Padres Minor League Notebook: Heroes Everywhere

Todd Donovan was the hero in Mobile. Bart Miadich the goat in Portland. Extra innings for Lake Elsinore and a breakout game for Fort Wayne. Several players had breakout games on Tuesday.

Portland lost 7-6

Chad Tracy's one-out, grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning, gave the hometown Tucson Sidewinders a wild 7-6 victory over the Portland Beavers.

Gene Kingsale was the main source of offense for Portland with four RBI's. Kingsale doubled twice, scoring three runs in the process and singled once to score one. Tagg Bozied tripled in a run and Xavier Nady singled him in.

Nady had three hits, while Jose Nieves and Tagg Bozied had two apiece. They just could not come up with timely hits much of the night.

Dennis Tankersley pitched six innings and allowed three runs on five hits while striking out six. Brandon Puffer and Edgar Huerta each pitched an inning of scoreless relief.

Mobile won 3-2

Mobile won a thriller on Tuesday. Down 2-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Mobile scored three runs to win the game. Greg Sain started the inning off with a walk. Jason Clements then walked. After a strike out, Jake Gautreau followed suit with another walk to load the bases. Nick Trzesniak was then hit by a pitch to score one run. After a force out at home, Todd Donovan smoked a single that scored two to end the game with a BayBear victory.

The BayBears had just four hits on the night, but walked seven times. Gautreau walked three of those times.

Justin Germano pitched a gem. He went seven innings and allowed one run, unearned, on six hits. He also struck out five. Still, Germano did not figure into the decision. RD Spiehs got the victory after pitching two innings of one run ball.

Lake Elsinore won 6-4

Brian Whitaker allowed two runs over 6.2 innings and now has a slim ERA of 1.42 but still has not earned a win. Whitaker did allow two solo home runs. It wasn't until extra innings when the Storm exploded for three runs to secure the victory. Kervin Jacobo hit a two run homer and Andres Pagan followed with a solo shot. Mike Wodnicki earned his third save to secure the win. He did allow a run.

Marcus Nettles, Luis Cruz and Eddie Serrano each had multiple hit games. All three are hitting over .300.

Jacobo struck out twice more on Tuesday and has now whiffed eleven times in 23 at bats.

Fort Wayne won 9-3

Wahlbrink walked to open the game. A ground out pushed Wahlbrink to second and he scored on a single by Fernando Valenzuela Jr.

After a walk, Peeter Ramos stole second base in the sixth. With one out, Fernando Valenzuela walked to put two men on. Ramos then scored on a broken bat single from Jordan Pickens. The throw came into the plate and Pickens took off for second. The subsequent throw went into centerfield, allowing Valenzuela to come in unattested.

Another error pushed Pickens across for the third run of the inning. On a 3-2 count to Morton with two outs and two on, Colt struck out.

Colt Morton hit the first home run of the season for the Wizards, a rocket shot.

Daniel Moore walked the bases loaded in the first and allowed a two run single that put Fort Wayne down 2-1. Four consecutive hits led to another run in the third to push the score to 3-1.

Moore settled down, going five innings and striking out six to get the win. Dirk Hayhurst, Ryan Klatt and Aaron Coonrod all kept their ERA's at 0.00.

The Wizards tacked on another few runs in the seventh when Pickens drove in Juan Ciriaco with a single. Ramos then scored on a Ryan Johnson single. Skip Adams then drove a run in with a single off a broken bat that had him shaking his hands at first base, the third two out hit of the inning. Drew Macias followed with the fourth RBI single in a row to put the Wizards up 9-3


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