Padres Minors: Highs and Lows

Portland got the win despite only having two hits on the day. Two streaks continue in Mobile, one good, one not so good. Luis Cruz of Lake Elsinore continues his hot streak, while the support for Brian Whitaker continues to falter. Fort Wayne saw a season high and a season low.

Portland won 1-0

Dennis Tankersley cruised through three, got in and out of trouble in the fourth and left the game in the seventh, with two on and one out. Blaine Neal came on and induced an inning ending double play to preserve the 1-0 lead. Neal pitched the eighth before giving way to Bart Miadich who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save of the year.

Neal has pitched in three of the four games Tankersley has started in and Neal leads the Beavers in appearances with eight.

Portland scored their lone run in the second when Alex Fernandez drew a leadoff walk, went to second on a ground out by Ben Risinger and scored on a double by Bobby Scales. The hit for Scales was one of just two hits on the day for the Beavers. Bernie Castro was the only other Beaver to get a hit. He also stole a base, his fifth of the year.

Mobile lost 10-6

Jake Gautreau homered in the second inning, a solo shot, his third of the year. Ben Johnson drove in three runs, getting a single to drive in two in the fifth and another single driving in one in the eighth. The team managed just six hits but scored six runs.

Clay Hensley was not able to get through the fifth inning for the third start in a row. Hensley allowed six runs on nine hits and three walks in 4.2 innings. His WHIP sits at 2.37 and he has allowed a team high five homers against, two coming on Friday.

Freddy Guzman extended his stolen base streak to five straight games.

Lake Elsinore lost 6-3

Kervin Jacobo committed two errors in the second inning which led to two unearned runs and Bakersfield hit three home runs to beat the Storm 6-3.

Brian Whitaker allowed two solo home runs, in the sixth and seventh innings, and has now allowed four homers on the season, the most by a Storm pitcher. It was the second time this season Whitaker has allowed two solo homers in a game. His ERA sits at just 2.10 in four starts but he is 0-2. Whitaker has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his four starts. The offense has scored just six runs when he has been on the mound.

Justin Smyres drove in a run in his first game for the Storm.

Luis Cruz knocked in two for the second straight day and now has six RBI's in his last four games and seven RBI's in his last five games. Only once over that span has he not drove in a run.

Fort Wayne lost 8-0

The Wizards gave up a season high 17 hits and managed just three themselves en route to an 8-0 loss. Daniel Moore allowed 11 hits in 5.2 innings of work, allowing five runs and walked two. His WHIP (walks + hits per inning pitched) is now 2.13.

Brian Wahlbrink is the only Wizard to play in every game. He is hitting over .300 and has twice as many doubles, six, than the next closest Wizard. He also has more than twice as many extra base hits, seven, than the next closest teammate. On Friday, Wahlbrink doubled – one of the three Wizards hits.

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