Jack Cassel (7-10) tossed his Pacific Coast League leading third complete game of the year on Wednesday in a losing effort. The right-hander allowed three runs on 10 hits while walking one and striking out eight in a 114-pitch performance. Cassel won each of his previous two complete games. Four of the hits went for extra bases, including two solo home runs. He induced his 19th double play grounder and his 16th in his last 14 games.
Pete Laforest went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and two strikeouts. Laforest, who has played first base, third, and catcher this year, has fanned 32 times in his last 22 games, is striking out once every 3.2 at bats. While his 24 homers and 60 RBIs lead the team, Laforest has not batted above .245 in any month this year. The double, incidentally, was just his fifth of the year – 54.7 percent of his have, however, gone for extra bases.
San Antonio doubleheader vs Corpus Christi postponed due to rain
Lake Elsinore lost 2-1 to Bakersfield (Rangers)
Robert Perry had the Storm's only two hits through the first six innings, doubling in the first and singling in the sixth. He also drew a walk. Eight of his 18 hits since joining the Storm have gone for extra bases. He has seven multi-hit games in his 13 California League games. Perry has fanned just four times over his last 45 at bats while drawing seven walks over his last 10 games.
Brooks Dunn (2-4) allowed one run over three relief innings – giving up five hits and striking out a pair in a loss. He also picked of a runner at first base. It was his first relief appearance since June 16. He has not allowed more than one run in his last four outings, giving up four runs total over his last 22 innings.
Fort Wayne had a scheduled day off
Eugene won 10-3 over Tri-City (Rockies)
Three straight runners reached base off John Hussey (3-1) to begin the game with a hit batsman and two walks. After a force out at home, the righty struck out the next batter and ended the inning with a fly out. He wound up allowing one run on two hits and four walks over five innings to pick up the win, striking out one. It is the second time this year he has reached the five-inning plateau in Eugene. Hussey has hit six batters on the year.
Eric Sogard smacked his first professional homer, a two-run shot in the fifth inning, as part of a 2-for-4 evening with two runs scored and three RBIs. It is the fifth time this year he has scored multiple runs. His three RBIs are his first since July 15 when he collected four. Sogard is hitting .323 when he plays second base, as he did on Wednesday, and he is batting .167 when he plays at shortstop. Sogard has struck out just nine times in 74 at bats while drawing 12 walks.
Andrew Parrino went 2-for-3, was hit by his fifth pitch of the year, and scored two runs. The shortstop has reached base in nine straight games, going 11-for-31 with four walks. He has also knocked in nine runs over the streak with RBIs in six of the nine contests. Wednesday was, however, the first time in 10 games that he did not strikeout. He has whiffed 36 times this year, equaling once every 2.86 at bats.
AZL Padres won 7-3 over AZL Mariners
Felix Carrasco showed he has returned to health from a knee contusion that claimed a month of his season by legging out a triple that drove in two runs, his first of the year and second as a professional. Carrasco has a five-game hitting streak to open the year after going on the disabled list on June 25. The third baseman has, however, struck out in each of those games, fanning seven times in 17 at bats. He also has four errors in four games played in the field.
Simon Castro (2-1) set a season-high for innings pitched, going five strong to pick up the victory. He did not allow a run while yielding six hits and walking one. Five of the hits came over the first two frames but he was aided by a caught stealing and a double play to avert disaster. The right-hander has given up at least two runs in every prior outing and four runs or more three times. Castro has held the opposition to a .219 average with runners in scoring position.
Edinson Rincon made his stateside debut, walking in the second inning and scoring a run before going 0-for-3 with a strikeout the rest of the way. Rincon, 16, was signed earlier this year out of the Dominican Republic. The third baseman led the DSL Padres in hitting over 33 games with a .295 average. Nine of his 36 hits went for extra bases and he collected 15 RBIs. He also drew 17 walks compared to 26 strikeouts. Rincon made 13 errors in 16 games in the field.