Padres Minors: Marathon and Streaks

Portland wins in style as their bats just won't cool down. A truly impressive streak ends in Mobile as a star breaks out. Lake Elsinore gets solid pitching again from its starter and wins. Fort Wayne plays a two game marathon and it is called one, ending sadly in 17.

Portland won 10-2

Brian Sweeney has allowed three earned runs over his last 18 innings, spanning three games. All three turned into victories, including Friday. Sweeney went six innings and allowed two runs on seven hits.

Sweeney, who joined the Beavers in an off-season trade with Seattle, was 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA (1er, 12.0ip) in two starts during last week. He led the Beavers to a 4-1 win over Las Vegas on April 19 and piloted the team's 5-0 shutout victory at Salt Lake on April 24, scattering four hits over 6.0 innings of work in Portland's second blanking in as many days.

Sweeney, who struck out eight and issued just one walk in the two starts last week was honored with the Pitcher of the Week award. He is the first Portland player to be honored with the league's weekly award and is the eighth (fourth pitcher) to singled out in the team's four seasons. Jeremy Powell (2001), Junior Herndon (2002) and Clay Condrey (2003) are the other Portland pitchers to be named Pitcher of the Week. Ernie Young (2001), Alex Pelaez (2002), Jason Bay (2003) and Alex Fernandez (2003) are the four Beavers to be named in the weekly hitting category.

Rico Washington drove in three runs and despite having a less than stellar .190 batting average; he is second on the team with 10 RBI's. Washington had a five game hitting streak and is six for his last 19. He was batting .128 before the current streak began.

Amazingly, including Washington, five Beaver players have hitting streaks of four games or more. The top guy is Jon Knott with six as he continues to prove his worth at the dish. The others worthy of recognition are: Ben Petrick, Yamid Haad, and Humberto Quintero. Haad and Quintero are both catchers, so the streak for catchers is at eight. Petrick, coincidentally, went 5-for-6 on Friday, doubling his hit total for the year.

Mobile lost 4-2

Freddy Guzman's streak of getting on base twice a game over the last nine games ended on Friday. Guzman did extend his hitting streak to ten and added his seventh stolen base. Since returning to the lineup, Guzman has a .509 on base percentage.

Josh Barfield got off the schnide Friday night. Barfield hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot. Barfield has 11 RBI's on the year and is hitting .237.

After starting the year 2-0, Duncan McAdoo has lost two in a row. Mike Thompson, meanwhile, continues to excel. Thompson has allowed just one run on the season in eight appearances, including Friday.

Lake Elsinore won 5-3

Gabe Ribas' sole blemish on the night was a sixth inning home run. Homer aside, Ribs pitched six innings of six hit ball to get the win. Although Ribas has given up 11 runs in 22 innings, only five have been earned.

Mike Wodnicki picked up his sixth save by pitching a scoreless ninth. Wodnicki leads the league in saves with the next closest competitor having four.

Kennard Jones and Steve Baker each had triples on Friday. For Jones, it was his team leading third and Baker drove in two with his drive.

Paul McAnulty extended his hitting streak to six on Friday, going 2-for-3 with a double and RBI. During the six game stretch he is 8-for-23 with two doubles, a homer and 4 RBI's.

Fort Wayne lost 6-3 in 17

Over his last 13 innings, including Friday, Eddie Bonine has allowed just four hits. He allowed two over seven innings and was on target to get the win for the Wizards. Ryan Klatt, who had allowed one run all year, came on to shut the door in the eighth. Unfortunately, Klatt's luck ran out. He gave up two runs which gave Wisconsin the lead.

The Wizards bounced back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning and extra innings was set with the game tied at 2-2. Both teams traded runs in the 14th inning before the 17th finally came around. The marathon was decided then. Grant Gregg, making his debut in Fort Wayne, was working his second inning and was roughed up for three runs on six hits and took the loss.

Since getting roughed up in the Wizards opener, Bonine has given up four earned runs over 25 innings. His ERA is 1.44 over that span and sits at 1.98 for the season. His WHIP is a commanding 1.02. He has walked just three batters and has stuck out 31 in 27.1 innings pitched.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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