Padres Minor League Notebook: Swept Again

The Padres Minor League affiliates were swept on Monday with one game going down to the wire. Greg Sain continues to show he belongs in the lineup in Mobile while the number one San Diego Padres prospect gets on the board. A day after applauding his base running, one Friar prospect got caught. Meanwhile, injuries are haunting Elsinore.

Portland lost 3-2

Joey Hamilton went four innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. The game was tied until the bottom of the eighth when Xavier Nady could not field a ball cleanly. A double and a sac fly later and the game was decided. Mike Bynum pitched four innings in relief and gave up the one run, unearned.

Nady had a terrible day all-around as he struck out three times.

The Beavers manufactured their first run. Bernie Castro led off the game with a walk, stole second moved to third on a ground out and scored on a Jon Knott ground out. Tagg Bozied added a homer in the sixth. He now has eight hits in 18 at bats.

Mobile BayBears lost 9-6

Right-hander Clay Hensley made his Double-A debut and allowed five runs on seven hits over four innings. Hensley was acquired in a trade with the San Francisco Giants last July with current BayBears reliever R.D. Spiehs in exchange for major leaguer Matt Herges.

Hensley's biggest nemesis on the night was the long ball as he gave up back-to-back homers in the fourth. Matt Hampton gave up a three run shot in the ninth and consecutive singles after that, the fifth hit in a row off the lefthander. After finally getting one out, he was relieved by Roger Deago who stopped the bleeding.

The pitching staff and Nick Trzesniak were unable to keep Dwaine Bacon at bay. Not only did he go 4-for-5, but he also stole three bases on the night. He ended up scoring each time he got on base. In total, West Tenn pounded out 15 hits.

Josh Barfield got the monkey off his back with an RBI single in the first. Todd Donovan singled to open the inning and JJ Furmaniak doubled (one of three hits on the night for JJ). Barfield then singled in Donovan. The BayBears were only able to get one more out of the golden opportunity.

The team would not score again until the ninth. Down 8-3, the BayBears got a walk from Barfield and Greg Sain followed with a two run blast, his third of the young season. Three of his five hits on the season have left the park. Mobile then loaded the bases with one out and got just one more run across the plate.

Amazingly, Gary Jones told us before the season that Sain would be a bench player that could play multiple positions. That tune is changing fast.

Furmaniak went 3-for-5 and looked locked in at the plate. After striking out five times in his first eleven at bats, Furmaniak made solid contact on the day and looked for his pitch.

Josh Carter went 2-for-5 and has yet to strike out in 16 at bats. Barfield went 2-for-3 on the night and is hitting .200.

Lake Elsinore lost 8-4

Jon Huber got the loss after allowing four runs over four innings. He allowed eight hits and one home run, a solo shot. Huber was in trouble in every inning with a Lancaster player getting into scoring position.

Eddie Serrano committed a three run error in the seventh. It is a position Serrano is not used to playing and was there because of need. After a walk and a single Serrano threw one awry and it scored two. The next batter followed with a single to score the last run. Nate Sevier was the beneficiary of three unearned runs.

Marcus Nettles went 3-for-4 and leads the team in hits with seven, all singles. Steve Baker got off the schnide by getting two hits, his first two of the season. He is now 2-for-19 on the season. Kervin Jacobo drove in two, but also struck out twice more to drive his total up to nine in nineteen at bats.

Kennard Jones got caught stealing for the first time in six attempts on Monday. While his .200 batting average has yet to take off, Jones has a .400 on base percentage after walking three times.

Rob Watson dislocated his right shoulder on Saturday and Brian Burgamy broke a finger Friday. Joe Lima was assigned to Elsinore to play second.

Fort Wayne lost 8-6

Fort Wayne pushed some runs across the board on Monday, but still lost – by a count of 8-6.

The Wizards loaded the bases in the fourth inning with one out. Billy Hogan hit a sacrifice fly to drive in one and Peeter Ramos followed with a triple to clear the rest of the bases. Juan Ciriaco eventually drove him in with a single. It was the biggest inning of the year for the Wizards and matched their total runs scored, four, output for the whole season – spanning three games. They pushed another run across in the seventh on a ground out and a sac fly produced the other run in the eighth. In that eighth inning, the Wizards loaded the bases with one out but could not score another run as Skip Adams struck out and Jordan Pickens flied out.

Adams has now struck out ten times in four games and is 1-for-17 at the plate. Ramos and Brian Wahlbrink had two hits apiece.

Clark Girardeau pitched four innings and allowed two runs. Sazi Guthrie also allowed two runs, one earned, in two innings of work. Chuck Bechtel took the loss after allowing four runs in two innings and walking four batters.

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