Mobile wins, others do not

Chris Oxspring did something he has not done all year as his teammate Xavier Nady continues to tear up the Pacific Coast League. Brad Baker saves number 20 as the offense comes through in the clutch. They are not spelling ‘relief' too well in Lake Elsinore as ten runs crossed the plate on two relievers. A solid start and no-hit bid by Alfredo Fernandez is wasted on the long ball. Peoria opened up its season with a loss with several draftees at the forefront.

Portland lost 7-2

J.J. Furmaniak committed an error for the second straight game, a feat he has accomplished four separate times this year. He now has 16 errors on the season. The next closest teammate has seven.

Jake Gautreau made his debut with Portland and went 0-fo-2 with a walk.

Xavier Nady continues his torrid pace. He has hit safely in six games since returning from San Diego, going 10-for-23 with five homers, two doubles and 11 RBI's. He went 2-for-4 on Wednesday for his fourth multi-hit game of the current streak, homering and driving in the only two Portland runs.

In 33 innings pitched over seven different outings, Chris Oxspring had not surrendered a home run. On Wednesday he made up for it. Oxspring gave up three solo shots in a loss. Oxspring went 4.2 innings, giving up the three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five. Since returning from the disabled list he has been limited by pitch counts until he gets back into the swing. Wednesday was his longest outing since his return.

Mobile won 8-5

Every BayBear hitter had at least one hit on the night and all but one scored a run while seven different hitters had extra base hits.

Pacing the action was Rico Washington, a player demoted to Portland and making his first appearance of the year for Mobile. Washington went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Washington had been used in spot duty with Portland. Five of his last eight hits came in a pinch-hitting role, spanning 21 games with only five games where he started and played the whole game.

"I felt good coming in today," Washington said. "We were down four runs and we tied the game and came back and won 8-5. I am pretty sure I am going to be a big part of this team and contribute a lot."

Ben Johnson has struck out in 17 straight games. During that time he has whiffed 23 times. It has been over 25 games since Johnson has gone two days without a strikeout, and his longest streak without one is two games.

Since blowing a save nine games ago, Brad Baker has been almost perfect. Baker has seven saves and a win to his credit over his last eight games, in eight innings of work, and has given up just three hits, none coming over his last five games.

For the sixth time this year Clay Hensley allowed five runs or more in a game. Wednesday was the first time he got the victory as the hitting came through when the pitching did not. Hensley lasted six innings and gave up five runs on seven hits and a walk. He did strike out a season high eight batters. He is now 5-7 on the season.

Alan Webb had a short stint where he allowed 11 runs in an inning and two-thirds, but he is cruising now. After an inning and a third of work on Wednesday, Webb has kept the opposition off the scoreboard for ten straight games, spanning 12 innings.

Lake Elsinore lost 11-0

Despite the score, Eddie Bonine bounced back from three sub par performances where he had surrendered 14 runs in 17.1 innings of work to hold the opposition to one run on six hits and three walks in five innings of work. Bonine faced some trouble spots but was able to pitch out of it, unlike previous outings.

Kevin Beavers was torched for five runs in an inning plus. Beavers allowed six of the first seven batters he faced to reach base. It was the third time this year he has been hit hard in an otherwise solid year. It was only the sixth time he has been scored upon in 20 appearances.

Wilmer Villatoro, terrible in seven of his first eight appearances settled down to allow three runs over his next 11 outings before Wednesday. That is when it all came crashing down again. Villatoro suffered his worst outing to date, allowing six runs in the eighth inning, capped by a grand slam.

The Storm is expected to gain several players on Thursday to build the roster back up.

Eugene lost 5-4

Four of the five Eugene pitchers gave up home runs on the day with the big blow coming against Jake Upwood, a pitcher who was a relief man for Fort Wayne before getting demoted. Upwood surrendered a solo homer in the eighth that turned out to be the game winner.

Alfredo Fernandez made his third start of the year and second with Eugene. Similar to the night before, Fernandez had a no-hitter going into the fifth inning before surrendering the only hit he would give up on the day, a solo home run to the first batter he faced in the inning. Fernandez went on to complete the inning before being pulled. Besides the one hit, he gave up four walks and hit a batter (his third hit batsmen in two games) while striking out four.

In two games Brett Burnham has shown he can handle the stick. He is 4-for-8 with a double and two RBI's, one in each game. Burnham did, however, commit three errors in his first start of the year. He played error free ball on Wednesday.

They said it was his glove that would cash his ticket but his bat did the talking on Wednesday. Sean Kazmar hit a three run homer in the second inning and had two hits on the night. He has hit safely in five of his six games but his average is only at .214. Wednesday was his first multi-hit game of the year.

Peoria lost 8-4 on Tuesday

The Padres pounded out 11 hits, but could only score four runs. Kelvin Vasquez led the way with a 3-for-5 debut with one RBI and William Killian added two RBI's.

Vasquez was the 762nd pick in the draft out of Indian Hills Community College, a school Bill Gayton attended. Killian is a catcher out of Chippewa Hills and a third round pick by the Padres this year. Killian was voted the best player in the state of Michigan.

Yordany Ramirez has a tenth of the RBI's he had over two years with Idaho Falls after a 1-for-4 night with a run driven in. He had knocked in just ten in his first two years of rookie ball with Idaho Falls. He also stole two bases after swiping seven last year.

Baudilio Figueroa went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored. He spent last year with Idaho Falls.

Richard Steik was the only pitcher to last a full inning without allowing a run.

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