Latos dominant return; Cooper extends streak

Matt Buschmann suffers the worst start of his professional career sending two position players to the hill in Portland drubbing. Craig Cooper continues to pound out the hits and extended his hitting streak to 17 games. Cory Luebke provides a quality start and Bryan Oland closes the door in impressive fashion. Mat Latos returned to action and was brilliant.

Portland (11-12) lost 16-5 to Reno (Diamondbacks)

Matt Buschmann was hammered for eight hits, a walk and six runs before recording his fourth out of the contest. Through two frames, 10 runs had crossed on 10 hits and a walk. Ironically, Buschmann notched the first Portland hit with a third inning triple and scored on a ground out before he was removed from the game. Buschmann gave up six runs twice last season but never allowed more than five earned. His previous worst came on May 13, 2007 when he allowed seven earned with Lake Elsinore.

With the bullpen pressed into service early, Brett Dowdy and Craig Stansberry – position players – took the hill. Neither had ever pitched in a game during the professional baseball careers. Dowdy tossed a 1-2-3 inning, notching three fly outs, while Stansberry was on the hook for three runs on two hits and a walk, giving up a three-run bomb with two outs before getting a line out to end the frame.

Sean Kazmar continues to struggle at the dish. The shortstop went 0-for-3 but did draw a walk and score a run. The base on balls was just his third of the year in 16 games. Kazmar has not had a multi-hit game this season and has just six hits in 48 at-bats overall. Kazmar has scored only four runs all season to go with his .125 average. His only hit with men in scoring position was his grand slam on April 24.

San Antonio (9-13) won 6-4 over Midland (A's)

Craig Cooper reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 4-for-4 with a double and a walk. He also scored three times and drove in one. He extended his hitting streak to 17 games and upped his average to .410 for the year. Cooper is 27-for-63 over the life of the streak with nine RBI and 11 runs scored to go with a .508 on-base percentage. He has 10 multi-hit games in 22 contests this season. He is tied for the Texas League lead in hits with 34 and second in on-base percentage. He is also tied for fourth with seven doubles.

Will Inman yielded one run on two hits and two walks over five innings, striking out five in a 90-pitch effort. After giving up 12 runs over his first 13 innings of work to begin the year, Inman has held the opposition to one run over his last 11 frames. Inman yielded three hits or less in 11 of his 28 starts a season ago – it is the first time he has accomplished the feat this season.

Anthony Contreras pelted three singles in four trips. He singled in a pair in the fourth and added his third RBI in the top of the sixth with a grounder through the hole. The infielder came into the game with four hits in his first 25 at-bats. While he is hitting .091 with the bases empty, Contreras is hitting .333 with runners on base.

Lake Elsinore (14-9) won 5-3 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Cory Luebke allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out six across 5.1 innings to move to 2-1 on the season and giving the Storm their fifth straight win. It is the third time in five starts that the southpaw has yielded two runs or less, although the opposition has recorded 23 hits off Luebke in his last 14.2 innings. Right-handed hitters are batting .320 off him while lefties have a .207 average.

Bryan Oland picked up his eighth save of the season, working an inning and one-third, giving up a hit and striking out one. The right-hander also stranded two inherited runners. Oland is 8-of-9 converting save opportunities and has stranded eight of the 10 runners he has inherited on the year. Four of his saves have been longer than one inning. He has held the opposition to four hits in 21 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Luis Martinez doubled in a run in the second inning and added an RBI ground out in the sixth to give him a two-RBI night. The backstop has a modest four-game hitting streak – his longest of the year, upping his average from .171 to .228 by going 6-for-16 over his current streak. Martinez has three RBI in his last two games after netting zero RBI in his first 14 contests.

Fort Wayne (16-6) won 5-1 over Dayton (Reds)

Mat Latos made a successful return to the mound after beginning the season on the disabled list. Latos, who suffered a sprained ankle during spring training, had been on the rehab trail since mid-March. The right-hander pitched six innings of relief, picking up the win by tossing scoreless ball. He yielded two hits and a walk while striking out six. Latos had a 2.57 ERA across three leagues last season, striking out 69 in 56 innings.

Dan Robertson pounded out three hits – all singles – and added a walk, a run scored and two RBI. The outfielder had been in a 1-for-13 slump coming into the game and had gone seven games without a free pass. Robertson has four multi-hit games through 18 contests this year and is hitting .308 at home while batting .188 on the road.

Adam Zornes had a day of two's. The backstop netted a pair of hits, smacked his second triple and added his second homer of the year. He also scored twice and added a walk. Zornes was fanned once on Saturday and has struck out 26 times in 58 at-bats, going down on strikes at least once in all but one contest. Eight of Zornes' 10 hits, however, have gone for extra bases.

Nick Schmidt was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation in his throwing arm.

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