Paul McAnulty shines; Mike Baxter the hero

It was a day of promotions in the Padres' system on Friday. Paul McAnulty proved he belonged in the PCL. Craig Breslow is headed to San Diego from Mobile. Clark Girardeau returned to the hill and was pulled early while Brett Bonvechio continues to hammer the ball. Mike Baxter was the star in Fort Wayne. The same can be said for Chase Headley in Eugene. Patrick Clayton just wins, baby.

Portland lost 2-1

Paul McAnulty was in the lineup for the Beavers and showing he has his stroke back in his debut. Playing first base, he went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. McAnulty was 6-for-41 since returning to the Mobile BayBears from the Big League club before his promotion. He does have a hit in three straight games and has walked six times over his last four games. Ben Johnson, meanwhile, pushed his hitting streak to 12 games.

Chris Oxspring pitched a complete game, giving up just two runs but taking the loss as two of his seven hits left the park. It is his third time this year he has given up multiple homers. It is the ninth time in 19 starts that he has given up two runs or less and the fifth time in six games. In his last 11 starts, Oxspring owns a 2.82 ERA, lowering his ERA from 6.80 to 4.25 and over his last 21 innings he has allowed just two earned runs.

Mobile won 3-2

Left-handed reliever Craig Breslow was promoted to the San Diego Padres after Friday's game. He allowed runs in nine of his 39 appearances with Mobile and limited the opposition to a .215 average against on the year.

Sean Thompson was effective over six innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and three walks. It was the fourth time in five starts that he has given up two runs or less and the seventh time in 13 starts with Mobile that he has accomplished the feat. He has given up 17 runs over the first two innings of his starts but just 18 in innings three through seven. It was the seventh time in 19 starts that he has given up four hits or fewer. Lefties have hit .325 off Thompson – also a lefty - on the year.

Nick Trzesniak was charged with his third passed ball of the year, costing the team an unearned run. The catcher has thrown out three consecutive runners and has nailed at least one runner in seven straight games where a stolen base was attempted. He has nabbed 29 of 90 baserunners attempting to steal, good for 32 percent. Only two players have thrown out more baserunners – one being teammate and fellow catcher Luke Carlin who leads the league with 32 thieves caught. Trzesniak went 1-for-4 at the plate and is 6-for-35 in July, a .171 average.

Lake Elsinore won 11-9

Clark Girardeau, off the disabled list and on the mound for the first time since June 25, lasted just 2.2 innings and surrendered three runs on four hits and a walk. The right-hander is 3-3 with a 4.80 ERA since joining the Storm and has a .290 batting average against in ten starts.

Brett Bonvechio notched two singles in four at bats to stretch his hitting streak to 14 games on Friday. He also drove in three runs to give the third baseman 55 RBI's, good for third most on the team. He is 19-for-54 with seven walks over the streak and in 20 games in July he is swatting .367. He has raised his average from .266 to .290 since the start of the month. Bonvechio has ten runs scored and ten RBI's over his current streak.

Drew Macias went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI's, his third straight multi-RBI game. The centerfielder has knocked in seven over the past three games and nine over the last five. He has 18 RBI's in 19 July games despite having only three extra base hits. He is hitting .329 with runners in scoring position and .429 with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Fort Wayne won 2-1

Mike Baxter recorded his second hit of the year and first RBI with a single in the fourth that drove in Matt Thayer. But it was his single in the 12th that scored Josh Alley that was the difference maker as Baxter accounted for both Wizard runs. Baxter officially went 2-for-6 with two RBI's to raise his average to .214 in four games played. He has a .353 on base percentage thanks to three walks in his last game. The first baseman is 3-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Joel Santo went seven innings and allowed one run on five hits and two walks while striking out six. It was just the sixth time in 19 starts that he has yielded two runs or less. Santo did not figure into the decision and has gone nine starts without a win – his last coming on May 29. He has a .248 batting average with runners in scoring position and a .208 average with runners in scoring position and two out.

Yordany Ramirez recorded his 13th outfield assist of the season on Friday, throwing a perfect strike to Matt Lauderdale in the bottom of the 11th inning to save a run from crossing the plate. The outfielder is tied for the league lead in the category with Kenard Springer. It is the eighth runner he has nailed at home plate this season. He did go 0-for-5 at the plate, dropping his average to .199 on the year.

Eugene won 12-5

Every Emerald but Daryl Jones had a hit and everyone except Brian Cavanaugh scored a run with Chase Headley leading the assault. The third baseman went 3-for-5 with a walk, two doubles and four RBI's. After a 2-for-35 spell, Headley is 9-for-18 over his last five games with eight RBI's and five walks. He had four extra base hits over his first 16 games and has four in the last five. Headley has 17 RBI's in 21 games for the Emeralds and has seven walks to three strikeouts over the last seven games.

Mike Sansoe pushed his hitting streak to eight games with a 3.-for-6 night. He also drove in three and scored twice. Sansoe is 15-for-38 over the life of the streak and 11 of his 15 RBI's on the year have come over the last seven games. In 13 games from the leadoff spot in the lineup, Sansoe is hitting .333 with ten runs scored.

Steve Delabar moved to 4-1 on the year after a five inning, three run performance. The right-hander gave up seven hits and two walks. He also plunked a batter for the third straight game and sixth time this year. Delabar has given up two runs or less in five of his seven outings this year. He has allowed six hits in 37 at bats with runners in scoring position and just one hit in 16 at bats with RISP and two outs.

AZL Padres won 6-4

Abraham Aguilar is riding a nine game hitting streak after going 1-for-5 on Friday. The infielder is hitting .340 in July and is 14-for-39 over the current streak. He has reached base in 17 of the 19 games he has played in and has played three different positions along the way, third base, shortstop and second. He is also 10-for-22 with runners in scoring position.

Patrick Clayton hadn't pitched since July 7 and has only made six appearances on the year but he is tied for the team lead with three wins after pitching an inning of scoreless ball on Friday. His shutout performance was the first win he has earned where he didn't allow a run. The opposition is hitting .300 off him in eight innings of work.

Juan Jimenez went six innings and allowed four runs, two earned, on seven hits while tying his season-high in strikeouts with eight. It is his fourth straight start allowing two earned runs or less, although he has given up seven or more hits in all but one and in five of his seven contests. After beginning the year with a 6.75 ERA over two starts, Jimenez has a 2.35 ERA over the last five games. Six of his seven starts have come on the road.


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