Jacobo responds, Vasquez has not

Jon Knott went 2-for-4 in his first game of extended action for the San Diego Padres. Blaine Neal pitched two scoreless innings of relief against the Devil Rays, not allowing a hit. Ramon Vasquez, meanwhile, is batting .193 in Portland and Justin Germano has not had a friendly return. Mobile losing is definite news. Kervin Jacobo called us to say thank you. And the Wizards win a marathon 17 inning game, the second time they have gone that long this year.

Portland lost 7-2

Since returning to Portland, Justin Germano has given up eight runs in 10.1 innings pitched. Germano has surrendered eight hits in each of his last three trips to the mound with Portland. On Tuesday he got his second Portland loss when he served up four runs in 4.1 innings pitched. He walked a season high three batters in the game.

Freddy Guzman has swiped 14 bases in 14 attempts since joining Portland. He now has 31 on the year and has a string of 22 straight steals without getting caught. He has stolen a base in three straight games, had at least one RBI in four straight and has a five game hitting streak. He is 9-for-22 over the streak with six RBI's and five runs scored. He did commit his first error since joining Portland.

Jose Nieves had two errors yesterday and one today. Ironically, before Monday the last time he had an error he committed them in consecutive games. Nieves went 2-for-4 on Tuesday and extended his hitting streak to 11. He has struck out just once during the streak.

Rico Washington is hitting over .200 for the first time since April 13.

Mobile lost 5-2

Greg Sain proved today it was no fluke. Yesterday we mentioned that Sain has been on a home run tear and Tuesday proved to be no different. He hit two homers, both solo shots, in what proved to be the only runs of the game for Mobile. Sain has three homers in the last two days and four of his last five hits have left the yard as well as five of his last seven. He now leads the league in homers with 18, two more than his nearest competition.

Ben Johnson is 7-for-45 over his last twelve games with 16 strikeouts. He has whiffed at least once in every one of his last twelve games.

Brian Whitaker was cruising until the fifth. That is when he allowed five runs to cross the plate on six hits. Until that inning, Whitaker had given up just two hits on the day. He ended up taking the loss and has had a decision in eight straight starts. His nine hits allowed tied a season high and his five earned runs were his highest total of the season. He has also given up a homer in three straight games.

Lake Elsinore lost 9-1

A day after calling out Kervin Jacobo, he responded with a 2-for-4 night with a double and a homer. He doubled his extra base hit output of his last 16 games in one night.

While Paul McAnulty's 12 game hitting streak was snapped, Marcus Nettles now has the honors of holding the best hitting streak by and Padres prospect with 14 games in a row. He went 2-for-4 and is 20-for-55 in the streak.

Jon Huber had his worst outing of the year for the second game in a row. He had been stellar all year long before giving up ten runs over his last two outings in eight innings of work. Huber went 3.2 on Tuesday and had his shortest outing of the year from a performance standpoint. He did have a two inning outing but only allowed one run that day. He has now lost two in a row after winning six straight decisions.

Chuck Bechtel had given up runs in 12 of his 22 appearances with Fort Wayne. Now with Lake Elsinore he has given up runs in 3-of-5, all coming in his last three outings. His 5.34 ERA with the Wizards was perhaps an indication that he was not ready for the promotion but the Padres wanted to challenge him further.

Fort Wayne won 5-4 in 17

It is the second longest game time wise this season played by the Wizards and ties the longest game innings wise, 17, with the game against Wisconsin back on April 30th. The Wizards are now 1-1 in games going 17 innings.

Brett Bonvechio homered in the ninth, a solo shot, to tie the game and send it into extra frames. Bonvechio has now homered in two of his last three and has driven in runs in three consecutive games.

Aaron Coonrod picked up his first win of the season. He deserved it after getting mauled for six unearned runs last time out.

Matt Lauderdale drove in the winning run in the 17th after the teams traded runs scored in inning 12. Lauderdale's RBI marked the first time he has driven in a run without having hit a home run on that day.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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