When the Beavers need a save they turn to...Scott Cassidy. The latest acquisition to the Bevos staff, Cassidy has saved the last three games Portland has won. What used to be Brad Baker's bread and butter appears to be in the hands of Cassidy after Baker blew his tenth save on July 30. Cassidy is a perfect 3-for-3 in converting his saves and has allowed two hits over his last five appearances. The opposition is hitting .167 off him.
Mike Thompson was cruising through six, having given up just two runs. Three more runs were charged to Thompson in the seventh as the righty left with one out and two on – both of whom scored off reliever Marty McLeary. Thompson's tally was five runs on nine hits and three walks. It marked the first time he did not complete seven innings of work upon his arrival to Portland and the first time that he has given up more than three runs or two earned. Thompson did help his own cause with a sacrifice fly that drove in a run.
Sean Burroughs went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI. He also notched two doubles, matching his total output from the previous 11 games with Portland. Burroughs is 8-for-16 from the leadoff spot with three doubles.
Mobile won 12-3
Every spot except the pitcher had a hit and six different players scored two runs on Tuesday. Corey Smith led the attack with four hits and two RBI's while Steve Baker added three hits and three RBI's, George Kottaras didn't have that big of an impact, going 1-for-5 with an RBI but extended his hitting streak to six games and RBI streak to four. He has knocked in five over the four game stretch and is 8-for-30 over his hitting streak. Kennard Jones' streak ended at nine after he left the game in the bottom of the first after striking out. He was ejected for arguing balls and strikes.
Brian Whitaker, back from his brief stint in Portland where he posted an ERA of 9.00 over two games, went 5.2 innings and allowed three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five to pick up the victory – his fifth in 21 starts. He has one win in each month this year. The right-hander has allowed 16 runs over his last seven games with Mobile.
"I think we've been playing well over the past few weeks," said BayBears catcher Luke Carlin. "It is always good to win a game in a ballpark that you've struggled in previously."
Lake Elsinore lost 13-6
Over the last nine games, Storm pitching has allowed a total of 81 runs, an average of nine runs per game. Arturo Lopez was the victim on Tuesday. He was tagged for ten runs, nine earned, on ten hits in 3.1 innings. He has lost four straight starts and six straight decisions. Over his last three starts, Lopez has given up 26 runs. He allowed 35 runs in his previous 13 games.
For the second time in seven games Colt Morton smashed two homers in the same game. The slugging catcher has five homers in his seven California League games and nine RBI's. He is hitting .370 since joining the Storm and six of his ten hits have gone for extra bases. He is, however, 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Fort Wayne won 9-3
Josh Geer made a successful debut in the Midwest League. He allowed three runs, two earned, over six innings of work on five hits and two walks. Geer has won his last four games, three coming with Eugene. It is the fourth game in a row that he has not allowed more than two earned runs and first time he has given up more than two runs. The opposition has just three hits in 28 at bats with RISP.
On a day that Sean Kazmar went 3-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to eight, Matt Lauderdale went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer and four RBI's. The catcher is 11-for-27 over the last seven games with 12 RBI's. He has driven in a run in six of his last seven and has knocked in 24 over his last 31 games. Lauderdale is lighting it up with RISP, batting .409.
Peter Ciofrone went 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored. It was the first three-bagger of the year for the third baseman – and he does have seven stolen bases. Ciofrone raised his average to .300 for the first time this season, coming in his 84th game. He is 14-for-31 over his last seven games with nine runs scored. Ciofrone, a left-handed batter, is hitting .316 off righties and .258 off lefties.
Eugene lost 3-0
Fabian Jimenez made his first start since being demoted to Eugene and the results were similar to his first few starts in Fort Wayne, minus the win. He went six innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk. It was the fifth time he has given up two hits or less but first since April 29. He did have two wild pitches for the second time in three games.
Brandon Gottier had two of the Emeralds five hits on the night and reached base three times with an added walk. His three game hitting streak is a season-high, going 5-for-10 to raise his average from .133 to .225. He began the year with four hits in his first 30 at bats.
AZL Padres lost 5-4
Richie Daigle got the starting nod on Monday. After pitching three innings in his initial outing, Daigle went four on Monday. He allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk without striking out a batter. The new pitcher – he was an outfielder in college – has also hit a batter in each outing. One area that might have to be monitored is steals against when he is on the mound. One player swiped three bases off the combo of Daigle and Billy Killian. Of course that same player has 26 stolen bases on the year now. The opposition was 3-for-6 off Daigle with runners in scoring position and is 4-for-11 against him on the year.
Josh Howard went 4-for-5 from the leadoff spot with two runs scored. In five games, Howard is 10-for-23 with two walks for an on base percentage of .480. He has scored five runs in the last three games and has stolen four bases in the last four. He has also added three RBI's early in his Padre career.
Chad Decker pitched for the first time since June 24, pitching a 1-2-3 inning. Decker had allowed runs in three straight games prior to being on the sidelines for two weeks of inactivity. Although he has given up five runs, he has allowed just three hits, posting a .150 average against. His five walks came in a two-game span and three of his six appearances have been perfect outings.
Tuesday's AZL Padres game was not available for inclusion in this report