Padres Minors: Storm Clouds

Jeff Cirillo has had a hit in each of his rehab starts and added an RBI on Wednesday. Gabe Ribas had the worst outing of his career in his start for the Storm. Kennard Jones shared his new secret to stolen base success. Fort Wayne again went to the pen and suffered the consequences. Mobile had the day off on Wednesday, as did the entire Southern League.

Portland won 8-6

After not homering through the first month of the season, Gene Kingsale has hit two in successive days.

Alex Fernandez leads the team in runs scored with 13. The reason…he has scored in every game over his last seven games, averaging one per game. Not flashy, but getting it done.

Since losing his first start of the year and getting a no decision in his second start Brian Sweeney has won four in a row. He has gone six innings plus in every start this year and since allowing seven runs in his first two starts, he has given up five runs in his last four outings.

Ben Risinger has not had a hit in his last 29 at bats spanning the last eight games. His last hit came on April 20.

Lake Elsinore lost 9-3

Gabe Ribas had the worst outing of his career on Wednesday. Ribas allowed eight runs on nine hits and three walks in 3.1 innings. Ribas had allowed five earned runs and three walks all year before his outing against High Desert. His ERA jumped from 2.05 to 4.62 in the losing effort.

Mike Bumstead joined the Storm after Alan Webb was been promoted to Mobile on Wednesday. Bumstead pitched two innings on Wednesday and allowed one run on three hits.

Paul McAnulty had his ten game hitting streak snapped. McAnulty and Freddie Guzman share the honors for the longest hitting streak in the Padres system.

Kennard Jones stole his 11th base of the season and extended his hitting streak to six games. He has been caught four times.

"Just taking my time to run," said Jones of his new prowess on the base paths. "Instructional League was great for me. The Padres worked with me a lot on the base paths. (Coach Doug) Dascenzo has really been on me and really been in my ear. After the Instructional League and the offseason, I did a lot of work on speed training and quickness and footwork. It has helped me out so much. Staying focused and just trying to get those reads off the pitchers."

"Last year, everyone was in my ear trying to get me to do it in the middle of the season. I was trying to apply that to my game while I was playing. It wasn't really working out. I was getting thrown out all over the place."

Fort Wayne lost 10-4

Sazi Guthrie was forced into duty as a starter on Wednesday and the results weren't too impressive. Guthrie was a trooper going five innings but he allowed four runs on seven hits. He also committed an error. Leo Rosales made his debut with the Wizards. He worked one inning of scoreless relief. Jake Upwood walked four and allowed two hits in one inning of work that resulted in five runs, four earned and a loss.

Fernando Valenzuela Jr. hit his second homer of the year. Jordan Pickens had a five game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-3 night. He did, however, keep intact another streak. He has struck out in six straight games.

Drew Macias went 3-for-4 on the night and six of his last seven hits have been extra base hits. Of the six hits, four doubles a homer and a triple.

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