Padres Fall League Report

Greats such as Nomar Garciaparra, Derek Jeter, Mike Piazza and Todd Helton all went through the Arizona Fall League. <br><br> Over 1,000 Major Leaguers have come through the Arizona Fall League, considered the "graduate school" for the Major Leagues' top prospects, and the Padres had seven in the league, and that number has been knocked down to six.

Peoria was one hit on Monday and three San Diego Padres prospects dotted the lineup.

On Monday, Jake Gautreau, Jon Knott and JJ Furmaniak combined to go 0-10 as only one Saguaros had a hit on the day, J Stokes who homered in the fourth. Knott leads the trio of Padres who appeared in the game in hitting with a .214 average, but struck out twice on the day. Furmaniak whiffed once.

Cliff Bartosh responded to recent criticism by GM Kevin Towers and delivered his best outing since his first appearance in Arizona. Bartosh pitched three innings of no run ball, allowing four hits and walking one. His ERA dropped from above nine to 6.14.

On Tuesday, the Saguaros busted out the bug bats. They pounded out 19 runs against the Mesa Solar Sox in a sloppy game that saw both teams combine for seven errors. The only beneficiary of the hitting onslaught from the Padres organization was Jake Gautreau as the rest of the hitting crew had the night off. Gautreau had the night off from the field, slotted eighth in the order as the designated hitter.

Gautreau went 2-4, both singles, with three RBI's and one run scored. He also walked twice and struck out twice.

Matt Hampton pitched the ninth, allowing two hits and an unearned run on an error by Mets farmhand David Wright.

On Wednesday, every Padre farmhand in the lineup had a hit.

Knott, batting fifth, doubled in the sixth inning and came around to score when Stokes singled him in. Knott went 1-2 on the day. He was hit by a pitch, walked and struck out – accounting for his four plate appearances.

Rico Washington went 1-4 batting out of the two hole. His lone hit was a single. He also struck out once. Washington is only available to the Saguaros on Wednesday's and Saturday's as a member of the "taxi squad". Washington has yet to draw a walk in seven games played.

Furmaniak, batting eighth, went 1-4, singling and stealing second, but he was stranded there. The stolen base was his second of the fall. He also struck out once.

Alan Webb, the lefty reliever, took the loss for the Saguaros. With Peoria up 3-1 in the eighth, Webb faced five batters and got out none. He allowed three hits, two walks and threw a wild pitch. He was charged with four earned runs after being relieved without retiring a batter.

On Thursday, the duo of Furmaniak and Gautreau accounted for four of the Saguaros seven hits and drove in the clubs only run of the game.

Furmaniak, batting leadoff went 2-4. He had a double and single on the day and struck out once. The double marked the first extra base hit of the fall season for Furmaniak, coming in his fifteenth game.

Gautreau followed Furmaniak in the batting order and also went 2-4 in what was a productive day at the plate. He drove in the lone Saguaros run and has six RBI's this fall. After an error by the Scorpions shortstop in the sixth, Gautreau grounded out to drive in Justin Huber. Gautreau was also caught stealing on his first attempt at taking an extra base this fall.

Jon Knott batted fifth and went 0-3 with a strike out. The strike out was the twelfth time this season Knott has fanned. He also walked once, his fifth of the fall season.

On Friday, the Padres lineup had the night off. Every Padres position player sat in a 7-6 win. Six errors in the field produced eight runs in the game.

Hampton pitched three innings in the game and didn't figure into the decision, although when he left the game at the end of the eighth he was on pace to be the losing pitcher. The Saguaros bailed him out when they scored four runs in the ninth to get the win. Hampton allowed three runs, one earned on four hits. He struck out two, walked one and hit a batter.

On Saturday, Alan Webb pitched three innings of one run ball to get his first Fall League win. Cliff Bartosh, now a Detroit Tiger, pitched two scoreless innings to end the game. Webb allowed his one run on a walk and a hit, while striking out two.

Every Padre in the lineup had a hit – and that was all four batting prospects. Washington, batting leadoff, went 1-5 with three RBI's – including a sacrifice fly and a strikeout. Gautreau went 3-5 with two RBI's, also netting a sac fly from the two hole. Gautreau added his forth double of the season. Knott batting sixth went 1-5 with a walk and two runs scored. Knott's hit was his third double of the fall. Furmaniak added his second three hit game in as many weeks. He went 3-4 with a walk and drove in three runs, while scoring two.

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