A wasted night in the Padres minors

Six players were once Padres. Steve Watkins has been perfect in relief and got the win for Portland. Chris Rojas' numbers were awful but they do not tell the tale. Clark Girardeau was clobbered for the second straight game. Greg Conden wasn't supposed to pitch on Friday and merely threw shutout ball over six. Michael Ekstrom made a solid start for Eugene and errors came back to haunt the Ems.

Portland won 4-3 in 11

The Portland lineup boasted six players who have seen time with the Major League club this year. Ramon Hernandez led the charge with a 3-for-4 night with two RBI's.

Marty McLeary saved his fourth game of the year, not allowing a hit and striking out two. McLeary, singled out by Padres' Director of Player Development, Tye Waller, has not allowed a baserunner in four of his last five appearances, all concluding as saves. McLeary has been the man of disguise. He started the year in middle relief before entering the starting rotation and now is a closer.

Dennis Tankersley has allowed his highest hit total of the season over the past four games. He gave up nine hits on Friday after surrendering eight, eleven and nine in his previous three contests. Tank has allowed 37 hits over his past 24.2 innings of work. He has walked just one over the past four games. Tankersley pitched seven, allowing three runs and striking out four. He did not figure into the decision.

Brian Buchanon went 0-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout in his debut after getting sent down from the Padres.

J.J. Furmaniak extended his hitting streak to seven and Kerry Robinson pushed his to eleven while also getting caught stealing for the first time in nine tries. Jake Gautreau had his 11 game streak end.

Mobile lost 6-0

Marcus Nettles was one of four BayBears to record a hit. Nettles and Rico Washington each had two of the six hits on the day. Nettles is seeing a little more time on the field these days and has responded by going 6-for-15 over his last four games. He has also become more aggressive over the past few games. He stole a base on Friday, his second consecutive day with a theft, and was caught stealing for the first time in 50 games. He has had 10 successful stolen bases between that time.

Mobile pitching allowed ten walks on the day and three homers, a recipe for disaster.

Mike Bumstead, pitching in his 32nd game of the year in three different leagues, allowed his first homer of the season. Bumstead lasted an inning and a third, allowing two runs on three hits with three walks. His three walks allowed were a season high and he has walked eight over his last 4.1 innings of work.

Chris Rojas has walked nine batters over his last two games, four coming on Friday. He gave up two homers in seven innings of work, the second time in the last four games that he has surrendered two jacks in a game. Although the numbers look like they could be ugly, Rojas allowed just two runs on the night and struck out nine while allowing three hits. He has given up five hits over his last two games.

Lake Elsinore lost 8-2

Peeter Ramos committed two errors in a game for the third time this year. He has done it twice in Lake Elsinore and did it once with Fort Wayne. Each of Ramos' errors cost the team a run, happening in successive innings.

Jesse Roman went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. It was the first time this year that Roman has had two extra base hits in the same game, coming in his 81st game of the year.

After not allowing a walk in six straight, Aaron Coonrod has given up one in each of his last three outings and subsequently given up runs in his last two. Coonrod gave up two runs, one earned on three hits and two walks in an inning and two-thirds. Coonrod has allowed 10 baserunners in his last 2.2 innings.

Clark Girardeau was rocked for the second straight game. He gave up six runs, five earned, on nine hits and two walks. He has given up 13 runs over his last nine innings of work and has given up 17 hits after allowing just 14 hits in his previous four games combined.

Fort Wayne won 2-0

Greg Conden, pitching in place of Luke Steidlmayer, allowed one hit over six innings of work to get his third victory of the year. Conden struck out six while walking two. The outing comes on the heels of a brief relief appearance where he was rocked for five runs in one inning of work.

Leo Rosales picked up his 15th save of the year, allowing one hit in the ninth. Rosales has picked up all of his saves over his last 20 appearances. Opposing batters are hitting just .189 off the closer. Rosales has pitched one inning or less in 28 of his 32 appearances.

Although Rosales gave up a two out hit on Friday, he has had troubles with the leadoff hitters who are batting over .280 against him. That prompted this reply from Rosales:

"I really don't check my stats."

One thing that has been infectious is the winning in Fort Wayne. They now have a five game lead over their competition.

"If we are winning and in first place than that is awesome," Rosales said.

Eugene lost 5-4

Michael Ekstrom made his second start of the year after beginning the year in the bullpen. Ekstrom gave up two runs, one earned, over five innings of work. He allowed just three hits and walked one. Ekstrom was 3-0 in relief but has not earned a decision in his two starts.

Errors by Lachlan Dale and Orlando Diaz doomed the Ems. Each error was paid back with a one run deposit. Dale played in his 11th game at first base and recorded his 12th error of the season. Diaz has played third base in 15 games and has two errors to his name.

Billy Hogan has hit safely in six of his last seven but has reached base in each. Hogan went 2-for-3 on Friday with a double and an RBI. He is 9-for-20 over his last seven with RBI's in four of his last five. He has walked in three straight games after not walking in 12 games.

Peoria had the night off


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