Portland lost 6-2 to Sacramento (A's)
Ryan Ketchner's line was almost on par with his first outing - except this time he took the loss. The left-hander threw 91 pitches over 4.2 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out six. Ketchner allowed his second homer of the year - matching his total from the previous season. After two starts, left-handed batters are swatting .429 off him while righties are hitting a respectable .333.
Luke Carlin went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and a run scored. Carlin has drawn a free pass in four straight games to open the year. He was 0-for-1 in catching baserunners on the day and is 2-for-6 to begin the season. The backstop threw out 24-of-66 baserunners last season for Triple-A Portland, good for 36 percent. Carlin went 2-for-13 with three walks in 14 Spring Training games.
Justin Hampson retired the side in his lone inning of work, needing just eight pitches to complete the task. The left-hander has given up one hit and a walk in three innings of work to open the year. Hampson went 8-4 with a 3.33 ERA for Triple-A Colorado Spring last year, splitting his time between starting and relief. In 18 relief appearances, he posted a 2.84 ERA. Hampson allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and three walks in seven innings of work during Spring Training.
San Antonio had a scheduled day off
Lake Elsinore lost 9-6 to Lancaster (Red Sox)
It took just an inning and two-thirds for the Storm to chase Lancaster's starter from the game – but it still wasn’t enough. The Storm drew six walks in the first two frames and scored five times in the first - aided by a three-run blast off the bat of David Freese, his second homer of the year. Freese would go 1-for-3 on the day but got tossed in the sixth inning after striking out for arguing balls and strikes. Freese has homered twice in his last three games and has been on base seven times over the last four. The third baseman smacked 13 homers in 71 games over two leagues last year.
Steve Delabar has struggled since being shipped to the pen, losing each of his first two appearances. He was pegged for two solo homers on Wednesday and has now given up runs in each of his three outings to begin the year. The right-hander surrendered multiple homers in just one of his 27 starts last season – coming on his last start of the season. Five of the eight homers he allowed last year were solo shots.
Kyle Stutes walked two batters with the bases loaded and a third run scored on a sacrifice fly in his lone inning of work – taking the loss. After beginning the year with two scoreless frames, Stutes has given up six runs over the last two, walking five. Just four appearances into the season, Stutes has matched the number of three-run outings he surrendered in 40 outings last year.
Fort Wayne vs. Great Lakes (Dodgers) rained out
The two teams will make-up today’s game with a doubleheader starting at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday. Both games will be seven innings in length with a 30-minute break in between games.