Padres Minors: Two On, Two Out

The Freddy Guzman streak amazingly continues. An All-Star debuts in Mobile. Portland and Fort Wayne had a much-deserved day off on Wednesday. Streaky Lake Elsinore lost in twelve and have lost four of their last five since winning three straight.

Mobile lost 4-1

Josh Barfield drove in the only Mobile run on Wednesday with a sacrifice fly. Barfield is tied for the league lead in sac flies with three.

Freddy Guzman pushed his hitting streak up to eight and his stretch of getting on base at least twice in one game extended to eight as well with a 1-for-4 day and a walk. He scored the lone BayBear run. He singled to open the game and advanced to third on a throwing error before Barfield knocked him in.

Jesse Roman walked all four times he stepped up to the plate. Jake Guatreau committed his eighth error of the season in 20 games played.

Clay Hensley, meanwhile, lost his fourth game of the season, leading the league in that dubious category. His WHIP, coincidentally, is third worst among Southern League starters at 2.28. In the good news department, Hensley was 1-for-1 at the plate and one of only four BayBears to get a hit.

Marcos Agramonte made his Mobile debut, grounding out to second in a pinch hit appearance. He signed with the Padres on April 26, 2004.

Agramonte, a 2003 All-Star at second base, led the Spirit in hitting with a .309 average, including team-highs in hits (116), runs (62), triples (15), RBI (46) and stolen bases (19). His 15 triples are the most in a season in the Northeast League, while his hit total ranks third. Agramonte, 27, also owns the single-season assists record for second basemen with 270.

Josh Carter started out the year hitting well over .300. Since then, his average has taken a dive. With Carter hitting a minor slump, what changed?

"It's funny you say that," Carter noted. "They are trying to work with me on some things. I am not really feeling comfortable right now. We finally met in the middle and found out something we could work on. I am just going back to my old swing that I was with last year. It is feeling real comfortable and I will go back to it tonight in tonight's game and go from there."

He went 0-for-4 on Wednesday and is hitting .222, but no doubt he will recapture his stroke. Carter hit .300 over a full season with the Lake Elsinore Storm last year.

On Saturday, May 8, Padres starter Jake Peavy will make an appearance at Hank Aaron Stadium to celebrate "Jake Peavy Day" as proclaimed by the Mobile BayBears. Prior to that evening's BayBears game against the Birmingham Barons, General Manager Kevin Towers, Channel 4 analyst Rick Sutcliffe and former Padre Wally Joyner will also participate in the BayBears eighth annual charity game.

Lake Elsinore lost 5-3 in 12

The Storm committed a season high, and let's hope they never approach this number again, five errors on Wednesday. Luis Cruz had two errors, costing the team one run. Michael Johnson also cost the team with an error in the fifth.

Oddly enough, Kennard Jones made the play of the year with a diving catch in the outfield during the fourth inning. A few other plays were exceptional, but the routine ones got through.

Jon Huber pitched 4.1 innings and was taken out of the game with one out and two men on in the fifth. He had allowed one run in the inning. A double opened the stanza and a single eventually knocked one run in. After a walk, Huber was lifted. His pitch count was getting up there after allowing four walks and seven hits, while striking out five. He allowed three runs, two earned on the night.

Wilmer Villatoro, in relief of Huber, made his Lake Elsinore debut and induced an inning ending double play to keep the game at 3-2. Villatoro went 2.2 innings, not allowing a hit and striking out three.

The game wasn't decided until the 12th inning. With Justin Craker working his second inning of the evening, he quickly got the first two outs of the inning. After a walk, Froilan Villanueva hit a double off Craker to score a run. An error on Cruz scored the next run and the Storm could not bounce back in the bottom of the frame.

The Storm managed just four hits, but walked nine times. None of their three runs were earned as they scored on an error, a wild pitch and a double – coming after a pass ball.

Andres Pagan was on the losing end of four stolen bases against on Wednesday.

The Sports Network announced their player and pitcher of the week Monday, naming Storm first baseman Michael Johnson the Cal League Player of the Week for April 19-25. Johnson, who is among Cal League leaders with five homers, 15 RBI and 11 runs scored, made his biggest mark in the week on Wednesday, April 21 when he slugged three homers and drove in five RBI to help lead the Storm to a 10-9 victory over Visalia.

Director of Player Development Tye Waller is in town taking in the series with High Desert.

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