Culp a winner; Latos takes loss

Jack Cassel hurts himself and is tagged with the loss. Nathan Culp worked five scoreless to preserve a shutout for the Storm. Steve Delabar had the good stuff but the offense was nonexistent. Mat Latos took his first pro loss. Jeudy Valdez was the lone player hitting in Arizona.

Portland lost 6-2 to Tucson (Diamondbacks)

Jack Cassel (7-9) allowed five runs, two earned, on nine hits and two walks over 7.1 innings to take the defeat. He threw 102 pitches with 68 strikes, fanning six. It was his error in the seventh inning that led to three unearned runs. He has gone seven or more innings in six of his last 11 starts. it is the sixth time in his last 10 games that he has allowed nine or more hits.

Peter Ciofrone notched the lone RBI of the game and was the sole Portland player to register a multi-hit game. He went 2-for-3 with a walk in the losing effort. Ciofrone has reached base in nine straight games since arriving in Triple-A. He has four multi-hit games and has been on base at least two times in five of the games. Ciofrone did snap a six-game string of striking out and broke a three-game skid without an RBI after notching one in each of his first four Portland contests.

San Antonio postponed versus Frisco (Rangers)

Lake Elsinore won 11-0 over High Desert (Mariners)

Nathan Culp (3-0) worked five scoreless frames of relief to preserve the shutout and earn the win, the Storm's franchise record 11th in a row. He gave up three hits and struck out one. The left-hander had given up five runs or more in each of his first three outings in California League play. It is, however, the ninth time over two leagues he has given up one earned run or less and the sixth time he has not yielded an earned run.

Juan Ciriaco drove in four runs on the shoulder of a 2-for-4 night with a run scored. The shortstop has collected five straight multi-hit games since returning to Lake Elsinore – more than he had in his first 16 games with the Storm. He has scored a run in each of those games, seven total, and has collected 12 RBIs over the last five after netting five in his first 16. He has 12 hits in his last 24 at bats.

"I credit the revamping of my swing in the Arizona League for two weeks with improving my timing and ability to see the ball, which I hope will return me to my all-star form of 2005," Ciriaco said through an interpreter.

Sean Estes worked four scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out four. The left-hander has surrendered three runs over 11 innings in two leagues. He has struck out 14 against his minor league competition.

Fort Wayne lost 1-0 to Clinton (Rangers)

Steve Delabar (2-2) took the loss, despite allowing just one run on five hits and a walk over six innings, striking out three. The right-hander had allowed 11 runs over his last 8.1 innings coming in but has given up one run or less in four of his last seven starts. He has given up five hits or less in six of his eight starts. Delabar has, however, walked 12 over his last 18.1 innings.

Allen Harrington continued his run of scoreless innings with two more on Friday, striking out three while setting down all six hitters he faced, to extend his streak to six frames. The left-hander has fanned 12 batters over 8.1 innings in Fort Wayne and has whiffed 22 in 18.2 innings over two leagues. Harrington has surrendered runs in four of his 10 appearances over two leagues and Friday marked the second time in those outings he has retired every batter he faced.

Eugene lost 2-1 to Yakima (Diamondbacks)

Mat Latos (0-1) took his first professional loss, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two. The right-hander had allowed one run over his previous 7.2 innings. Latos had struck out more batters than innings pitched in each of his first six appearances prior to Friday. Six of the 10 runs he has surrendered this year have come in the fourth inning, including two on this day.

Dustin Gibbs walked two in his lone inning of work but did not allow a run, striking out one. The right-hander had given up five runs over his last two outings, spanning 3.1 innings. Gibbs has walked eight batters over his last four appearances after walking three in his first seven. He has given up runs in four of his 11 appearances on the season and has yielded just nine hits over 15 innings.

Rebounding from a five-run, three-inning outing last time out, Matt Teague worked three scoreless to close out the game, yielding two hits and striking out three. The southpaw has a 2.25 ERA as the back half in the piggyback relief system while posting a 5.40 ERA over four starts. In 21.1 innings of Northwest League play, Teague has walked just one batter. In fact, he has hit more batters (four) than walks and double play grounders (three).

AZL Padres lost 6-1 to AZL Giants

Jeudy Valdez had two of the Padres five hits, going 2-for-4 with a double, extending his hitting streak to eight games. He did, however, get picked off first base. The shortstop has collected seven multi-hit games during the streak, going 17-for-38, a .447 average, with four walks and seven runs scored. He is 12-for-29 since moving into the leadoff spot in the lineup with six runs scored. He has not, however, swiped a bag since the fifth game of his season.

Vantroit Medina worked two innings, allowing two runs on one hit and a walk while also adding a balk. The lone hit he surrendered was a two-run homer – the first he has surrendered this year. The right-hander has walked a batter in each of his last four outings and has eight compared to six strikeouts on the year. The balk was his second of the season. Medina has given up eight runs over his last 10 innings and has not had an ERA under 5.00 since his first appearance of the year.

Yesid Salazar saw his fourth game in the desert, retiring the side in order in his lone inning of work while striking out two. All of his work in Arizona has come out of the pen after starting two of the three games he pitched in Eugene. The right-hander posted a 5.14 ERA out of the starting rotation and now sports a 2.89 ERA in five relief appearances. He has not allowed just two hits in 16 at bats over two leagues with runners in scoring position.

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