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Arizona Fall League Report

Khalil Greene was supposed to go to Arizona to play in the Fall League. But with the help of his "Zinger", he has been ordered to rest this winter in anticipation of a starting job as the team's shortstop when the 2004 season rolls around. The San Diego Padres do have seven guys dotting the fall roster. <br><br> <b>The week that was:</b>

Peoria had 16 hits on Monday and the team plated eleven runs en route to a victory.

In a small sampling, JJ Furmaniak has slumped early on against the better pitching in the Fall League, and on Monday he was the only player in the lineup who batted once and did not to record a hit. He went 0-1 and is now hitting .080.

Jon Knott hit a home run in the ninth inning, the tail end of back to back dingers in a sixth run ninth. It was his only hit of the day, a 1-5 night, and it dropped his average down to .250. The homer was his second of the fall season.

On Tuesday, Furmaniak had three hits to raise his average to .171. He actually had more hits in this one game than he did in the previous nine games he has appeared in.

On Wednesday, Knott showed his pop for the second straight day. In the second inning, following a triple and run scoring single, Knott hit his third homerun of the season, a two run shot. Knott went 2-4 and was caught stealing after hitting a single.

For the Saguaros, Clifford Bartosh was credited with the win, but was the worst pitcher of the day. In two innings he allowed 4 earned runs on four hits and a walk. Two of the hits he allowed went for extra bases, one a homer and another a triple. His ERA sits at 7.71.

Matt Hampton followed Bartosh and pitched one inning of two hit ball, but the did not allow a run. His ERA is now 1.80.

Rico Washington quietly continues his torrid start in the AFL. He went 2-5 with a run scored and is now hitting .333.

On Thursday, Furmaniak went 1-4, batting leadoff, with a run scored to bring his average up to .182. He singled in the bottom of the first, stole second and scored. He also committed an error, his first of the fall season.

Jake Gautreau, batting second, and Jon Knott, batting sixth, combined to go 0-8.

On Friday, Matt Hampton got his first save of the Fall League, pitching an inning and a third in a one run game. Hampton struck out three and lowered his ERA to 1.59.

Furmaniak went 0-1 and was hit by a pitch.

On Saturday, Alan Webb pitched the 6th and seventh innings and gave up one run leads in both. The run in the seventh came off an RBI ground out and the Saguaros eventually lost the game in extra innings. The two runs came off three hits and two walks. Webb also hit a batter. Webb's ERA now sits at 4.91.

Rico Washington knocked in a run and scored a run, while going 2-5. He was also caught stealing.

Jon Knott went 0-5 and has seen his batting average drop over 30 points in the last week.

Notes:

Remember that "Zinger" we first spoke of in connection with Khalil Greene. It is the bat he used crafted by the Zinger Professional Bat Co. in Lindon, Utah. The same brand of bat was used by Florida Marlin Alex Gonzalez to win game four of the World Series.

More on Greene: Since Greene left the Mobile BayBears midseason; Jon Knott has not had the same success. Knott never had anyone who put fear in the opponent hitting behind him and when the protection in front of him, Greene batting third, left, he never saw the same quality of pitches again. The Padres have been hoping to see him excel in the Fall League with a regular bat behind him.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

A side note from Denis: It has been a heck of a day in San Diego. I have been at the Red Cross all day to help out, as little as that may be, in these dire times. My prayers go out to all those affected by this catastrophe that has hit Southern California. I pray for the health and safety of anyone in harms way. My house sits five miles from the flames and I was just happy to help in some small way as only ash has hit my humble abode. I will be back out there tomorrow to lend a hand. Thank you to the wonderful firefighters who have done so much and risked everything for us. It does not go unnoticed.

-Denis

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