Errors everywhere; Clay Hensley dogs Kazmir

Clay Hensley sparkles

Errors on Chris Rojas and JJ Furmaniak doomed Portland early. Clay Hensley one-upped prospect sensation Scott Kazmir. Errors on Luis Cruz and Michael Johnson spelled the end for Lake Elsinore. Jordan Pickens came alive in Fort Wayne. Henry Colbert was brutal on the hill for Eugene. A Matt Bush error was too much for Peoria.

Portland lost 11-7

Chris Oxspring threw a combined one hitter for the Australian National team in its 6-0 win. He went eight innings in the game.

J.J. Furmaniak went 2-for-5 with an RBI while batting third in the lineup. He extended his hitting streak to six games and is 9-for-24 over the streak. He also committed two errors on the night and one proved costly as it helped allow five unearned runs to score.

Chris Rojas' error coupled with that of Furmaniak's ended his night early. Rojas lasted just an inning and a third and was charged with nine runs, four earned on six hits and three walks. Over his last 8.1 innings of work he has given up 16 runs. He surrendered another homer on Tuesday to bring his Portland total up to five in 9.1 innings and has given up 16 long balls in 21 starts and two relief appearances.

Yamid Haad is 9-for-24 over a six game hitting streak. He went 1-for-4 with an RBI on Tuesday and has knocked in runs in four straight games and five of the last six. Haad also had an error which plated a run, although it would be earned when the next batter hit a ball out of the park.

Xavier Nady went 1-for-4 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBI's. He has hit safely in seven straight, going 13-for-28. he has also knocked in runs in five straight games and six of his last seven. He has tallied 14 RBI's over that span.

Ramon Vasquez went 2-for-4 with a double to extend his hitting streak to seven games. He has had six multi-hit games over the streak and is 13-for-26 with six doubles and two homers. He has also drawn four walks.

The Beavers had five errors on the night.

Mobile won 4-0

"It feels nice," Brad Baker said of breaking Rusty Tucker's save record in Mobile. "It is about making it to the Big Leagues. We accomplished some things on the way but I am looking to the future and winning a Championship."

Scott Kazmir, arguably the top prospect in the minors locked heads with Mobile on Tuesday. Kazmir allowed just two hits and Mobile recorded three on the day but were able to score four runs. Clay Hensley matched Kazmir ounce for ounce, giving up just three hits. And a whopping seven hits were recorded by both teams combined!

Clay Hensley went seven innings and did not allow a run. He gave up just three hits, walked one and hit a batter. He also struck out eight to tie a season high. It was the tenth time this year that he has pitched seven innings or more and he has allowed one run or less in 12 of his 25 starts this year. He allowed only one runner past first base over his seven innings as he became just the eighth pitcher in BayBears history to reach double-digits in victories.

Nick Trzesniak said it best, "When Clay is on, he is unhittable."

Kennard Jones was the only player in the game to have two hits and got on three times, going 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. He extended his hitting streak to nine games and scored the only earned run against Kazmir. It would have been enough to win the game.

Rico Washington had a perfect night. He went 1-for-1 with two walks. His single in the fourth inning plated Jones and he came around to score. Jones and Washington were the only players to reach base three times in the game. No other BayBear got on base more than once and only one player from Montgomery reached base twice.

Lake Elsinore lost 12-1

David Pauley went 5.1 innings and allowed four runs, none earned, on seven hits and three walks. He tied his season high with eight strikeouts and hit a batter. Pauley has lost four straight games and has dropped 11 this year. He has kept the opposition to three runs or less in 16 of his 24 starts.

Luis Cruz had not had an error in eight games. His error on Tuesday was costly. It paved the way for six unearned runs to score in the sixth inning. Cruz has a team leading 35 errors on the year.

Michael Johnson went 2-for-4 but also committed an error. His error was his fourth in 12 games between Lake Elsinore and Peoria. He had committed just three in 64 games with the Storm prior to his injury. He has reached base safely in each of his past four games.

Fort Wayne won 11-4

Chris Tierney went seven innings for just the third time this year, recording his third win of the year with Fort Wayne. Tierney allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits and two walks. He struck out a season high seven batters. It was his third win this year in which he has given up four runs or more. He is 1-2 in the seven games he has given up two runs or less.

Jordan Pickens hit his team leading 15th homer of the season in the bottom of the first inning, a three run shot. Pickens went 2-for-4 and had four RBI's. He came into the game in a 2-for-28 slump over his last eight games.

Fort Wayne announcer Terry Byrom mentioned on air just the other day, "Everyday I watch Jordan Pickens come to the ballpark, everyday I watch him work hard at batting practice and everyday I think this is the day he is going to break out."

Hopefully for the .231 hitting Pickens Tuesday was his day.

Brett Bonvechio ht hit his first homer in 22 games, had his first multi-RBI game in 25 games and has RBI's in each of his last two games. He entered play on Monday in a 6-for-51 funk and despite his three hits in his last two games all of his outs have come by way of the strikeout. He has whiffed eight times total in his last three games with only one out unaccounted for. He had whiffed three times in a game just once until three games ago and he has accomplished the feat three times now.

Eugene lost 12-1

William Ponce had his shortest outing of the year to take his eighth loss of the year. Ponce gave up five runs on three hits and three walks. He left the bases loaded in the third for Colbert who allowed all three to score and get charged to Ponce. He has allowed five runs or more in six of his 13 starts.

Henry Colbert gave up seven runs, six earned on five hits and three walks in his inning of work. Since rejoining the Ems from Peoria he has surrendered 13 runs in 2.2 innings. He has also given up three homers over his past two games, more than he had surrendered all year in 16 other appearances. Colbert had a 5.51 ERA when he first left Eugene and it has ballooned to 10.61.

Billy Hogan has not had a hit in his last eight games, going 0-for-19. Hogan broke his streak of plate appearances without getting on at 18 when he walked on Tuesday. He has struck out nine times during the streak and Tuesday was the first day he did not whiff in nine games.

For the second day in a row Christopher Kolkhorst was the only Emerald to have two hits in the game. He went 2-for-3 and knocked in the only run of the game for Eugene. He was also hit by a pitch, the fifth time this year he has been nailed while playing with Eugene and the eighth time overall.

Danny De La O had his finest outing of the year, coming in relief. He pitched four innings and did not allow a run. He gave up one hit and walked one while striking out four. He entered the game having given up 11 runs over his previous two outings – lasting four innings.

Peoria lost 7-0 on Monday

Ben Krosschell lasted just an inning and two-thirds in his start. He got smacked around for five runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk. He did strike out four of the five outs he recorded. Over his last three games he has allowed ten runs, but only two have been earned.

Matt Bush committed the error that opened the flood gates in the second inning that scored all four unearned runs. It was the ninth error of the year for Bush in 15 games played. Bush is in a 1-for-21 slump but has drawn a walk in four straight games. He was taken out of the game early on and it is unclear if it was due to injury.

Daniel Baca has allowed runs in two of his past three relief appearances after going nine straight without allowing an earned run. He went one inning and allowed two hits and a run, upping his ERA from 1.23 to 1.57 on the year in 18 appearances.

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