Forsythe streaking; Durango, Lara break ties

Greg Burke has been money in the closer role and Joe Thatcher is stellar as the bridge. Luis Durango breaks a tie in the eighth with a bases loaded single. Yefri Carvajal and Logan Forsythe are two of the three that homered in Cha Seung Baek's rehab start. Robert Lara breaks a 3-3 tie with a double clearing the bags but a fine Simon Castro outing is wasted.

Portland (11-9) won 7-4 over Salt Lake (Angels)

Greg Burke earned his fourth save of the season, retiring the side in order by striking out the side. Since giving up a run in his first outing of the season, the right-hander has held the opposition to two hits over eight scoreless frames, striking out 11. He has retired the side in order four times in eight appearances.

Craig Stansberry reached base three times via two walks and a double. He also added a sacrifice fly, scored a run and drove in a pair. The infielder had two hits in his first 22 at-bats but has gone 7-for-21 with four extra base hits since. Stansberry hit .249 last season with the Beavers, collecting 23 extra base hits in 75 games. He also went 6-for-16 in San Diego last season.

Joe Thatcher went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit while stranding an inherited runner. The left-hander has held the opposition scoreless over 8.2 innings to begin the season. He has given up just one hit to left-handed hitters. Thatcher posted a 2.77 ERA a season ago with the Beavers, allowing runs in 10 of his 37 appearances. In San Diego, Thatcher notched an 8.42 ERA in 25.2 innings last season.

San Antonio (8-10) won 6-4 Frisco (Rangers)

Luis Durango broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run bases loaded single in the eighth – his lone hit in the contest but the most important hit of the game. It extended his hitting streak to eight games – a streak that has seen just one multi-hit game and has actually lowered his average from .342 to .306. He came into that final at-bat with two hits in 16 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Brandon Gomes picked up the victory, retiring the side in order in the top half of the eighth, striking out one. The Massachusetts native had given up six runs on five hits across his previous 1.2 innings. In his other nine innings of work, Gomes has not allowed an earned run and has yielded just three hits. He is averaging 13.5 strikeouts per nine innings to begin the campaign.

Cesar Carrillo was charged with four runs on five hits and three walks in 5.1 innings, striking out one and recording 13 fly ball outs. He may have gone an inning to long with 86 pitches thrown heading into the sixth. Two of his four runs allowed came in that sixth inning. The right-hander has walked at least three in all four of his starts to open the season and has not fanned more than three in any contest.

Lake Elsinore (10-9) won 8-5 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Cha Seung Baek, who is on the disabled list with a strained right forearm and is working in a rehab assignment, gave up four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three in 3.2 innings on a 60-pitch limit. Projected as the number three starter in San Diego, Baek went 2-4 with a 9.27 ERA in seven spring starts, giving up 23 runs on 29 hits in 22.1 innings. The right-hander went 6-9 with a 4.62 ERA across 22 games last season with the Padres.

Yefri Carvajal hit his second homer in as many days and his third of the season with a two-run blast in the second – his lone hit on a 1-for-5 day. It marked the first time in his career that he homered in successive games His third bomb last year came in game 69. Carvajal did, however, ground into his third double play of the season. Carvajal is hitting just .190 to begin the season but his strikeout pace is way down with 10 in 63 at-bats.

Logan Forsythe extended the Storm lead to three with a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth, capping a game that saw him reach base four times with two walks and a single. The third baseman also scored a pair of runs but was caught trying to steal second base. Forsythe has reached base in all 17 games with the Storm to open the season, drawing 13 walks while collecting 20 hits and getting plunked two times.

Fort Wayne (14-4) won 7-3 over Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Robert Lara broke a 3-3 tie with a bases loaded double in the eighth inning and the backstop came around to score the seventh and final run later in the frame. It was the lone hit for Lara and more than doubled his RBI total from two to five. Lara is 4-for-23 to begin the season but has scored a run in five of his six games played. He was 0-for-1 throwing out base runners attempting to steal on Tuesday and is 2-for-5 on the season.

Simon Castro received a no-decision despite tossing one-run ball over 5.1 innings. The right-hander yielded three hits and a walk while striking out seven. Castro had walked 11 batters in his first 11.1 innings. He has held right-handed hitters to a .179 average against and has yet to allow a hit in the opening frame.

Jaff Decker collected two RBI as part of a 1-for-3 day that included a pair of walks and two runs scored. He walked with the bases loaded to drive in a run and added an RBI double. The outfielder has a .429 on-base percentage through his first five games with five walks and four hits. Three of his hits have gone for extra bases. His double with a man on second was his first hit with men in scoring position this season.

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