Clay Hensley, Steve Delabar dominate

Clay Hensley has allowed two runs or less in seven of ten starts and has one win to show for it. Greg Sain talks about his power dropping and average rising. Sean Thompson, gasp, walked five in his start. Casey Baker is the hottest Baker in Mobile. Arturo Lopez had one of his few sub par outings in the past few weeks. Fort Wayne players competed in the all-star game. Eugene began its season and Steve Delabar was brilliant.

Portland won 4-2 in ten innings

Clay Hensley has been showcasing his talents of late for a potential call-up to San Diego. He had one mistake, thrown to former Beaver Yamid Haad who smacked one out of the park. It was one of just two hits he yielded on the day and it cost him his only two runs over seven innings of work. It is his third two-hitter of the year and the seventh time in ten starts that he has allowed two runs or less.

Jon Knott went 2-for-5, hitting two homers including the game winner – a two-run shot in the bottom of the tenth inning and 15th of the year. Knott drove in three of the four Portland runs and has five RBI's over his last two games. He also is in the midst of a nine game hitting streak, notching his first two multi-hit games of the streak in the last two days. Although he leads the team with 47 RBI's, he is hitting just .203 with runners in scoring position.

The newest Portland Beaver Greg Sain, who did not play in Tuesday's game, on hitting for a higher average perhaps sacrificing some power:

"I think that was something I was working on, hitting for a better average. Losing some of the power was something I had to do - I needed some more consistent at bats. The average will fluctuate either way. The approach changed. I don't think my power is gone."

Mobile won 7-5

There was a time when Sean Thompson said he wouldn't walk five batters in a game this year. He poked some fun at this simpleton at that time. Tongues were apparently made to be burned.

In six-plus innings of work, Thompson allowed three runs on eight hits and five walks in a no-decision. It marked the ninth time in 14 starts that he has walked three or more. Thompson has allowed three or fewer earned runs in five of his last six starts with Mobile. Thompson also picked off his seventh runner of the season on Tuesday – compiling between Lake Elsinore and Mobile.

Angel Tovar entered the game for Thompson in the seventh inning with two on – both of whom scored. Nine of 13 inherited runners have scored on Tovar this year. In his one inning of work, Tovar allowed two runs of his own on two hits and a walk, aided by two wild pitches. It was his fourth wild pitch in four appearances with Mobile after having just one in 16 Portland appearances. He has allowed five runs, three earned, in his four outings of Southern League play – one being a four inning start which he did not allow a run.

Steve Baker went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his Mobile debut after hitting .344 with the Storm. The other Baker on the team, Casey Baker, continues to roll. Whilst it is true Paul McAnulty moved his hitting streak to 16 games, C. Baker pushed his to 11 with a 2-for-4 night and two RBI's. He is now 15-for-35 over the streak with 11 runs scored and eight RBI's. Baker had just three RBI's all year prior to the beginning of the streak. Five of his eight doubles have also come during the streak.

Lake Elsinore lost 5-2

Arturo Lopez went 6.1 innings and surrendered four runs while tying a season-high for hits allowed with nine. Lopez hadn't allowed more than six hits in eight consecutive starts until Tuesday and it was the second time in eight starts that he has given up more than one earned run in a start. Lopez still has a .224 average against during the month of June.

Brian Burgamy went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI's to give him 40 RBI's on the year. Over his last 13 games, Burgamy has driven in 11 and nine of his 23 extra base hits this year have come over that same span. The outfielder is hitting .400 with runners on base and two outs and .333 with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Fort Wayne had the day off for the All-Star game, a 4-2 East win

Mike Ekstrom worked one inning, allowing one hit and a walk but no runs. The Midwest League save leader, Matt Varner, got the save in the game, despite allowing two hits.

Colt Morton went 0-for-2 with a strikeout as the only Wizard to start the game. He also went 0-for-1 in throwing runners out attempting to steal. Matt Bush went 0-for-1 at the plate and Chris Kolkhorst managed to secure the only hit, going 1-for-2.

Eugene won 3-2

Steve Delabar got the start for Eugene in the season opener and was excellent, allowing just two hits over five innings of work and striking out seven. Delabar struck out nine on July 27 last year while pitching for the Peoria Padres. In three starts with Eugene a year ago, Delabar allowed five earned runs over 17 innings and had one 6.2 inning, three hit outing that he did not allow a run.

Santiago Guerrero, signed in March of 2001 by the Padres, made his stateside debut with Eugene after four years with the Dominican Summer League Padres. He went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored, matching his total number of triples last year with one on Tuesday. Guerrero has batted .240 over 230 games, hitting .271 a year ago. He also stole 12 bases last year while getting caught three times. He did have an error and ground into a double play on Tuesday.

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