CG for Jared Wells; Josh Alley an on base machine

Who needs a bullpen when Jared Wells is on the mound? The kid is the definition of on fire. Kennard Jones has shown he can be patient at times but has not been consistent. Mike Ekstrom was the first to 11 wins – followed closely by Wells. Josh Alley has been an on base machine down in Eugene and shows no signs of slowing after reaching base four times.

Portland postponed due to rain

Friday night's game between the Portland Beavers and Las Vegas 51s at PGE Park was postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday, July 9

Mobile lost 6-4

Sean Thompson couldn't overcome the season-high 11 hits he gave up as six runs crossed the dish in six-plus innings of work to snap his three game winning streak. Thompson entered the game having allowed seven earned runs over his last four starts, a span of 25.2 innings. It is the sixth time this year that he has given up five or more runs in a game over 17 starts. Since joining Mobile the opposition has hit .306 off the lefty over 11 starts.

Kennard Jones extended his hitting streak to seven games with a 2-for-5 night. He is 10-for-31 over the streak with four walks and all his hits have been singles. Jones has gone 17 games without an extra base hit. He also drove in two to give him 40 RBI's on the season, a career high. His previous high had been 35 knocked in accomplished over two leagues in 2003. Since the beginning of May Jones has driven in 22. Jones has scored just 33 runs on the year despite getting on base 127 times so far on the year and posting a .351 on base percentage.

"Our hitting has to get better," said BayBears outfielder Kennard Jones. "I think many aspects of our game has improved, but we have to get timely hits."

Lake Elsinore won 4-1

Jared Wells' scoreless streak may have ended at 28 innings, but the hot streak that has seen him dominate the competition is still intact. He threw a complete game for the second consecutive start, allowing just one run on four hits and two walks while striking out five – his ninth win in a row and 11th on the year. He has tied Mike Ekstrom who won his 11th earlier in the night for tops among Padres minor leaguers. Over the last four games, Wells has pitched 32.1 innings and given up just the one run. In his last seven starts he has an ERA of 1.40 and the opposition is hitting just .218 off him during that time span. He held the opposition hitless, 0-for-6, with runners in scoring position on Friday and the lone run scored on an out. For the year he has limited batters to a .165 average against with runners in scoring position.

After batting .173 through the end of May, Jordan Pickens has picked up the pace. He is hitting .265 since the start of June with 14 of his 31 hits going for extra bases, raising his average to .222 on the year. The outfielder/designated hitter hasn't had an RBI in seven games, his longest stretch of the season, but is 6-for-18 over his last four games with four runs scored. Pickens has a .330 on base percentage for the year and has been hit by a team high 11 pitches.

Fort Wayne won 6-1

Mike Ekstrom earned his 11th win of the season on Friday, going seven innings and allowing one run on five hits and three walks. The right-hander is tops in the Padres' system in wins and already topped the mark of the top pitchers on the club last year, Dirk Hayhurst and Sean Thompson who each had nine wins. Ekstrom has allowed two runs or less in 13 of his 18 starts on the year. Ekstrom is sixth in the Midwest League in ERA at 3.05, tied atop the leaderboard in wins and first in innings pitched, pending the outcome of Friday's games.

After belting one homer in a 37 game span, Yordany Ramirez has hit two over his last four games and his two homers in July are more than he had in any previous month. He has had just three hits in five July games and is hitting .188 for the month. Ramirez has hovered around .200 for most of the year with his best month a .220 average during April. Despite a .201 average he has batted .254 with runners in scoring position with 16 hits in 63 at bats. His 32 RBI's rank third on the team.

Eugene lost 5-4

Josh Geer made his first start of the year and was bounced after 2.2 innings. The former product of Rice allowed three runs on two hits and a walk days after making his first appearance of the year and retiring the side in order. The Texas native has faced Spokane in both appearances and left the game on Friday with one man left on base who scored when Lizahio Baez hit his first of two homers on the day off Eugene pitching.

Josh Alley went 1-for-2 with three walks to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He has reached base safely in all 12 games he has appeared in for the Ems, batting .400 with an on base percentage of .542. Alley is 13-for-32 over his current eight game hitting streak with eight walks. He has been issued a free pass 14 times on the year compared to just five strikeouts. He leads the Emeralds in doubles with five, hits with 18 and is tied for the team lead with 11 runs scored.

William Ponce, who beat his season total of wins from last year with his second on Thursday, came on to get the final out of the eighth with two men on. He has inherited eight runners in seven appearances and has held six from scoring. In 8.2 innings, Ponce has held the opposition to a .208 batting average against and they are just 2-for-16 off him with men in scoring position. Left-handed hitters have managed just one hit in 19 at bats.

Peoria had the day off

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