Padres Minors: Futility

Portland was the only team to win on Saturday and they did so in style. Mobile batted one over the required 27 needed to complete a game. Lake Elsinore went into extra innings and lost 7-1! Fort Wayne was not much better in their doubleheader and the best pitcher in game two of the doubleheader was a position player.

Portland won 11-6

Brandon Puffer allowed his first earned run in 20.2 innings, but ironically got the win, his first of the season.

Every starter had a hit as Portland scored eight runs in the sixth to power them to victory. Bobby Scales hit his first home run of the season, a two run blast, and after a Jeff Cirillo single Jon Knott connected for his sixth blast of the year. Scales went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI's.

With two RBI's, Henri Stanley extended his RBI streak to five games. Over that span he has knocked in seven. Stanley only has twelve on the year.

Mobile lost 5-0

Chris Rojas made it out of the first inning allowing a leadoff single and nothing else, getting three straight batters. He did not, however, get another out on the day. He gave up four runs on six hits, in one inning of work. In the second inning he gave up four straight hits, hit a batter and then gave up a double as Birmingham took a 4-0 lead. Mike Thompson inherited runners on second and third with no outs and got out of the inning without another run crossing the plate. Thompson went three innings and did not allow a hit, struck out two and walked one.

The BayBears managed just three hits on the afternoon. Jake Gautreau had his seven game hitting streak snapped. The only players to get on base were Todd Donovan, Josh Barfield and Ben Johnson. Johnson was the only player to actually be on base at the end of the inning as two double plays wiped out the other base runners.

Lake Elsinore lost 7-1 in 11

A 1-1 game turned into a rout in the eleventh inning as the Storm contingency of Wilmer Villatoro and Rene Miniel got hammered into submission.

Villatoro allowed an opening single in the eleventh and Miniel came on in relief. After a sacrifice bunt, four straight Rancho Cucamonga batters reached base and the game was out of hand.

Tim Stauffer continues to pitch well. He allowed one run over seven innings. He has not allowed over three runs in any start and giving up three happened only once this year. In his five other outings he has given up two runs twice, one run twice and no runs once.

Kennard Jones committed his sixth error of the season, coming on a throw in the 11th, and he knows it is something he has to work on.

"I have been kind of antsy at the beginning of the year," said Jones. "In spring training, I believe I went errorless. Then I came out here. This park in Elsinore is pretty quick and I think I got my first two in my first couple of home games. Then we were on the road and I just had this thing there for a minute. It is just about slowing it down. Doug Dascenzo is out here now. I am doing early work with him. Every time I get out in a game I am overly excited and overly aggressive. I just think I need to tone it down – a lot."

Jones did extend his hitting streak to eight games and Steve Baker now has a seven game hitting streak.

Fort Wayne lost 3-0, 14-1

The Wizards collected just seven hits between the two games and score just once. In game one they matched the BayBears production with three hits.

The only hit of note was a Drew Macias single as he extended his hitting streak to five. He did, however, quickly get wiped from the bases on a steal attempt. By the end of the day, Macias streak had ended at five.

The only hitters that have hitting streaks of longer than one game after play on Saturday for the Wizards are Colt Morton (3) and Brian Wahlbrink (2).

Things were so bad in game two, former pitcher and current outfielder Greg Bochy pitched one inning. Ironically, he had the best outing of any pitcher to take the mound for Fort Wayne in the game. He pitched one inning, allowed one hit and struck out one.

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