Portland won 2-0 over Salt Lake (Angels)
Justin Germano scattered six hits over eight scoreless innings, striking out five on a night that saw him throw 70 percent of his pitches for strikes, throwing a first-pitch strike to 23 of 31 batters. The right-hander improved to 4-0 and has allowed one run or less in four of his five outings – seeing his ERA drop to 1.69. It was his 20th win as a Portland Beaver – topping Dennis Tankersley for most in team history since the Beavers returned to the league.
"I was able to throw strikes with all my pitches and they were just swinging away," Germano said. "As long as I get those ground balls I know I am where I need to be – down in the zone.
"We are here to let them know we are ready to move on. Just keep plugging away."
Leo Rosales worked a perfect ninth to pick up his sixth save of the year, dropping his ERA to 0.75. It is the sixth time this year he has pitched a perfect inning. The right-handed closer has allowed eight hits over 12 innings, holding the opposition to a .195 average. The leadoff man has reached base in just one of his 12 innings.
Vince Sinisi went 1-for-3 with a run scored to keep his average steady at .330 for the year. The outfielder has notched a hit in 18 of his 24 games this year with eight multi-hit contests. He is 26-for-71 in night games this season but 4-for-20 in day games. Sinisi is hitting .390 with runners on base and .429 when he leads off an inning. He has already batted in seven different spots in the lineup through just 2 games.
San Antonio won 14-6 over Frisco (Rangers)
Drew Macias and Sean Kazmar collected grand slam homers - in the same inning. It is the first time in Texas League history that two players have hit the jackpot in the same inning – a history that dates back to 1888.
"It was a 2-0 pitch with the bases loaded so I was sitting on a fastball," Macias said. "I knew he didn't want to walk me. He threw me a fastball middle-in and I turned on it. It was great.
"(It was) a lot of hard work and seeing the ball and nice and relaxed. Getting the right pitches and getting the job done."
Macias' homer was his fourth of the year in his first at bat of the year with the bases juiced. His last grand slam came on July 11, 2005 while playing for the Lake Elsinore Storm. The outfielder has already more than halved his season total of seven homers from a year ago in Double-A Mobile and he has 11 extra base hits through 22 games after netting 30 a year ago over 134 contests. He tallied two other hits and scored two runs.
Kazmar already has two grand slams this year, hitting one on April 14. The second baseman had just one over his previous three seasons in the San Diego system. Kazmar had a stretch where he had six hits in 44 at bats prior to his current three-game hitting streak. He went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a walk, and was hit by a pitch, in addition to the slammer, and is 5-for-10 over his last three. He is hitting .381 with runners in scoring position.
Chase Headley had four singles in five at bats and scored twice before being lifted from the game to take a well-deserved rest. It was his second four-hit night of the year and gave him 11 multi-hit games in his first 25 contests. Headley has scored 11 runs over his last 10 games and has reached base 48 times this season for a .462 on base percentage. He is hitting .419 off right-handed pitching.
Lake Elsinore won 5-3 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)
Manny Ayala ran his streak to six to open the year – six consecutive starts allowing two runs or less. In this outing, he did not allow a run over five innings, giving up three hits and two walks while striking out six, lowering his ERA to 1.77 and moving his record to 4-1 on the year. He has given up one hit in 23 at bats with runners in scoring position – a .043 average.
Michael Wagner went 2-for-3 with a walk, a triple, an RBI and a run scored in his second game with the Storm. Wagner was acquired from San Francisco in a deal that sent reliever Alfredo Fernandez out. The outfielder hit .284 with 15 doubles, four triples, eight homers and 42 RBIs over 76 games with the High-A San Jose Giants last year. He hit .313 with runners in scoring position.
Jon Link picked up his first save of the year, closing in place of John Madden who was sent to extended, but not before giving up two hits with two outs in the ninth that allowed two inherited runners to score. It is only the second time in 11 appearances he has come in with runners on base. Link has held left-handed hitters to a .130 average and has still given up just eight hits in 11.2 innings of work.
Fort Wayne won 9-1 over Beloit (Tigers)
Jodam Rivera hit not only his first homer of the year but also the first homer of his career on Tuesday night. The infielder had played in 161 games over a career that began in 2004 with the Arizona Rookie League Padres without going yard. Rivera also singled and scored a pair of runs, giving him four runs scored in his last three games and upping his average from .125 five games ago to .227 today.
Nathan Culp pitched another masterpiece, scattering four hits and allowing a lone run over seven innings while whiffing seven to move to 3-1 on the year. The left-hander has allowed one run or less in four of his five starts four hits or fewer in those same four contests. His seven K's matched his career-high, set in his previous outing. Culp has allowed just one earned run over his last 21 innings, striking out 19 and yielding just 12 hits.
A day after talking smack about shortstop Jesus Lopez, the kid comes through with a 3-for-4 night that included three RBIs and a run scored. He leads the tam in RBIs with 11 - mostly batting seventh or eighth in the lineup. His five sacrifice flies on the year are nearly half the team's total of 11. His last three-RBI game came on September 3, 2006 while playing with the Wizards.
Justin Germano pitches another gem in his bid to make the Padres think about adding him to the club - and he talks about just that. Drew Macias and Sean Kazmar do something that hasn't occurred in the Texas League's 119 years of existence - and Macias talks about his offensive strides. Manny Ayala picked up another win. Nathan Culp does it again, spinning magic yet again.
Drew Macias and Sean Kazmar do something that hasn't occurred in the Texas League's 119 years