Clay Hensley no-luck; Chase Headley pure skill

Peeter Ramos

Clay Hensley has been the best pitcher in Portland but luck has not been on his side. Jose Oyervidez isn't under control. Peeter Ramos is becoming the catalyst many envisioned he would. Matt Bush is having a tough time holding on to the ball in Fort Wayne. Chase Headley makes a successful debut in Eugene while Daryl Jones finally produces. Billy Killian is back in Peoria so he can log more playing time.

Portland lost 3-2

Clay Hensley again became a victim of the no-decision, getting his tenth no-decision after yielding two runs over six innings on five hits and a walk. Having the best season of any pitcher in Portland, Hensley (1-2) has allowed two runs or less in eight of those ten outings and in only one of those outings did he not reach the sixth inning. Hensley did allow a homer for the third straight game and this one tied the game at two. He also went 1-for-3 at the plate, giving him three hits in 15 at bats this year.

Scott Stewart, added by the Padres on June 9 after being released from the New York Mets organization, took the loss, his second in as many appearances and puts him at 0-3 since joining Portland. Stewart has allowed runs in four of his ten outings with the Beavers and they are the only outings that he has yielded a hit in. He has also inherited four runners on the year and none of them have scored.

Mobile lost 7-5

With five free passes issued on Friday, Jose Oyervidez is ranked fifth in the dubious walks allowed category – having issued 51 bases on balls this year. The first run he allowed on the day scored courtesy of three walks and a groundout. Oyervidez ended his day only allowing three hits in 4.1 innings of work but walking five. It is the eighth time in 16 starts he has walked four or more and the tenth time he has allowed four or fewer hits.

Southern League All-Star Natanael Mateo was charged with his first blown save of the year when he gave up three runs in the eighth inning on four hits, including his first homer allowed on the year. Mateo had given up runs in just one of his previous 22 appearances coming into play. On the season, Mateo has given up runs in seven of his 39 outings. Only teammate Paul Abraham (40) has been used more than Mateo throughout the entire minors.

"Pitching coach Mike Harkey always preaches consistency, and I think for the most part our bullpen has been consistent," said BayBears relief pitcher Craig Breslow.

Lake Elsinore won 8-6

Peeter Ramos collected his second three-hit night in a row, scored three runs and knocked in two as he extended his hitting streak to eight games – his third streak of eight or more games on the year. Ramos has eight runs scored in his last four games to give him a team leading 55 for the year while also placing him in the top ten in the California League in the category. He is 13-for-33 over the streak and has reached base in all but one of his last 38 games, dating back to May 15.

Jordan Pickens' hit streak may have ended Thursday but he has a five game RBI streak after going 2-for-5 with two RBI's on Friday. Pickens has knocked in eight over the streak and has reached base safely in 12 straight games. He has as many RBI's as hits on the year (38) and has more multi-RBI games (13) than multi-hit games (11).

Fort Wayne lost 10-6

Vern Sterry had been impressive since joining the starting rotation – but that changed on Friday when he allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out a season-high seven in four innings of work. Ironically, the opposition was 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position on Friday against the righty. Sterry entered the game with a 2-0 record in three starts and a 1.10 ERA while posting a 5.19 ERA as a reliever. He had given up just two earned runs in his first 16.1 innings starting.

In his last two appearances, Kyle Stutes has been on the wrong end of errors. Three errors in two innings, two contributed by Midwest League leading Matt Bush who flubbed his 25th and 26th, cost Stutes four unearned runs to give him six unearned in his last two outings. His four unearned runs on Friday match his total of earned runs allowed all year long. Stutes walked just his sixth batter of the year compared to 28 strikeouts in 20.1 innings of work.

Bush, coincidentally, had one more error to give him three for the evening. It was the second time this year he has had three errors in the same game and the fourth multi-error game of the year for the shortstop. His 27 errors are two behind the overall minor league leader and put him one shy of Juan Ciriaco (28) for most errors in the Padres' system.

Eugene won 5-3

Daryl Jones got off the schnide on Friday night. Caught in a downward spiral to begin the year, three for his first 34, Jones busted out by going 2-for-3 with a walk and included his first double of the year, first homer and his first two RBI's. In 36 games for Peoria in 2004, Jones batted .295 with one homer, 11 doubles and 25 RBI's. This year he had reached base just six times through his first ten games, grounded into two double plays and committed four errors prior to Friday night.

Chase Headley made his professional debut, notching three hits in four at bats to begin his career, including a double. Headley, chosen in the second round of the 2005 Draft by the Padres, batted .387 for Tennessee this past season with 14 homers, 24 doubles and 65 RBI's. He also drew 63 walks, second best in the nation, which placed him fifth in the nation in on base percentage at .530. His 1.289 OPS ranked eighth in the nation, and his 82 runs scored tied him for fourth in college baseball.

Steve Delabar had his third straight successful outing and moved to 2-0 on the year. The righty gave up one run on six hits while striking out three in six-plus innings of work. Through 16 innings, Delabar has given up three runs with an 11-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He has not allowed a hit with runners in scoring position, as opponents are 0-for-15 against him.

Peoria lost 6-0

Since returning to Peoria with the addition of an older Nicholas Hundley in Eugene, catcher Billy Killian has gone 2-for-6 with a double and an RBI. He recorded one of the four hits Peoria managed on Friday. Killian had batted .176 in six games for Eugene, recording as many passed balls as hits (three) and not throwing out a runners trying to steal (0-for-4).

David Jolliff was rocked in his inning and two-thirds of work. The right-hander was tagged for five runs, four earned, on seven hits and a walk and left the game with the bases juiced. He was spared further damage when Jake Upwood got the final out of the inning without another run crossing the dish. He has allowed eight runs, six earned, through his first 6.2 innings of work. Jolliff will have his bumps and bruises as he is just learning how to pitch.

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