Thompson tosses bullets; Cust like Rodriguez

Cesar Carrillo leaves after one inning – because of the rain. Jack Cust is Alex Rodriguez-like. Sean Thompson continues to put up bullets. Brent Carter gets knocked around again. Sam Carter notched two doubles in a loss.

Portland won 13-7 over Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Cesar Carrillo was pulled after an inning of work and 19 pitches, eight strikes, thrown with one hit and one walk allowed. A 63-minute rain delay brought about his removal from the game rather than attempt to warm up again. Jack Cassel got the win in relief, pitching two scoreless innings to move to 2-2 on the year. It was the first relief appearance of the year for Cassel who last pitched on Friday, earning the win after going five innings and allowing two runs.

Craig Stansberry increased his on base streak to 11 games – notching three three-hit games during that span and seven multi-hit games – and now one four-hit game. He went 4-for-6 with two doubles and five RBIs. His 19 RBIs shot him into the top five in the Pacific Coast League, pending the night's action. He also scored two runs – the only thing that didn't work was his lone stolen base attempt, he was snared.

Jack Cust is at it again. For the third time this year, and the third time in eight games, Cust smashed two balls out of the park. His eight homers through 18 games lead the Pacific Coast League. He is in the midst of an 11-game hitting streak, going 19-39 with all eight of his homers, 11 walks, and 17 RBIs. Cust is hitting .588 when he is ahead in the count.

San Antonio won 2-0 over Frisco (Rangers)

Sean Thompson had men in scoring position in each of the first three innings and allowed the leadoff man to reach base in four of the first five but managed to come away unscathed, thanks in part to Drew Macias who threw out a runner at home plate to end the second inning. He made the pitches when they counted, not allowing a run over 5.2 innings, walking four and giving up six hits while striking out three – seeing his ERA dip to 0.40 on the season. The lefty has allowed one earned run over four starts spanning 22.1 innings, moving to 3-1 on the season.

Juan Ciriaco went 1-for-4 with an RBI – his first RBI of the year. The shortstop is 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position on the year but batting .364 when he leads off an inning. Ciriaco swiped his third bad of the year in as many tries and has been on base in seven of the last eight games, raising his average from .150 to .224.

Jon Searles worked an inning and a third scoreless, stranding one inherited runner. He walked one and whiffed two and has yet to allow a run in five night games, tossing 7.1 scoreless while whiffing ten. Searles has allowed one of five inherited runs to score on the season. He has allowed four hits in 21 at bats with the bases empty.

Lake Elsinore lost 10-1 to High Desert (Mariners)

Brent Carter dropped his second game of the year, giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out four. The left-hander has allowed 16 runs on 30 hits over his last 15.1 innings. The opposition is hitting .483 off him with runners in scoring position and lefties are batting .400 off him.

Brandon Higelin allowed three runs on a season-high six hits in his lone inning of work, breaking a streak of seven innings without an earned run allowed. The last time he surrendered six hits in an outing came on August 30, 2005. The left-hander has limited southpaws to a .188 batting average but right-handers are swatting .370 off him.

David Freese accounted for the lone Storm run, hitting a solo homer in the fourth on a 2-for-4 night. It is his third multi-hit game in four nights, upping his average over .300 for the first time since opening night. Freese is hitting .324 when he bats third in the lineup and .274 when he bats elsewhere. He is hitting .364 with runners in scoring position.

Fort Wayne lost 7-4 to Quad Cities (Cardinals)

Sam Carter cracked his first two doubles of the year, one driving in a run. He went 2-for-3 on the night before he was pinch-hit for in the ninth. It was his first multi-hit game of the year, coming in contest number nine. He came into the game with four hits in 19 at bats, whiffing ten times. Carter has struck out in all but two games – going down on strikes once on Monday. He is 5-for-10 against right-handed pitching.

Jesus Lopez laced a ground rule double in the seventh inning to plate two of the Wizards four runs. The shortstop has five doubles on the season and three in the last four games. In fact, only one of his hits has not been a two-bagger and four have come with men on base. Lopez is batting .385 off left-handers and just .053 off righties.

Orlando Lara went four-plus innings, pulled after facing three batters in the fifth. Two were stranded but he was charged with three runs on a career-high nine hits and a walk while striking out four. The left-hander had never given up more than six hits in an outing and he has not gone more than four innings in any game this year, dropping to 0-2. The leadoff man has been on base in eight of the 13 innings he has started, going 7-for-12 with a walk. Only three of the 19 hits he has surrendered have gone for extra bases.


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