Padres Minors: Pressed into Action

Brian Whitaker, just called up to Mobile to replace Justin Germano, was immediately called into duty on Tuesday. He did not figure into the decision. Lake Elsinore stormed back from six runs down only to lose in the ninth. Portland pitching, especially the bullpen is pitching lights out. Another fabulous debut in Fort Wayne leaves no mark in the win column.

Portland won 5-3

Portland was 4-12 last year against Salt Lake in 2003 and is now 5-1 against them this year after their win on Tuesday.

Dennis Tankersley had given up eight of the 13 runs against him this year in the first inning. He escaped that fate on Tuesday and ended up going 6.2 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out eight. The biggest issue for Tankersley has been the 16 walks he has allowed in 38 innings. If he can cut those down he will be nothing short of dominant. Just cutting the walks in half would bring his WHIP from 1.26 down to 1.05.Tank has allowed just 32 hits on the season and struck out 32.

Brandon Puffer extended his scoreless streak to seven games and 13.1 innings. He has also not given up an earned run in 11 games spanning 18.1 innings. His ERA has dropped to 1.42 in 19 innings of work.

Bart Miadich made things a little interesting in the ninth when he gave up a solo homer to the first batter he faced. Miadich then got the next three outs. He is now 6-of-7 on the year in save situations. The only save he has blown on the year was in Salt Lake when he gave up a one out grand slam in a 6-3 game. Miadich had not allowed another earned run all season until Tuesday.

Jeff Cirillo went 1-for-3 playing DH on Tuesday. Gene Kingsale homered into the short porch in left in the sixth, his first of the year.

Mobile won 5-4

Brian Whitaker, starting for the first time at the Double-A level, pitched six innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits and an uncharacteristic two walks. Whitaker, showing a nice handle with the bat, had two sacrifice bunts to move runners over.

Brad Baker loaded the bases in the ninth and had runners on first and second with no out but pitched out of the pickle by striking out the side. He is now 8-of-8 in save appearances and has kept his scoreless streak intact through all 12 innings he has pitched this season. He also leads the Southern League in saves with his eight, three more than his closest competitor.

The first six batters in the Mobile lineup all struck out two times or more.

Ben Johnson got off the schnide with a single. He had entered the game 0-for-20 over his last nine games.

Jake Gautreau provided the game winner with a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth to score Freddy Guzman. Gautreau coincidentally plated the first two runs of the game with a first inning single to score Guzman and Todd Donovan.

Lake Elsinore lost 10-8

Eddie where are you now? The Storm went to the bullpen in the top of the first because Eddie Bonine, recently promoted to Lake Elsinore was not ready to pitch and Brian Whitaker was sent to Mobile and started for them today.

The Storm fought back from a six run deficit on Tuesday to take an 8-7 lead before losing in the bottom of the ninth. Mike Wodnicki gave up two home runs, a solo shot that tied the game and a two run blast that won it for High Desert.

After not allowing a home run spanning two seasons, Justin Craker has given up two this year.

Luke Carlin hit a solo homer, his first of the year and first since joining the Padres organization. Carlin hadn't hit a homer since playing for Northeastern University in 2002.

Fort Wayne lost 6-3

The Wizards have climbed back to .500 twice in the last week but have not been able to break the barrier.

Grant Gregg has now made two appearances and has two losses to show for it. On Tuesday, Gregg allowed five runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk. For the season, Gregg has now allowed eight runs in three innings on ten hits.

Chris Tierney, making his debut for the Wizards and just his second start in the Padres system, went six innings and gave up one run on four hits with five strikeouts. His performance was similar to his debut with the Storm last year when he allowed one run on four hits in six innings.

Seven of the nine Wizards hitters struck out once and six of them struck out two times or more.

Drew Macias hit his first homer of the season, a two run shot in the eighth. He struck out the three other times he got to the plate.

Colt Morton hit his first triple since 2001 when he was playing for the NC State Wolfpack. Morton, unfortunately, struck out three times on the day and leads the team in whiffs with 25 in 16 games.

Leo Rosales, the 20th round selection by the Padres in 2003, will join the Wizards from extended spring training. He spent the 2003 season with the Eugene Emeralds. Rosales went 3-1 with a 2.09 earned run average in a Northwest League leading 36 appearances. Rosales ranked third among relievers by averaging 12.14 strikeouts per nine innings, finishing the season with 58 total in 43 innings. He had three saves and allowed only 32 hits and 16 walks. He allowed just two runs in his first 14 appearances out of the bullpen in 17 innings.

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