Cassel no-hit over seven; Hopley starts

Jack Cassel tosses seven no-hit innings for Mobile. Tim Stauffer gets out of trouble with four double play grounders but takes loss number 11. Evan Meek took a tough loss. Fort Wayne gets contributions from everyone, including Mike Sansoe, Ray Chang and Nate Culp. Murray Hopley made his starting debut and Yefri Carvajal had a big day.

Portland lost 4-3 to Omaha (Royals)

Tim Stauffer was aided by four double plays over seven innings and one caught stealing. The right-hander gave up four runs on 11 hits and two walks, including a two-run homer. The first, second, fourth and seventh innings all ended courtesy of the double play and George Kottaras threw out a runner in the third, as a runner was on base at some point in every inning the right-hander twirled. It is the third game this year Stauffer has allowed double-digit hits and he has given up 11 of his 16 homers over the past ten starts.

Besides throwing out a runner, George Kottaras went 1-for-4 at the plate with a double and two RBI's that came in a ninth inning rally. Kottaras has a six-game hitting streak and has been on base in nine straight. The catcher is 11-for-33 with five doubles, a homer, four walks and eight RBI's over the last nine. He is hitting .387 off right-handed pitching in Portland but just .111 versus left-handers. He has six hits in 14 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Mobile won 5-2 over Huntsville (Brewers)

Stephen Smitherman hit a grand slam, his second in the last two weeks to continue his torrid pace. Over his last 15 games, Smitherman has knocked nine balls out of the park and is suddenly fourth on the Southern League leaderboard with 16, four shy of the league leader who has 45 games in hand on Smitherman. He has upped his average from .198 on June 30 to .265 today. He ended the day with the slam and a walk in four plate appearances. Smitherman has 29 RBI's over his last 15 games with an RBI in 12 of those contests.

Jack Cassel tossed no-hit ball over seven innings as an unearned run crossed the dish on him in inning seven on two walks and an error. He walked three on the day and hit a batter but struck out eight. Cassel has not allowed an earned run in 17.2 innings and has given up two runs or less in each of his seven starts in Mobile and one run or less in five of his seven. The opposition is hitting .178 off him and he lowered his Southern League ERA to 1.39. It is the fourth time he has given up four hits or less with Mobile.

Leo Rosales allowed a two-out hit in the eighth inning, breaking up the no-hit bid and Dale Thayer gave up three hits and a run in the ninth inning.

Lake Elsinore lost 2-1 to Lancaster (Diamondbacks)

Evan Meek gave up two runs on five hits and a walk in five-plus innings of work. The right-hander matched a season-high when he struck out eight and hit a batter, pulled after the first three batters in the sixth reached base. It is the third time in his last seven starts that he has walked one or less – a feat he accomplished once over his first 16 outings. Saturday was just the sixth time this year he has worked into the sixth inning.

Richie Daigle stranded two inherited runners and pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two. Over the last 14.1 innings, Daigle has given up two runs on eight hits and three walks. The right-hander has given up nine hits in 38 at bats to the leadoff man of an inning, a .237 average. He has given up runs in 15 of his 40 outings on the year and just nine of his 52 hits allowed have gone for extra bases.

Chase Headley is expected to have a second x-ray on his foot on Monday. Headley took fouled a ball off his right foot on Wednesday. The initial X-ray were negative.

Fort Wayne won 11-1 over West Michigan (Tigers)

Eight of the nine players in the lineup had an RBI, eight recorded a hit, and seven scored a run. Four players had three hits, including Mike Baxter, Ray Chang, Daryl Jones and Mike Sansoe.

Chang has a seven-game hitting streak in Fort Wayne with his 3-for-5 night. He scored two runs and added an RBI, playing second base. Chang's hitting streak with Fort Wayne dates back to May 7; he is 10-for-26 over the streak with a run scored in six of the seven games. He has played the last five games at second base and has a perfect fielding percentage. He committed ten errors in 100 chances at shortstop over 19 games for Fort Wayne earlier this year.

Sansoe owns an 11-game hitting streak after going 3-for-5 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI. The outfielder is 20-for-44 over the streak with 13 runs scored and five RBI's over his last three games. He also has six stolen bases in seven attempts over the last 11 games. He has brought his average up from .219 to .269 and is batting .313 when he bats second in the order, as he did on Saturday.

Nate Culp tossed five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out five to pick up his third victory in as many starts with Fort Wayne. The left-hander has given up six hits in 37 at bats with the bases empty and has given up seven hits in 34 at bats with runners in scoring position over two leagues. He has a 1.80 ERA in 35 innings this season with Eugene and Fort Wayne.

Eugene lost 7-2 to Boise (Cubs)

Aaron Breit gave up three runs on five hits, including a solo homer that ended his night, and two walks while striking out seven in 5.2 innings. After not allowing a homer in his first 27 innings, he has given up two in his last 8.2. Breit has also struck out 17 over his last 10.2 innings. The right-hander has a 3.04 ERA as a starter and a 5.25 mark in relief. He has given up nine hits in 42 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Ben Krosschell was tagged for two runs on three hits and a walk without notching an out on Saturday. It is the fifth time this year he has given up multiple runs in an outing and he has surrendered a run in seven of his 14 appearances on the year. He has walked more batters (14) than he has allowed hits (13). While he has held lefties to a .118 average, righties are hitting .306 off him.

Jon Kirby was on the hook for two runs on three hits over 2.1 innings, stranding two inherited runners along the way. The right-hander surrendered his first homer of the year. He has given up a run in two straight games after not allowing an earned run in five straight outings. Kirby had not allowed an earned run at home until Saturday and he gave up more hits (3) than he had in his first 23 at bats against (2).

AZL Padres won 12-4 over AZL Athletics

Yefri Carvajal homered for the second time in as many days and went 3-for-4 with a double, three runs scored, and four RBI's. The outfielder, who has split time between left and right field, has three multi-hit games in his last four and is 8-for-18 with two doubles, two homers, six RBI's and seven runs scored over his last five games. He has struck out just once over that span. He is 5-for-12 off left-handed pitching but has all his RBI's against right-handers.

Murray Hopley made his starting debut on Saturday after putting down a sacrifice bunt in a pinch-hitting appearance on Thursday. Signed prior to the 2005 season out of Australia, Hopley missed the entire year after having Tommy John surgery. He played some winter ball and re-injured the arm, delaying his debut with the Padres stateside. Hopley, playing second basem didn't have a hit, going 0-for-2 but did reach base four times thanks to four walks. He also added an RBI.

John Hussey improved to 3-0, winning each of his last three games, by allowing one run on five hits and a walk over five innings of work. While the opposition is hitting .318 off him with the bases empty, Hussey has limited opponents to a .196 average against with runners on base. Hussey has a 2.08 ERA in five starts and a 2.53 ERA in four relief appearances.

Felix Carrasco was back in the lineup on Saturday and went 2-for-4 with two walks and four runs scored. It is the second time this year he has crossed the plate four times in a game and tenth time in 31 games that he has recorded a multi-hit game.


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