn't walk a batter across five frames, striking out five. The lone blemish was a two-run homer in the first after a Carrasco error. Hefner has given up a bomb in three straight games – a feat that was matched just once last season when he allowed 12 dingers in Fort Wayne. Hefner had allowed 11 earned runs on 21 hits in his first 14.1 innings of work this season.

Brad Chalk scored three of the Storm runs out of the leadoff spot, collecting a pair of hits, including a double, and adding a sacrifice fly – one of three sac flies for the Storm – that scored a run. After netting a multi-hit game in each of his first two contests to begin the year, Chalk had gone 12 straight without one. The outfielder had also scored just four runs before Saturday's breakout.

Lance Zawadzki continued the hot hand when he singled in a run in the first and plated two with a single in the second. By the fourth inning, Zawadzki was out of the game with three RBI and a run scored. It was the second game in a row that Zawadzki has notched three RBI and the third time in nine games to begin his California League tour.

Fort Wayne (11-3) Great Lakes (Dodgers) postponed due to rain

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