Clay Hensley perfect six; William Killian armful

Clay Hensley

Dennis Tankersley was tagged for three homers. Clay Hensley was perfect through six innings while Rico Washington homered for the third straight game. Kervin Jacobo extended his home run hitting streak to three games as well. Luke Steidlmayer and Matt Varner made their successful season debuts in Fort Wayne. William Ponce drops his third straight while Sean Kazmar's errors continue to pile up. William Killian showed his arm off as Christopher Kolkhorst made his debut in Peoria.

Portland lost 12-8

Dennis Tankersley had allowed three homers all year long in 11 starts coming into Saturday. He responded by allowing three homers, doubling his total for the year. Tankersley gave up season highs in hits, and runs to go with the three homers. In five innings of work he gave up six runs, five earned, on six hits and a walk. His ERA climbed over 3.00 for the first time since his third start of the year.

Matt Hampton lasted just a third of an inning and gave up four runs. He walked the first man he faced and gave up a homer on the next pitch. After a ground out, three straight hits brought in two more runs and Hampton's night was over. He has now allowed runs in three straight games, eight over four innings of work.

Alex Fernandez homered for the second time in three games. He has hit safely in five straight games going 8-for-20. He has three straight multi-hit games and six RBI's over that span.

Yamid Haad has nine hits in his last three games, going 9-for-14. He has scored five runs over his last two. Bobby Scales is 19-for-97, .196, over his last 34 games. On Saturday he hit into two double plays.

Mobile won 7-4

Clay Hensley was perfect through six innings, facing the minimum of 18 batters. A leadoff double in the seventh broke the streak and after two outs were recorded three straight hits brought in three runs and Hensley's night was ended. He went seven and allowed just the four hits and three runs while striking out six. Hensley has allowed just 12 hits in his last 21 innings of work.

With his sacrifice fly that brought in a run, Josh Barfield has an RBI in four straight games and seven total over that span. He has also scored eight runs during that time period and has two doubles and two homers, going 8-for-19 with a walk.

Ben Johnson has a six game hitting streak. He is 10-for-21 with four walks for a .560 on base percentage. He has hit two homers and knocked in five runs during the streak.

Greg Sain homered for the first time in eight games. It was his longest streak without a homer since early May. He has hit 16 homers since that 15 game stretch that began May 1. He is also hitting .293, 22-for-75 over his last 23 games. Sain leads the team and the Southern League with 24 homers, just three shy of the Mobile team record of 27 set last year by Jon Knott.

How do you get a guy to start hitting homers? Talk about his lack of the long ball right here. Rico Washington had just one homer this year before Thursday. He has now hit homers in three consecutive games and has driven in eight runs over his last four games.

Brad Baker allowed his first run in 13 appearances. Baker yielded two hits and walked one, the second time in 13 games that he has allowed two runners or more to reach base. The earned run raised his ERA to 1.58.

Lake Elsinore won 10-5

Aaron Coonrod was fortunate enough to pitch the seventh inning for Lake Elsinore. He did not allow a baserunner – and has yet to as a member of the Storm – and was the beneficiary of a five run top of the eighth that put Elsinore in the lead for good. It wasn't until his 23rd game with Fort Wayne that he earned his first victory there.

Jared Wells had his roughest outing in three starts for the Storm. He gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks. Wells has gone six innings in each of his three starts and Saturday marked the first time in six starts that he has allowed two homers in a game. Wells has allowed five earned runs only three times in 17 starts between two leagues. He has allowed five runs or more in five starts total.

Kervin Jacobo has homered in three straight games and has RBI's in five straight games. He extended his hitting streak to ten games in the process as his three run homer capped a five run eighth inning. Jacobo is 12-for-40 with five walks over the hitting streak.

Andres Pagan homered for the second straight day. Pagan went 3-for-4 on the night. He was the only Storm batter to record three hits. Peeter Ramos went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to nine games. Ramos scored three times, had his first triple since joining Lake Elsinore and stole his fourth base of the year.

Fort Wayne won 9-2

The two newest Wizards played a pivotal role in their win. Luke Steidlmayer got his first start in Fort Wayne and gave up two runs, neither earned, in 4.2 innings of work. He gave up two hits, hit a batter, and struck out eight. Steidlmayer had been pitching in Peoria on rehab. He made three appearances and did not allow a run in two of the three games in Peoria. An error on Brian Burgamy on the first play of the game was the culprit behind his two unearned runs.

Matt Varner replaced him with no one on and two outs in the fifth. He induced a ground out and pitched two more perfect innings to get the win in his first game for the Wizards. It was the longest outing of the year for Varner and the second time in eight games between Eugene and Fort Wayne that he did not allow a baserunner.

Skip Adams had his first multi-hit game since May 9, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a homer and two RBI's. It brought Adams' average over .200 for the first time in nine games and his homer, the fifth of the year, was his first in 16 games.

Burgamy had his first three hit game since joining Fort Wayne. He scored two runs and had an RBI. He does have three errors in his last four games and they have each cost the Wizards starting pitching. He also stole his third base of the year, his first theft since his first game with Fort Wayne 15 games ago.

Eugene lost 11-0

Lachlan Dale had two of the Emeralds four hits on the day. The significance is he raised his average over .200 for the first time in six games. He has five hits in his last three games after having just one in his previous 24. Dale did commit his sixth error of the year as the Ems matched their hit total with four misplayed balls.

Sean Kazmar collected his first triple of the year but will be remembered on Saturday for his two errors. One cost a run in the sixth inning. He now has eleven errors on the year in 22 games, including three over his last two games.

William Ponce (0-3) has lost his last three starts for the Ems. Ponce went five innings and gave up five runs, all earned, on eight hits. Ponce has pitched into the sixth inning just once this year. He has allowed three runs or more in each of his five starts and has now allowed a homer in three consecutive games. His ERA is 6.20. Hitters are batting just .167 off Ponce to lead off an inning but over .300 in any other situation.

Jake Vose struck out three of the four batters he faced. Vose had not struck out more than one in any outing. He has now seen action in nine games and has allowed runs in three of those games. He was the only Em not to allow a run on Saturday. Leadoff batters are hitting just .100 against the lefty on the year.

Peoria won 3-1

William Killian has been solid, if unspectacular at the plate. He went 1-for-4 with a double on Saturday. He has also struck out just six times in 42 at bats and has put the ball in play. Where he really is excelling is behind the plate. He threw out all three baserunners attempting to steal on Saturday.

Chris Kolkhorst made his debut with Peoria. Kolkhorst was a tenth round pick of the Padres out of Rice and a player John Sickles told us, "He's not a real big guy, but has some pop and plate discipline."

Kolkhorst went 1-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base.

Brandon Kintzler continues to live on the edge. He is averaging 1.54 walks and hits per inning but has allowed just three earned runs in 11.2 innings of work. On Saturday he went two innings and gave up four hits but no runs. He recorded the win, his first of the year.

Richard Steik earned his third save of the year in as many chances. Steik pitched a perfect ninth and has not allowed a baserunner in four of his eight outings. He still has not allowed an earned run, although he has one loss stemming from an unearned run.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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