Padres Minors: Less than the sum

Doubles were popular for one affiliate a day after the Padres made it famous. There is a chance for a piece of history on Saturday with the Padres top prospect. Yet the numbers are surprisingly not so great as they seem. An old closer may have found his role in Elsinore. Rain nearly wiped out the game for Fort Wayne, and now they wish it had.

Portland won 8-5

Dennis Tankersley has walked at least two batters in all eight games he has pitched. He has walked 23, or just under three per game. His WHIP is still only 1.29 and his ERA is fourth in the league at 2.29.

Another batter gets stuck at ten. Jon Knott failed to break the highest streak of the year by any Minor Leaguer after an 0-for-5 evening that saw him strike out four times.

Four of the five Portland doubles brought in runs. Humberto Quintero had two doubles that each drove in a run, Jose Nieves had one and JJ Furmaniak added one. Quintero has driven in six over his four game hitting streak.

Mobile lost 3-1

Clay Hensley was the hard luck loser (2-5) and has a decision in every game he has pitched in. Hensley has lowered his ERA nearly in half in his last four games. After his first three affairs, Hensley was at 11.37. His ERA is now at 5.80 and he has allowed just five earned runs in his last three starts.

Ben Johnson pushed his hitting streak up to five games and provided the only offense with a solo homer, his fourth shot of the year.

Josh Barfield moved his hitting streak to ten games on Friday and will look to take his streak to a season high within the Padres system on Saturday. He began the streak hitting .237 and after a ten game stretch of 11-39 (.282 BA) he is now hitting .248.

Todd Donovan pushed his streak to eight games. He started the streak batting .287 and with 12-of-30 (.400 BA) moved up to .313. He has been above .300 since the first game of the streak and not looked back.

Lake Elsinore won 8-5

Luis Cruz is 9-for-18 over his last five games after a 3-for-5 night on Friday. He drove in three runs with a double and a triple, just one of two players on the squad that fell one hit shy of a cycle. His triple came in the ninth and he did not get another opportunity to hit.

Paul McAnulty missed hitting for the cycle and only needed a single earlier in the night to accomplish the feat. McAnulty put the Storm on the board in the first with a solo shot and added two more RBI's, driving one on each of his other two hits.

Dale Thayer has pitched four of the last five games the Storm have played and has supported started Jon Huber the last three times he has taken the hill. Thayer is simply on fire. He has not allowed a hit in six straight outings and has struck out eight and walked three during that span. He also has recorded a win and two saves in his last three games, including a save on Friday night. Huber, meanwhile has won three straight decisions to bring his record above .500 at 3-2.

Fort Wayne lost 8-2

The game was delayed 30 minutes due to rain.

Sean Thompson took the loss to fall to 2-2. In seven starts this year he has not given up more than five hits in any of them. He has walked at least two in each and has given up five homers on the season, including one homer on Friday. Eight of the 13 runs he has given up this year have come via the long ball.

Sazi Guthrie gave up a run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning pitched. He has now given up runs in nine of the twelve games he has pitched in. His ERA has been under 5.79 just once this season and sits at 6.12 after Friday.

Chuck Bechtel, who gave up two runs, has not had an ERA under 5.00 since the second game of the season. He has appeared in 17 games, tied with Ryan Klatt for most appearances on the team.

Juan Ciriaco is 7-for-16 over his last four games and has added three RBI's, including one on Friday. Brian Wahlbrink is 6-for-18 over his last four games and had not an extra base hit since May 2.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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