Padres Minors: Barfield Shines

Another woeful start ends Portland's night early. Mobile stroked three home runs and Josh Barfield plated a season high four runs in a victory. Josh Carter is beginning to find his swing. Lake Elsinore used heroics and hitting streaks to win in extra innings. The game between Fort Wayne and Quad Cities was postponed on Friday.

Portland lost 9-6

Matt Bruback has lost five consecutive starts. In his last five games, he has gone 22.2 innings, allowed 36 hits, 24 runs, walked 16 and allowed three home runs. On Friday, Bruback gave up seven runs on seven hits with two home runs, one a two run blast in the third and a three run shot in the fifth.

The Beavers scored three runs in the ninth. Two of the runs scored on successive sacrifice flies, one by Rico Washington and the other by Jon Knott.

Henri Stanley has had an RBI in four consecutive games he has appeared in. Over that span he has five. His RBI on Friday came on a groundout in the first inning.

Ben Risinger got off the schnide with a 1-for-1 performance, singling up the middle in the ninth inning. He had entered the game hitless since April 20.

Mobile won 12-7

Seven of the twelve BayBears run came off home runs and Mobile was up 10-3 by the end of the second inning. Josh Barfield stroked a three run blast in the second and Jake Gautreau added a two run shot that same inning. Nick Trzesniak added a two run homer in the eighth. Five Mobile hitters had multiple hits on the season. Barfield drove in four runs on the day, his highest total of the season. Todd Donovan had four hits on the evening and Josh Carter added three.

Carter started out the year on fire, hitting well over .300 through the first ten games of the season, but hit a minor slump.

"It's funny you say that," said Carter. "They are trying to work with me on some things. I am not really feeling comfortable right now. We finally met in the middle and found out something we could work on. I am just going back to my old swing that I was with last year. It is feeling real comfortable."

Carter went 3-for-4 Friday and has a three game hitting streak. He is 5-for-9 with two doubles and two runs scored during the current streak.

Over his last 8.1 innings of work, Steve Watkins has given up 15 runs, 17 hits, three walks and three home runs. In 31.1 innings on the season, Watkins has given up 25 runs, 21 earned.

Lake Elsinore won 8-7 in 11

The Storm tied the game up in the bottom of the ninth on an Andres Pagan home run, his third of the season and second in as many days. Ronnie Merrill, 4-for-5 on the night, singled to centerfield to drive in Mike Richardson for the game winner.

Since allowing seven runs on seven hits and three walks in the first game he pitched on April 10, Dale Thayer has not allowed a run. An ERA of 27.00 is now down to 3.86 for the reliever. He has pitched in 10 games since then spanning 12 innings and allowed just three hits and two walks. He has also struck out 11 since that disastrous first outing.

Steve Baker has a six game hitting streak. After going 2-for-6 on Friday, he is 15 for his last 29 with seven runs and five RBI's. Kennard Jones also extended his streak to seven with a 1-for-4 night. He also added a stolen base, his 13th of the year.


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