Durango, Hunter dicing in the desert

Terrmel Sledge goes deep again and Scott Cassidy rolls. Ray Chang pushes across the only run for Mobile. Chase Headley is back on track after a small sabbatical. Grant Varnell starting again and looking fine. Cedric Hunter continues the impressive season and Luis Durango keeps the hits coming as well.

Portland won 4-3 over Las Vegas (Dodgers)

The hot hitting of Terrmel Sledge continued on Wednesday. The outfielder went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI's, giving him bombs in four straight games with 12 RBI's over that time. He has knocked in a run in five straight and has 17 RBI's in his last 12 games. Sledge is 15-for-40 over his last 12 and 36-for-104 over his last 29 games, a .346 average. Sledge has 11 homers in his last 27 games. He has two homer streaks that extend over three straight games and homered in five of six in early July.

Scott Cassidy earned his first two inning save of the year, allowing one hit and striking out two. The right-hander threw 32 pitches with 23 strikes to pick up save number seven. He has allowed one run in 13 innings since being returned to Portland and has a WHIP of 1.00. He has given up four hits in 34 at bats to right-handed hitters in Triple-A, a .114 average while lefties have six hits in 15 at bats off him.

A day after playing second base for the second time in his career, Luke Carlin was in the leadoff spot. He went 1-for-4 with a double in his first appearance of the year as the leadoff hitter. The last time a catcher bat first in the order in the Padres' system – unknown, but it likely wasn't anytime in recent history.

Mobile lost 4-1 to West Tenn (Cubs)

Ray Chang collected one of five hits for Mobile, a double, and added a sacrifice fly and an RBI, his first in Double-A. Chang has been at five different stops in the organization and has played recorded games at three of those. In Triple-A Portland, the infielder went 4-for-18 over 12 games with a completed cycle of hits. He hit .286 over 27 games with Fort Wayne, adding 16 walks. He was in extended spring training in Peoria and was in Eugene for a day before getting shipped to Mobile.

Jack Cassel whiffed nine over six innings but was on the hook for four runs, three earned, on seven hits and a walk to take the loss. After winning four straight decisions, Cassel has lost his last two, giving up more than two runs in each after tossing seven straight with two runs or less. Cassel has whiffed 29 over his last three games, besting his total of 25 over his first six. While the opposition was 2-for-8 off him with runners in scoring position he has still held them to a .152 average in Double-A in those situations.

Lake Elsinore won 5-3 over Inland Empire (Mariners)

Chase Headley went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI's and a stolen base, his third of the year in seven attempts. The third baseman came into the game in a 2-for-21 slump with seven walks – coming on the heels of a .347 month of July which included a .451 on base percentage. The switch-hitter is batting .328 off right-handed pitching and .205 off lefties. Headley has scored 28 runs in his last 35 games.

Ryan Klatt set down the side in order in his inning of work, earning his 21st hold of the year for Lake Elsinore. Over his last 25 outings in the California League he has held the opposition to a .235 average against and just six earned runs. While Klatt did allow runs in each of his five appearances with Mobile, he has given up runs in 12 of 47 with Lake Elsinore.

Fort Wayne won 4-1 over Dayton (Reds)

Jose Lobaton cracked a two-run homer, his lone hit in three at bats to snap a 2-for-13 mini-skid. The catcher had hit .333 during the month of July and does have five RBI's over his last six games. The homer was his fifth of the year over two leagues and Lobaton has clubbed .375 with runners in scoring position in Fort Wayne after hitting .229 in the same situations with Lake Elsinore.

Grant Varnell was back in the starting rotation for just the second time in the last month and a half. In 5.1 innings he did not allow a run, giving up four hits and a walk while tying a season-high by striking out seven. Varnell improved to 3-8 as a starter with a 4.23 ERA. As a reliever, the right-hander has posted a 2.73 ERA over 26.1 innings. It is the ninth time in 24 games he has gone five innings or more and given up two runs or less.

Joakim Soria worked 2.2 scoreless innings in his system debut, striking out three and not allowing a baserunner. He also stranded two inherited runners. Soria had been pitching for the Diablos Rojos del Mexico in the Mexican League where he amassed 15 saves and a 3.89 ERA in 39 appearances. He gave up runs in nine of those outings, including eight, half of the runs he gave up all year, in two outings that spanned an inning and a third.

Eugene had the night off

AZL Padres won 10-7 over AZL Rangers

The streak continues. Forty-one games – 41 games on base. Cedric Hunter extended his hitting streak to 20 games by going 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Since the hitting streak began on July 20, Hunter is 41-for-89 with 19 runs scored, a .461 average, with 13 walks for a .529 on base percentage. It is the third time in his last nine games that he has recorded four hits in a game and the 19th multi-hit game of the year for the outfielder.

The Padres own the top five hitting streaks in the Arizona Rookie League this year.

Luis Durango went 3-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. He is 28-for-58, a .483 average, as he has kept above .400 for the year in 14 of his 29 games. He has 13 multi-hit games in 29 games this year. Durango added two stolen bases to give him 16 on the year in 22 attempts. It is the third time this year he has swiped two bags in a game. He has a hit in all but two of his games in Arizona.

Rey Garramone pitched five innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win, his third of the year. The right-hander gave up three hits and a walk while striking out five. He also prevented two inherited runners from scoring after coming on with no outs and two on in the third inning. Garramone had given up 17 runs over his last 16.2 innings on 17 hits and eight walks. He has a .225 average against as a reliever and a .324 mark against as a starter.

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