Cassidy blows it; Buschmann rebounds

Scott Cassidy gets his chance and does not do too well. Josh Geer dropped his second in a row. Matt Buschmann rebounded nicely after a down start and the Storm invade PETCO on Saturday. Jeremy Hunt powered Fort Wayne to the winner's circle to snap a five-game losing streak.

Portland lost 4-3 to Salt Lake (Angels) in 10 innings

Scott Cassidy blew his first save opportunity in place of Leo Rosales who in on the shelf with a broken hand. The right-hander came in with a one-run lead in the tenth and recorded as many errors as outs (1), giving up two hits, a walk and two runs. After blanking the opposition over his first five appearances spanning six innings, Cassidy has allowed runs in three of his last four outings, giving up six runs on nine hits in three innings.

Jared Wells made his third relief appearance of the year, putting down the side in order in consecutive innings while striking out one. He has not given up a hit in his three bullpen outings, walking one and striking out six over four innings. As a starter, Wells is 1-6 with a 7.25 ERA over 10 starts with 70 hits and 30 walks allowed in 49.2 innings – a 2.01 WHIP. The leadoff hitters has reached base in 28 of the 56 innings he has started.

Brian Myrow notched three singles and drove in two runs to lead the offense. His 22 RBIs in 35 games are the third most on the team. Myrow is in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak where he has gone 14-for-34 with five walks, three runs scored and nine RBIs. The first baseman is hitting .417 on the road but is just 10-for-49 at home, a .204 average. His .406 on base percentage is the top mark on the team.

San Antonio lost 6-3 to Frisco (Rangers)

Josh Geer took his second straight loss after beginning the season 7-1 and has gone without a win over his last four starts. The right-hander allowed four runs on nine hits and a walk over seven innings, striking out five. It was just the third time this year he has given up more than three runs. Geer has given up nine or more hits on three occasions, losing two of those contests and gaining a no-decision in the third. Thirteen of the 28 runs he has surrendered have come in inning number four and he allowed three runs in that inning on Friday.

Arturo Lopez gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in his lone inning of work. The left-hander has allowed runs in three of the last four games after giving up runs in five of his first 18 appearances. Ten of the 28 hits he has surrendered have gone for extra bases, including his first triple allowed on Friday. The opposition is hitting .391 off Lopez with runners in scoring position.

Chase Headley pulled up lame in the fourth inning after moving to third on a ground out. He had fouled a pitch off his leg before hitting a double – his 20th of the year. Drew Macias replaced him at third and was thrown out at home trying to score on a ground out. Headley kept his hitting streak intact, moving it 11 games. Eight of his last nine hits have gone for extra bases, including a stretch of seven in a row.

Lake Elsinore won 2-1 over San Jose (Giants)

Jose Lobaton was the only player in the lineup to secure a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored. It was his three-bagger to open the seventh inning that led to the win. The catcher has a hit in four straight games after scuffling through a 0-for-12 stretch. Lobaton is hitting .343 when he hits seventh in the lineup but just .188 when he hits anywhere else in the lineup.

Matt Buschmann rebounded from the toughest outing of his career to allow one run on four hits and two walks over seven strong innings. He evened up his record in the process but did hit a batter for the second game in a row and third time in four starts. The right-hander had allowed nine runs over his previous seven innings but has given up one run or less in three of his last five starts. Buschmann has induced 11 double play grounders on the year.

Jon Link remained in the closer's role, picking up his fifth of the year in five chances. He struck out two in a perfect inning. The right-hander has given up just three hits over his last 12 appearances and has lowered his average against to .138 on the year. He has given up five hits in 41 at bats to left-handed hitters and has allowed just one extra base hits. He has retired all the batters he has faced in 12 of his 23 outings.

Fort Wayne won 5-2 over Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Jeremy Hunt had one hit but it was his bases clearing double in the fourth inning – one of five straight to reach base to open the inning – that allowed the Wizards to break their five-game losing streak. Hunt also drew a walk on a 1-for-3 night but did ground into a double play. The first baseman has grounded into four double plays over his last nine games after not having any over his first 30 contests. Hunt went without an RBI over his previous 12 games and had three over his previous 21.

Andy Underwood improved to 4-5 after allowing three runs on five hits and a walk while matching a season-high by going seven innings. He struck out six, hit a batter and induced 11 ground ball outs. Underwood had lost three straight starts and went just one inning in his last outing because the game was suspended but still went on normal rest. With three runs surrendered in the first inning, Underwood has allowed seven first inning runs n 12 starts.

Rolando Valdez matched a system-high, including the majors, by collecting his 11th hold of the season on Friday, tying him with Scott Linebrink and Jon Ellis. He worked a scoreless inning, walking one and striking out one. He has given up runs in five of his 26 appearances this year. The walk was just his sixth of the season and it was the first time this season he has walked a batter in successive games.


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