Padres Minor League Notebook 04/10/04

It was a clean sweep for the San Diego Padres Minor League affiliates on Friday. All lost their respective games. Before Jared Wells of Fort Wayne took the mound today, he talked to us. The former draft-and-follow product shared his goals for the upcoming season and in his debut for the Wizards he delivered as promised.


Portland lost again on Friday night, 7-4 to the Las Vegas 51's. Brian Sweeney started for Portland and took the loss. He gave up three runs on five hits in six innings of work. Sweeney did have an RBI single that helped stake the Beavers to a 1-0 lead.

Garcia's homer erased a two-run deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning for the 51s, who claimed their second straight come-from-behind win over the Beavers (0-2).

Tagg Bozied was 3-for-3 with two doubles, a run scored, an RBI and his first career sacrifice bunt for the Beavers. Bozied is now 5-for-7 for the season. Jon Knott went 2-for-4 with a triple.

Rico Washington and Ben Risinger each had an error in the game.

Brandon Puffer pitched just 2/3 of an inning, allowing three runs on five hits. Marty McLeary made his debut for Portland and pitched 2/3 of an inning, striking out both batters he faced.


Carolina scored five runs in the eighth to beat the BayBears 12-9 on Friday. Duncan McAdoo pitched five innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on eight hits. He surrendered four home runs in the game.

JJ Furmaniak had a two run double, scored twice and went 2-for-5. Greg Sain went 2-for-4, scored twice and added a solo home run in his Mobile starting debut (he walked as a pinch hitter the night before) and Ben Johnson went 3-for-5, ripping a two-out, two-run home run that tied the game at six. Johnson also added a double and scored twice. He is 5-for-8 on the youn season. Josh Carter went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Josh Barfield got his first hit in Mobile, a single, and ended the night 1-for-5 with a run scored.

Lake Elsinore:

The Storm lost 5-4 on Friday night as Gabe Ribas allowed five runs in his season debut. Four of the runs came off Ribas in the second inning, but none of those runs were earned. Ribas left the game after 4.2 innings, having allowed seven hits, five runs (one earned) and one walk. Rene Miniel, Nate Sieves and Alan Webb pitched 4.1 innings of scoreless relief.

The Storm rallied back in the sixth and seventh but fell short. In the sixth Michael Johnson connected for his first homer of the season, a three run shot. In the seventh, Luis Cruz hit a solo homer off the scoreboard in left and finished the day 2-for-4.

Kennard Jones finished the day 2-for-3 and stole three bases. Jones has had problems in the past reading pitcher's moves, but today he was picking his spots with precision.

The team committed three errors on the night with Andres Pagan, Cruz and Jones each registering one. For Cruz it was his second in two games.

Ex-Padre farmhand Darwin Soto pitched on inning of scoreless relief for Inland Empire.

Fort Wayne:

Jared Wells of Fort Wayne told us before the game that he "wanted to be more consistent this year and keep his team in all the games." His goal was to "allow two runs or less in every start and give my team the chance to win."

On Friday, Wells allowed just one earned run, and that was one too many as the Wizards bats remained stagnant.

Wells stat line read, three runs, one earned, six strikeouts, five hits and one walk. Brian Wahlbrink and Juan Ciriaco committed two errors in the fourth that led to two runs for South Bend.

After Friday, Colt Morton has now struck out five of the six times he has come to bat. Skip Adams is not far behind. He has struck out in five of his eight at bats to start the year.

The Wizards only had three hits on the day and struck out 13 times. Jordan Pickens had the best night of any Wizard batter. He went 0-for-1 with two walks.

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