Xavier Nady returns to first place team

Portland took over the division lead with a win. Justin Germano got the win and Marty McLeary had the save, although it wasn't easy. Xavier Nady returned. Nick Trzesniak is slowly coming around and his last three games have been a revelation. David Pauley reaches nine – losses. Juan Ciriaco has two streaks. One he likes, the other is not so nice. Michael Johnson continues his return in Peoria.

Portland won 6-3

Xavier Nady returned to the Portland lineup and went 2-for-5 with an RBI. Nady has a nine game hitting streak with the Beavers, going 12-for-40. He is 22-for-67 over his 16 games dating back to June 18 when he first returned to Portland from San Diego. He has five RBI's in his last four games with the Beavers.

Justin Germano tied a season high by allowing nine hits, the second game in a row he has given up that much. He went 6.1 innings and allowed three runs. For the second straight game he did not walk a batter and has walked two in his last five games. He has won five straight games and moved to 6-4 on the season.

Marty McLeary had something happen that hadn't occurred in his past seven games. He allowed a hit. Not only did he allow a hit, he walked two batters to load the bases. McCleary had allowed one baserunner over that span of seven games until Friday. Still, he got out of the inning with his tenth consecutive save and eight in his last eight.

Mobile won 4-3 in 11

Nick Trzesniak had just one multi hit in a 37 game stretch, ending three games ago. Since then he has two multi-hit games and has knocked in four runs while drawing five walks. He was 2-for-3 on Friday with a double, two RBI's and two walks.

Jack Cassel got his third victory of the year, pitching two scoreless innings of ball. He has appeared in 46 games this year, allowing runs in 14 games. He has had to struggle to get his ERA down after giving up six runs in his season debut. His ERA was 54.00 to start the year and he has whittled it down to 3.83.

Gabe Ribas went 5.2 innings and yielded two runs on six hits and two walks. He allowed a homer for the third straight start, the second time he has given up homers in three consecutive this year. The last time was with Lake Elsinore and the streak was four straight. Ribas has given up just seven earned runs in his last four games after giving up 16 in his previous three games with Mobile.

R.D. Spiehs was scored upon for the second straight game. It was the third time this year he has been scored upon in consecutive games in 48 appearances. All three have followed the same pattern. Three runs against in the first game and one run against in the second game.

Lake Elsinore lost 8-2

Rusty Tucker is now with the Lake Elsinore Storm.

David Pauley gave up four runs on eight hits in six innings of work. He took his ninth loss of the season in the process. Pauley has walked a batter in all of his 22 starts this year. He has given up eight hits or more six times, with all but one resulting in a loss. Friday marked the sixth time he has given up four runs or more.

Brian Burgamy is 11-for-28 over a seven game hitting streak. After leaving the Storm earlier in the year with a .205 batting average and hitting .233 in Fort Wayne, Burgamy has steadily raised his average since his return to Lake Elsinore. He is now hitting .281 on the year, getting hits in all but three of his last 20 games. He also has six multi-hit games in his last ten.

For the first time in ten games Wilmer Villatoro allowed a run. Actually he allowed four, three being earned. The unearned run scored on an error he committed. Villatoro did not walk a batter for the first time in seven games but did hit two batters. One started the rally and he hit another with the bases loaded. Then a double cleared the bases. It is the fourth time this year that he has allowed four runs or more in an appearance.

Fort Wayne lost 2-1 in 10

Juan Ciriaco went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Ciriaco is 10-for-29 and he has two hitting streaks of seven or more in his last 28 games. While he has an eight game hitting streak, he also has eight errors over that span. He committed two more on Friday, one helped to score the winning run in extra innings.

Chris Tierney went 5.1innings and allowed one run on eight hits and two walks. Over his last three games, spanning 15.1 innings of work, Tierney has allowed three earned runs. He has walked a batter in each of his games with Fort Wayne and has walked two or more in seven consecutive games.

Howie Pence pitched two innings of scoreless ball. Pence has made 29 appearances on the year and has given up runs in just eight, with two of those producing only unearned runs. In five of the 29 games, he has not allowed a hit or a walk.

Eugene game was postponed

Peoria lost 8-6

Michael Johnson went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. He has two doubles in four games with Peoria and on Friday he stole his first base – of the year. Johnson did not have a single attempt while with Lake Elsinore. He does have two errors in four games after having three in 45 games with the Storm.

Julio Cruceta was the only Padre to have multiple hits. He went 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI. He has had ten multi-hit outings in 27 games. His triple was his fourth, good for second on the team. He also stole his fifth base of the year. Cruceta, after having 12 RBI's in his first seven games, has just four in his last 20.

Steve Delabar went four innings and gave up five runs, three earned on four hits and two walks. Delabar has only allowed more than three earned runs once this year, but has been charged with four runs or more four times in 11appearances. He has walked two batters in each of his last four games.

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