Jack Cassel helped himself with the stick on Wednesday night. While he had one hit in 13 at bats coming into the game – that lone hit was a homer. He added to the mystique with a bases clearing double to cap a five-run fourth inning. The right-hander was on the hook for four runs, one earned, on eight hits over seven innings. He walked three and struck out five while also uncorking a wild pitch. It is the seventh time in 13 starts he has allowed two earned or less.
For the fifth time in six games, Pete Laforest lofted a pitch over the fence – and he did it twice. He hit a two-run homer in the second inning and added a two-run blast in the eighth to give him 11 RBIs over his last six games. He has also scored a run in six straight contests. He leads the league in homers per at bats in the PCL, going yard once every 8.93 at bats. His 16 homers are tied for fifth-best in the league and it is the third time he has homered twice in a game.
Frank Brooks worked two scoreless to finish off the game, allowing one hit and striking out one. The left-hander has allowed one run over 8.2 innings since joining Portland and has given up runs in five of his 24 appearances over two leagues. After walking two in 22.1 Double-A innings, Brooks has issued a free pass to seven in seven outings.
San Antonio lost 4-3 to Corpus Christi (Astros)
For the fourth straight game since coming off the disabled list, Brett Bonvechio went yard, hitting a solo homer in the fourth inning. He also scored all three Missions runs, adding a single and a walk over four plate appearances. All of his homers have been solo shots. He had homered in two straight games four times in his career but never had surpassed that mark until his recent stretch of games.
Sean Thompson allowed three hits but two would come around to score in six innings of work. The lefty allowed a leadoff triple in the second and a single in the fourth with that run aided by a Thompson wild pitch. The southpaw also walked one and struck out four. Thompson has given up five earned runs over his last three starts and has yielded two runs or less in eight of his 15 starts. It was also the fifth time he has walked just one batter in a game with all his other starts resulting in two or more.
Neil Jamison took the loss, seeing his record drop to 2-4. He allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits in an inning of work. It was just the fifth time this year he has appeared before the eighth or ninth inning in a game this season and he had not allowed an earned run until Wednesday. Jamison has given up runs in 10 of his last 16 outings and has not worked two scoreless outings in a row since April 28-29.
Lake Elsinore had a scheduled day off
Fort Wayne had a scheduled day off
Eugene won 11-1 to Spokane (Rangers)
Ray Stokes cracked two doubles, singled, walked once, and drove in four runs. He also stole third base in the third but was caught trying to swipe second in the sixth. Over 32 games last year, Stokes had three doubles all year and never had more than two RBIs in any game. Stokes hit .186 over 11 games with Eugene in 2006, collecting eight hits in 43 at bats. He saw action in 21 games for the AZL Padres, hitting .254 with 15 hits in 59 at bats.
A 27th-round pick by the Padres, Zachary Brown collected the Ems first homer of the year, hitting a solo blast in the fourth inning. He also hit the second homer of the year, sending an eighth inning pitch over the wall for his second solo homer of the game, starting a five-run explosion. Brown was a first team All-Southern Conference selection and led The Citadel with 69 runs scored, 21 doubles and 38 walks. He was second on the team in batting average (.353), home runs (13), total bases (148) and slugging percentage (.622).
John Hussey faced his struggles with the Fort Wayne Wizards. Over six starts, the right-hander touted an 0-5 mark and a 7.50 ERA, allowing four runs or more in three of his starts and walking 20 while giving up 25 hits over 24 innings. On Wednesday with Eugene, Hussey was back to 2006 form. He blanked the opposition for five innings, scattering six hits and walking one while striking out five to pick up his first win of the year.
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