Pitching wins...sometimes

Tagg Bozied had a two homer, four RBI game to lead Portland to victory. Clay Hensley pitched another gem but could not the BayBears could not secure a victory. Brad Baker blew a save, but Mobile went on to win in 12. Lake Elsinore had the pitching, but the hitters would not cooperate again. A three hitter in Fort Wayne and it was the Wizards pitching that supplied the zeros, led by Sean Thompson.

Peter Stonard has officially called it quits. On Friday, he retired according to a Padres official.

Sterling Hitchcock threw on the side Friday and will throw a bullpen session Saturday. Hitchcock is expected to pitch in a rehab game with Portland.

Portland won 5-3

Tagg Bozied homered twice, both two run shots. Last time he homered, Bozied drove in five runs. Between those two games in the last week he has more RBI's, nine, than he has had all year long, six.

It took Freddy Guzman eight games to take the team lead in steals with nine thefts. Guzman has stolen at least one base in six of eight and in each of his last three to pass Bernie Castro who had eight on the year.

Tim Byrdak has started two games since converting from reliever and took over in the first inning for Joey Hamilton in his last game. He had his longest outing of the year on Friday, going six innings. His previous long was 4.1 innings. Byrdak allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two. He has not struck out more than three in any appearance this year.

Bart Miadich struck out the side while earning his 12th save. Miadich, however, has only had one 1-2-3 inning in his last 13 appearances. He has recorded seven saves over that period and allowed three earned runs, blowing just one save.

Mobile won 5-4 in 12

Kennard Jones made his Mobile debut, entering the game in the ninth inning and playing centerfield. Jones arrived late to the ballpark from Lake Elsinore but suited up as soon as he got to the park. He went 1-for-2 with a double.

A double down the third base line off closer Brad Baker that was inches within the line started a late rally for West Tenn. Baker then walked the bases loaded. A single tied the game, Baker's second blown save of the year in 15 opportunities. R.D. Spiehs also allowed a run as the usual eight-nine combo failed miserably for one of the few times this year.

The BayBears won the game with a run in the 12th and Alan Webb was the beneficiary.

Clay Hensley has allowed just one run per game over the last three games and has only earned one victory for his efforts. In his last 19 innings, Hensley has given up three runs. The last two runs he has given up have come on homers and he has given up eight on the year. It was the second time in a row that the bullpen blew a chance for a win for Hensley.

Greg Sain went 0-for-5 and is in the midst of a 2-for-28 slump. His batting average has dropped from .235 to .203, his lowest batting average of the year.

Nick Trzesniak upped his hitting streak to nine games. He also has knocked in two runs in each of his last three games and has hit a homer in two of three. With a multi-hit performance on Friday, Trzesniak has four multi-hit games in his current streak.

Mike Richardson hit his first homer of the year and drove in his first run of the year in the process. Richardson had five homers for Lake Elsinore in 2003.

Lake Elsinore lost 2-1

David Pauley had his longest outing of the year, 6.1 innings pitched. Although he matched his season high in hits allowed and walks allowed, Pauley gave up just two runs and struck out five. He also had a hit batsman and wild pitch in the game. Pauley is starting to come into his own, despite the losses mounting. He has given up two runs or less in five of his last six.

Casey Baker went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts in his Lake Elsinore debut. He had a .248 average with Fort Wayne.

Storm batters struck out 14 times on the day with Marcus Nettles leading the way with three.

Michael Johnson had another double to extend his hitting streak to eight. He has had an extra base hit in his last six games and seven of eight, totaling nine during the streak.

Angels OF Tim Salmon went 1-for-4 with a single and run scored in a rehab assignment with the Quakes. Salmon, who has been battling a knee injury, hit third in the order and served as the team's designated hitter.

Fort Wayne won 3-0

Sean Thompson struck out a season high ten batters on Friday. He is now striking out a batter per inning. He allowed just two hits and two walks through seven. It was his finest outing of the season as witnessed when he struck out the side on nine pitches in the first inning. Thompson had an outing back on May 20 where he gave up three hits and no runs. Thompson, in fact, has pitched shutout ball in three of his last five outings lowering his ERA from 4.07 to 2.73.

Ironically, each start in between, Thompson has surrendered four runs, although not all were earned on one occasion.

"Thompson is beginning to look better and better, of course, his last outing wasn't good but he's turning the corner," a Padres scout said.

Ernesto Garay made his Fort Wayne debut. He grounded out, singled, flied to left and walked on the afternoon. Garay has stolen 30-of-40 bases in his minor league career.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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