Thompson tosses a gem for his 50th

The Portland Beavers took a commanding lead early and cruised to an 11-6 win over the Sacramento River Cats on Friday night. In the process, starter Mike Thompson earned his 50th career victory in the minor leagues, coming in his 170th appearance and 137th start.

Mike Thompson brought his "A" game to PGE Park last night against the River Cats. In six innings he gave up no runs, on three hits, walked two and struck out three. He was in the strike zone all night having thrown a first strike to 11 of the 21 batters he faced. His only rough spot came in the sixth when River Cats pinch-hitter Mark Kiger drew a leadoff walk and Charles Thomas followed with a lined single to right field. Thomas struck out second basement Keith Ginter looking and Bobby Kielty hit into a double play to end the inning and Thompson's night.

The Beaver defense played well behind Thompson turning three double plays to end the second, fifth, and sixth innings, and turned four on the night.

"My changeup was working well for me tonight, and that kept the hitters honest, said Thompson. "And I had good movement on my fastball."

Thompson's ERA has dropped every year since joining the Padres in 1999 as a fifth round draft pick to a low of 3.19 last year.

Third baseman Justin Leone reached base in his five at bats. He went 3-for-3 with a single, double and homer and walked in his other two at bats. The last time Leone reached base five times in the same game was August 28 of 2003. Ironically he accomplished the feat in successive days in 2003. Playing for San Antonio of the Texas League, Leone 4-for-5 with six walks and six runs scored over that two-day span.

Outfielder Dustin Delucchi was put on the seven day disabled list with a sprained right ankle prior to the start of the season. Delucchi hit .305 with 48 walks and just 29 strikeouts for the Beavers last year.

"It's not very serious, but we had to put him there," said manager Craig Colbert.

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