Padres Minors: Mother's Day Sweep

Every team within the San Diego Padres system won their game on Sunday, completing a Mother's Day sweep of the opposition. From the pitching to the batting, each had contributions to the team. Jon Knott was the sole offense for Portland, and he was all they needed. Ronnie Merrill nearly pulled off the same in Elsinore. Mobile pitching shut down the opposition. The Wizards awoke from their slumber.

Portland won 4-1

Jon Knott was the offense for the Beavers on Sunday. In salute to his Mother on this sacred day, Knott hit a three run blast and singled in another run to power Portland past Edmonton.

Knott had more hits, three, than the rest of the Portland squad combined.

The three run homer for Knott was his second homer in as many days. Knott also extended his hitting streak to six games. During the stretch he is 9-for-23 with three homers and ten RBI's. He now has 28 RBI's on the season, tied for second best in the Pacific Coast League.

Dennis Tankersley pitched seven innings of shut out ball. It was the second time this year that Tank has shut out his opponent over seven innings. On the year he has allowed four runs just once, but only one of those was earned. He has gone six innings or more in each start and has an ERA of 2.20.

Mobile won 3-2

Josh Barfield is starting to catch fire. Barfield connected for his third homer of the season, his second in the last three days and has a five game hitting streak going. During the streak he is 6-for-22 with two homers, one double and five RBI's.

Clay Hensley had his second straight solid outing. Since losing his first four decisions, Hensley has won two straight. Over his last 12 innings, Hensley has given up two runs on ten hits. A 9.72 ERA is down to 6.28. Over his first four starts, Hensley gave up 21 runs on 27 hits in 16.2 innings pitched. He had not gone more than 4.2 innings in any outing until his recent two game winning streak. He has gone six each of those games.

Brad Baker pitched the ninth to record his ninth save. Baker has still not run allowed a run on the season. The perfection on the season has been extended to span 14 games covering 14 innings. He has given up just six hits and whiffed 15, including five of the last six batters he has faced. Baker is keeping the opposition to a .143 batting average against him.

Lake Elsinore won 4-3

Luke Carlin hit a one out single with Joe Lima on second base in the bottom of the ninth that gave the Storm the victory. Carlin saved closer Mike Wodnicki who gave up a run on three hits in the top half of the ninth that threatened to send the game into extra innings for the third night in a row against Rancho Cucamonga.

Ronnie Merrill provided most of the punch on offense with a three run home run in the fifth. Merrill went 3-for-4 on the night with a stolen base.

While Steve Baker had his seven game hitting streak snapped, Kennard Jones extended his to nine games with a 3-for-4 night.

Kervin Jacobo struck out all four times he came to the plate and has now struck out in seven of his last eight at bats and nine of his last twelve. Mike Richardson has joined him in a category that he does not want. Richardson has gone down without a fight seven of his last twelve times to the dish.

Fort Wayne won 13-3

Fort Wayne, dormant on Saturday, came alive for Mother's Day. Eight of the nine batters drove in a run. Six of their 15 hits went for extra bases.

Peeter Ramos and Jordan Pickens drove in three apiece. Ramos went 2-for-6 with two doubles, one driving in two runs in the second and another plating a run in the ninth. Pickens went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run, his team leading sixth. Pickens is two behind the league leaders who have eight. Pickens is also second in the league in slugging percentage at .598 and second in hit by pitches with five.

Colt Morton extended his hitting streak to four games. He is 6-17 over the streak with one double, one homer, one triple and four runs scored.

Sean Thompson tossed 5.2 innings of scoreless baseball. Thompson had not pitched since May 2. He gave up just three hits and has allowed just 26 hits in 30 innings this season.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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