Durango shows power; Ketchner wins!

Ryan Ketchner does not come up empty this time, breaking the 0-fer. Manny Ayala wasn't accustomed to an outing like the one he had on Friday. Colt Hynes wins again while Ray Stokes is a getting on base at a record clip. Luis Durango, meanwhile, accomplishes a feat that has been four years in the making.

Portland won 7-2 over Tacoma (Mariners) in rain-shortened game (7 1/2 innings)

Ryan Ketchner gets a win? Things got interesting in the bottom of the eighth after Ketchner was removed from the game with a 7-2 lead. The rains came and prolonged the inevitable – a win for Ketchner. He came into the game with an 0-8 record, despite allowing two runs or less in his previous two games and seven of his 15 starts overall. The left-hander allowed two runs this day on four hits and two walks while striking out a season-high nine. He did allow a homer for the fifth straight game.

Vince Sinisi punched four singles through in four at bats with three RBIs and a run scored to lead the Beavers and snap out of a 6-for-46 slump that saw his average take a dive from .340 to .307 before upping it to .316 after Friday's game. It was the eighth time this year that Sinisi has collected three or more hits in a contest and the second time he has reached base four times. Just one of his last 14 hits have gone for extra bases.

Portland Beavers right-handed pitcher Jack Cassel was selected to represent the Pacific Coast League in the 2007 Triple-A All-Star Game, which will be held Wednesday, July 11, at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, N.M. Cassel is 6-7 with a 3.47 ERA, one complete game and 66 strikeouts in 17 games. The right-hander currently ranks third in the PCL in ERA and leads the Beavers in wins, innings pitched (90.2) and strikeouts.

San Antonio Tulsa (Rockies) postponed

The game will be played as part of a doubleheader on Friday.

Lake Elsinore lost 11-5 to Visalia (Diamondbacks)

For the first time since June 2 and the second time since Opening Day, Manny Ayala was on the losing side of the ledger. The right-hander allowed a season-high six runs, five earned, on seven hits and two walks over six innings, upping his ERA from 1.89 to 2.22 and dropping him to 11-3 on the season. Ayala had allowed two earned or less over each of his previous eight starts. He allowed a second inning homer – the first he has allowed since May 6. Ayala also committed two errors.

Richie Daigle was tagged for three runs, one earned, on three hits – including a homer – over his lone inning. Since moving into the reliever's role, the right-hander has given up seven runs on six hits and four walks over four innings of work. Thirty-four of the 91 hits he has allowed this year have gone for extra bases. Daigle has given up 18 runs on 22 hits and eight walks over his last 13.1 innings.

Fort Wayne Great Lakes (Dodgers) suspended [1-0]

Because Great Lakes is not scheduled to come back to Fort Wayne again in the regular season, the game will resume with the Wizards coming to bat in the bottom of the fourth on Saturday, September 1st, when the teams next see each other, this time at Dow Diamond in Midland, at a time yet to be determined.

Eugene won 9-2 over Boise (Cubs)

Colt Hynes picked up his second win of the season, tossing two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit, plunked a batter and struck out one while also holding one inherited runner from scoring. The left-hander has given up three hits over six innings to begin the year and has won his each of his last two appearances. Hynes has not surrendered a hit with runners in scoring position.

Ray Stokes cranked out a 2-for-3 night that included a walk, getting hit by a pitch, a triple, three runs scored, and three RBIs. The second baseman also swiped three bags, giving him a Northwest League leading seven – and he swiped third base twice on Thursday. Stokes has reached base in his first eight games to open the year. He has drawn a walk in five straight games and seven of eight. Stokes has also been hit by four pitches already and is sporting a .572 on base percentage.

Luis Durango accomplished a feat he had not done in his previous three years in the minor leagues – he launched a ball over the outfield wall for a home run. In 148 games coming into the year, Durango had collected just 14 extra base hits. He also added two more hits and two runs scored. He has two extra base hits in the early going of this year and has four multi-hit games over his first seven. He has scored a run in six of his first seven games.

The Emeralds made two roster moves after the game, sending Zachary Brown down to Peoria and releasing outfielder Luke Cannon.

AZL Padres had a scheduled day off

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