Chris Oxspring, Roger Deago lead teams to wins

Chris Oxspring truly returned to the form that has seen him jolt up prospect lists. It may be no coincidence that Humberto Quintero returned to Portland. Roger Deago made an impressive return to the starting rotation after working in relief all year. Jon Huber had his worst start of the year as Paul McAnulty belted two out of the park. The Ems blew another ninth inning lead. This time it was Matthew Varner who slipped.

Portland won 2-0

Chris Oxspring followed his worst outing of the year with his best. Oxspring went seven innings, giving up six hits and a walk while striking out five. It was the third time this year that Oxspring has thrown shutout ball and the furthest he had carried a shutout was the sixth inning before Wednesday.

Humberto Quintero returned to Portland after playing in 18 games for the Padres. Quintero went 1-for-3 in his return with a double. He also committed an error but it did not come back to bite him. Quintero batted .254 with the big club, smashing two homers and driving in eight runs on 16 hits. He is batting .302 for the Beavers and actually extended a hitting streak to 12 games with Portland. He is 19-for-46 during the hitting streak.

Brian Buchanon added his second homer since joining Portland. Buchanon went 2-for-4 with the homer and one RBI. In six games with Portland, he has three multi-hit games, including one game where he had four hits. He has knocked in seven while scoring just three.

Marty McLeary has saved the last four games he has appeared in and has either won or saved the last seven (six saves, one win). Only once over the last seven games has he even allowed a hit in a game, actually four in that one outing, and that was also the only game he allowed a run. He has not walked a batter in his last four appearances, this from a man who gave up six in one game – when he was in the starting rotation.

Mobile won 12-1

Mobile scored eight runs off former Padres' farmhand Mike Wodnicki in their win on Wednesday.

Bobby Scales had not produced a double in his last 19 games with Portland. Playing in his first game with Mobile he doubled in the fifth inning and added two more hits for his first three hit since he had one 49 games ago. It was 40 games ago that he scored three runs in one game.

Rico Washington went 2-for-3 with two walks and three RBI's. He produced run scoring hits in successive innings on a single that scored one and a double that netted two. It was the fifth time Washington has driven in three in a game, three occurring in 29 Mobile games and two happening in 46 Portland affairs.

Roger Deago returned to Mobile and made his first start of the year for the Padres. The man of many leagues, he has spent time in four this year, had started a few games for Tijuana of the Mexican League but had been used in relief with the Padres affiliates. Deago had not gone more than three innings in any of his 20 relief appearances on the year. On Wednesday, Deago went seven and gave up one run on four hits. He allowed a solo homer, the second homer he has surrendered on the year, while striking out four to earn his first win of the year.

Lake Elsinore lost 5-3

Jon Huber, stellar all year, faltered on Wednesday. He gave up five runs, four earned, on a season high ten hits in six innings of work. Huber had not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last six starts and has only surrendered four or more in four of his 20 starts on the year. He did, however, strike out nine on the night – his high on the year has been ten.

Natanael Mateo, winner of his last six decisions, did not allow a baserunner over his two innings of work. Mateo is limiting hitters to a .219 batting average on the year and in July he is holding opponents to a paltry .155 average and his ERA is 1.72 for the month.

Paul McAnulty went 2-for-3 with a walk. Both of his hits left the park and he knocked in all three runs for the Storm. It was McAnulty's first two homer game since August 29, 2002 while he was with Idaho Falls. McAnulty has smacked seven homers in his last 16 games and his 18 homers place him in a tie for second place amongst all California League hitters. His on base percentage, .409, is good for ninth in the league.

Fort Wayne had the night off

Eugene lost 7-6

In what seems to be a consistent theme, the Ems lost another game in the bottom of the ninth. Matthew Varner blew the save this time around. Varner allowed a walk and three singles, killing a 6-5 lead and making it a 7-6 loss. Varner, who had made one scoreless appearance with Fort Wayne, has given up runs in each of his last six games with Eugene. Over the last 11.2 innings with the Ems – one five inning start was mixed in – he has yielded nine runs.

Michael Ekstrom made his third start and it wasn't as successful as his previous two. Ekstrom lasted 4.1 innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks. He had given up four earned runs all year in eight appearances, spanning 20 innings. His six hits allowed were a season high.

Colt Morton hit his team and Northwest League leading 11th homer of the season, a solo shot. He also added a double on a 2-for-4 night. Morton has had three consecutive multi-hit games and has doubled in each of them. He also scored two runs to push his total up to 27, leading the team and placing him sixth in that category atop the league leaderboard.

Tom Vincent had his second multi-hit game in his last three, pushing his average up from .073 to .123. He still has more RBI's, 11, and runs, 9, than hits, 8. Vincent tagged his first double of the year and plated two on the night. He has eight RBI's in his last five games.

Matt Thayer had three of Eugene's seven doubles on Wednesday. It was his third three-hit game of the season, but the first time that he had more than one extra base hit in a game. Thayer has five hits over his last two games and has reached base safely in all but two of his 29 games this year.

Peoria had the night off

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