Jack Cassel suffered through six innings, allowing a season-high seven runs, all earned, on a season-high 15 hits and a walk. He threw 111 pitches on the day, dropping to 6-7. It is the third time this year he has allowed 10 or more hits, but he had not allowed more than four earned runs in any of his first 13 starts. Cassel's ERA rose from 2.97 to 3.47 with the outing.
Craig Stansberry smashed three doubles, drove in a run and scored once, accounting for nearly half of Portland's hits. He jumped into a tie for the Pacific Coast League lead with 27 two-baggers. He has 10 doubles over his last 23 games and Monday was the second time this year he has clubbed three doubles. Stansberry has notched nine games with three or more hits in a contest. He has 20 hits in 54 at bats in the first inning after doubling in the opening frame on Monday.
San Antonio had a scheduled day off
Lake Elsinore lost 4-2 to High Desert (Mariners)
Jose Lobaton went 3-for-4 with three singles but he did not figure into the scoring. The catcher did throw out the only runner attempting to steal. It is the third time this year he has collected three or more hits in a game but the first time since April 21. Lobaton had just 10 hits in 67 at bats coming into the game when he hit eighth, as he did on Monday. He has thrown out 22 of the 83 runners attempting to steal.
Greg Burke worked a scoreless inning, working a 1-2-3 inning of relief. He has given up runs in 12 of his 36 appearances this year, five more outings than any other reliever in the California League. The right-hander has allowed two earned runs over his last 14.2 innings, sporting a 1.23 ERA over that span. He has held the opposition to a .227 on base percentage to the leadoff man over 44 innings – allowing 10 baserunners. Burke has worked a perfect outing 14 times this year.
Brian Giles went 1-for-2 with two walks in his rehab assignment with the Storm.
Fort Wayne won 3-2 over Great Lakes (Dodgers)
Aaron Breit breezed through four innings, fought through trouble in the fifth and one pitch in the sixth got away – putting two runs on the board with one swing of the bat. His night ended with those two runs in on six hits and three walks while matching a career-high with eight strikeouts in a no-decision. He whiffed eight back on August 26, 2006 with the Eugene Emeralds. Breit had given up four runs or more in six straight starts and has allowed two runs or less five times in 15 outings.
Tom King went 4-for-5 and singled in the winning run with the bases loaded in the ninth inning. It was his second RBI of the game and he also scored a run to account for all of the Wizards runs. King has scored a run in three straight games and has notched a multi-hit game in each. After suffering through a 2-for-20 stretch, King had eight hits in his last 15, upping his average to .320 on the year from .280. He is now 4-for-8 in the ninth inning this season.
Eugene won 4-2 over Boise (Cubs)
For the third game in a row, Justin Pickett hammered a pitch over the fence, cranking out a two-run homer in the second inning. He has four homers over that span, leading the Northwest League. Monday's homer was his first with someone on base. He went 2-for-3 and scored two runs. Pickett has scored a run in each of his four games this season and has five hits in his last 11 at bats with five RBIs.
After starting the year with one hit in his first 12 at bats, Andrew Parrino has successive multi-hit games. Parrino went 2-for-3 but was caught stealing in his first attempt at a stolen base. Parrino was taken in the 26th-round of this year's draft. The 2007 MAAC Player of the Year hit a career high .402 this season with nine homeruns and 44 runs batted in. He had a .643 slugging percentage and a .479 on base percentage.
Kellen Kulbacki made his long anticipated debut and went 0-for-3 and was hit by a pitch. The 40th overall selection hit .398 with 15 doubles, 19 home runs, and 150 total bases at James Madison (JMU). He led the CAA with a .785 slugging percentage, a .538 on-base percentage, and a JMU single-season record 56 walks. Prior to the NCAA Super Regionals, Kulbacki ranked eighth nationally in home runs per game (0.36), fourth in walks per game (1.06), eighth in slugging percentage, 14th in home runs, 43rd in average, and 74th in runs per game (1.06).
AZL Padres won 10-7 over AZL Royals
Simon Castro lasted three innings, allowing four runs on six hits. He also plunked a batter, tossed three wild pitches and struck out one. The right-hander went 1-3 with a 4.63 ERA for the Dominican Summer League (DSL) Padres. In 46.2 innings, he allowed 40 hits, walked 21 and struck out 58. Castro did uncork nine wild pitches and twice tossed two in any game last year. He had a 1.89 ERA in July last year and a 9.00 mark in April and 5.48 ERA in August. Righties hit .208 off him in 2006.
Jose Martinez picked up the win, blanking the opposition over two innings while facing the minimum. The right-hander went 3-4 with a 3.51 ERA for the DSL Padres. In 51.1 innings he allowed 45 hits, walked 24 and struck out 57. The right-hander did toss 14 wild pitches. He split the year between the rotation and the pen, holding the opposition to a .222 average against when he started. Martinez held the leadoff batter of an inning to a .182 average, giving up eight hits in 44 at bats.
Alexis Lara made his stateside debut, yielding two runs on two hits and a walk over two innings while fanning a pair and hitting a batter. Lara worked just 8.2 innings last year in the DSL, and despite an ERA of 0.00, he lost each of the games he appeared in. The right-hander went six innings in his first start, allowing an unearned run on two hits to take the loss and gave up another unearned run over 2.1 frames in his second outing, again going down in defeat. He underwent elbow surgery to claim the rest of his year.