Kintzler where he left off; Venable steal in seven

Chris Oxspring has been as good as it gets over his last seven outings. Brian Whitaker finally got on the winning side of the ledger. Fabian Jimenez was rocked hard – again. Just two hits for Eugene with Josh Alley nabbing one while Ben Krosschell took his second loss. Linebacker Josh Thomas-Dotson made his debut on Sunday and knocked in…a run. William Venable is multi-hitting and Tim Turner smoked his first homer of the year. Brandon Kintzler begins where he left off.

Portland won 2-1

Chris Oxspring struck out eight over 6.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits without walking a batter. Oxspring has struck out 78 while walking 23 in 91.1 innings. Oxspring has allowed two earned runs or less in eight of his 15 starts this year, including six of the last seven. His ERA has dropped from 6.80 to 4.24.

Lee Evans went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, pushing his hitless streak to 16 straight at bats. He has as many errors, one as he has hits since joining Portland on June 5, going 1-for-27 with 11 K's. Evans did throw out his second runner since joining the Beavers and is 2-for-9 catching runners attempting to steal.

Mobile won 2-1

Brian Whitaker was finally rewarded for a solid outing when he got the win after allowing one run on four hits and five walks in seven innings. The righty had lost four straight decisions, including losses in the last two starts in which he allowed five runs, but only one earned. Whitaker has had eight outings in which he has allowed three runs or less and has just three wins on the year. His five walks tied a season high and in all three games that he has waked five he has allowed two runs or less.

Closer Dale Thayer earned his 15th save of the year on Monday, giving him nine straight without allowing an earned run. He has given up runs in two of his last 18 games. Thayer has just five saves during the month of June, seeing action in four non-save situations and just ten games during the month. Thayer has been successful despite a .289 average against by holding the opposition to a .195 average against with runners in scoring position.

Lake Elsinore had the night off

Fort Wayne lost 9-4

After 11 days off, Fabian Jimenez was back on the hill looking to right the ship. Instead, it continued to sink as he was hammered – with seven runs crossing the plate on eight hits and two walks in 2.1 innings. Jimenez has been pounded in each of his past four outings, allowing 30 runs on 36 hits and 12 walks in 13 innings. His ERA has ballooned from 4.17 to 7.04 in the process.

Tom Vincent went 1-for-5 to push his hitting streak to six games. He is 10-for-26 over the streak with three doubles and two stolen bases. He has, however, hit into two double plays in his last five games – including one on Monday. After hitting .373 in April, Vincent hit .182 in May and has followed it up with a .316 average during the month of June.

Eugene lost 5-0

Ben Krosschell lasted 4.2 innings in his second start of the year, giving up five runs on eight hits, including a home run. After ending his 2004 season with ten consecutive innings of scoreless ball, Krosschell has given up nine runs over 8.1 innings of work this year. Krosschell also has thrown a wild pitch in each of his first two starts after uncorking seven in 14 games last year.

Eugene managed just two hits on the day from Josh Alley and Santiago Guerrero. Alley, coincidentally, has hits in each of his three games and has drawn a base on balls in each game. Alley also stole his second base of the year on Monday with steals in consecutive games after getting caught in his first attempt.

Peoria lost 6-4 on Sunday

David Jolliff got the start, four days after making his debut from the bullpen. The right-hander allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out six over four innings of work. He had given up one run on a homer in his debut. Jolliff, 20, is a converted infielder who had never pitched during high school or college but has made the conversion with the Padres.

Josh Thomas-Dotson made his debut with Peoria on Sunday and went 1-for-4 with an RBI and two K's. Dotson never played college baseball as he was busy suiting up at linebacker for the Oregon Ducks. He was recommended by Former San Diego State baseball coach Jim Dietz. He has left the door open to return to football in 2006 if baseball does not work out.

Peoria won 7-6

William Venable went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI's on Monday, giving him three multi-hit games on the year. Selected in the seventh round out of Princeton, Venable is the son of Max – the hitting coach for the Fort Wayne Wizards. Venable has five RBI's over the first four recorded games of the year. Venable batted .385 with nine homers and 33 RBI's for Princeton while stealing ten bases in 13 attempts.

Tim Turner went 3-for-5, hitting his first professional homer. Turner has had a hit in each of the four recorded games to open the year and scored three runs on Monday. Turner was signed after a tryout camp in Chicago, Ill. He played four years for East Tennessee State, hitting .275 with 10 home runs, 69 RBI's and 92 runs scored. He also added 48 stolen bases. He was voted the best defensive centerfielder in the Southern Conference prior to 2003. Turner also excelled as a pitcher, winning 11 games in 268.2 innings while striking out 259. On the mound, Tim won 11 games for the Bucs, pitching 268.2 innings in his career.

Brandon Kintzler got the win, tossing two innings of scoreless relief. He allowed two hits and walked one while striking out four. Kintzler split last year between Peoria and Eugene. He went 3-2 with six saves and a 2.38 ERA in 21 appearances. The righty struck out 38 in 34 innings. During his tenure in Eugene, Kintzler earned three saves in his only three appearances.

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