Craig Cooper notched a pair of hits in four at-bats, smashing a two-run homer in the first to put Portland ahead early – a lead they would not relinquish. Cooper would, however, commit his first error of the year. The first baseman hit .312 for San Antonio last season with 47 extra-base hits and 94 RBI. He also drew 73 walks for a .405 on-base percentage.
Luis Durango collected three hits out of the leadoff spot, scoring a run and driving in one. He also stole two bases, giving him three thefts early in the year, but was picked off second base and was also caught stealing later in the game. Durango posted a .442 on-base percentage this spring for San Diego, stealing nine bases in 12 attempts. Durango was also 6-for-11 playing for the Padres late last season after hitting .281 with 44 stolen bases for San Antonio.
Joe Thatcher worked an inning on a rehabilitation assignment, giving up one run on two hits while netting three ground ball outs. The left-hander worked just two scoreless innings this spring. Thatcher went 1-0 with a 2.80 ERA across 52 appearances for the Padres a season ago, fanning 55 in 45 innings while holding the opposition to a .227 average.
San Antonio (1-2) lost 4-3 to NW Arkansas (Royals)
Brandon Gomes couldn't hold a one-run lead in the sixth and seventh, allowing one to score on one hit and a walk while fanning one. The right-hander had pitched scoreless ball in his only other appearance on the year. Gomes went 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA a season ago for the Missions, primarily as the eighth inning man. He struck out 100 as a reliever and posted a 0.78 ERA after the All-Star break.
Jeremy Hefner went five, surrendering two runs on four hits and a walk while fanning six. Both runs came on a two-run homer in the first. The right-hander went 14-9 at Lake Elsinore in 2009, averaging 5.2 innings per start. He earned a decision in all but four of his starts for the Storm, posting a 4.12 ERA.
Luis Martinez hit his first homer of the season, a solo shot to left field, on a 1-for-4 night. He has reached base six times through three games and has thrown out the only two runners attempting to steal. Martinez hit .300 last year for Lake Elsinore but his first of four homers on the year didn't come until May 29.
Lake Elsinore (1-2) lost 4-3 to High Desert (Mariners)
Chris Fetter suffered the loss, giving up four runs, three earned, on three hits and five walks in 4.2 innings. Two of the runs crossed after he left the game. The right-hander had not walked more than two batters in any outing during his debut season in 2009. Fetter posted a cumulative 1.66 ERA across 65 innings and two leagues last year, walking just 14 all season.
Drew Cumberland committed three errors, bringing his total to six through a trio of games. He tossed two balls away and had one fielding gaffe. One of his miscues led to an unearned run – the difference in the game. The shortstop made 16 errors in 298 chances a season ago with Fort Wayne. He also went 0-for-4, grounded into a double play and struck out twice from the leadoff spot, although he does have a .364 average to begin the year.
Cody Decker went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored out of the cleanup spot. Playing first base, Decker has notched an extra-base hit in each of his first three games with the Storm. He led the Arizona Rookie League in homers (15), RBI (63), doubles (21), extra-base hits (39), and slugging percentage (.717) last season and was second in hits (70), third in average (.354), and fourth in on-base percentage (.421).
Fort Wayne lost (2-1) 5-1 to Bowling Green (Rays)
Michael Watt took a no-decision after yielding a single run on five hits – all singles - and a walk across six innings, striking out a half-dozen. The left-hander went 7-4 with a 4.17 ERA last season for Fort Wayne. He allowed two runs or less while going at least five innings in seven of his 18 starts a season ago. He was 5-4 with a 4.57 ERA as a starter and 2-0 with a 3.06 ERA in 13 relief appearances.
Matt Irsfeld made his system debut and took the loss, charged with three runs on one hit, three walks and a wild pitch. He left with the bases loaded and nobody out in his second inning of work and all three would count on his ledger. He had picked off a runner at first base but the execution of the rundown was lacking. Irsfeld was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Chapman University. He went 5-2 with a 3.82 ERA across 23 appearances in his final year of college, striking out 63 in 68.1 innings.
Wande Olabisi collected two hits, including a double into the right field corner, and a walk, scoring the lone Fort Wayne run on a night that saw the team hit 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position with runners poised to score in each of the final six frames. He was thrown out at home in the seventh. Olabisi is 3-for-6 with a double, triple and a pair of walks to begin the year. The outfielder hit .255 with 10 extra-base hits across 43 games for the AZL Padres a season ago, notching a 10-to-55 walk-to-strikeout ratio.
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