Clay Hensley decision-less; Cesar Carrillo debuts

Clay Hensley continues to dominate and not be rewarded. Jose Oyervidez pitched well enough to win in a loss. Cesar Carrillo debuted with the Storm and Fernando Valenzuela Jr. is feeling fine and happy the ball is falling his way. Nick Hundley continues to appear in the notebook. Daryl Jones is shouldering a heavy load. Kyle Blanks is back on the prowl while Will Venable is to the nines. Don't forget about the pitching performance of Juan Jimenez, easily forgotten with all the hitting in Peoria.

Portland won 4-1

Clay Hensley went seven-plus innings, allowed just one run on four hits but was denied the win as Portland didn't take the lead for good until the eighth. It has been the story of the year for Hensley who has posted nine starts where he has given up two runs or less and has one win to show for it. Opposing hitters are floundering with a .199 average against Hensley and in 13 starts he has given up just one first inning run.

Jon Knott was a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk, falling a double shy of the cycle on Thursday. He has tripled in consecutive games and hit his team leading 19th homer of the year, which is also tied for tops in the league. His 47 extra base hits rank third in the Pacific Coast League. Interestingly enough, Knott is hitting just .221 with runners in scoring position.

Mobile lost 6-5 to complete the suspended game, lost 5-1

Paul McAnulty was named to the All-Star team Thursday, replacing Mississippi Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur, who was promoted to the Atlanta Braves and started in right field Thursday night in the second game of a doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs at Turner Field.

McAnulty, who spent 10 games with the San Diego Padres, was returned to the BayBears Monday. With the Padres, he batted .222 in nine at-bats, scoring one run and collected a pair of hits and one walk.

In 69 games with the Bay Bears, heading into Thursday's doubleheader, McAnulty was batting .298 for the season with 36 runs, 39 runs batted in, 10 home runs, two triples and 15 doubles.

Angel Tovar took the loss in the completion of the suspended game. The game resumed with the score tied at 4-4. Tovar gave up two unearned runs, courtesy of a Jason Clements error, on two hits and a wild pitch. He has uncorked six wild pitches in his eight appearances with Mobile and has surrendered 12 runs, nine earned, on 19 hits and eight walks in 12.1 innings.

Jose Oyervidez had his finest outing in a month, allowing one run on eight hits while striking out five. For the first time since May 17, he did not walk a batter. He came into the game having walked 13 over his last three starts. Despite tying his season-high for hits allowed, Oyervidez still has limited the opposition to a .223 batting average. He has allowed just two first inning runs this year.

Natanael Mateo took the loss in the scheduled game after being charged with three runs in a third of an inning. After allowing two runs over a span of 22 appearances, Mateo has given up six runs in his last four, a span of 2.1 innings. His ERA has jumped from 2.14 to 3.25 in the process. Mateo entered the game with a 1.90 ERA at Hank Aaron Stadium but that swelled to 3.00 after his outing on Thursday.

In his first game since June 16, Nick Trzesniak went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He did nail the only baserunner attempting to steal.

Lake Elsinore lost 8-6 in 14 innings

Cesar Carrillo made his debut in the Padres' system on Thursday with the High-A Lake Elsinore Storm. The Padres first round pick, 18th overall, was pulled after three scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and struck out three. The right-hander was named a First Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association after going 13-3 with a 2.22 ERA (31 ER/125.2 IP) in 19 games (18 starts) with 127 strikeouts for Miami. Carrillo established a school record by winning his first 24 decisions, the fourth-longest winning streak in NCAA Division I history. During the streak, Carrillo compiled a 2.32 ERA (55 ER/213.0 IP) in 34 games (30 starts) while striking out 195 batters and holding the opposition to a .214 batting average.

"I have gone through stretches where I have hit the ball right at people and these are the hits you get here and there to compensate," said Fernando Valenzuela Jr. who extended his hitting streak to 12 games on Thursday by going 1-for-4. "It is good to get those but at the same time I know I am going to have those hard hit balls right at people."

Fort Wayne lost 4-2

Fabian Jimenez returned to respectability on Thursday, tossing five innings of three run ball on six hits, two walks and two hit batsmen. All three runs scored in the third inning when eight batters were sent to the plate. He took his sixth straight loss in the process, giving him a Midwest League leading ten losses on the year. Jimenez had given up five runs or more in each of his last five games and has held the opposition to three runs or less in eight of his 16 starts. The lefty has had more walks than strikeouts in nine of his outings, walking 40 compared to 31 K's on the campaign.

Matt Lauderdale extended his hitting streak to five games after going 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. He is 9-for-18 with two walks and four RBI's over the streak. He has scored just three runs the last 15 times he has reached base. Lauderdale had a rough time behind the plate as the opposition swiped four bases off him. Baserunners have now stolen ten bases in a row off him.

Eugene won 11-7

After two relief appearances, Cesar Ramos got the start – his first as a professional. In 4.1 innings of work, Ramos allowed six runs on eight hits while striking out two. He hadn't given up a run in 3.2 innings of relief and was perfect through his first three innings on Thursday before four runs crossed the plate in the fourth and two more in the fifth, chasing him from the game.

Every Emerald recorded a hit Thursday and all but Billy Richardson scored a run. Josh Alley, Brian Cavanaugh and Chase Headley extended their hitting streaks to seven games.

Daryl Jones had a single through a drawn in infield to score a run in the second inning. He also hit a towering double in the eighth inning and scored, sliding around the attempt to throw him out at home plate. He officially went 2-for-5 and has hits in four straight games.

"Eugene will be a challenge for him," Padres' Director of Player Development Tye Waller said of Daryl Jones. "Playing at 18 he will have his hands full. He is definitely growing."

Nick Hundley went 1-for-3 with two walks, homering for the third time in four games. The catcher knocked in four runs, three coming off the jack and another on a bases loaded walk. He now has RBI's in six consecutive games and ten over that span for a total of 12 in 11 games played. His two walks also gave him more bases on balls, ten, than strikeouts, nine.

AZL Padres won 16-2

Every starter notched at least one run scored, with six scoring twice, and David Parker was the only batter not to record a hit as six batters had at least two.

Kyle Blanks notched his fourth straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-3. He homered, drove in two runs and scored two runs. He has scored a run in each of the last five games, nine total over that span. The homer, his sixth of the season in 13 games, leads the Arizona League, as does his 20 RBI's, 12 extra base hits while he is tied for the league lead with 17 runs scored. Blanks is batting .474 with runners in scoring position.

Casey Smith lengthened his hitting streak to six games by going 2-for-5. He also hit his first homer of the year, celebrating in style with a grand slam in the third inning where the Padres pushed across eight runs. Smith has eight RBI's over his last three games, with six of those coming with the bases juiced. He is 10-for-22 over the streak.

Will Venable pushed his hitting streak to nine games, faring 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, triple and two runs scored. It is the second game in a row he has notched a three-bagger and his last four hits have all gone for extra bases. Venable is 14-for-39 during the streak with eight runs scored and eight RBI's. He has scored a run in each of his last five games.

Juan Jimenez pounded out seven stellar innings, allowing one run on three hits and a walk while striking out a career-high eight. Jimenez had given up 14 runs over his first three starts in a span of 15.2 innings. The right-hander had allowed six first run innings but threw scoreless ball until the sixth. His one bad pitch sailed out of the park, the third homer he has surrendered this year.

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