Jack Cassel's struggles continued as he put the Beavers in a hole from which they couldn't escape. The righty gave up nine runs – eight earned – on eight hits and four walks in just three innings of work. He now has an ERA of 8.91 over his last six starts and 6.75 overall on the year. After he surrendered a third inning homer to Jack Youngbauer, lefties have pounded out a .651 slugging percentage against Cassel this season.
Catcher Luke Carlin was 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored to lead the offense. Through three starts in the series, he has reached based in nine of 12 plate appearances raising his average in 12 games this month to .314.
Mobile was rained out in Montgomery. They will play a double-header Sunday evening.
Lake Elsinore lost to Bakersfield (Rangers)
For the first time in a month, Josh Geer had a poor outing, giving up five earned runs on seven hits and three walks in 4.2 innings. After changing his approach to use his two-seam fastball more often in Fort Wayne, Geer had allowed just one run over the last 29 innings, but today he was touched for two home runs. After he handled righties in the Midwest League easily, the righthanders at the higher level have hit .357 against him through his first two starts.
Centerfielder Josh Howard had three hits and a walk in the leadoff spot, coming around to score three times. The left hander had hit just .196 since coming off the disabled list before the game. Howard also stole a pair of bases and has now been successful on all nine of his attempts this season.
Fort Wayne fall to Cedar Rapids 7-2 (Angels)
Starter Joel Santo flew through the first two innings and got the first two hitters in the third, but then allowed the next eight hitters to reach base in a seven-run uprising that included three doubles and a two-run homer. In total, he allowed six hits, a walk and one hit batsman before finishing the inning. He did not return for the fourth. The outing was his shortest since moving into the rotation in early May.
Kyle Blanks had a pair of doubles, accounting for the bulk of the Wizards' offense on a night when they collected just five hits. The big man has hit in six straight games, but still is hitting just .240 for the month.
Eugene lost 6-2 to Spokane (Rangers)
Chad Huffman made his professional debut in left field for the Ems and hit a home run and walked in a losing effort. The second round pick out of TCU hit 18 homers while earning All-American third team honors. The Texas native played at first and second base and left field for the Horned Frogs.
Nick Tucci appeared in his third game and worked another 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. Although he has flirted with trouble by allowing five hits and a walk, the righty out of UConn hasn't allowed a run.
Catcher Kody Valverde had a rough night behind the plate, throwing the ball away on one stolen base attempt to set up one unearned run and later getting charged with a passed ball. The former Crimson Tide catcher caught 25 of 66 would-be thieves during his senior year, but was selected more for his bat than his defense. He went 1-for-3 with a walk hitting seventh on Saturday.
Arizona Padres drop Brewers
Pablo Menchaca made his organizational debut and gave up three hits and one run in four innings of work. The 18-year-old, who signed out of a tryout in his native Mexico this January, didn't record a strikeout and walked two in his first professional outing. He got help in the first inning when Clinton Naylor and shortstop A.J. Davidiuk teamed up to stymie a double-steal attempt and get the lead runner at home.
Third-round pick Cedric Hunter appeared as the designated hitter and clubbed a triple to center in the first inning to drive in a run and came around to score on a groundout later in the frame. The lefty from suburban Atlanta hit .580 in his senior year of high school, showing solid power and a strong idea at the plate.
Speedster Luis Durango was 2-for-3 with a pair of walks in the leadoff spot and also stole a base for the second straight game. The natural right hander has spent the last two years honing his switch-hitting approach in the Venezuelan Summer League where his .342 average and .473 on-base percentage last season were among the top three in the league.