Buschmann briliant; Carvajal doubles up

Jack Cassel was hit hard over the first two innings before settling down. Matt Buschmann was magnificent over seven innings and has been dominant over his last six. Aaron Breit has given up more steals than anyone in the Midwest League. Luis Durango hit a walk-off winner for the Emeralds. Yefri Carvajal hammered three doubles to take over the Arizona Rookie League lead.

Portland lost 10-4 to Tacoma (Mariners)

Eight of the first 12 batters collected hits off right-hander Jack Cassel, including five in a row with two outs in the bottom of the first. He allowed seven runs on 13 hits over six innings, tossing two wild pitches and striking out four. It is the fourth time in eight starts he has surrendered double-digit hits but just the second time he has allowed more than four earned runs in a game, both coming in his last three starts.

After starting his Triple-A career with one hit in his first eight at bats, Mike Baxter collected two hits in four at bats with two doubles and two RBIs. He did strike out twice and has whiffed five times in his last 11 at bats. Baxter hit .251 with 13 doubles, four triples, and four homers for Lake Elsinore. The outfielder has doubled twice in three of his last nine games over two leagues. He matched his RBI total over his last 20 games.

San Antonio Tulsa (Rockies) cancelled due to rain

The game will not be made up.

Lake Elsinore won 11-0 over Visalia (Diamondbacks)

Matt Buschmann hit more batters than he surrendered hits over the first six innings and ended up with matching numbers in both categories, hitting two and allowing two hits over seven scoreless innings. The right-hander picked up his eighth win of the season, striking out five in the process. Buschmann has surrendered five earned runs over his last six outings, spanning 40.2 innings. He has allowed two runs or less in all six and in nine of his 18 outings overall. It is the fourth time this year he has allowed four hits or fewer.

Chad Huffman took over sole possession of third place in the California League with five RBIs on Friday to up his total to 74. He went 2-for-4, singling in one in the first and three more in the second before walking in a run in the eighth. He has reached base in 15 straight games and has collected six multi-hit games over his last 10. Over his current streak, the outfielder has driven in 19 with six multi-RBI contests.

Fort Wayne lost 10-2 to West Michigan (Tigers)

The combination of Aaron Breit and catcher Matt Stocco saw five successful stolen bases against on Friday. Opponents have attempted a Midwest League high 33 stolen bases off Breit and his catchers have gunned down just four with him on the mound, a paltry 12.1 percent. Breit's night ended after 3.1 innings with six runs in on six hits and six walks along with a hit batsman. It is the second outing in a row that the right-hander has walked six and he has now surrendered four runs or more in 11 of his 17 starts. He has made it through six innings just two times on the season.

Cedric Hunter had two of the Wizards five hits and reached base four times after getting hit by a pitch and adding a single, double and walk. He did not, however, figure into the scoring and was picked off first base – causing him to collect his sixth caught stealing compared to just four successful attempts. He did extend his hitting streak to eight games and has three multi-hit games in his last four. He is 11-for-30 over the life of the streak with five runs scored and three extra base hits.

Eugene won 7-6 over Yakima (Diamondbacks) in 10 innings

Luis Durango fell a double shy of the cycle, but it was his last hit that was the most important, smashing his second homer of the season – a walk-off game-winner in the tenth inning. Durango drove in three for the second time this year, matching his career-high and his triple in the eighth tied the game at 6-6. Durango has a seven-game hitting streak, going 12-for-33 with three triples and seven RBIs. With two more runs scored, he has touched home in each of those games with 10 runs scored total over that span.

Cory Luebke got the start and tossed three innings on a night that saw Eugene commit four errors and allow four unearned runs. He allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits – including a homer – while striking out three. The left-hander has given up five hits while striking out six over six innings with the Emeralds. Luebke has given up one hit in eight at bats with runners in scoring position.

Jackson Quezada picked up the win, giving up a lone single while striking out three in two innings of scoreless work. The hit he surrendered was just his second over eight innings and he has not walked a batter while whiffing 10. Quezada has retired the leadoff hitter in every inning he has started. He has faced the minimum in five of the eight innings.

AZL Padres won 10-3 over AZL A's

Yefri Carvajal banged out doubles six, seven and eight on Friday afternoon, driving in a run and scoring one. He was also credited with an outfield assist, forcing out a runner at second base on a sharp liner with the bases loaded – his first outfield assist of the year. He ranks fourth in the league with 10 RBIs and paces the circuit in doubles and is second to teammate Robert Perry (10) in extra base hits with nine. He has collected five doubles over his last three games and has reached base in 12 straight to open the campaign.

Juan Ciriaco, sent down to the Arizona Rookie League to receive an overhaul on his swing, went 3-for-6 with a double, homer – his second in Arizona – and paced an offense that has scored double-digit runs in three straight wins with four RBIs. The infielder came into the game with four hits over his first 21 at bats in the desert and was 2-for-15 over his last five games. Ciriaco hit .203 over 17 games with Lake Elsinore and .160 over 37 games with San Antonio before being sent down.

Cooper Brannan picked up his first professional victory, putting up zeroes over two innings while walking one and striking out one. The Texas native has a scoreless streak of 5.2 innings after allowing five runs without recording an out. The strikeout was his first of the season. The walk he allowed to open the fourth inning marked the first time a leadoff man has reached base against him to open an inning. Brannan was the beneficiary of a caught stealing – the first time in three attempts his catcher has nabbed a runner with him on the mound.

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