Padres Minors: Sain-sational

Lake Elsinore had the day off. Two pitchers in the system hurt their own cause by committing errors on Monday. Greg Sain is now tied for the lead league in homers with seven after adding two on Monday, including a game winner for Mobile.

Portland lost 10-6

Matt Bruback has not pitched more than 4.1 innings over his last three starts, all losses. For the second consecutive game, Bruback has allowed six earned runs. With the five walks he issued on Monday, his WHIP sits at 2.27.

Jon Knott continues hit hot hitting with a 2-for-4 night and has extended his extra base hit streak, two doubles on Monday, to three straight games.

Joe Gerber added two RBI's and has a four game hitting streak. Humberto Quintero, in a season long slump, hit his first home run of the season.

Mobile won 6-4

The earliest game in BayBears history turned into a win with Greg Sain blasting two home runs.

Greg Sain tied the ball game at three in the sixth, fouling off pitches until he got one to his liking, finally saw a pitch he liked and homered.

In the eighth, Sain took a fastball knee high and crushed it out of the park that Sain said if he got anymore up in the air it may have died in the wind.

Sain, looking fastball, took a 96 MPH pitch that "you don't feel coming off the bat" to push the BayBears past Montgomery 6-4 with his eighth inning homer. Mobile was down 4-3 before the shot and they tacked on one more for good measure. Brad Baker pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his fourth save and stay perfect for the year.

For Sain it was his seventh homer of the season, tied for the league lead in that department. His OBP sits at .403 after the day.

Freddy Guzman was shut out in the stolen base department for the third straight game. Guzman started the season with five straight games with a stolen base. He does, however, have a six game hitting streak and has had multiple hits in five of those games and has reached base at least twice in all six games.

Fort Wayne won 11-6

Jake Upwood got an undeserved win on Monday. Upwood pitched 1/3rd of an inning and let up three hits and two runs before getting out of the seventh. The bullpen wasted a five inning, one run, gem from starter Sean Thompson.

The offense came through in the eighth, scoring six runs, capped by a Mark McRoberts three run home run.

Jordan Pickens added his second home run in as many nights and has a three game RBI streak. Greg Bochy also homered, his first of the year and also the first extra base hit he has had on the year.

Five Wizards had multiple hits on the night with Casey Baker and Pickens getting three apiece.

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