Naylor gets a first; Lauderdale two

Aaron Rakers and Scott Cassidy haven't had much fun of late. Josh Geer allows four hits but four runs as well. Matt Buschmann continues his dominance. Jodam Rivera had a good day at the plate but didn't receive much help. Brian Lauderdale goes yard twice but Dustin Gibbs is hammered, denying a Mat Latos win. Clint Naylor does something he has never done.

Portland lost 11-4 to Salt Lake (Angels)

Aaron Rakers (3-5) saw five runs cross the dish over an inning and a third, giving up seven hits, including three for extra bases, and a walk. Rakers has surrendered runs in five of his last six appearances, getting tagged for 12 runs on 16 hits. It is the sixth time he has given up three or more runs. The right-hander has given up 17 homers and is average 2.33 homers per nine innings. He has given up runs in 23 of his 52 appearances.

Scott Cassidy's implosion continues. He was pummeled for three runs on five hits and a walk in his lone inning of work. The New Yorker has given up seven runs on nine hits and two walks over his last inning and two-thirds. Cassidy has seen 20 runs come home over his last 11.2 innings. Twenty-nine hits have come over that span and he has allowed 47 hits in 30.2 innings. He has allowed three or more runs four times in his last 11.

San Antonio lost 4-0 to Arkansas (Angels)

On a night that saw the Missions have as many errors (2) as hits, Jon Ellis yielded the same amount of hits in one inning but did not allow a run. Twelve of the 37 hits he has allowed over 48 appearances have come over his last eight outings. Ellis has given up runs in 13 of those outings and has allowed multiple runs seven times. The right-hander came into the game with eight runs allowed over his last 6.2 innings.

Josh Geer (13-6) was on the hook for four runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five over seven innings. Three singles, a hit batsman, a walk and two wild pitches came during a four-run fourth. He would retire the final 10 batters he faced. It was the sixth time this year he has given up four hits or less over 23 starts but the third game in a row that four runs have crossed. Geer has hit 11 batters on the season and thrown seven wild pitches.

Lake Elsinore won 6-0 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Matt Buschmann (12-6) posted five scoreless frames, giving up three hits and a walk while striking out three. The right-hander has given up two runs over his last 21 innings. It was the seventh time in 25 starts that he has not allowed an earned run. Buschmann has given up two runs or less in 15 games, including 12 of the last 13. He has a 1.80 ERA in the first inning and has given up seven earned from the fifth inning on, spanning 48.2 innings.

Brandon Higelin worked two innings of scoreless ball in helping to preserve the shutout, striking out two while giving up one hit. It was their league-leading tenth shutout of the season. The left-hander has given up runs in 16 of his 34 relief appearances. In the nine games he has gone two or more innings, Higelin has given up just one earned run. He has, however, allowed runs in five of the eight outings that lasted less than a full inning.

Fort Wayne lost 5-2 to Quad Cities (Cardinals)

Jodam Rivera pounded out three hits, doubling twice, scoring a run and adding a sacrifice. He had gone 16 games between two-baggers and his average had dipped from .253 to .234 over his last 15 games with eight hits in his previous 49 at bats. He has, however, been on base 20 times over that span thanks to 12 free passes and has walked more times (39) than he has struck out (31). Rivera's sacrifice was his fourth of the season and it was also hit fourth three-hit game.

Brandon Gomes (0-3) surrendered five runs, four earned, on nine hits over 4.2 innings with three of the runs coming on a homer. He also had a balk and struck out a season-high seven. The right-hander had not surrendered a homer over his first 42 innings across two leagues. Gomes has given up five runs or more in three of his seven starts and has failed to make it through five innings in four starts. Twelve of the 28 runs he has allowed have come in the first inning.

Eugene lost 6-3 to Vancouver (A's)

Brian Lauderdale had half of the Ems four hits and contributed all of their runs scored. The second baseman homered twice, one more than he had all year, and knocked in all three runs. He had accumulated just two homers over a professional career that began last year. He did give one back with a fourth inning error. Nine of his 22 hits have gone for extra bases this season and he is 8-for-19 over a five-game hitting streak with seven runs scored.

Mat Latos allowed one run on three hits and two walks over five innings in the no-decision, striking out a half dozen. The right-hander ran his scoreless streak to 10 innings, bouncing back from a four-inning stretch that saw 11 runs cross the dish. He has not won either start. Latos has walked eight batters over his last four starts but has struck out 12 in his last two – his fourth game with six or more K's. He has gone five innings in successive starts – his two longest outings of the season.

Dustin Gibbs (1-2) gave up four hits and all went for extra bases, including a homer. Four runs, three earned, were charged to the right-hander in two-thirds of an inning, as he also walked a pair and tossed a wild pitch. The right-hander had allowed just three extra base hits all season and had yet to allow a dinger. He has given up runs in six of his 18 appearances with multiple runs crossing the plate in five of those outings. Gibbs has yielded 14 hits over his last five outings after giving up nine hits over his first 13.

AZL Padres lost 12-6 to AZL Royals

Clint Naylor set a career-high with three hits on Monday, including a double – his first extra base hit of the season and his career. The catcher has collected two multi-hit games in his last three games – the first time in his career he has accomplished the feat. Naylor also scored two runs, giving him three multi-run games in his last five. He has reached base 11 times over his last six games with six hits and five walks. Naylor went 0-for-3 in throwing out baserunners attempting to steal.

Cooper Brannan worked two innings and allowed two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out one. He stranded the one runner he inherited – the first runner he has kept from scoring all year as the opposition had plated the five runners he previously inherited. Brannan has given up runs in eight of his 14 outings. The right-hander has allowed three hits or more in five of his appearances and multiple runs in five as well. He has also walked as many batters (9) as he has struck out (9).

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