Thompson gets first win in Portland victory

Mike Thompson

Portland, OR -- In contrast to his prior appearances this year, Mike Thompson's start Tuesday night was good. Thompson's strong performance, coupled with the hot bat of newcomer Ray Chang led Portland to a 6-2 win over Iowa at PGE Park.

Coming into Tuesday's game, Mike Thompson sported a 0-5 record and 12.46 ERA. He had yet to go longer than five innings, or give up less than four runs in any appearance with Portland this year. After tonight, however, those numbers will look a little better. His fastball topped out around 92 miles per hour, but was coming in consistently at 88 MPH. In his seventh appearance of the season, Thompson went seven innings allowing just two runs on nine hits to pick up the win for the Beavers. The win was Portland's fourth in the last five days.

The Beavers offense was propelled by 23-year-old Ray Chang who was called up from Lake Elsinore on May 25. In addition to making a few clutch plays at shortstop, Chang went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs. The youngster's first hit was a two-run homer off the cinder blocks in left field that gave Portland a 2-1 lead in the second inning.

Chang continued to produce in the third inning with an RBI single to right field that drove home Mike Sansoe from second base. Sansoe made a skilled slide to avoid the tag of Iowa catcher Geovany Soto which gave Portland a 3-1 lead. The Beavers widened their lead to 4-1 in the fifth inning when Craig Stansberry scored from second base on an RBI single by Pete Laforest.

Portland's lineup capitalized on most offensive opportunities granted to it by Iowa starter John Webb. Through five innings of work, Webb allowed four runs on seven hits.

Iowa tacked on another run against Thompson in the seventh inning. The Beavers answered back with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame while facing former Padres prospect Ben Howard.

Royce Ring earned the save for Portland, his first of the year. Ring struck out the side to close out the ninth. Over 1.1 innings he struck out four batters and allowed just one hit.

With Justin Germano still mowing people down at the Major League level, Clay Hensley will make his third start for Portland on Wednesday. Hensley will face off against lefty Ryan O'Malley (2-4, 6.80).

Game Notes:

- Portland starters Mike Thompson, Jared Wells and Ryan Ketchner are a combined 2-16 on the year.
- The Beavers have homered in nine straight games.
- Portland has committed at least one error in their last ten games, and 17 of their last 18 games. The Beavers committed one error Tuesday night.
- Five batters in Iowa's starting lineup are hitting over .300.
- The Beavers completed two 1-2-3 (pitcher to catcher to first base) double plays in the game.
- Thompson's fairs well at PGE Park, as his ERA at home is ten points lower than his road ERA.
- Both starting pitchers worked extremely quick, getting through 4.5 innings in one hour and ten minutes.

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