Kazmar dazzles in field; Garrison cruises

Paul McAnulty is back and Robert Woodard made his PCL debut – straight from Eugene. Sean Kazmar dazzled in the field and Steve Garrison took care of the mound. Both talked about the win afterwards. Drew Miller hit one rough inning that ruined his night. Mitch Canham provides the eventual game-winner. Simon Castro is blasted while Edinson Rincon shows up.

Portland lost 8-4 to Sacramento (A's)

Jack Cassel (7-12) gave up eight runs, four earned, on 11 hits and two walks in his first start since making his major league debut. Cassel was charged with two runs on two hits and a walk over three innings with the Padres on August 10. In Triple-A, Cassel has surrendered double-digit hits in successive games and three of the last four. He has given up 10 hits or more in seven of his 22 starts and six runs or more on four occasions. He has lost five straight decisions.

Paul McAnulty returned to the club, playing in Portland for the first time since July 2 after straining his right quad in June and suffering a setback when he came back. The outfielder played in six games with the AZL Padres, notching hits in his last five games to go with four RBIs. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a walk on Tuesday. McAnulty is hitting .270 with 13 extra base hits in 43 games for the Beavers.

Robert Woodard, who was called up to Triple-A before being told to go back to Eugene several weeks back, made it to Portland officially this time and received two innings of work, striking out two while retiring all six batters he faced. Woodard went 3-1 with two saves and a 2.7 ERA for Eugene over 17 games. In 24.2 innings across two leagues he has fanned 28. Woodard has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to three hits in 22 at bats.

San Antonio had a scheduled day off

Lake Elsinore won 5-1 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Sean Kazmar made several dazzling plays from the shortstop position, ranging far to his left to throw out the speedy Hainley Statia and on the next play he ranged deep into the hole to nail Chris Pettit. He followed that all up by crossing over to the second base side of the bag to pick off Drew Toussaint. Kazmar also scored a first inning run and drove in two in the sixth inning as part of a 2-for-4 evening.

"Just having fun out there," Kazmar said. "I am trying to help the team as much as I can. When I was in San Antonio I got a chance to play short – the first time in two years. I am starting to feel like I did growing up and when I was in college, getting my confidence back at shortstop."

"He gave a clinic to playing shortstop today," manager Carlos Lezcano said. "That backhand sliding play and came up and threw. He looked very sharp.

"He also got the key hit. He was outstanding."

Steve Garrison (2-1) gave up just two hits over the first 6.2 innings, retiring 14 in a row until a Juan Rivera single with two outs in the seventh. He would give up three straight hits and load the bases before an error led to the only run (unearned) against. Garrison has gone at least seven innings in each of his four starts with the Storm and has given up just four earned in 29 innings, a 1.24 ERA. He has a 0.97 ERA over his last eight starts across two leagues, giving up six earned runs over his last 55.2 innings.

"Four quality starts (since he has been here)," said Lezcano. "I can't ask for anything more. He has good command. He repeats his pitches. He knows how to pitch."

"When you have Sean Kazmar on the infield you kind of can't go wrong," Garrison said. "He made five plays that were unbelievable."

Aeden McQueary got his third straight start with Jose Lobaton nursing an Achilles injury. Lobaton should be ready to go in a few days. Juan Ciriaco is on the disabled list with a back injury but is traveling with the team. Lake Elsinore has shortened up its practice schedule to give the players rest heading into the stretch run and the playoff drive. Richie Daigle went on bereavement leave and will miss his scheduled start Friday.

Fort Wayne lost 7-6 to Quad Cities (Cardinals)

Cedric Hunter collected three hits in five at bats, including a double and two RBIs. The outfielder became the first Wizard player to notch 50 RBIs. He did, however, get nabbed attempting to steal – the seventh time this year. He has been caught as many times as he has stolen bases. Hunter came into the game hitless over his last 11 at bats. He does have 10 games with three hits or more. Hunter has nine RBIs in his last 10 games.

Drew Miller cruised through four innings but was bashed for six runs in the fifth. After loading the bases on a walk, hit batsman, and wild pitch on a strikeout, Miller gave up three straight hits with a homer ending the scoring. He allowed one hit in the first four frames and struck out seven for the contest. It is the third time this year that he has given up five runs or more. Miller has fanned seven or more in five contests.

Eugene won 11-8 over Vancouver (A's)

Mitch Canham singled in the tying and eventual winning run in the ninth inning with the Emeralds down by a run. It was part of a night that saw the backstop reach base four times with three hits and a walk while also driving in three. He also went 2-for-4 in nabbing baserunners attempting to steal, including picking off a runner at second base. Canham has an RBI in three straight games and has reached base safely in his first 19 Northwest League games, sporting a .424 on base percentage.

Andrew Parrino's two RBIs put him in the team lead among active players with 29 RBIs on the season. The shortstop went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, hitting a solo homer in the sixth inning – his third of the season. He has 10 multi-RBI games on the season. Parrino came into the game with two hits in his last 21 at bats but is hitting a robust .299 with runners on base. With his 56th strikeout of the season, he has fanned once every 3.1 at bats.

AZL Padres lost 14-4 to AZL Mariners

Simon Castro was pounded for 10 runs, seven earned, on six hits, four walks and a hit batsman in three-plus innings. The right-hander had not given up more than four runs in any start and had been in the midst of a 17-inning stretch with just two earned runs allowed. Castro had given up three earned runs in the first inning of his eight previous starts before allowing seven in the first on Tuesday. Castro gas walked three or more in six of his outings.

Edinson Rincon got off the schnide with his first two hits in the Arizona Rookie League. After hitting well in the Dominican, the third baseman had gone 0-for-21 with seven strikeouts and four errors in seven games. He ended the day 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored but did commit hit fifth error. Rincon hit .295 in 33 games for the DSL Padres, collecting nine extra base hits and 17 walks for a .383 on base percentage. The third baseman turned 17 on August 11.

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