Clay Hensley starting; Sean Thompson brilliant

Clay Hensley returned to the starting rotation in Portland. R.D. Spiehs appears back on track after a dismal start. Sean Thompson sparkled over seven innings of work. Ryan Trytten has been effective for the Wizards and has a season wish.

Portland lost 2-1 in 10

Robert Fick was called up to the Majors on Monday, replacing Geoff Blum who was put on the disabled list. Fick was hitting .375 with three homers and 11 RBI's in ten games.

Kerry Robinson extended his hitting streak to nine games on Monday, going 1-for-5, scoring the only run for the Beavers and stealing two bases. He extended his run scoring streak in the process to eight games.

Clay Hensley, in his first start of the year, threw five innings of one run ball, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out six. Hensley pitched one inning in his debut on April 26.

Angel Tovar allowed a run on two hits in a walk, taking the loss. Tovar has now surrendered a run in five straight relief appearances, allowing 11 runs over that span on 15 hits.

Mobile lost 5-4

Jose Oyervidez allowed five runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings of work. For the second straight start, the right-hander walked four batters and has issued 11 free passes in the past 14.1 innings. He had not allowed more than two earned runs in his first four starts of the year.

R.D. Spiehs has a little bite in his game these days. After allowing runs in five straight outings, Spiehs has allowed just one run over his last four appearances, spanning eight innings. He has allowed two hits over that time frame and did not allow a hit on Monday in 1.2 innings.

Corey Smith is 0-for-17 over his last six games, striking out eight times over that span. Smith has seen his average drop from .325 to .260 in the process.

Lake Elsinore won 5-0

Sean Thompson had his longest outing of the year, a masterful seven innings that saw just two hits and no walks but eight strikeouts. Thompson is 4-0 on the year with a 1.32 ERA. He had walked ten through his first four starts but has whiffed eight in two straight games.

The Strom committed more errors, three, than Storm pitchers allowed on the day, two. Juan Ciriaco committed his team leading 11th error and Brett Bonvechio stayed on his tail after his ninth error. Brian Fryer committed his first. Bonvechio and Ciriaco were the only two Storm players to record multiple hits and Bonvechio drove in two while Ciriaco plated one.

Peeter Ramos had his third multiple-RBI game in a row on Monday. He knocked in two runs and has eight RBI's in the last three games. He is now second on the team with 18 RBI's on the year.

Fort Wayne won 9-5

Brett Dowdy notched his third triple of the season, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two walks. In the last four games that he has drawn a walk, Dowdy has had two in each of those games. Dowdy has more triples on the year than doubles and homers combined, two.

Luke Steidlmayer has made six appearances this year and already has his third win. He pitched two scoreless innings and has yielded one run in 14.1 innings of work. He is likely to be the first call up to Lake Elsinore this year and has a chance to move up even further, depending on the organization's feelings.

Ryan Trytten threw two innings of scoreless relief and has made five straight appearances without allowing a run. His philosophy on the year is simple:

"My outlook on the year is pretty much that I would like to move up in the system as quickly as I can," said Trytten.

Wizards closer Matt Varner ended the month of April tied in the Midwest League for the Rolaids Relief Man Award for April. Varner finished with an 0-1 mark and seven saves, good for 19 points. He tied with Lansing closer Danny Hill, also 0-1 with seven saves. He did not pitch on Tuesday.

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