Chris Kolkhorst slam; Brett Dowdy returns

Miguel Ojeda and Brian Falkenborg are in Portland and Mark Loretta and Phil Nevin will be there too. Scott Stewart lost his fourth. Chris Kolkhorst clears the bases with a grand slam on a night when Brett Dowdy returned. Neil Jamison has been almost as good as his senior season with Long Beach. John Hussey has been pitching well for Peoria.

Portland lost 4-3

Padres second baseman Mark Loretta will will be in the lineup Friday night when the Beavers play at Tacoma. First baseman Phil Nevin is slated to begin his assignment with the Beavers the following day. Both will stay with Portland at least through Sunday before likely meeting the Padres for their series in New York against the Mets starting Tuesday.

Miguel Ojeda was in Portland for his first stint with the Triple-A club. Ojeda hit just .137 (10-for-73) in 43 games with San Diego while baserunners were 9-for-9 stealing bases off him. The catcher went 0-for-3 with a walk and a K on Thursday and threw out one of two runners trying to steal. Brian Falkenborg was also down in Portland and pitched a third of an inning. He made 10 relief appearances in two stints with the Padres this season, going 0-0 with an 8.18 ERA (10 earned runs/11 innings).

With Ojeda sent down to Triple-A for the first time this year, word is shortstop Jesse Garcia was shipped down to Mobile, although we were unable to confirm this as fact during the evening.

Scott Stewart lost his fourth game since joining Portland and all four have come on the road. The left-hander, signed after he was released by the Mets organization, has made 14 appearances for the Beavers and given up runs in six of those contests. While he has a .185 average against at home, the opposition is batting .295 off him on the road.

Mobile had the night off

Lake Elsinore had the night off

Fort Wayne won 6-4

Chris Kolkhorst had waited all year, 85 games to be precise, to hit his first homer of the year. And when he finally hit one it was a grand slam. It was his first hit in seven at bats with the bases juiced. He ended up 2-for-4, also adding a double and is 9-for-20 over his last five games. Kolkhorst is batting .400 during the month of July, 18-for-45, over 11 games.

Brett Dowdy, who missed a month with a broken thumb suffered when he was hit by a pitch. Obtained during spring training from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Todd Donovan, Dowdy was back in the lineup on Thursday and went 1-for-3. Through 62 games, Dowdy is hitting .281 with 17 extra base hits and 34 RBI's. Dowdy has swatted .343 with runners in scoring position on the year.

"I like to play hard," said the "Sandlot Kid". "I like to get down and dirty."

Dowdy, who has played nearly every position on the diamond during his first few years in the minors has settled in at third with the Padres but is open to playing anywhere:

"I haven't gotten (to catch) yet but if there is an opportunity where they need someone to catch or it puts me on the 40-man or 25-man roster, you better believe I am doing it."

Ricky Steik earned his 17th hold of the season with a scoreless inning of work. Steik has gone ten straight appearances without allowing a run, a span of 10.2 innings. The righty who bats lefty has given up runs in seven of his 39 outings on the year and sports a 1.62 ERA. The reliever has allowed five hits in 27 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Eugene lost 2-1 in 11 innings

Josh Geer was on the hill for the third time this year, second as a starter. Building back up arm strength, Geer scattered seven hits over 4.1 innings, walking one and striking out one. He held the opposition hitless in four at bats with runners in scoring position and hasn't given up a hit in six at bats this year. Geer has given up three runs in eight innings through three appearances.

Neil Jamison hasn't been as good as his stint with Long Beach State where he did not surrender an earned run but the beginning to his career in the Padres' system has been close. He pitched two innings of scoreless ball, his fifth straight outing without allowing a run. The righty has given up one earned run over 12 innings while striking out 14 over ten appearances. He has given up runs in two outings but just the one earned run. He has yet to surrender a hit with runners in scoring position.

Drew Davidson provided the only offense for the Ems, leading off the game with a homer over the centerfield wall and ended his night 3-for-5. All three of his homers this season have been solo shots. Davidson is hitting .306 in ten games during July and is hitting .375 away from Eugene but just .160 at home. The outfielder also notched his first outfield assist of the season on Thursday.

AZL Padres lost 6-4 in ten innings

Tim Turner extended his hitting streak to nine games by going 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored. The outfielder is 12-for-41 with eight runs scored. He has four extra base hits over his last six games and four RBI's over the same span and stole his third base of the year on Thursday. Turner has bat leadoff in each of his games this year but has had 22 chances with runners in scoring position, netting just four hits, a .182 average.

John Hussey allowed four runs, two earned, on just three hits, a hit batsman, and two walks in his fifth outing of the year. The righty also uncorked a wild pitch and had an error, both helping a run score. Hussey has given up two earned runs or less in four of his five outings and has held the opposition to three hits or less in three of his five outings. Although he has allowed 11 earned runs, five coming in one outing, batters are hitting just .198 off him.

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