Cassel hit hard in Beavers loss

PORTLAND-- Sometimes the magic works, sometimes it doesn't. Veteran Beaver RHP pitcher Jack Cassel (2-4) was anything but a magical wand on the mound in Tuesday's night game with the Tucson Sidewinders. He was hit hard and often.

"Jack is a not miss the bat type of pitcher. He's a ground ball pitcher and we're playing in a parking lot here," said pitching coach Gary Lance.

In his eighth start of the year, Cassel went six innings giving up 11 hits, six runs, all earned, walked one and struck out five.

"In a lot of other fields his balls get caught," said Lance. "There is no range in this infield and in order for Jack to be successful; he needs an infield with great range."

In Cassel's last 33 1/3 innings he has given up 49 hits, 33 runs, 29 earned with 14 walks and 21 strikeouts. His ERA stands at a whopping 6.37 after tonight's game.

As bad as Cassel was, the opposing pitcher Adam Bass, 3-0 was not much better. He got the win pitching five innings of four hit ball, giving up four runs, all earned while walking seven.

While Tucson scored seven runs on 14 hits, the Beaver offense was anemic only scratching out only four hits. They were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.

The Beavers threatened the sixth inning with the bases loaded, courtesy of three walks by the Tucson pitchers with no one out. Second basemen Bobby Hill came in as a pitch hitter was promptly hit by a pitch by pitcher Jeff Bajenaru who relieved Bass. Shortstop Manny Alexander struck out, Sledge popped out to short and center fielder Ben Johnson struck out looking to end the inning and the threat.

Gary Lance expanded on the problems Cassel faced during his loss in a post-game interview:

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