I am a loser baby...

All of the San Diego Padres minor league teams lost on Tuesday and many of the games were blowouts. Brian Sweeney is back in Portland and got his feet wet in relief. Matt Bruback took his seventh loss. Mobile was blown away and resorted to a fielder to pitch the end of the game. Lake Elsinore has lost six straight and five errors were no help. Peter Stonard may be lost forever. Greg Conden suffered the worst outing of any player in the organization.

Alfredo Fernandez was shipped back to extended spring training but may have made a positive impression.

Portland lost 5-0

Matt Bruback took his seventh loss of the year and is tied for the Pacific Coast League lead in that category. He went seven innings and gave up two runs on six hits. Four of his last five starts have been what are considered quality starts, going seven innings and allowing two earned runs or less in each of those four. His ERA has dropped from 8.46 to 5.34.

Brian Sweeney returned to Portland after a brief stint with the Padres. He did not pitch while he was up with the big club. Sweeney went two innings and was greeted with a two run homer in his first inning of work. He went two and gave up those three runs on three hits.

Freddy Guzman has hit in every game since joining Portland, totaling five games. He is 9-for-21 with two walks, two doubles and is 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts. On the season, Guzman has stolen 21 bases between Mobile and Portland.

Mobile lost 10-3

Mike Richardson, hitting .333 for the year in limited duty that mostly included pinch-hitting, pitched and recorded the last two outs of the game. The game was 10-3 at that point and Richardson, pitching for the first time, induced a fly out and groundout.

Mike Wodnicki, called up just days ago from Lake Elsinore, got clobbered in his first start of the year. Wodnicki had strictly been used out of the bullpen and was suspect at best in that role. On Tuesday he went further than he ever had in a game this year and gave up more runs than he ever had. In 3.2 innings, Wodnicki gave up seven runs, six earned, on seven hits and a walk. His previous long was three innings on May 15 with the Storm.

Grant Gregg was flown in just for this game and followed Wodnicki. He has been pitching with the Wizards in Fort Wayne. His game has really improved since his first two outings with the Wizards. On Tuesday, Gregg did not surrender a run in 2.1 innings. He allowed three hits and struck out one.

R.D. Spiehs ten game scoreless streak came to an end on Tuesday. He surrendered a three run homer in the eighth inning. He had gone eleven innings without giving up much of anything.

Ronnie Merrill committed two errors and now has three in his last two games and five in his last five games. He had three in his previous 17 games.

Nick Trzesniak has a seven game hitting streak and was the lone bright spot. He went 3-for-4 with a double, homer and two RBI's. They were the first two RBI's of his current streak but he is 10-for-27 and has raised his average from a paltry .208 to .242.

Lake Elsinore lost 7-3

A Justin Smyres error opened up the flood gates. One of two Luis Cruz errors kept the inning going. Chris Tierney, the Storm starter, went five innings and was charged with five runs, none of them earned. He did have a balk and wild pitch in the same inning Cruz and Smyres fumbled their respective plays.

The Storm committed five errors on the night. Andres Pagan contributed his third in five games. Justin Smyres has errors in consecutive affairs. Cruz has now thrown away eight plays in his last 11 games.

Michael Johnson homered for the second consecutive day. He has nine on the year and has hit three out over the past week. He has eight RBI's in the last five games and is now tied for the team lead with 30.

According to Greg Ball of the NC Times, Peter Stonard has not been heard of since he left the team's extended spring training camp May 26. Tye Waller, the Padres Director of Player Development told Ball, "It sounds like the guy quit. It has to be something that's troubling him. You don't just quit when you have that kind of promise."

Stonard was the Padres fourth round draft pick in 2003. He had been thrown off two teams in college for substance abuse.

Fort Wayne lost 14-2

Greg Conden suffered the worst loss of any pitcher within the Padres system. In 4.2 innings, Conden gave up 11 runs, 10 earned, on eight hits and four walks. He surrendered four homers and has given up seven in his last three games. It was his shortest outing of the year in four starts for the Wizards. He gave up runs in every inning he pitched, including back-to-back jacks in the fifth that ended his night.

After a one game reprieve, Aaron Coonrod gave up three runs on four hits, including a homer. It was the most hits he has given up this year. Ironically, for the first time in 11 games he did not allow a walk. He has given up runs in six of his last seven. He had not given up a run in the six previous games he pitched.

Jordan Pickens has a six game hitting streak. He is 8-for-21 with five extra base hits and seven RBI's. He has raised his average back to .299. It had dropped from well above .300 to a low of .286.

Brian Wahlbrink extended his hitting streak to ten with another multi-hit performance, his second in a row and the only two in the streak.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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