Rodriguez closing material; Meek whalloped

George Kottaras made plays behind and at the plate. Jack Cassel pitched another gem for Mobile. Even Meek was pancaked, lasting a third of an inning. Nathaniel Culp took his second loss in a row. R.J. Rodriguez pitched out of a bases loaded jam and earned his 12th save.

Portland lost 5-3 to Salt Lake (Angels)

Dewon Brazelton hummed along until the fifth inning where he was tagged for five runs on three hits and two walks, including a grand slam. He has given up 17 runs over his last four starts and the opposition is hitting .304 off him during that time. In his four prior starts he had posted a 0.36 ERA with a .141 average against. The right-hander has given up a homer in four straight games.

George Kottaras went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored but was tested behind the plate. He was part of two collisions, one in the third and then again in the sixth inning, holding up each time to nab a runner trying to touch home plate. He also threw out the only baserunner attempting a steal. He has thrown out seven of 28 runners since joining Triple-A. The catcher is hitting .240 over his lat 13 games and has just two hits in 28 at bats versus left-handed pitching.

Mobile won 6-3 over Mississippi (Braves)

Jack Cassel spun a gem over 7.1 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out six. Thirteen of his outs came on the ground along with two double play grounders. He has recorded 104 of his 133 outs over ten starts with ground ball outs. Cassel has given up two runs or less in eight of his ten starts and one earned run or less in six. He has given up just seven hits in 48 at bats with runners in scoring position in Double-A play.

The same day he was named to the Peoria Saguaros of the AFL, Vince Sinisi pounded a solo homer and added two sacrifice flies to give him three RBI's for the night. After not hitting a homer over his first 46 games in Mobile, Sinisi has hit seven over his last 45. Six of his seven homers this year have been solo shots. He is hitting .308 over his last 14 games. Sinisi leads the team with seven sacrifice flies.

Lake Elsinore lost 11-7 to Lancaster (Diamondbacks)

Evan Meek saw as many visits to the mound as outs registered in his start on Monday. Seven straight hitters reached base on six hits and a walk to open the game with two balls leaving the park. He would get the hook after the seven hit and a fielding error with seven runs in. It is the second time this year he has lasted just a third of an inning in a start. Meek had given up six runs, four earned, in his three previous starts against Lancaster and had surrendered nine runs, seven earned, over his five previous starts coming into Monday. It is the sixth time in 26 games he has given up five runs or more.

Seven different players recorded multi-hit games for the Storm. Adam Bourassa was among those who led the way, going 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and an RBI. The double was his first above rookie ball this year and he added his first stolen base. The outfielder had been 0-for-6 through his first two games with Lake Elsinore and Monday marked the third time he has recorded a multi-hit game in 33 contests between Double-A and Lake Elsinore.

Fort Wayne lost 3-1 to South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Nathan Culp was pulled after four innings with three runs in on six hits and four walks, taking his second loss in a row after winning his first three starts. He has given up seven runs in his last 7.1 innings after yielding five in his first 17. The left-hander has walked six in his last two starts and lefty hitters are batting .320 off him. While the opposition has a .220 average with the bases empty they are hitting .348 with runners in scoring position.

Nathan Staggs allowed a single in two innings of work but faced the minimum with a ground ball double play. He has given up three runs over his last 17.2 innings and has held the opposition to a .188 average over that time. Staggs has surrendered a run in four of his last 16 appearances with Monday's outing the first since July 2 that he did not record a strikeout. Nine of the 20 earned runs he has allowed have come in the seventh inning.

Eugene won 5-0 over Spokane (Rangers)

Aaron Breit worked six innings of shutout ball, giving up five hits and a walk to earn his first win as a professional. The right-hander has a 2.61 ERA over his last four starts with a .233 average against and has posted a 2.56 ERA as a starter after posting a 5.25 mark in six relief appearances. He has given up 14 hits in 72 at bats against left-handed hitters, a .194 average.

Orlando Lara was back in the mix, giving up a single over an inning of work. He was scratched from a scheduled start on August 9 with stiffness and hadn't pitched since August 4. Lara has given up just one run over his last 11.2 innings of work, striking out 14 over that time. In his last nine outings he has held the opposition to a .200 average. The left-hander has given up seven hits in 37 at bats to left-handed hitters.

R.J. Rodriguez escaped a bases loaded situation with one out in the eighth inning, stranding all three inherited runners with a strikeout and pop out. He threw a perfect ninth inning to earn his 12th save of the year and lower his season ERA to 0.77. The closer has given up runs in five of his 19 appearances and just two earned runs. He has limited the opposition to three hits in 25 at bats with runners in scoring position. Rodriguez has faced the minimum in eight of his relief appearances.

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