Jack Cust launched two balls out of the park, both solo shots, and ended his night with three hits in four at bats with a walk. It is the fifth time this year that Cust has notched a multi-homer game and pushed him into the league lead with 27 in that category. Cust is hitting .325 over his last 25 games with ten homers. Cust did commit his third error of the year in the field.
Dewon Brazelton helped his cause with his two-run bomb in the fourth inning but it wasn't enough as he took his second loss in a row. The right-hander was on the hook for season highs with nine runs, eight earned, on 11 hits and a walk over five innings. He yielded two homers on the mound and has surrendered six over his last five games. Brazelton has allowed five runs or more in three of his last four starts. Incidentally, all three of his hits at the plate have come in the last eight at bats.
Mobile won 2-1 over West Tenn (Cubs)
Jack Cassel pitched a complete game, giving up one run on seven hits while striking out ten. The right-hander has downed 45 batters by way of the strikeout in his last 36.1 innings. It is the sixth time in 11 starts he has held the opposition to one run or less and ninth time he has allowed two runs or less. He has given up just seven hits in 53 at bats with runners in scoring position, a .132 average.
Ray Chang went 1-for-3 with an RBI, giving him a hit in six straight games and in nine of the ten since joining Mobile. After doubling in three straight games to open his Double-A career, Chang has gone without an extra base in the last seven contests. The RBI was his second in Mobile and first since his debut in Double-A. He is just 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position in Mobile and has a .188 average over three leagues in that category.
Lake Elsinore lost 5-2 to High Desert (Royals)
Arturo Lopez made his second start of the year for the Storm and gave up three runs on six hits to take the loss. Since joining the squad, he has given up 17 hits in 39 at bats, a .436 average, and right-handed batters are hitting .471 off the lefty. The opposition also has seven hits in 12 at bats with runners in scoring position.
John Thomas worked 2.1 scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit and walking three. The lefty has given up just six hits in his last 39 at bats, a .154 average, and has pitched scoreless ball in five of his last six appearances. He has surrendered runs in four of his 12 outings with the Storm, holding the opposition to a .222 average with runners in scoring position.
Fort Wayne lost 3-0 to West Michigan (Tigers)
Steve Delabar lost his eighth game of the year on an unearned run over six frames with the error coming from his own hand in the fifth inning. The right-hander allowed four hits, walked two and hit a batter. It is the second time this year Delabar has allowed one unearned run and taken the loss. He has given up one run or less in 11 of his 26 starts and two runs or less in 15 outings.
Alfredo Fernandez faced the minimum in his relief appearance to extend his scoreless streak to six games. He has allowed three hits in his last 27 at bats and has walked one batter in his last 13 outings. Fernandez has given up one earned run over his last 12.1 innings and August is the third month this year that he has held the opposition to a sub-.200 average.
Eugene won 8-4 over Everett (Mariners)
Aaron Breit secured the win with five innings of two-run ball. He gave up four hits, walked one and struck out a season-high eight. Over his last five outings he has a 2.81 ERA and the right-hander has posted a 2.68 ERA in ten starts after a 5.25 mark in six relief appearances. He has given up three earned runs in his last 16 innings of work and has held the opposition to a .172 average with runners in scoring position.
Matt Stocco went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI's. They are the first RBI's for the catcher since rejoining the team on July 25. He had just three hits in his previous 39 at bats before going 3-for-8 with two doubles over his last two games. He was 0-for-3 in catching baserunners stealing a bag off him and committed his third error of the year on a throw. He has thrown out seven of 27 baserunners on the year in Eugene.
AZL Padres won 1-0 over AZL Rangers in 12 innings
It took 49 games for Cedric Hunter to know what it feels like to not reach base in a game. He went 0-for-5 on Saturday, the first time this season that he has failed to reach base in a game. In the 17 games coming into this game he was hitting .455 with 18 RBI's, 15 walks and just six strikeouts. He had a base hit in 26 of his last 27 games entering Saturday.
Pablo Menchaca pitched six of the 12 scoreless innings thrown by the Padres' squad, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out seven. He retired seven straight batters to end his night. Over the last 23.2 innings he has given up three earned runs on 16 hits and three walks. In seven starts the right-hander has a 1.32 ERA, including a 1.16 ERA over his last five outings. Menchaca has gone five innings or more and allowed two hits or less on three occasions this year.
Garner Wetzel provided the only offense of the game, singling in the winning run in the 12th. He was the lone Padre to record a multi-hit game and was the only player in the game to reach base three times, going 2-for-4 with a walk. Wetzel came into the game without a hit in nine at bats for the AZL Padres after hitting .208 for the Eugene Emeralds. He was 4-for-7 in his last three games with the Ems.