Josh Alley still on base; Cesar Ramos strong

After a nice spot start by Jack Cassel, the bullpen again imploded. The staff in Mobile takes another hit with Jose Oyervidez leaving early. Cesar Ramos allowed just one run but did not secure the win. Josh Alley has been on base every game this year – and that is what he expects, albeit with slightly more in the batting average department.

Portland lost 7-2 to Fresno (Giants)

Jack Cassel was a trooper in his first start of the year, going six innings and giving up three runs on five hits. In his last relief outing, Cassel had been given a tuneup when he went 4.1 frames. The right-hander served up two long balls and has given up four in his last 10.2 innings. This is the same pitcher that didn't give up a run in nearly three years, pitching homer-free ball in 2002 and 2003.

It took just two-thirds of an inning for Aquilino Lopez to be charged with four runs, three earned, on four hits and a walk. Two of those hits left the yard – giving him eight homers surrendered in 19.2 innings. Eleven of the 24 hits he has yielded this year have gone for extra bases and the opposition is hitting .438 off him with runners in scoring position.

Jason Hill hit a solo home run to inch his average above .200 after it dipped below that mark for the first time this year. He entered the game in a 3-for-30 slump. Leading off in an inning, Hill is 0-for-12. With two stolen bases against, Hill has tossed out just three of 22 baserunners on the year.

Mobile lost 8-7 to Carolina (Marlins)

Brett Dowdy went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double and two RBI's. In the nine games he has played third base, Dowdy is hitting .324 – compared to his .200 average when he mans second base. The right-handed hitter is 6-for-17 over his last four games with three doubles and four RBI's – all while playing the hot corner.

Jose Oyervidez had his shortest outing of the year, a four inning effort where he surrendered one run on four hits while walking three and picking off a runner at first. He left the game after getting pegged in the calf with a line drive. It marks the fourth time in six starts that he has given up one run for the game but also the fourth time that he has walked three batters in a game. The right-hander also plunked two batters.

Jared Wells was just placed on the disabled list with a hamstring pull from running the bases as the Mobile pitching staff goes from secure to perilously thin. No word on how bad Oyervidez' injury is.

The struggles continue for Leo Rosales. He took loss number three, giving up a run on two hits and a walk in the bottom of the ninth. Rosales has given up 16 runs in 11 innings, although just eight of those are earned. He has also walked 12 while giving up 15 hits for a WHIP of 2.45.

Besides enduring a one hour and 22 minute rain delay, Mobile manager Gary Jones was tossed from the game.

Lake Elsinore won 2-1 over Lancaster (Diamondbacks)

In his longest outing of the year, Cesar Ramos gave up one unearned run over seven innings, allowing six hits and a walk. It was the fourth time in six starts that he has given up two runs or less. A lot of his success has come at home where he has a 1.57 ERA in 23 innings compared to a 5.40 road ERA.

With catcher Colt Morton is day-to-day with a groin strain, Jose Lobaton has taken on the bulk of the catching duties. While four runners were able to steal a base off the young backstop, it was his single in the bottom of the ninth that drove home the winning run. It was his first hit since his first California League game as he had been in a 0-for-16 slump coming into the at bat. Lobaton has been credited with throwing out four of the 16 runners attempting a theft since joining the Storm.

A day after going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and two stellar defensive plays, Matt Hagen showed off some skills with the bat, going 3-for-4 with a double. It was his first two-bagger of the year for Lake Elsinore. He came into the affair in a 2-for-28 slump with 13 K's. Hagen was caught stealing in the second inning.

Fort Wayne lost 6-4 to Kane County (A's)

Although you wouldn't know it by his .179 average, Josh Alley has been on base in all 19 of his games this year. The outfielder has drawn a walk in all but three of those games and has 23 free passes to just nine strikeouts. Keeping the bat on his shoulders has resulted in a .389 on base percentage.

"I like to say I am a guy that goes up there everyday, does whatever possible to get on base, and helps the team win games," Alley said of his ability to draw a walk.

For the third straight game, Steve Delabar has given up five runs in his start – lasting just 3.1 innings before getting the hook. In his last two games, Delabar hasn't made it out of the fourth, giving up ten runs, four earned, on 12 hits and seven walks. In his first three starts, the righty gave up four runs total. Seven runners took an extra bag off Delabar and Hundley.

Nathan Staggs saw action in his second game of the year, going three innings and allowing a run on three hits. Twelve of the 17 batters he has faced have come with a runner on base – allowing two hits in those instances. He has not given up a hit with runners in scoring position.

Josh Geer will head to the disabled list with a cut on his pitching hand. Ernesto Frieri will make the trek from extended spring training to take his place on the roster. Manny Ayala is the early favorite to take Geer's spot in the rotation.


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