Padres Minor League Notebook 04/11/04

Portland takes ten innings to get a win against Las Vegas. Mobile swept its doubleheader on Saturday as Barfield continues to struggle. Lake Elsinore is crushed in the debut of David Pauley. Fort Wayne continues to not be able to hit as the pitching keeps them in games.

Portland wins 7-6 in 10

Jon Knott had an infield single in the tenth to score Gene Kingsale and Blaine Neal closed the game out for his first save as a Beaver.

Chris Oxspring got off to a slow start in his Portland debut as five runs crossed the plate in the first inning, two of which were earned. Another unearned run scored in the second as Oxspring went 4.1 innings. Four relievers combined to shut out the 51's the rest of the way. Bart Miadich got the win.

Bernie Castro went 4-for-6, Rico Washington drove in three runs, including two in the eighth inning to tie the game up at six and eventually send it into an extra frame and Alex Fernandez had a single to plate two runs. Ben Risinger added the last RBI on a single in the third that scored Xavier Nady.

Castro, Washington and Todd Sears each had errors, which contributed to runs for Las Vegas. Jon Knott threw a runner out at home in the fifth inning.

Mobile won 6-5 and won 7-1:

Mobile used the long ball to beat Carolina in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. Nick Trzesniak had two solo homers that tied the game twice, pitcher Steve Watkins had a solo homer, Jake Gautreau had a pinch hit solo shot and Greg Sain added a two run blast, driving in JJ Furmaniak who walked. For Sain it was his second in as many days.

Gautreau's pinch hit jack was the game winner in the bottom of the seventh.

Jack Cassel (1-0) picked up the win despite giving up the lead in the sixth. Cassel pitched two innings and gave up two runs on three hits while striking out one. Watkins pitched five innings of three run ball and struck out five.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Mobile used solid pitching to best Carolina. Chris Rojas pitched five innings and allowed one unearned run on three hits and he struck out six. RD Spiehs and Brad Baker each added an inning of scoreless relief.

Todd Donovan continues to swing the hot schtick. He went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI's. Greg Sain added his fourth RBI of the season and Joe Gerber had a home run of the solo variety to pace the BayBears.

Josh Barfield continues his sluggish start to the season and is now 1-for-12 to start his Mobile career.

Lake Elsinore lost 16-4:

David Pauley got crushed in his LE debut on Saturday. He allowed seven runs, five earned, over four innings of work. Dale Thayer was even worse in relief. He allowed seven runs, six earned, in two innings of work. Part of the explosion was off the bat of Gary Harris who hit a three run homer off Thayer in the ninth. Jason Wiedmeyer pitched three innings and gave up two runs.

Andres Pagan had two doubles and an RBI. He also threw out another baserunner. Rob Watson had two RBI's but did not manage a hit. Only one of the runs they scored was earned.

Fort Wayne lost 2-1:

When will they hit is the question? The Wizards had seven hits on Saturday but scored just one run.

Skip Adams continues to struggle. He struck out three more times on Saturday and has now whiffed in eight of hit twelve at bats. Luckily, Colt Morton had the night off.

Fort Wayne scored in the top of the first on an RBI single by George Kottaras. He knocked in Casey Baker. Fernando Valenzuela Jr. is the only Wizard to record a hit in all three games to open the season. Through three games, the Wizards have just 15 hits and Valenzuela has four of those.

For the first time this year, the Wizards did not have an error in the game.

Sean Thompson got the start and allowed two runs in the first before settling down. Thompson threw a belt high fastball to Alex Frazier, which he drove over the wall for a two run dinger. Thompson did not allow another run to cross the plate, pitching five innings, giving up five hits and striking out three, Geivy Garcia pitched two scoreless innings and Jake Upwood added one scoreless inning in relief.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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