Padres Minors: New Beginnings

Two Padres minor league squads faced extra innings on Thursday with different results. Two pitchers made their debuts on Thursday and both had different, but positive, outings. One reliever's streak is snapped in a starting role.

Portland lost 3-2 in 10

Justin Germano, in his Triple-A debut, did not disappoint. He pitched well enough to win, but came away with a no decision. Promoted to Portland earlier this week, Germano showed he belonged with a six inning effort, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks. He struck out three.

Brandon Puffer continued his magical tour on the mound. With two innings of scoreless relief he has now extended his streak to 20.1 innings without allowing an earned run and 15.1 innings without allowing a run period.

Bart Miadich took a hard luck loss in the tenth. Gene Kingsale, a defensive replacement in centerfield, committed an error that cost the Beavers the game. After Kingsale was charged with a three base error, a sac fly brought the runner in.

Jon Knott and Henri Stanley both hit solo home runs. For Knott it was his fifth and Stanley hit his second. Joe Gerber and JJ Furmaniak were the only Beavers to get two hits. Furmaniak is eight for his last 17.

Craig Colbert was ejected in the eighth for arguing a close call at first base.

Mobile lost 7-1

Duncan McAdoo allowed all seven runs in the game in 3.1 innings pitched. He allowed nine hits and walked one.

Jake Gautreau provided the sole offense for Mobile with a solo homer, his fourth of the season. He was the only batter to have multiple hits on the day. He also extended his hitting streak to six games in the process. Thursday was the first time Gautreau had two hits in a game during that stretch. In total, Gautreau is 7-for-17 with one double, one homer and five RBI's.

With a walk on Thursday, Todd Donovan has safely reached base in 24-of-26 games this season. He has nine multi-hit games in the process and an on base percentage of .368.

Lake Elsinore won 7-5

Eddie Bonine, promoted from Fort Wayne this week to take the place of Brian Whitaker, wasn't as solid as Germano in his debut but earned something Germano did not…his first win in his debut. Pitching in High-A for the first time, Bonine gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings of work.

Kevin Beavers made his debut as well on Thursday. Pitching in relief he tossed 1.2 scoreless innings. Mike Wodnicki earned his seventh save.

Paul McAnulty has reached base safely in twelve straight games. He has his ten game hitting streak snapped on Wednesday and responded by hitting a two run home run on Thursday.

Kennard Jones has now upped his hitting streak to six games. He is 10-for-27 during the stretch with two doubles, two triples and two stolen bases.

Fort Wayne won in 12, 9-7

Mark McRoberts hit the game winner, a double down the left field line that plated two. He went 2-for-3 on the day and pushed his hitting streak to a modest three games in the process.

For the second consecutive day the bullpen was placed on the hot seat. Dirk Hayhurst, a middle reliever, got the nod as the starter. Hayhurst entered the game having not allowed an earned run on the season in 20 innings pitched. That streak was snapped at 21 when Cedar Rapids scored two runs in the second inning. Hayhurst went five innings on the day and allowed those two runs, coming on a home run by Caleb Maher. His ERA on the season still sits under 1.00 at 0.72.

Grant Gregg gave up one run in two innings, his finest performance of the year. He has given up at least one run in all three appearances he has made on the season. Leo Rosales, pitching in his second game of the year, got the win.

Aaron Coonrod pitched the bottom half of the twelfth to notch his fourth save of the year. Coonrod remains unhittable. He struck out the side, but did allow two walks. It marked the second consecutive appearance that Coonrod has struck out the side, but third straight game he has walked two batters in his inning of work. None of those runners have scored and he has not allowed a hit over the three game span.

Colt Morton looked to be in a much more comfortable place at the plate. He went 3-for-6 on the day, scored twice and laced a double. More importantly, he did not strike out.

The same cannot be said for Skip Adams. Adams stepped up to the dish six times and whiffed five of those times. He has now gone down without a whisper 23 times in 55 at bats, 42 percent of his at bats.

Jordan Pickens hit his fifth home run of the year, a three run blast in the seventh. He is now tied for third in the league in homers. The league leaders have seven.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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