Padres Minor Leauge Notebook: The Right Stauff

The Portland Beavers won in extra innings for the second day in a row on Sunday, this time in eleven innings. <br><br> Lake Elsinore saw the debut of Tim Stauffer on Sunday. The right-hander worked quickly, giving up one run in five innings. He did not figure in the decision.<br><br> Mobile and Fort Wayne had the night off.


Portland headed to extra innings for the second day in a row on Sunday and won the game in the 11th inning. Ben Risinger hit a one out bases loaded single to drive in Tagg Bozied in the 11th to give the Beavers a 3-2 lead. They had a chance to tack on more but Alex Fernandez hit into a double play.

Yesterday it was Blaine Neal saving the game for Bart Miadich and on Sunday it was the reverse. Neal got the win and Miadich the save after each pitched a scoreless inning.

The first Portland run came after Bozied doubled behind a Xavier Nady walk and an error by the rightfielder brought Nady in. Risinger then scored in the sixth on a ground out from Bobby Scales. He had opened the inning with a double, advancing to third on a wild pitch before scoring.

Matt Bruback went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out seven. He was followed by Brandon Puffer and Edgar Huerta, who pitched two innings apiece and did not allow a run.

Jose Nieves made his debut in Portland and went hitless in five at bats.

Lake Elsinore:

Kennard Jones walked in the first and stole second and is now 4-for-4 on stolen bases this year. He did not end up coming around to score. Jones is hitting third in the Storm lineup as he makes solid contact and came use his high on base percentage to drive in runs this year. Of course, with runners on second and third in the second, Jones struck out.

McAnulty with a one out ground rule double in the third. He also doubled in the sixth behind a Steve Baker walk and after a walk to Mike Richardson, McAnulty scored on a bases loaded walk to Eddie Serrano. Marcus Nettles then singled up the middle to drive in another run and Luis Cruz followed with the bases still juiced and added a two run single.

Michael Johnson drove in Nettles in the first inning with a sac fly to score the first Storm run.

Stauffer retired seven in a row during one stretch and worked quickly through the day. The first batter he faced doubled off him before he settled in. His totals for the day: one run on four base hits, walked two, plunked one and struck out three in five innings pitched. Justin Craker got the win and is now 2-0.

The best news is Stauffer reported no discomfort after the game and played it off as if he had not pitched that day.

Steve Baker is 0-for-13 to start the season for the Storm, but he did draw a walk in the sixth inning.

Alan Webb allowed back-to-back home runs on successive pitches with one out in the ninth to close the score to 5-3, but they would not come any closer.

Fort Wayne Notes:

The Wizards beat Battle Creek 8 out of 15 games during the regular season in ‘03 but were swept 2-0 by the Yankees in the playoffs. RHP Clark Girardeau, RHP Daniel Moore, RHP Eddie Bonine (0-1) and RHP Jared Wells (0-1) are expected to be the starters in the four game series.

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