Padres Minors: Knott, Donovan Swinging Well

Jon Knott was hit on the hand earlier this year and while it did not affect him tremendously, his power is just starting to take off. Knott sat out a few games and said, "It is fine." Two pitching performances were wasted at the lower levels and another offense breaks out in a big way, but an injury concern tempers the enthusiasm.

Portland won 8-4

Jon Knott homered for the second consecutive game, doubled in two and drove in three to lead the Beavers to victory.

Knott struggled a bit early on with his ascension to Portland. He only had limited playing time with the Beavers last season.

"I feel pretty good up there at the plate," said Knott. "I think I was just real excited and tried to throw up some numbers on the board real quick."

Yamid Haad added his second homer with Portland and had three RBI's. Rico Washington added a solo shot.

Chris Oxspring went five innings, allowing three runs, two earned, en route to 3-0. Mike Bynum earned his first save of the season and his career by pitching the ninth.

Mobile lost 3-2

Mobile wasted a solid performance by Duncan McAdoo and lost on Sunday. Greg Sain allowed two passed balls, with one of those and an error by Jason Clements giving Montgomery two runs.

Freddy Guzman's base stealing streak ended on Saturday as he was caught stealing. On Sunday he extended his caught stealing streak to two and was kept off the theft board for the second straight day.

Five players went 0-for, and Todd Donovan had as many hits, three, as the rest of the team. He added his first homer of the season.

"If this was last year, I probably would have gone out and tried to hit a homer in my next two at bats," Donovan admitted.

He struck out and singled in those at bats.

"Hitting as many homers as I did, as early as I did (last year), I kind of thought that was what I was supposed to do," Donovan said of pressing last season. "It was a snowball effect."

"It was a pitch up in the zone, I didn't try to hit a home run, but I was just fortunate enough to hit it hard enough that it went over the plate. My next couple of at bats I just tried to put the ball in play."

Lake Elsinore lost 3-1

David Pauley allowed two of the three hits he allowed on the night in the second inning, a single and a triple, as Bakersfield scored all three runs in that inning. Pauley did not allow a runner past first base in any other inning of work.

Joe Lima continues his season of futility. Lima is now 1-for-25 on the season after an 0-for-1 night, which was an improvement over Saturday when he went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.

Fort Wayne won 10-2

Jared Wells, who received a no decision working 4.0 innings allowing an earned run, two walks and three strike outs. It is unclear why he left the game so early with a commanding lead, but we hope to find out. Dick Hayhurst pitched three innings of one hit ball to earn the victory. He extended his streak of not allowing an earned run to 13.1 innings pitched.

Jordan Pickens blasted a three run homerun to give the early 3-0 advantage to the Wizards. He leads the team in homers with two and RBI's with nine. He is 4-for-8 over his last two games with four RBI.

Mark McRoberts and George Kottaras added two RBI's apiece.

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