Portland won 8-6 scoring three in the bottom of the ninth
Xavier Nady pounded a three run homer with no outs in the bottom of the ninth to power the Beavers to victory. It was the only hit of the day for Nady but gave him homers in consecutive nights and five homers in his last six. He has now knocked in 14 runs in his past six games and is 12-for-27 over the streak. It is no surprise that he has scored a run in each of the past six games.
Australian Olympic hero Chris Oxspring wasn’t so good back in America. Oxspring lasted just three innings and gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks. He was hit hard in every inning and the capper was a two run homer off him. Oxspring had allowed one run in his previous 19.1 innings of work over three starts.
Brad Baker worked two innings for the first time since July 25 and just the fourth time all year between two leagues on Friday. Baker struck out three in his two innings of work and did not allow a hit. He has gone 11 straight games without allowing an earned run and has whiffed 19 batters in his last ten games. He got the win when Portland came back to win the game in the bottom of the ninth.
Jake Gautreau hit his third homer in four games and has a four game RBI streak. He did, however, ground into his second double play in three games. Eight of his nine homers on the season have come in his past 23 games.
Yamid Haad is hitting .500 over his last eight games, going 16-for-32. He was 3-for-4 with a double on Friday but did not score a run or knock in one. Despite the hitting streak, he has just one RBI over that time frame. He has raised his average from .286 to .310.
Mobile lost 3-1
Clay Hensley took his tenth loss of the season, going five innings and allowing three runs on six hits. He also walked four, the third time this season he has walked that many in a game. It was the first time in seven starts that Hensley did not make it through the sixth inning. Hensley also committed an error.
Mobile did not have a hit until Ben Johnson's two-out single in the seventh. In the eighth, Josh Barfield led off with a double and Greg Sain followed with a walk. Steve Morales' infield ground out advanced the runners to second and third and Jason Clements delivered a sacrifice fly to bring in Barfield and make it 3-1. But pinch hitter Ronnie Merrill struck out to end the inning. Clements is in the midst of his best production of the season. He has six RBI’s in his last eight games to give him 21 on the season. Clements was the only BayBear in the starting lineup not to strike out.
Mobile got a lead-off single from Kennard Jones in the ninth but Jesse Roman hit into a double play and Ben Johnson stuck out to end the game. Johnson, coincidentally, extended his hitting streak to seven games with his single. He has had one hit per game over the streak, going 7-for-26 and raising his average from .245 to .247.
Lake Elsinore lost 1-0
Jared Wells was the hard luck loser on Friday. Wells lasted 6.1 innings and allowed one run on six hits and three walks. He has given up one run over his last two outings, spanning 13.1 innings, and three runs over his last 19.1 innings of work. Wells has walked three or more in a game in four of his last seven games after not walking that many in a game all season.
Grant Gregg came on two get the last two outs in the seventh, inheriting one runner. Gregg, a left-hander, has been exceptional against his own, as lefties are hitting just over .200 against him. Righties, meanwhile, are hitting close to .300. Perhaps ironically, the reliever is at his worst when runners are in scoring position. Everyone is hitting .395 off him when that is the case.
Peeter Ramos extended his hitting streak to seven games with a 1-for-4 night. Ramos had a stretch of five straight multi-hit games snapped. Despite only having 15 RBI’s in
60 games for the Storm, Ramos is batting .315 with runners in scoring position.
Fort Wayne won 13-2
Travis Chick continues to smash the competition. Chick won his fourth game in a row and is 5-0 since joining Fort Wayne. He went six innings and gave up one run on four hits. For the first time this year he did not walk a batter. He did, however, allow his fourth homer of the year. Out of 18 outs recorded, Chick struck out ten. It was the third time in five games that he has whiffed ten or more. Over his last 32.1 innings, Chick has given up three earned runs, an ERA of 0.84 over that stretch.
Christopher Kolkhorst hit is first professional homer on Friday. Kolkhorst continued his hot hand, going 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to six games. Kolkhorst drove in three runs, the same amount he had in his past 23 games. He scored four runs and has crossed the plate eight times in the past four games. He also doubled and was hit by two pitches. It was the second time this year that he has been hit with two pitches in one game.
Brian Wahlbrink went 3-for-5 with a double, a walk, two RBI’s and two runs scored. He has six multi-hit games in his last nine games. He has six RBI’s in his last six games and has stolen three bases in his last three games. Wahlbrink is hitting .317 in 76 at bats from the number two hole in the lineup.
Eugene played a late doubleheader
The Emeralds played a late doubleheader and scores and stats were unavailable at the time of this report.