Chris Oxspring, Clay Hensley thumped

Chris Oxspring was pummeled on Friday, his shortest non-injury start of the year. Clay Hensley gave up more runs than he had in his previous four outings. Four errors in one inning cost the Storm big as a solid Jon Huber start was wasted. Fernando Valenzuela homered for the second straight day. William Ponce was solid on the hill but still lost his fifth straight. Matt Bush had his first RBI of the year without getting a hit. The real star was Trey Johnston.

Portland lost 9-3

Chris Oxspring had his shortest non-injury outing of the year. He lasted just three innings and gave up six runs, all earned, which surpassed a season high of five earned runs. He gave up six hits, walked two and allowed a solo homer. What was his strongest inning entering play turned out to be the inning he was hit hardest. Oxspring has limited opponents to a .143 average in the second inning entering play and gave up three hits, two walks and a wild pitch.

Ramon Hernandez went hitless on Friday and is 3-for-12 with four RBI's in five games with Portland. Tacoma runners stole three bases off the rehabbing catcher and a Hernandez error cost Portland a run when he threw a ball into centerfield.

Kerry Robinson extended his hitting streak to 11 games and is 15-for-43 since joining the Beavers. Robinson also has eight walks and has been on base two or more times in eight of the 11 games he has played in. Jake Gautreau extended his hitting streak to 11, by far his longest of the year.

Mobile lost 11-10 in 10

Clay Hensley gave up a season high eleven hits in four innings of work, tying his shortest outing of the year. He did face five batters in the fifth inning. The right-hander was rocked for six runs, one game after throwing seven shutout innings. He had not given up six runs total in his last four games, although he has given up six or more four times in 19 starts. Hensley did go 1-for-2 with an RBI, his third of the year.

R.D. Spiehs had his worst outing of the year. In his 41st appearance of the season, Spiehs tied a season high mark of four hits allowed and gave up a three run homer while walking one. It was the second time this year Spiehs has given up three runs in a game and the tenth time this year he has allowed a run of any kind. Over the last seven games, he has surrendered three homers and has given up seven on the year in six different games.

Kennard Jones went 2-for-6 and had his first RBI in 20 games. Jones entered the game 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position, a .111 average. He went 1-for-2 in such situations on Friday. He is 21-for-77 over his last 20 games, raising his average from .203 to .231.

Greg Sain had his fourth three hit game of the year. He went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a homer. They were his first extra base hits in nine games. The homer was his Southern League leading 25th. For the first time this year, in his 93rd game of the year, Sain scored three runs in one game.

With an RBI on Friday, Josh Barfield is now tied for the Southern League lead with 65 RBI's.

Lake Elsinore lost 8-5

Blame it on the errors. Four errors in the seventh inning led to a six run inning. Only one of those runs was earned. First Jesse Roman could not handle a throw. Then there was a wild pitch. An error by Luis Cruz followed. A throwing error by the Natanael Mateo. A strike out that turned into a man on first when Luke Carlin was charged with a passed ball. Ending with an error from Peeter Ramos.

Jon Huber went a solid six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five. Huber has not allowed more hits than the innings he has pitched in six straight outings and has not given up more than six in a game over that span. Huber has allowed five earned runs over his last four starts and is just 1-0 over that time.

Cruz is 12-for-31 over a seven game hitting streak. The shortstop hit his first homer in 33 games and first extra base hit in nine. His homer in the top of the seventh gave the Storm a one run lead at 3-2. His error in the seventh contributed to four runs crossing the plate. It was his 32nd error of the year and recently prompted Tye Waller, the Padres Director of Player Development, to call his play in the field, "careless" to writer John Conniff.

Paul McAnulty not only had his 11 game hitting streak snapped but for the first time this year he struck out four times in a game. He had struck out three times in a game on four occasions. He has played in 92 games this year.

The Storm struck out 15 times total in the game.

Fort Wayne won 6-4

Fernando Valenzuela Jr. hit his second homer in as many days. Valenzuela went 3-for-5 with three RBI's. He has a five game consecutive RBI streak, driving in nine runs over that span. It coincides with a five game hitting streak, going 8-for-20 with three walks.

Brian Wahlbrink, still nursing a dislocated finger, stole his 15th base. Something tells us he didn't use the same hand that he jammed last time he was on the field – stealing a base.

Paul Abraham struck out the side for the first time this year, in his 15th game. Abraham has not allowed an earned run, three unearned runs have scored, in nine games, spanning 10.1 innings.

Chris Tierney allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings to get the win. Tierney allowed his first homer, a two run shot, in 12 starts. Tierney has been at his best in the first inning of games. He has limited opponents to a .160 batting average in the first.

Eugene lost 3-2

Jose Lobaton, playing in his 16th game of the year, had his first multi-hit night. Lobaton went 2-for-4, the only Emerald with more than one hit, stroking a double and hitting his second homer of the year. His first homer came in his first game of the year. He had one homer in 56 games for Idaho Falls in 2003.

William Ponce had his best outing of the year but still lost his fifth straight start. He let up two runs on seven hits in five innings of work. It was the first time this year in seven starts that Ponce has allowed two runs or less in an outing. Batters had been hitting .351 off Ponce with runners in scoring position but were limited to 1-for-5 on Friday.

Brian Burks loaded the bases in the ninth but came out unscathed. He walked two for the first time this year in 14 appearances. Burks has given up nine runs on the year but seven have been unearned.

Lachlan Dale has made ten errors in his last 21 games.

Peoria won 8-6

Matt Bush went 0-for-2, was hit by a pitch, walked, scored a run and drove in his first run as a professional with a sacrifice fly.

Trey Johnston, a day after he was thwarted at reaching a ten game hitting streak, went 2-for-4. He hit his first homer of the year and drove in four runs. He had four RBI's in 16 games entering play on Friday.

Daryl Jones went 4-for-5 on Friday with two RBI's. He is now 12-for-31 over a seven game hitting streak with four doubles and five RBI's.

Daniel Baca got his third win of the year, pitching an inning and two-thirds, allowing one unearned run on one hit and a walk. He has given up two earned runs all year in 13.1 innings of work.

Clayton Hamilton lasted just a third of an inning, giving up two hits and a walk that plated one run. It was just the second outing of the year for Hamilton who tossed two innings of scoreless ball in his debut.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@Sandiegosports.net

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