Padres Minors: Three Jacks for Johnson

Three out of four – that is what the San Diego Padres Minor League clubs took on Wednesday. It was a day of firsts, as several players earned their firsts in a number of categories. And for one player, Michael Johnson, it was a day to remember.

Portland lost 6-4

At the end of four, Portland was down 6-3, the same score the day ended at. Matt Bruback gave up all six runs on ten hits. On the offensive side of the ball, Bruback went 2-for-2 with a double and run scored.

Yamid Haad and Ben Petrick each hit solo homers, their first homers and RBI's of the season. The homer for Petrick came in his first at bat for Portland.

C-1B-OF Ben Petrick a catcher, first baseman and outfielder agreed to a minor league contract Wednesday. Petrick finished the 2003 season with the Detroit Tigers, where he batted .225 with four homers and 12 RBI in 43 games.

Blaine Neal bounced back from a poor outing on the 18th of April where he allowed three earned runs to post two shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out three.

Mobile won 4-1

Steve Watkins pitched seven innings and allowed just one unearned run, coming off a Jesse Roman error in the seventh. Matt Hampton earned the save, the first of his career as a Padre minor leaguer.

Freddy Guzman has now stolen a base in three consecutive games and has four for the year – tied for most on the team with Todd Donovan. Josh Barfield singled in Guzman after his stolen base Wednesday. Greg Sain continued with his hitting tear by hitting his fifth homer of the year to knock in Barfield.

One note previously forgotten: Jack Cassel had not allowed a regular season home run entering 2004 in two years, spanning over 170 innings. He has allowed two in nine innings this year.

Lake Elsinore won 10-9

Michael Johnson tagged three homers, to up his total to five on the season, in a 10-9 victory Wednesday. Five of Johnson's nine hits have been jacked over the wall and despite a .205 average and 19 strikeouts in 44 at bats, he leads the team with 14 RBI's. Five of the RBI's came on Wednesday as he homered in the fourth, seventh and ninth.

Steve Baker also added a three run jack, his second of the year. Kennard Jones added his eighth stolen base of the year. He has been caught three times.

Tim Stauffer got the win, his first as a Padre minor leaguer, going five innings and allowing three runs, two earned. He also struck out six. Stauffer is the only Storm starter not to allow a homer this year.

Mike Wodnicki has saved five of the six Storm victories on the year, including Wednesday's game.

Fort Wayne won 5-4

After Jake Upwood blew a one run lead in the top of the eighth, Greg Bochy singled in Brian Wahlbrink in the bottom of the ninth to give the Wizards the victory. Bochy, a converted pitcher, drove in three runs on the day.

Dick Hayhurst pitched three shutout innings and has not allowed a run all year, extending his streak to 10.1 innings.

George Kottaras had his first two extra base hits of the season on Wednesday.

Colt Morton continues to strike out in half of his at bats. He has whiffed in 15-of-30 at bats this season and is hitting just .105.

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