Padres Arizona Fall League Report

An unfortunate tragedy occurred when Dernell Stenson was found dead on Wednesday. Games on Thursday in the AFL were subsequently called off and the Scottsdale game Monday is expected to be postponed. There were games played this week as inevitably the show must go on. It doesn't make it easy, but it has to happen. <br><br> How did the San Diego Padres prospects fare, well, we asked some of them:

On Monday:

Matt Hampton relieved Matthew Peterson with the bases loaded and one out in the third inning. He surrendered two hits, allowing all of the inherited runners to score, while not being charged an earned run as all the runs were charged to Peterson.

Jon Knott, batting sixth in the lineup, went 3-4 with a double, two RBI's and a run scored. Knott was the only Padre position player to make an appearance. His two RBI's give him 11 this fall, tying him for third on the club.

On Tuesday:

The Padres prospects managed to go 1-12 on the day as the Saguaros managed just five hits on the afternoon in a 7-1 loss to Mesa.

Jake Gautreau was the only Padre prospect to get a hit on a 1-4 night. His only hit was a single, and he struck out once. Gautreau batted second in the lineup and played second for the 11th time. He has played third base twice.

JJ Furmaniak and Knott each went 0-4, both fanning once. Furmaniak led off and Knott batted fifth. Furmaniak has played shortstop in every appearance, 17, in the Fall League and Knott has manned the outfield in all 18 games he has appeared in.

On Wednesday:

Rico Washington continues to hit each time he gets a chance to grace the lineup. He went 2-4 with a walk and a run scored as the only Padre position player to dot the lineup. He did have two errors in the field, playing third base, but neither error came back to haunt him.

When we talked to Washington the first time on Wednesday, he forgot to mention the two errors, saying, "I went 2-4," which prompted us to tell him how well he is doing in the fall league and each time we look, he is always getting a hit.

On Thursday, we brought up the two errors:

"Yeah, I did forget to mention it," Washington said laughing. "The biggest part to me was I got two hits!"

We call that selective memory.

"I didn't want to look at the bad part.

"I had a chopper where I tried to come up between shortstop and third – so I came in front of the shortstop and it was going to be a tough in-between hop. I knew he could run and I didn't come up with it – I got an error on that, which I felt like should have been a base hit. The second one was a left handed batter hitting the ball off the end (of his bat), twisting – it looks like it is zigzagging and I tried to field it with my glove and I booted it."

Alan Webb pitched the ninth, allowing two hits but not allowing a run to cross.

Former Padre Clifford Bartosh picked up the win, pitching two innings of one run ball.

Thursday's games were called off after the death of Stenson.

On Friday:

It wasn't a good game for Padres prospects across the board. First, they played against Scottsdale and observed a moment of silence before the game to honor Dernell Stenson. Secondly, the hitters, Gautreau, Furmaniak and Knott combined to go 0-11.

Gautreau was 0-4 with a walk, Knott 0-4 with two strikeouts and Furmaniak 0-3 with a walk and a strikeout. Furmaniak also had an error in the field.

Gautreau confirmed his 0-4 status to us after the game. We asked Gautreau if he was at least solid in the field. He replied laughing, "I am not even sure I had any chances today."

A day to forget, at least he didn't commit any errors.

Matt Hampton, pitching the eighth inning, allowed two runs on three hits including a home run.

Redemption Saturday:

After a poor showing Friday, Knott came back and pounded the ball. Slotted seventh in the lineup, he went 3-4 with 4 RBI's and two runs scored a day after going 0-4. He hit his fourth homer run of the Fall League and struck out in his only out. It was the second three hit game of the week for Knott.

Rico Washington, batting ninth, went 0-3 with a run scored. He also walked once and did not play in the field, instead getting the DH role for the night.

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