Inman efficient; Latos dominates

Cesar Ramos pitches into the eighth but takes a tough loss. A big ninth inning, spurred by Michael Collins gives Will Inman a deserved win. Every Storm player has a hit, Felix Carrasco has four RBI and Logan Forsythe has four runs scored. Mat Latos is excellent again and Jaff Decker has the only hit that matters.

Portland (13-15) lost 2-1 to Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Cesar Ramos put two on in the first but got a double play grounder to end the frame. He went on to pitch 7.2 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four. He tossed 108 pitches and recorded 13 ground ball outs – including two double plays – in a loss. He has notched five double play grounders in six starts. Ramos has allowed two runs or less three times and this was the first time he pitched more than five frames.

Brett Dowdy had two of the three Portland hits, going 2-for-4 with a double. The utility man has nine hits over his last five games after netting three hits across his first nine outings. He has upped his average from .097 to .250 with his 9-for-17 stretch. Dowdy, who played second on Thursday, is 10-for-29 when he bats out of the leadoff spot and 2-for-19 when he hits elsewhere in the lineup.

Scott Patterson worked an inning and one-third, stranding an inherited runner and tossing blanks for his own ledger. He walked one and struck out three. The right-hander has surrendered runs in four of his 13 relief appearances. He has not given up more than a single run in any outing. Patterson has stranded the only two runners he has inherited on the year.

San Antonio (11-16) won 7-2 over Frisco (Rangers)

Will Inman was efficient over eight innings. The right-hander tossed 97 pitches over eight, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five. The lone mistake was a two-run homer. Inman hit seven innings just twice all of last season – his longest outings of the season. He has given up three runs over his last three starts across a span of 19 frames. Inman has allowed one run in the first and second inning through six starts.

Michael Collins notched a two-run double in the top of the ninth to save Inman from a bitter defeat – a hit that spurned a six-run frame. Collins went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Collins has notched three straight multi-RBI games – plating six over his seven RBI overall during that span. The backstop has also scored a run in three straight. He is 5-for-16 with runners on base and 3-for-20 with the bases empty.

Luis Durango reached base three times, notching a pair of singles and a walk. The outfielder also scored two runs and stole his 17th base in 21 attempts. He is two stolen bases shy of reaching his career high. He has 10 multi-hit games in 26 contests overall. In the opening frame, Durango has a .480 average as the leadoff hitter with a .500 on-base percentage.

Lake Elsinore (16-12) won 14-5 over Lancaster (Astros)

Every hitter in the lineup recorded a hit by the sixth inning. Felix Carrasco had a double, homer and four RBI – the second time this season he has put that exact combination together. The homer was his fourth, as was the double. He came into the contest 1-for-16 across his previous four games with nine strikeouts. Carrasco ended the day with three hits and a walk, scoring three times and added his second two-bagger. It was the third time this year he has notched multiple extra base hits in the same contest.

Logan Forsythe extended his on-base streak to 38 games and hitting streak to eight, going 3-for-4 while getting plunked by a pitch. He added an RBI and four runs scored out of the cleanup spot. Forsythe has drawn 26 walks through 26 games and has been on base 59 times over that span, an average of 2.3 times per contest. Understandably, he leads the California League in on-base percentage. His 23 runs scored stand fifth in the circuit.

Danny Payne contributed three RBI, including a pair with two outs. He had two singles, a walk, and added a sacrifice fly after going 1-for-13 in his previous four. Payne was caught stealing for the third time this year in eight attempts. It is the second time in three games that Payne has registered a multi-RBI contest. It was also his fourth multi-hit game of the year.

Fort Wayne (20-7) won 2-1 over Kane County (A's)

Mat Latos was dominant again, tossing scoreless ball across 5.2 innings while yielding two hits and two walks to move to 2-0 on the young season. He struck out six and induced seven ground ball outs. Latos has allowed just four hits while striking out 12 in his first 11.2 innings of action – all scoreless. He has held the opposition to a .111 average.

Jaff Decker had one of just two Fort Wayne hits but it was the one that mattered. The outfielder launched a solo homer to right field to provide the lone run of the contest. He also drew a walk on a 1-for-2 night. Decker has been on base in 10 straight games with a walk in nine straight. He has scored a run in four of his last five games. Decker is hitting .421 with the bases empty but just .091 with men in scoring position.

Zach Herr picked up his sixth hold of the year, tossing an inning and one-third scoreless. The southpaw allowed one hit and struck out two to keep his ERA flawless at 0.00. The Nebraska native has gone seven appearances and seven innings without allowing a hit. He has given up six base runners while striking out 21 in 13.1 run-free innings. The opposition is 0-for-10 with men in scoring position off Herr.

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