Portland (4-4) won 2-1 over Colorado Springs (Rockies) in 11 innings
Dusty Ryan broke through with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the 11th to provide the walkoff win. It was his lone hit on a 1-for-5 night that included three strikeouts. Ryan did get credited with a pair of caught stealing; he came into the game having caught 1-of-6 base runners attempting to steal. Ryan came into the game with three hits in his first 20 at-bats but two of those hits produced runs.
Cesar Carrillo allowed just two hits and a pair of walks across six scoreless frames but the right-hander didn’t net a decision. He tossed 83 pitches, induced eight ground ball outs and picked off a runner. Carrillo went 0-3 with the Beavers a season ago, posting a 5.52 ERA while allowing 37 hits in 29.1 innings. The last time he allowed two hits or less while going at least five innings came during a one-hitter on May 18, 2009 while with San Antonio.
Ryan Webb worked a pair of scoreless innings, yielding one hit and a walk while striking out three, as the bullpen yielded one run over five frames. The right-hander has given up just two hits through five innings of work to begin the year. Webb went 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA across 28 appearances for the Padres last season, holding the opposition to a .216 average with runners in scoring position.
San Antonio (3-3) NW Arkansas (Royals) postponed due to rain
The Missions game against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals has been rained out. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader scheduled for Friday night with the first game beginning at 6:05 pm.
Lake Elsinore (5-3) won 6-5 over High Desert (Mariners) in 10 innings
Nick Vincent tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless ball. The right-hander retired all seven batters he faced, stranding a pair of inherited runners in the process. The first two runners he inherited this year had come around to score after holding 11-of-20 off the board a year ago with the Storm. He was 4-2 with a 3.08 ERA in 59 appearances last year.
Chris Fetter allowed five runs on nine hits and a pair of walks across 4.2 innings. Four of the hits went for extra-bases and three balls left the yard in High Desert. Fetter had not allowed a regular season homer until this game, spanning 69.2 innings. Fetter has allowed nine runs through two starts in the California League. He surrendered just 12 runs all of last season, spanning 10 starts and 65 innings.
Dan Robertson reached base four times and added a sacrifice bunt out of the seven spot in the lineup. His solo homer in the 10th inning put the Storm ahead by a run. The outfielder also singled twice, was hit by a pitch and walked while scoring twice. Robertson has an RBI in four straight and five of his last six. Last year for Fort Wayne, he was 0-for-9 in extra innings.
Colt Hynes was promoted to San Antonio prior to the game and Jackson Quezada was placed on the Storm’s active roster after beginning the season on the disabled list.
Fort Wayne (5-3) won 5-4 over Dayton (Reds)
Rymer Liriano singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to send the TinCaps home with a win. The outfielder also added a sacrifice fly to give him two RBI for the game. Liriano has an RBI in four of his last five games and is 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI in the ninth inning this year. He is hitting .400 with runners on base.
Jeudy Valdez scored the winning run, starting off the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk. He also doubled and smashed a solo homer, scoring twice. The second baseman has reached base safely in all eight games to begin the year. Valdez, who has hit leadoff in every game this year, is 2-for-12 when he leads off an inning but is hitting .308 with runners in scoring position.
Griffin Benedict went 3-for-4 with his first RBI of the year but was called for catcher’s interference – his first error of the season. He also went 1-for-3 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal, although the one caught stealing was actually a pickoff from Michael Watt. Benedict hit .257 with eight extra-base hits across three leagues and 37 games last year.
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