Sean Thompson interview; Fernandez one hitter

The pitching was solid all-around on Wednesday. David Pauley came back strong from some California League outings. Sean Thompson continues to dominate and tells us why. Greg Conden has thrown two solid games in a row with no wins to show for it. Nineteen year old Alfredo Fernandez is proving his one game in Triple-A was not so far fetched after all.


The San Diego Padres, in conjunction with the Portland Beavers, will hold an open player tryout at PGE Park on Thursday, July 22, at 8:30 a.m.


The staff at Mobile will get a boost when Storm trainer Jason Haeussinger joins them on Sunday. Will Sinon will take his place in Lake Elsinore.

Lake Elsinore won 5-3

Joe Lima had successful surgery on his right knee and is expected to miss 3-6 weeks.

David Pauley had not been pitching well over his last three outings, allowing 15 runs on 26 hits coming in. On Wednesday, Pauley held the opposition to one run on five hits and a walk in seven innings of work. It was the 18th start of the year for Pauley and the first time all year that he went seven full innings. The run he allowed came on a homer, the first he allowed in eight games.

Mike Richardson went 1-for-3 with a homer and two runs scored. He has a five game hitting streak, going 7-for-18 with a double, two homers and five RBI's. He has hit three homers over his last seven games in two different leagues (he had one in a one game stint with Portland). He has also walked twice over the stretch.

Grant Gregg allowed two runs, one earned, on one hit and two walks. He has allowed runs in seven of his last nine appearances this year and in every outing he has given up a run the common theme is he has also walked a batter. In fact over the last 20 appearances Grant has made this year that has been true. He has walked batters in nine of his last 20 games and has given up runs in all nine. Consequently he has not walked a batter in 11 of his last 20 and has not given up a run in any of them. Only two of his appearances out of 27 total do not match this criterion.

Peeter Ramos extended his hitting streak to 13 games on Wednesday adding his fifth stolen base since joining the Storm.

Fort Wayne split two, a 4-2 win and a 3-0 loss

Sean Thompson has pitched five solid games in a row. Thompson has not allowed more then two runs in any of his last five outings and has given up six runs overall in that span. It was the eleventh time in 16 starts that Thompson has held the opposition to two runs or less in a start and the left-hander has not allowed more than four runs in any outing.

His immense success this year prompted the question, what has been the biggest change that has worked to better your game?

"I am starting to drop down on my curveball sometimes here and there and my fastball to give them a different look and my changeup," Thompson said. "I have always been a confident person but I have never really known how my pitches are. The Padres selected my curveball the best in the organization. I wish I could say – I have seen a few guys look stupid when I throw it but other than that – its one of my out pitches, I will say that."

Greg Conden went in game two and allowed two runs, one earned, but a throwing error on Conden cost the team a run. He has allowed one earned run over his last two starts and has no wins and a loss to show for it.

Eugene won 5-3

Lachlan Dale drove in the first two runs of the game for the Ems a day after making a play that cost the game. He has four RBI's over his last two games to give him a team leading 17 on the year. His average, however, is still below .200 at .198. The difference has been Dale hitting .318 with runners in scoring position.

Alfredo Fernandez has been fairly consistent all year. He has allowed more than three runs in a start just once in six coming into play. On Wednesday, Fernandez was unhittable – well nearly. He gave up just one hit, a double in the bottom of the fourth, and walked two over five innings of scoreless work. He struck out a season high six batters and got his second win of the year. It was the second one hit performance of the year for the 19 year old right-hander.

Eugene scored two runs in the top of the ninth and it turned out to be the difference in the game. Brian Burks, one game removed from a blown save, pitched the ninth and let up one run on two hits. It was the first earned run of the year against Burks but he did get the save, his third of the year.

After a one game hiatus from despair, Gary Gallegos gave up two runs in two innings of work. After giving up two solo homers on Wednesday, Gallegos has given up five over his last 11 innings of work.

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