Padres Minors: Give them the broom!

All four San Diego Padre affiliates won their games on Monday and Mobile swept a doubleheader. Jeff Cirillo returned to the lineup, albeit in Portland. The Storm are en fuego and several pitchers continue their hot streaks while another loses his edge.

Jeff Cirillo has joined Portland for his rehab assignment. Cirillo had been on the disabled list since April 5 with a broken right index finger. In his first game back he went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and a strikeout. He also scored one run.

Portland won 9-8

JJ Furmaniak hit his first homer at the Triple-A level, a three run blast in the sixth. Furmaniak went 4-for-4 on the night with four RBI's. He also stole his first base in Portland.

Bobby Scales extended his hitting streak to five and has had an extra base hit in four of those contests. The only time he was shut out of that department was a pinch hit appearance on April 29.

Blaine Neal entered the game with a span of five straight scoreless outings, but Monday was not as kind. He gave up three runs on two hits, two walks and a wild pitch, but did manage to strike out the side, the second consecutive appearance that he has accomplished that feat. Neal, coincidentally, was ejected from the game following the inning.

Mobile swept Carolina, 7-1, 5-2

The BayBears had their leadoff runner on each of the first five innings in the first game. Four errors by Carolina in the fourth inning plated four runs for Mobile.

In game one, Clay Hensley went six innings allowing one earned run. The win marked the first time Hensley has won at the Double-A level. Hensley also hit a RBI double off the right field wall to push the score to 7-0 in the fifth. He also singled in the third and scored.

Jake Gautreau, pinch hitting for Greg Sain, doubled in the sixth of game one. Sain was hit by a pitch earlier in the game and the team removed him as a precaution. Sain also would sit out game two.

In game two, Brad Baker extended his scoreless streak to 11 games, spanning 11 innings. He recorded his seventh save of the year in the process.

Ben Johnson, in the category no one wants to be in, has extended his hitless streak to nine games. Since going 2-for-3 on April 23, Johnson has gone hitless in 20 at bats. His batting average has dropped from .271 to .191 in the process.

Lake Elsinore won 10-1

Pity the team in the Storm's path. The Storm has scored 26 runs over the last two games. Elsinore has won five straight games. All of the Storm batters had hits with seven of nine having multiple hits on the night. Six of the batters had extra base hits on Monday.

Paul McAnulty extended his hitting streak to nine games, second most in the Padres system this year. He will gun for Freddy Guzman's ten on Tuesday. He was named California League's Player of the Week Monday.

Fort Wayne won 5-3

Clark Girardeau pitched six innings, giving up three runs and striking out a season high nine. He now has 29 in 26.1 innings pitched. Girardeau did not figure into the decision. Dirk Hayhurst was the beneficiary of Wizard support and moved to 2-0. Hayhurst pitched one inning and extended his streak without allowing an earned run to 20.

Aaron Coonrod pitched the ninth for his third save of the season. Coonrod struck out the side, but did walk two in the inning. He has literally been unhittable, and wildly effective. The one problem he has faced is walking batters. Coonrod has walked eight in nine innings and given up just five hits. He has also struck out nine and thrown three wild pitches. When he harnesses that ability, Coonrod will be nastier than his 1.93 ERA currently says.

Fernando Valenzuela Jr. has a three game RBI streak going for him. Peeter Ramos hit his first home run of the year. It's his third career home run as he reached his quota of one home run per year early in 2004! Ramos also added his sixth stolen base of the year, leading the team in that category.

Amazingly, 11 of the 14 Wizard batters have between seven and 11 RBI's on the season. Two more have more than five and one has just one. Talk about an even distribution.

Brian Wahlbrink had a five game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-4 night.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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