Losses mount for Padres minors as leads blown

Brian Buchanon homered in his second game with Portland. Eddie Oropesa blew up for one of the few times this season – with the Beavers. RD Spiehs has hit a rut and it is costing games. Kevin Beavers stepped in for Eddie Bonine and did a commendable job. Peter Ciofrone committed a mental error and it may not have affected the outcome of the game. Brian Burks blew the game in the ninth – a game that Eugene could have really used given their abysmal record. Peoria was two-hit on Saturday.

Portland lost 7-4

Brian Sweeney went six innings and allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks. For the second game in a row he allowed a homer after going four games without giving up one. Sweeney has given up four earned runs or more just twice on the year and has given up four runs or more four times.

For the first time since joining Portland, Kerry Robinson was held without a hit. He went 0-for-5 with a strikeout, ending a 12 game hitting streak. Robinson had been 16-for-48 with three doubles, two triples, a homer and eight stolen bases.

Brian Buchanon went 2-for-4 in his second game with Portland after being sent down from the big club. He doubled and homered, getting his first RBI since joining the Beavers in the process.

Eddie Oropesa had not gone two full innings in 13 appearances. He accomplished the feat on Saturday but also gave up three runs, two earned, on four hits. An error on J.J. Furmaniak helped score a run and Oropesa allowed two runs in the next inning. He has not given up runs in consecutive games for the first time this year, spanning 22 games.

Mobile lost 4-3

The last four times RD Spiehs has allowed a run in a game, he has taken the loss. All have occurred over his last eight games in action. Spiehs evened up his record at 4-4 and has given up four runs in his last two appearances. Spiehs had allowed runs in successive games just one other time this year in 42 outings.

Mike Thompson went 5.2 innings, yielding three runs on five hits and four walks. He has walked seven over his last two starts after giving up eight in his first eight starts of the year. Thompson has also not recorded a strikeout for the second game in a row.

Ben Johnson was thrown out at home on a ground out by Josh Barfield in the eighth inning. Barfield went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and has hit in six straight. Johnson went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

Pitcher Clay Hensley pinch hit with two outs in the ninth inning and singled. Hensley is batting .276 on the year and at one point about ten starts in was up at .444.

Lake Elsinore won 8-3

Eddie Bonine missed his scheduled start due to soreness in his arm. Kevin Beavers took his place on the mound and pitched five innings of scoreless ball on three hits and two walks. It was the second start of the year for Beavers after 23 relief appearances.

After allowing three runs in a third of an inning, Grant Gregg has given up six over his last two-thirds of an inning. Since joining Lake Elsinore, Gregg has not gone more than three appearances without allowing a run.

Natanael Mateo has won six games, all in relief. He got his sixth win on Saturday after pitching an inning and two-thirds and not giving up any runs. He has pitched in 22 games, yielding runs in eight.

Jesse Roman went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI's. Roman jacked his fourth homer since joining Lake Elsinore, all coming in the last eight games. He has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games and has six multi-hit games over that span. He had just four multi-hit games in his other 70 games on the year between LE and Mobile.

Fort Wayne lost 2-0

Brian Wahlbrink singled in Peter Ciofrone, who scored from second base when the throw home went wide in the fifth inning. Ciofrone had doubled with one out to get into scoring position.

Before throwing to the next batter, the play was challenged by the Cougars at third base and Ciofrone was called out for missing the bag on his way home. What could have been a 2-1 game with another man in scoring position – as Wahlbrink went to second on the throw – went back to a 2-0 game and an end to the inning.

Sean Thompson went six innings and gave up two runs on four hits. He has not surrendered more than two earned runs in any of his last seven starts. He has also held the opposition to four hits or less in nine of his 18 starts. Without run support, Thompson took the loss.

Paul Abraham extended his scoreless streak to 9.2 innings after tossing two on Saturday. Abraham has struck out 11 batters over the last five innings of work and has an unearned streak that has lasted ten games and 13.1 innings.

Eugene lost 5-4

Brian Burks blew his second save of the year in the ninth. He gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in a third of an inning. Burks has given up six runs over his last 1.1 innings.

Vern Sterry went five innings and gave up two runs on six hits and three walks. Sterry had not walked more than two batters in any of his previous seven starts. His six hits allowed were also a season high. Sterry has now allowed two runs or less in six of his eight games.

Billy Hogan went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. It was the fourth time in his last 12 games that he has whiffed three times. He is second on the team to Lachlan Dale with 43 strikeouts on the year.

It took 21 games but Tom Vincent had his first multi-hit game. Vincent went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI's. Vincent has homered in two of his last three games and has six RBI's over that span. He still has more RBI's, nine, than hits, six.

Peoria lost 4-1

Peoria managed just two hits on Saturday. Jodam Rivera singled and William Killian doubled and scored. Nate Whitney was the only member of the squad to reach base twice, getting hit by two pitches and Matt Bush was the only other player to reach base – on a walk.

Billy Jenkins came back from his worst outing of the year to throw two innings of scoreless ball. For the third time in six appearances he did not allow a baserunner. Jenkins struck out a season high three.

Fabian Jimenez lasted 4.1 innings and has not made it through five innings in seven starts. Jimenez allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks. He has walked a batter in every game and has given up four runs or more in four of his seven starts.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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