Clay Hensley a first in four; Daniel Moore two

Ramon Hernandez drove in two runs in his Portland debut. Both Mobile starts, Chris Rojas and Clay Hensley did not allow a run splitting a doubleheader. Hensley did something in Mobile that hasn't been done in four year. Mike Richardson has been swinging a hot stick as Clark Girardeau got rocked. Sazi Guthrie had a wild night. Lachlan Dale hit a game winning homer. Daniel Moore made start number two for Peoria. Injury news on Reilly Embrey and Brian Fryer as well.

Portland won 13-4

Ramon Hernandez went 1-for-2 with a two run single up the middle in the second inning. Hernandez sat behind home for three innings before being relieved by Ben Risinger. He will catch three more innings on Sunday as he rehabs before joining the Padres.

Tagg Bozied followed his 4-for-5 night with a 3-for-4 night. He also walked once while driving in four runs and scoring three. Bozied's two run homer in the third was the front half of back-to-back homers as Jon Knott connected on the back half. Bozied has nine RBI's in his last four games with an RBI in each. Seven have come in the last two days.

Kerry Robinson scored four runs, bringing his two day total to seven runs scored. He has scored a run in six of his last seven and has an eight game hitting streak intact. He went 1-for-3 with two walks and he stole his eighth base of the year. On the downside, he did hit into his second double play with Portland.

Although Matt Hampton has given up runs in 11 of his 21 appearances with Portland, after surrendering runs in just two of his 13 Mobile outings, he earned the win on Saturday after pitching an inning and a third of perfect relief. He struck out three of the four batters he faced in relief of Chris Oxspring.

Oxspring lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks. It was his shortest outing since coming off the disabled list on June 13.

Nineteen games into his Portland career, Eddie Oropesa allowed his first homer of the year. Oropesa had gone nine games between runs allowed. His ERA is at 2.01 this year.

Mobile lost 8-1 in game one (7 innings)

Chris Rojas lasted just four innings on Saturday. In his first start in ten games, although he did pitch in the all-star game, Rojas walked five – but – didn't allow a single run. He gave up just two hits and was yanked with the team leading 1-0. His pitch count was a little high and there is no indication he was injured. His five walks tied a season high set in his fourth start of the year with Mobile. He allowed just one run in that game. He allowed two runners to reach base in each inning except the fourth. Over his last 11 innings he has surrendered just one run and he has not allowed more than five hits in his last seven starts.

Incidentally, Rojas allowed seven runs on six hits in his All-Star appearance.

Alan Webb gave up two runs with two outs in the fifth before loading the bases. He was pulled in favor of Jack Cassel. Cassel gave up a single that charged two runs to Webb, a wild pitch that sent another home charged to Webb before giving up his first homer in 33 games. Webb was charged with four runs.

Ben Johnson had just one of five Mobile hits in the game, one coming from Rojas. Johnson's was the only extra base hit for Mobile, his 14th homer of the year. Johnson has hit four homers in his last nine games and five in his last 13 after going 29 games between homers.

Rico Washington's streak of getting on in 18 straight ended in game one on Saturday.

Mobile won 2-0 in game 2 (7 innings)

Clay Hensley evened his record at 7-7 as he pitched a complete game shutout, albeit a seven inning game. From the annals of the Mobile BayBears media relations department, "Hensley became the first Mobile BayBears pitcher to throw a complete game shutout in over four years. The last shutout by a Mobile pitcher came when Brian Doughty blanked West Tenn on May 27, 2000."

Hensley has gone seven strong in each of his last four outings and for the second consecutive game he did not walk a batter. He gave up just four hits while striking out six. He has not allowed more than five over his last four starts, giving up 16 over his last 28 innings of work. He has given up five runs over the last four games. Hensley also had a hit in the game, making the pitcher spot one of only two to have a hit in each game. Nick Trzesniak, hitting under .200, also had a hit in each game.

Two singles, an error by the right-fielder and a ground out scored two runs for the BayBears as the managed just nine hits between the two games. Greg Sain had his streak of 18 games reaching base safely snapped in game two.

Ronnie Merrill reportedly sat out with an undisclosed injury. He was having trouble swinging the bat from one side of the plate but it is unclear what the ailment is. He went 0-for-4 on Friday.

