Tim Stauffer saved; Kennard Jones a machine

Tim Stauffer was solid through six innings and was bailed out of a hard luck loss by Josh Barfield. Mike Thompson earned his first victory of the year in Mobile. Eddie Bonine and Dirk Hayhurst came on in relief, a year after spending most of their time in the starting rotation. Fort Wayne still isn't hitting.


Jose Oyervidez replaced Roger Deago on the Mobile BayBears roster. Deago was suspended 15 games by the Padres. Oyervidez did not pitch in 2004, last taking the hill with Eugene in 2003. Signed as a non-drafted free agent out of Laredo (Texas) Junior College in 2002, Oyervidez struck out 113 in 72.1 innings over his two year Minor League career.

Clay Hensley was not released by the Padres, as originally reported. Hensley is expected to rejoin the Beavers in Triple-A two weeks from now.

The Beavers added catcher Seth McCauley, a first-year professional, on Friday, replacing the recently promoted Jesse Garcia. McCauley was originally selected by the Rockies in the 43rd round of the 2000 draft.

Portland lost 3-2 in ten

Kerry Robinson was ejected in the tenth inning for arguing balls and strikes after striking out.

Stauffer threw 68 pitches in six innings of work, allowing two runs on just four hits. He did allow a solo homer and has surrendered 16 homers in 15 games with Portland.

After going 0-for-3 in his Portland debut, Josh Barfield forced extra innings with a two-run homer in the ninth inning. Barfield hit 18 homers in 2004 and had a Southern League leading 90 RBI's with Mobile.

Furmaniak added another two hits on Friday, giving him two multi-hit games. Furmaniak had 31 multi-hit games in 2004. He is the only Portland hitter to have a hit in each of the first two games.

Portland has had two men on base in the same inning just twice this year.

Mobile won 5-3

Mike Thompson allowed one run over five innings of work, earning the victory. Thompson won six straight starting decisions to open the 2004 season with Mobile. The right-hander allowed two runs or fewer in ten of his 18 starts with the BayBears last year.

Ronnie Merrill had his second multi-hit affair in as many games. Merrill had seven multi-hit games in nine games with Lake Elsinore in 2004 and 18 multi-hit games in 91 appearances with Mobile last year.

Kennard Jones had a two-run single on Friday, the first time in his Mobile career that he has had RBI's in two consecutive games. He went 82 games last year without RBI's in consecutive games and only had one game where he plated two runs. He already has two multi-RBI games this year.

Lake Elsinore lost 10-5

Steve Baker has two outfield assists in the Storm's first two games. He threw out a runner at home plate in the opener and caught a man at second base on Friday.

George Kottaras knocked in another run, in the first inning, giving him four RBI's through two games. Kottaras does have an error and a passed ball through two games. He did throw out the only runner attempting to steal.

Juan Ciriaco, in an attempt to match Kottaras' RBI total, committed two more errors to bring his total to four for the year. Ciriaco committed 21 errors in his final 25 games in 2004. He had six games after June 1 where he erred more than once in the same contest. He already has two such contests this year.

Fort Wayne lost 5-2

Matt Lauderdale went 2-3 with two doubles, a walk, and a run scored. He also walked once. Lauderdale hit .226 with Fort Wayne last year in 39 games.

Sean Kazmar left two runners in scoring position for the second game in a row but did drive in a run – the sole RBI for the team on the year. Kazmar drove in 29 in 70 games last year, split between Eugene (65) and Fort Wayne (5).

Clayton Hamilton went six innings and allowed three runs on four hits and a walk. He really only had one mistake on the night that resulted in a three run homer, the only runs scored against him. Hamilton went 1-1 with a 5.20 ERA for Eugene with five starts, keeping the opposition to a .208 batting average. He did allow five homers in eight outings. He also logged a start in Mobile, allowing one run over five innings to get the win.

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