Clay Hensley wins; Luis Mendoz did not

Every once a while something so rare happens it boggles the mind. After a successful All-Star game, Clay Hensley was finally rewarded with a win! Travis Chick pitched well in a loss. Luis Mendoza debuted with Lake Elsinore and wished he hadn't. Ryan Klatt hit a milestone. Kelvin Vazquez had a hot start last year too. Orlando Baena is a darkhorse to watch.

Portland won 8-4

Mark Loretta went 0-for-4 with a K in his first game in a rehab assignment with the Beavers.

Clay Hensley won! Clay Hensley won! By Golly, Clay Hensley won! It had been since May 30, one of his worst starts of the year, since Hensley recorded a line in the win column and was just his second of the year, despite allowing two runs or less in ten of his 14 starts. Hensley went seven on Friday and gave up two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four. The hard throwing righty has a .197 average against on the year with 71 K's in 90.1 innings.

Adam Hyzdu went 2-for-4 to stretch his hitting streak to seven games. The outfielder doubled, homered, and scored three runs – adding a stolen base and a walk for good measure. He is 10-for-23 over the streak with two homers and five RBI's. He has also drawn a walk in four straight. Since hitting a dismal .191 in May, Hyzdu has batted .331 over his last 38 games. He leads the team with a .413 on base percentage.

Mobile lost 5-2

Travis Chick suffered his sixth loss in a row after a two-run outing over six innings of work. He yielded five hits, gave up a season high five walks, and struck out seven. For the third time in the last six starts allowed two runs or less and still ended up on the losing side of the ledger. Chick has allowed two runs or less in nine of his 18 starts, three or fewer in 12 starts, but has walked three or more in seven starts.

The BayBears managed just four hits on the evening and Steve Baker recorded three of those. The outfielder was 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI's. After torching the California League, hitting .344, Baker was promoted to Mobile. In 17 games of Southern League play, Baker is hitting .265. He has reached base in ten straight games, going 13-for-40 to raise his average from .179 to its current level. Baker, however, has just one hit in 17 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Lake Elsinore lost 13-8

The Padres claimed Luis Mendoza last week after he was removed from the Boston Red Sox 40-man roster and Friday he was on the hill with the Storm. In his debut performance, Mendoza allowed ten runs, eight earned, on ten hits and two walks. Mendoza, who was with the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Carolina League, has now allowed ten plus runs in consecutive games – he gave up 11 in his last fireworks show with Wilmington on July 4. Mendoza has now given up five plus runs in six of his 17 outings and five of those have come since June 11.

Fernando Valenzuela Jr. knocked in four runs to push his RBI total to 59 for the year and give him 14 in July and 19 over his last 18 games. The first baseman is 20-for-58 this month and he has notched a hit in 33 of his last 37 games. Valenzuela is hitting .364 at home this year but just .266 on the road with 20 of his 30 extra base hits coming at the Diamond – and that includes his 2-for-4 night on Friday on the road.

Fort Wayne won 4-3

Matt Thayer stroked a two-out, three-run homer in the third inning to stretch his hitting streak to six games. It was his first homer of the year and first extra base hit since April 27 when he was a member of the Storm. Five of his six RBI's with Fort Wayne have come with two outs. The outfielder is 7-for-19 over the streak and is 10-for-27 since joining the Wizards.

Ryan Klatt worked in consecutive innings for just the second time this year. And for the seventh time in 11 appearances he worked a scoreless inning to earn his first save of the year and first since June 4, 2004, his final game of that season due to Tommy John surgery. Klatt had not allowed a hit all year at home until Friday's game. Slightly disconcerting, after 10.2 innings of work, is lefties smoking the ball off Klatt – they are batting .450 in 20 at bats off the right-hander.

Eugene won 6-5

Kelvin Vazquez went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and two runs scored on Friday. The infielder is now batting .381 when he plays second base, as he did this day, and .344 overall. Friday was the first time he had been penciled in as the leadoff hitter, coming up from his more customary number nine slot. Last year Vazquez hit .272 in 49 games with Peoria, tied for the club lead with 22 walks and had 17 extra bases. Vazquez began the season on a tear and was hitting .338 on July 15 before hitting a dead spot in August that saw his average drop.

Brent Carter went five innings, allowed three runs, one earned, on six hits while striking out four. He has not walked a batter over his previous four starts, a span of 21.2 innings and has issued just one free pass on the year compared to 24 strikeouts. Carter has given up two earned runs or less in four of his five starts this year. Oddly enough, left-handed hitters are hitting a blazing .421 off Carter who is also a lefty.

Brandon Gottier, who played on the same Pacific team as fellow catcher Nick Hundley before Hundley moved on, got the nod. The backstop went 0-for-2 at the plate and was hit by two pitches. He also threw out one of the three baserunners attempting to steal and has tossed out 2-of-8 on the year. He did also commit an error, his second in as many games played.

AZL Padres lost 4-2

Murray Hopley, in the states and a long way from his home in Australia had Tommy John surgery and will miss the year. It can be a gloomy prospect for one so young to be away from home and have a major injury but the infielder is reportedly doing fine.

Luany Sanchez continued his hot hand at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double to extend his hitting streak to five games. Sanchez has seven hits in his last ten at bats and is 10-for-19 over the five game streak. Four of the five extra base hits Sanchez has on the year have come over the last three games. The catcher was 0-for-3 in throwing out baserunners and has nabbed just four of the 22 thieves for the season.

Orlando Baena impressed so much in the Dominican Summer League (DSL) that the Padres brought him to Peoria to see what he could do. On Friday, Baena recorded six outs and five came by way of the strikeout. He has a 1.69 ERA in 5.1 innings over three appearances. Playing in the DSL, Baena went 3-2 with a 3.07 ERA. In 29.1 innings of work he struck out 39 and allowed 18 hits, good for a .173 average against.

Third baseman Trey Johnston, back in Peoria after playing in one game with Fort Wayne, was ejected in the ninth inning. Johnston went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts, while also committed two errors.


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