Lake Elsinore won 10-7

Sterling Hitchcock threw on the side Sunday and will make his first start, of what figures to be a three game rehab assignment, on Wednesday when Lake Elsinore travels to play Inland Empire. A projected return for Hitchcock sees him rejoining the Padres in August.

Paul McAnulty has had four hitting streaks of seven games or more and now has three of eight or more as he went 2-for-4 on Saturday. After scoring four runs on Saturday, McAnulty has scored a run in each of his last nine games, 17 total. He homered for the second straight day and fourth in the last seven games and knocked in another two runs, giving him five over two days and 11 over his last eight.

Mike Richardson extended his hitting streak to eight, his RBI streak to five and added a homer for the fourth time in his last ten games (one with Portland). Richardson is 11-for-30 with 11 RBI's over the streak.

Clark Girardeau was smacked around for the first time since joining Lake Elsinore. He let up seven runs, six earned, in four innings of work. He surrendered his first homer since joining the Storm, and first in six games. It has been six starts since he gave up four runs in a game much less seven. Girardeau gave up eight hits, the second most he has given up all season in 18 starts, and three walks. His ERA is only 2.87, a sign of how dominant he has been.

Dale Thayer is 13-for-13 in converting his saves. Thayer struck out the side for the second time this year and has saved the last six games he has appeared in. He has now allowed one earned run over his last 20 games and has been perfect in an inning 19 times on the year, as in retiring the side in order without a fight.

Fort Wayne lost 7-2

A double steal in the second for Peoria scored one run while Fernando Valenzuela was thrown out at home trying to score from second on a Drew Macias single.

For the first time in six starts with Fort Wayne, Chris Tierney allowed more than three runs in a game. He gave up four, but only three were earned, in 4.2 innings of work. He gave up four hits but walked a season high five. Tierney had allowed 11 runs in his previous five starts with the Wizards.

Sazi Guthrie threw three of the four wild pitches that the Wizards had on the day. All came in the span of an inning and a third, the length of Guthrie's night. He gave up two runs on four hits and a walk while allowing two inherited runners to score and get charged to Tierney. He has allowed runs in 16 of his 27 appearances, 59 percent, on the year.

Although Henry Perez struck out the side in the eighth, it did not go easy. Perez allowed two singles, had a balk and threw a wild pitch. He ended up allowing one run. Perez has allowed runs in six of 16 appearances.

Eugene won 8-7

Every Em hitter had a hit and six different players drove in a run. Mark McRoberts led the way, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored. He added a two run homer in the fifth inning. Entering play on Saturday McRoberts was two for his last 28. Ironically the two guys with the lowest batting averages on the team had three hits apiece. Lachlan Dale was the other to have three hits and he also added a homer to lead off the ninth, which turned out to be the game winner.

Danny De_La_O had his worst outing of the year and it was also his shortest in a starting capacity. He allowed all seven runs in three plus innings of work before he was pulled in the fourth. He tied both his season high in hits allowed, seven, and walks, four. He has given up 12 runs and eight walks over his last 7.1 innings of work.

Despite giving up three singles, two walks and a balk in two innings of work, Jose Cespedes did not allow a run. A double play was the only aid he had but kept the opposition off the board somehow.

Brian Burks got his fourth save of the year pitching the ninth. He gave up two singles but picked off the first runner. He has allowed runs in three of his ten appearances and has saved four of the last five games he has appeared in, with one blown save resulting in a loss.

Reilly Embrey has been officially placed on the disabled list with a hand injury. He is rehabbing in Peoria. Another Emerald, Brian Fryer, broke his hand and will the rest of the year.

Peoria lost 7-4

Daniel Moore was hit hard in Peoria. In his second game of rehab, Moore gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk in three innings of work. Moore has yet to show off what made him a second round pick. He lasted into his fourth outing with Fort Wayne before an injury befell him and his ERA was at 7.41 in the Midwest League. Now his ERA is at 6.43 in the Arizona Rookie League.

Because starters don't often finish the fifth inning, Steve Delabar has been the decision king. Working as a long reliever Delabar has gone 2-2, losing the game on Saturday. He has pitched 20 innings over seven games and given up 13 runs, nine earned. He surrendered two earned runs over 3.1 innings of action, yielding four hits and walking one.

Pete White has driven in a run over each of his last four games. He is 6-for-14 after starting the year 4-for-27. Three of the six hits have been doubles and he has even drawn two walks.

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