Padres Minors: Baker finally baked

It was bound to happen. It was truly just a matter of time. Just wish it wouldn't have resulted in a loss. The top two teams in the Padres system both suffered losses that they had leads in. Tim Stauffer debuted in Mobile. Two runs or less in Elsinore. Fort Wayne is shutout – again.

Portland lost 6-5

Humberto Quintero hit a three run homer in the second inning and had his second multi-hit game in a row. Quintero has two homers on the season and has never had more than three in any season.

Blaine Neal took the loss. He entered the game with two on and two out in the seventh and the first four batters he faced got on base and with the aid of an error by Alex Fernandez, two runs were charged to Neal.

Fernandez did have two RBI's on the day, one on a ground out in the sixth and a single drove in one in the eighth. Jon Knott has extended his hitting streak to ten games.

Matt Hampton worked one inning of scoreless relief. He was promoted to Portland on Thursday after spending the beginning of the year with Mobile. Hampton was 2-0 with a 5.14 ERA in Mobile.

Mobile lost 6-5

Closer Brad Baker finally met his match. Sixteen games spanning 16 innings of scoreless ball came to an end on Thursday. Baker was in the game looking for his 11th save of the year. Instead, he took the loss. A walk, wild pitch and a single plated the first run. Another wild pitch scored the run that gave Huntsville the victory.

Tim Stauffer made his Double-A debut on Thursday. He went six innings, allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out two. The big blow was a two run homer by Anthony Gwynn in the fifth inning. Stauffer had just one inning, the third, where he did not allow a baserunner.

Stauffer has still not given up over three runs in any start this year and Thursday was just the second time that happened. He had six outings in Lake Elsinore. His ERA at the time of his promotion was 1.78.

Josh Barfield has now hit safely in nine straight.

Todd Donovan has a seven game hitting streak. Donovan also stole a base and leads the team with ten.

"Having Freddy Guzman there – I don't want to say it is not my job anymore," Donovan said of stealing bases. "The guy is an exceptional ballplayer. All I can do is accept my role and where I am in the batting order and try my best. What that does is show my versatility. I proved I can play left field and that I can hit in the two hole."

Lake Elsinore won 2-1

Kennard Jones has now gone hitless in his last two games since tying the highest hitting streak of the season for any Padres prospect. His batting average also dipped below .300 for the first time since April 28.

Since giving up at least three earned runs over his first four starts, David Pauley has given up two or less in his past three with each outing showing improvement over the last. On Thursday, Pauley allowed just one run over six innings, his best outing of the year.

Steve Baker hit his fourth homer of the season, a solo shot, and is now tied for the team lead in RBI's with Michael Johnson who also drove in one run on Thursday.

Mike Wodnicki was named the winner of the California League Rolaids Relief Man award for April. During the month, Wodnicki compiled 15 points on five saves. His ERA this season is 9.45 after allowing four runs on seven hits Wednesday.

Fort Wayne lost 3-0

The Wizards were shutout for the fourth time this season and the second time in a row they have not scored when Jared Wells was on the mound. Wells has not allowed more than three runs in six of his seven starts but still has a record of 2-4.

The Wizards have scored two runs or less in nine of their 34 games. They have lost all nine of those games.

Peeter Ramos was the only Wizard to have two hits and now has three straight multi-hit games and is 6-for-12 over that span. He also added his team leading tenth stolen base.

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