Portland lost 8-2 to Omaha (Royals)
Jack Cassel took his fifth loss of the year and was on the hook for six runs, two earned, on 10 hits and two walks. The righty has given up double-digit hits in each of the last two games and has surrendered eight or more hits in four straight. Cassel has posted a 2.25 ERA over the last six starts and the ground ball pitcher has been on the wrong side of 13 unearned runs on the year. He has induced a double play grounder in five straight – netting nine over that time.
Brian Myrow went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run homer to account for all of Portland’s runs. The first baseman has clubbed three of his four homers this year over the last nine games. He came into the contest hitting .162 at home and .370 on the road, notching his first dinger at PGE Park. Myrow is hitting .308 with runners on base and .207 with the bases empty this season.
Scott Cassidy saw two runs cross the dish on three hits in an inning of work. After tossing scoreless ball over his first six innings of work and allowing just two hits, Cassidy has forfeited four runs on seven hits over his last inning and two-thirds. The opposition went from hitting .100 off him to .290 in the span of that time. He has allowed a baserunner in each of his last six appearances.
San Antonio won 6-5 over Arkansas (Angels)
Chase Headley hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and followed it up notching a triple (on a missed dive) and double in succession. The homer, which hooked inside the right field foul pole, was his ninth of the year. With only a single to go, Headley grounded out in the eighth inning. He is riding a seven-game hitting streak, going 12-for-29 with three doubles, two homers and a triple. Headley has also scored seven runs while driving in five over that time.
Mike Ekstrom won for the first time since April 16, allowing four runs, three earned, on eight hits and two walks. He had gone five starts without a decision. The right-hander had not allowed any runs in the fifth inning this year before allowing two on Sunday. Ekstrom has walked 11 over his last three starts after issuing a free pass to 10 over his first eight outings. He has yielded eight hits or more in four contests.
Paul Abraham picked up his second save of the season in place of Neil Jamison, striking out two in the process. He has saved each of the last two games he has pitched. Abraham has allowed runs in just three of his 24 appearances this year and has whiffed 29 in 28.2 innings. Abraham has given up 17 hits over that span and has yielded just three hits while striking out 10 in the ninth inning this year – spanning 7.2 innings.
Lake Elsinore lost 10-1 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Matt Buschmann dropped to 3-4 on the year after suffering his shortest outing of the season and shortest start of his career. He lasted just two innings and was hammered for five runs on six hits and a walk. Buschmann also hit two batters after plunking two over his first 11 starts. It was the second time this year he has failed to make it through four innings and the right-hander has allowed four runs or more in six of his 12 starts.
Cody Smith worked three innings of relief, giving up two runs on two hits and a hit batsman. He has surrendered five runs over his last four frames. The right-hander has a 7.11 ERA over two organizations and right-handers are swatting .417 off him this year with 20 hits in 49 at bats. The opposition also has a .351 average with runners in scoring position.
Seth Johnston went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk, accounting for nearly half of Lake Elsinore’s seven hits. After hitting .347 in April, the infielder hit .227 over his previous 19 games coming into Sunday. The double was his first since May 5. The infielder is hitting .385 when he plays third base and shortstop – he played at short on Sunday – but just .192 when he is in the field at second base.
Fort Wayne vs, West Michigan (Tigers) suspended in top of second
Play will resume in the top of the second inning with one out and the bases empty and Rayner Contreras at the plate. West Michigan leads 1-0.
The suspended game will be played its full nine innings with a second game lasting seven innings on Monday.