Ciofrone smoking; Buschmann on point
Peter Ciofrone
Peter Ciofrone
MadFriars.com
Posted May 25, 2008
Denis Savage


Peter Ciofrone accounts for most of the offense, but four homers lead Portland to a loss. Matt Buschmann pitches well over six frames to give San Antonio a win. Javis Diaz scored three runs for the Storm, helping them to a game one win. Drew Miller is taken for five runs in a game two loss. The winning ways continue in Fort Wayne, as Brandon Gomes logs a win.

Portland (24-23) lost 5-4 to Salt Lake (Angels)

Another game – another Peter Ciofrone homer. Playing right field, he swatted a two-run homer in the sixth inning. Ciofrone had three of Portland’s four hits and accounted for three of their runs scored. He extended his hitting streak to nine games, going 16-for-35. He has scored a run in four straight and 11 of the last 12, touching home 16 times over that span. Ciofrone has homered in three straight and has an RBI in six straight, plating 10 during that timeframe.

Clay Hensley took the loss, giving up three runs, two earned, over two innings. Both hits he allowed left the park and accounted for all of his runs against. The right-hander had not given up a run over his previous six innings of work, allowing just two hits over that span. The last time he gave up two bombs in a game came on June 26, 2007 while with Portland when he allowed four dingers in a game.

Dirk Hayhurst gave up two runs on three hits and two walks over four innings while matching his season-high by striking out seven. Both runs came via a pair of solo homers. After giving up one homer over his first 27 innings of work, Hayhurst has allowed five over his last 7.2 innings – giving up multiple homers twice in the last three games. He has limited the opposition to a .218 average against.

San Antonio (23-25) won 5-2 over Arkansas (Angels)

Matt Buschmann lasted six innings, giving up two runs on six hits – all singles - and a walk while fanning five. The right-hander has allowed two runs or less in four straight starts and went six innings for the second straight game – the only times this year he has gone six frames. Buschmann sits second in the Texas League in strikeouts with 55 – one behind teammate Will Inman.

Buschmann faced just one batter over the minimum through five innings.

“I was happy with today,” Buschmann said. “The first five or six outings I was throwing a lot of pitches and not really able to get out of the fifth inning. Part of it was I was throwing 90-something pitches in five innings and that was frustrating. I might have had some strikeouts but that is not really what kind of pitcher I am.”

“He threw the ball well,” manager Bill Masse said. “I thought he located his fastball and slider well. Anytime you can throw for strikes in this park, you are going to have success.”

Greg Burke came on in the ninth for the save – his first save opportunity of the season. The right-hander entered the game without a run allowed over the last 16 innings and extended it one more frame by facing the minimum and earning the save. His ERA dropped to 1.24 with the outing. He has given up just five hits in 33 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

“I was a little nervous, I am not going to lie,” Burke said of his first attempt at closing out a game. “We had a three run lead. I was going in there trying to pump out strikes, which is usually what I do.”

Gabe DeHoyos worked two innings of scoreless relief, giving up one hit and striking out a pair. The right-hander has given up just one earned run over his last 21.2 innings – a 0.42 ERA. He has limited left-handed hitters to six hits in 44 at-bats – a .136 average. Just four hitters to leadoff an inning have secured a hit in 28 at-bats, a .143 average against.

Brett Dowdy was called up to Triple-A Portland after the game.

Lake Elsinore (23-26) won 5-3 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels) in game one, lost 5-1 in game two

Javis Diaz scored three of the game one Storm runs, going 2-for-3 with a stolen base – his 15th theft of the year in 17 attempts. The outfielder has scored five runs in the last pair of games, and he has stolen a bag in successive games for the second time this season. After going 1-for-30 over an eight-game stretch, Diaz is 10-for-29 with four walks. Diaz went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the nightcap. He also swiped his 16th base.

Cory Luebke evened his record at 2-2, going five innings and allowing three runs on four hits and a walk while matching a season high with seven strikeouts. The left-hander gave up two first inning runs on Saturday and has surrendered nine first inning runs in 10 starts. Luebke has given up three runs or more in seven of his starts.

Drew Miller dropped to 4-2 on the year, allowing five runs on nine hits and a walk over 5.2 innings in the second contest. He struck out four but gave up three extra base hits, including a homer. He also saw five base runners successfully steal off him in the contest. Miller has surrendered a homer in four straight games after giving up just one in his first six starts. Right-handed hitters are swatting .350 off him this season.

Fort Wayne (24-25) won 3-2 over Great Lakes (Dodgers)

A double was the only thing that marred Brandon Gomes over 2.2 innings, as the right-hander earned the win. Gomes came in with the bases loaded in the fifth, allowing one of those runs to score on a sacrifice fly. Two of the five runners he has inherited have scored. Gomes has worked at least two innings in 10 of his 14 appearances this season and this is the third time he has not surrendered any runs in those 10 outings.

Wynn Pelzer went 4.1 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three. The right-hander has given up two runs or less in nine straight outings, including five starts. He has given up just 10 hits in 74 at-bats to right-handed hitters and has limited the opposition to a .038 average with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Shane Buschini accounted for two of the three Fort Wayne runs bu cracking the first triple of his professional career and scoring a run. The outfielder has been on base in seven straight games, going 8-for-22 with four walks. He has scored three runs over the last two games and has four RBIs in his last five. He is hitting .412 when he bats sixth, seventh or eighth in the order and .194 when he bats elsewhere.

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