Jason Windsor picked a bad time for his first loss since Opening Night. The right-hander, previously unbeaten since April 6 and 12-0 in 17 Triple-A starts, gave up a season-high eight runs on 10 hits in five innings. All told, he had won 16 consecutive decisions and had not lost in any of his previous 22 starts.
With Tucson sweeping a doubleheader at Tacoma, the Cats lost a game and a half in the standings on Thursday, falling to 6.5 back in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific Southern Division.
The offense managed eight hits against the league's second to worst pitching staff. OF Charles Thomas continued his unexpected home run assault, clubbing his seventh round-tripper of the month in a losing effort. He had only one home run all year entering August and has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, including .375 for the month.
Midland (AA) defeated San Antonio, 5-3
The good news Thursday was that Midland kept pace with Frisco in the Texas League's Southern Division. Ray Aguilar won his third straight start and scattered two runs and six hits over seven innings for his 11th win of the season. He struck out six and did not allow a walk for the fourth time in his 26 starts.
AFL selection Marcus McBeth notched his organizational best 27th minor league save this season. The right-hander has eight saves in his last eight outings, allowing one hit in each of the last five appearances.
Mark Kiger hit his eighth home run atop the order to lead the way for the offense, which is batting .269 collectively for the month. Kiger has four straight multi-hit hits, going 9-for-17 with a homer and three doubles in that span.
The Hounds maintained a half-game lead over Frisco in the division with wins in seven of their last nine contests.
Stockton (High-A) routed San Jose, 17-2
The first time Stockton scored seven runs in one inning would have been enough for a victory, but they did it again in the eighth Thursday. The Ports bested their previous season-high of 16 runs in a game, set twice: July 30 at Bakersfield, and June 16 against Lancaster.
Leading the way was OF Nic Blasi with a career-high five hits. He doubled three times and drove in three runs. Over his last 19 games, Blasi is batting .364 and .320 overall since joining the Ports.
Determined not to be outdone by much, Eduardo Cornejo chipped in with three hits and is batting .370 with the Ports since coming down from Midland on July 1. He has four multi-hit games in the past week.
Michael Rogers started and turned in a replica of his last start against San Jose on July 9. Back from Double-A earlier this month, he went seven innings and allowed two runs on four hits. Rogers has allowed at least one home run in each of his last seven Stockton starts.
The Ports are 30-29 in the second half of the California League's Northern Division, four games back of the first place San Jose. The Giants won the first half division title while the Ports finished 35-35.
Kane County (Mid-A) lost to Burlington, 7-6
When T.J. Franco allowed six runs two weeks ago against Clinton, he lasted only one-third of an inning. Allowing three more hits tonight than previously before, he stuck around for five innings, but the results weren't the same (the Cougars scored 19 runs against Clinton for a 19-10 victory).
Midwest League MVP Jeff Baisley was absent from the lineup for the second straight night after earning the award earlier in the day. In his absence, Steve Kleen picked up three hits in an otherwise down month. The first baseman is hitting .281 overall this season, but just .250 in his last 18 games.
The Cougars are now tied with Beloit for first place in the Midwest League's Western Division in the second half at 35-24. The team finished 40-29 in the first half to qualify as a Wild Card in the post-season, finishing a game behind division champion Peoria.
Vancouver (SS-A) lost to Eugene, 7-3
Chad Lee gave up a season-high six runs in his 10th start with the Canadians since being drafted in the fourth round this past June. He went only three innings and surrendered seven hits.
At the plate, two otherwise struggling infielders picked up two hits to further than recent turnarounds. Wilber Perez went 2-for-3 and has hits in seven of his last eight games. Shortstop Michael Affronti had been batting below .200 on the year through the first part of August, but has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games.
The Canadians are 35-29 in the Northwest League's Western Division, 11 games back of first-place Salem-Keizer at 46-18.