Padres Minors: Pitching Reigns

After a short hiatus from the San Diego Padres minor league reports, they are back to stay. Portland won Monday on a solid pitching performance. Freddy Guzman debuted in Mobile and showed why he is so highly touted. Lake Elsinore had Monday off. Fort Wayne won without many RBI's to show for it.

Portland won 4-1

Brian Sweeney led the Beavers to a 4-1 victory on Monday with six innings of one run ball. Sweeney allowed a homer and only two runners got to second base, both in the fifth inning but neither scored. Brandon Puffer and Bart Miadich closed the game out for the Beavers.

Jon Knott started the scoring for Portland with a first inning double to score Henri Stanley. Xavier Nady drove in Stanley with a single in the third and Knott scored after an error. The only other run came in the seventh when Jose Nieves singled in Gene Kingsale.

Nady is leading Portland in hitting, batting .381. His fielding has suffered early on, however, with three errors.

Mobile won 6-4

The BayBears came back from a four run deficit to win 6-4 on Monday. The BayBears scored in the sixth, seventh and eighth to earn the victory for Justin Germano.

Germano was cruising until the fourth inning when he hung a fastball that was taken out of the park by Robinson Cancel, a two run jack. Four singles in the fifth off Germano plated two more. He settled down in the sixth, hitting Cancel with a pitch, but getting help from Nick Trzesniak who threw Cancel out trying to steal. RD Spiehs, Matt Hampton and Brad Baker each pitched a scoreless inning. Baker earned his first save of the year.

The BayBears hammered out 15 hits on Monday with every player in the lineup having at least one hit.

Freddy Guzman went 3-for-4 in his debut with two stolen bases. Guzman and Todd Donovan at the top of the lineup provided ample opportunity for the rest of the lineup as they combined for five hits. Donovan knocked in Guzman in the seventh to tie the game at four. Guzman had led off the inning with a walk, stole second and scored on the single. Donovan then stole second, went to third on an error and scored on a Josh Barfield single, the game winner.

Jesse Roman knocked in two runs, one in the second and another in the fourth. Jake Guatreau had doubled each inning and scored each time.

Greg Sain, one of the hottest Mobile hitters, left three men on and struck out four times.

Lake Elsinore Notes:

A recap of the hitters shows Michael Johnson have a tough time. He had thought he would be on the Mobile team, but the early showing says he needs more time in Elsinore making contact. He leads the team in strikeouts with 16 in 36 at bats. Oddly enough, he leads the team in RBI's with nine.

Brian Whitaker continues to get no run support. In three games, Whit has given up just four earned runs and struck out 15 in 18.2 innings. The same holds true for Tim Stauffer and Gabe Ribas who each have a 1.64 ERA. Both have allowed just two earned runs this year.

Fort Wayne won 4-1

The Wizards won by three runs on Monday but only had one RBI, a solo home run by Jordan Pickens – his first of the season.

In the sixth inning, the Wizards got an opening single from Drew Macias and with two outs Peeter Ramos reached on an error. Brian Wahlbrink followed with a double to right center that scored Macias and eventually cleared the bases after a throwing error by the second baseman for Beloit.

Eddie Bonine allowed one run over six innings and struck out nine, looking dominant at times. Bonine has now struck out 18 in 14.1 innings. His only downfall thus far has been 21 hits in those innings and a shaky defense behind him. He earned the win on Monday.

Aaron Coonrod earned his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

Colt Morton has continued to struggle. Morton has now struck out in half of his at bats, 13-of-26 times.

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