Simon Castro tossed a no-hitter on Tuesday; the lone blemish a hit batsman with two outs in the second. He retired the final 16 batters he faced in the seven-inning contest and matching a career-high by striking out nine. The no-hitter was the first in franchise history. It is the sixth time this season that Castro has not allowed a run in an outing. He had allowed one hit while going at least five innings three times this year. The hit batsman was the 10th man he has plunked on the year.
"I never caught a no=hitter but it was beautiful," catcher Robert Lara said. "It was pretty cool. He was pretty ecstatic. It was unreal.
"He was throwing all three pitches. He was throwing the changeup in fastball counts and mixing it up. When they were trying to sit on the slider, he threw a fastball right by them. He never really shook me off. He was not missing any spots.
"He has so much talent and raw ability. When he puts it together, he is hard to hit."
Eduardo Perez picked up his fifth win in game one, the conclusion of a suspended game. He went three innings and yielded one hit while striking out three. The right-hander had allowed nine runs on 16 hits and three walks in his previous 9.1 innings. Perez has held left-handed hitters to a .239 average on the year and has worked around a .404 on-base percentage to the leadoff hitter of an inning to post a 3.97 season ERA.
Jaff Decker went 3-for-6 with two runs scored, a walk, a solo homer and a stolen base during the doubleheader. The homer was his team leading 14th and the stolen base his eighth in 14 attempts. Ten of his homers have been of the solo variety. Decker is hitting .339 over his last 17 games with a .465 on-base percentage, scoring 13 times and driving in 11.
Portland (51-72) won 6-3 over Iowa (Cubs)
Cesar Ramos was back in a starting role with the Beavers. The left-hander was pulled after four innings with three runs in on 11 hits and a walk in a no-decision. He saw runners in scoring position in every inning. It was the first time this year he has allowed double-digit hits and the second time he has allowed at least nine. Ramos has allowed two runs or less in six of his first 10 starts with the Beavers.
Val Pascucci had three hits in four trips, including his 20th and 21st doubles of the year – 13 coming with the Beavers. The first baseman also added a two-out RBI. Pascucci is hitting .294 since joining Portland over a span of 46 games. He has notched 11 extra base hits in his last 16 games with 12 RBI.
San Antonio (22-29, 61-59) had a scheduled day off
Lake Elsinore (23-28, 62-59) won 3-0 over Lancaster (Astros)
Wynn Pelzer worked six scoreless frames, yielding three hits and issuing four walks while striking out five and notching seven ground ball outs. It is the sixth time this season that he has allowed one run or less. Pelzer has walked three or more seven times this season but has also allowed three hits or less seven times.
Matt Clark had four hits in as many trips to the dish, smacking his 11th homer of the season, a solo shot, and adding a second RBI. The first baseman leads the Padres minor league system with 22 bombs on the year. Clark has gone deep in four straight games and in five of his last eight. He has four straight multi-hit games, going 9-for-18 with four runs scored and nine RBI. The slugger leads the system with 96 RBI.
Eugene (25-33) lost 10-7 to Yakima (Diamondbacks)
Tyson Bagley worked to five batters in the third inning and would not record an out. All five notched hits, including a double and a grand slam. The right-hander had allowed one hit in five at-bats with the bases loaded. Bagley has allowed 10 runs on 10 hits and two walks across his last three innings of work, spiking his ERA from 3.38 to 6.66. He has given up multiple runs in five of his 14 outings.
Nate Freiman had three hits in five trips, belting a three-run homer in the opening frame, and adding run-scoring singles in the third and sixth innings to complete a five-RBI game. The homer was his eighth of the year. Freiman is 12-for-27 over his last six games with five extra base hits, six runs scored and 10 RBI. He has drawn 11 walks compared to eight strikeouts over his last 17 games.
AZL Padres (9-10, 22-25) had a scheduled day off
DSL Padres (24-42) lost 8-4 to DSL Cubs I
Carlos Garcia went 2-for-3 with a walk, hitting his sixth homer and driving in two. He was caught stealing for the fifth time this season in 22 attempts. It is the second straight attempt that he has been gunned down. The homer was his first since going deep on July 21. Garcia came into the game hitting .194 over his previous 13 games.
Marlon Claveria surrendered four runs on five hits across two innings, yielding a walk and striking out one. Three of the hits went for extra bases and two left the yard. Claveria had surrendered one homer in his first 37.1 innings of work. The right-hander has walked 25 on the season while fanning just 21. The opposition is hitting .351 off him with runners on base. Claveria came into the game having not allowed an earned run over his previous 8.2 innings.
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