Travis Chick Pummeled; Ryan Klatt Returns

For Miguel Asencio the third start was not the charm in Portland; Travis Chick was beaten up in Mobile; Skip Adams is making the most of his playing time in June; Clayton Hamilton pitches well again, and again has little to show for it.

Portland lost 19-5


Miguel Asencio made his third minor league start and second in Portland on Saturday.  It did not fare as well as his first two outings.  He was shelled as 16 of the 27 batters he faced reached base – giving up nine runs on 11 hits and five walks in 4.1 innings of work.  Asencio had allowed three runs in his first ten innings of work.


In his 29th appearance of the season, Jack Cassel more than doubled his 4.14 ERA – seeing it shoot up to 8.38 managing to record two outs while giving up six runs on five hits and a walk.  Cassel had allowed six earned runs total over his last 21 outings. 


The loss, the Beavers' sixth in a row, was the worst defeat in the team's five seasons back in the Pacific Coast League. Additionally, Tucson's run total and hit total (23) marked five-year highs against the Beavers.  Jon Knott threw out two runners at third base – his own form of damage control.


Allowing that many runs would likely point to a few home runs against but all the runs scored without the benefit of a dinger, although nine doubles were posted.  In fact, Portland scored four of their five runs courtesy of three long balls.  Ben Johnson, celebrating his 24th birthday, hit two of those, both solo shots to give him 15 on the year and Adam Hyzdu slammed a two run shot.


Mobile lost 10-5


Catcher Nick Trzesniak will miss at least a week with a sore oblique muscle.  That didn't stop him from looking ahead to the second half:


"I think we have something to prove in the second half," said Trzesniak. "Nobody wants to be known as losers, and I think we will show what we can do."


Travis Chick was pummeled for seven runs, four earned, on 11 hits and a hit batsman in four innings of work. It is the third time in 14 starts that he has not made it into the fifth inning and just the fourth time he has given up four or more runs in a start.  Chick has lost three straight starts and is 1-5 on the year away from Hank Aaron Stadium with a 7.54 ERA.  In Mobile, Chick has an ERA of 2.12 and his only loss came when he allowed one run over seven innings his last time out.


Twenty straight appearances without an earned run are impressive.  But all streaks have to end and Natanael Mateo gave up two runs plus an inherited runner in two-thirds of an inning of work to break the streak.  Still, only four of 15 inherited runners have scored on Mateo.  He also issued just his second walk over his last 17 appearances.


Casey Baker extended his hitting streak to nine games and Paul McAnulty reached 14 with his current run.  McAnulty has three hitting streaks of eight or more and is 18-for-56 over the current streak.  Nine of those hits have gone for extra bases but he has scored just six runs while knocking in 11.  He has also walked in each of the past two games and stolen two bases in his last four contests.


Lake Elsinore won 2-0


Jared Wells won his sixth straight decision in impressive fashion on Saturday.  Working seven innings for the third time in his last five starts, Wells allowed seven hits and a walk but no runners crossed the plate.  It was his first outing this year that produced shutout ball.  His ERA over his last seven starts of 2.36 has lowered his overall ERA from 5.30 to 3.69.


Paul Abraham earned his fourth save of the year with a scoreless ninth – and his first save since May 10.  The righty hasn't been nearly as indestructible over the last month, allowing all of his earned runs, five, over that span.  In 35 appearances this year, Abraham has allowed runs in six contests.  Three of those outings have come since June 1.


Skip Adams hadn't seen the field a whole lot during April and May – notching playing time in 15 games.  He has matched that total in June and supplied an RBI on Saturday night.  Known as a bit of a prankster by his teammates, Adams has been pulling pranks on the opposition – hitting .303 this month with eight RBI's over his past nine games.


Fort Wayne lost 4-2


Clayton Hamilton worked five innings and surrendered three runs, two earned, on eight hits and a walk while striking out six.  Hamilton has given up two earned runs or less in 11 of his last 12 outings.  After holding the opposition to a .208 average through April and May, opponents are batting .322 off him in June.  The run that scored in the second inning of Hamilton was just the fifth to cross the plate against him in his first two frames covering 14 starts.


Fresh off Tommy John surgery and the long rehab process, Ryan Klatt made his first appearance back in Fort Wayne.  It marked the first time he touched the hill in full season play since June 4, 2004.  Klatt allowed one run on two hits in his inning of work on Saturday.  In 2004, Klatt was 4-0 with three saves and a 2.79 ERA in 25 appearances.  He closed last year with nine straight outings without allowing an earned run – prior to his injury.  He held the opposition to a .181 average against and .135 in Fort Wayne.


Since bringing his average up to a season-high .250 six days ago, Matt Bush has more errors than he has hits.  He is 2-for-16 over the last six games and has committed three errors, including two on Saturday.  His 20 errors on the year are tied for ninth among all minor leaguers, pending the outcome of Saturday's games.  It also places him in a tie for third among Midwest Leaguers.

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