Travis Chick debuts; Paul McAnulty scare

Marty McLeary could be the pitcher the Padres need to face left-handed hitters. The righty has been phenomenal against them this year. Brad Baker sat out Monday and RD Spiehs could not close the deal. A scare in Lake Elsinore with Paul McAnulty running into the outfield wall. Travis Chick debuted for Fort Wayne and got the win while Drew Macias commented on his game winner Sunday. Clayton Hamilton got his first start, Yordany Ramirez more steals.

Portland won 2-1

Chris Oxspring tied a season high with five walks but the only blow that stuck was a solo homer. He has walked a batter in all 15 starts and has walked 39 in 76.2 innings of work. He went 6.1 innings, allowing just three hits while striking out five. Over his last 13.1 innings he has given up just the one run.

Steve Watkins came on with two on in the seventh inning and held the opposition off the board in a tie game. He pitched another inning to get the win. He has pitched in 11 games of relief since rejoining Portland after being a starter most of the year. Over those 11 games he has given up runs in two and has given up three runs over his last 24.2 innings.

Marty McLeary has saved the last seven games he has appeared in, registering his ninth save since July 9. He has gone seven straight games without allowing a hit and has given up just one walk over that span while striking out nine. If the Padres are looking for a lefty specialist, Marty McLeary may be it. Although he is a right-hander, he has held lefties to a .161 batting average this year in 110 at bats.

Mobile lost 3-2

No Brad Baker equaled a blown save in the ninth inning for Mobile. With Mobile up 2-0 heading into the ninth inning, R.D. Spiehs, normally the eighth inning specialist, got his chance to show his wares as a closer.

Brad Baker, Mobile's all-star closer, had pitched the previous three nights and by rule in the San Diego Padres organization, any pitcher who throws on three straight days must receive two days of rest.

Spiehs got the first out before allowing a walk, single, uncorked a wild pitch and another single tied the game. Two consecutive walks loaded the bases and after a fly out, Spiehs threw another wild pitch that ended the game. Spiehs had not thrown a wild pitch all year long in his 46 previous appearances.

Roger Deago went five innings, pitching scoreless ball and giving up just four hits and two walks. Deago also struck out a career high eight batters. In his two starts this year Deago has allowed one run over 12 innings of work. He allowed more runs, two, in his last relief outing in two-thirds of an inning with Portland.

Steve Morales went 3-for-4, his third three hit game of the year. He is hitting .223 in 40 games, having just five multi-hit games on the year while going hitless in 23 games.

Lake Elsinore lost 4-1

Paul McAnulty should only miss a few days after running into the outfield wall and bumping his head. McAnulty chased a ball to the deepest part of the field in the sixth inning when he hit the wall and laid on the warning track for a few minutes. The ball dropped in for a double and McAnulty left the game.

Jared Wells walked a season high three batters and gave up four runs on seven hits and 5.1 innings. Wells has now given up 18 runs in his last 12.1 innings on 23 hits and five walks. He allowed four runs or more in four of his seven Lake Elsinore starts after allowing four or more runs in five of his 14 Fort Wayne starts. Wells also committed an error on Monday but it did not come back to haunt him.

Natanael Mateo has gone 12.1 innings without allowing an earned run. He has not allowed a baserunner over his last three games and has struck out nine in those five innings of work. Mateo has struck out 18 in his last 11.1 innings. He has walked eight batters in 25 appearances.

Josh Carter extended his hitting streak to seven by going 1-for-4 on Monday. Carter is 12-for-27 but has not had an extra base hit in 17 games yet is still third on the team with 17 doubles. He has not, however, tallied a homer. He is hitting a robust .332 with the Storm and is 47-for-125 over his last 33 games.

Andres Pagan committed his third error in four games. He also was taken on three stolen bases and has thrown out two of the last nine baserunners attempting to steal.

Fort Wayne won 9-2

Travis Chick, the pitcher acquired from the Marlins in exchange for Ismael Valdez, made his debut in the Padres system. Chick, 20, is the youngest player on the Fort Wayne team. Check went five innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits and a walk. He allowed a batter to reach base in every inning and but his lone mistake was a homer in the second inning. Chick struck out 112 in 91.1 innings of work for Greensboro and held opponents to a .228 batting average.

Last night Drew Macias hit a game winning homer in the ninth inning on an 0-1 slider, his first walk-off homer of his career and today we got to talk about it with him:

"It was awesome – my dad was in the stands, it was the first pro ball game he has ever seen me play," Macias said with a grin. "It was awesome, it really was. And it came out of nowhere.

"There was runners on first and second and I was going to bunt them over. The first pitch was a ball – and (the umpire) ended up calling it a strike. It was high and I pulled back and the runner got picked off at second. So then I got to swing the bat and on the next pitch I hit a homer."

As an encore, Macias homered again on Monday, a three run homer that capped a five run second inning and wound up being the game winner. Macias went 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch in his first at bat. That loaded the bases in the first inning with nobody out. They would only score one run.

Fernando Valenzuela grounded into a double play after Macias was hit by the pitch, effectively ending the chance for a big inning. Valenzuela has hit into four double plays in the last six games. Earlier this year he grounded into a double play in three games in a row. He leads the team in that category with 12 on the year.

Eugene won 6-2

Clayton Hamilton got his first start of the year, going three innings – a season high. Hamilton allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out a season high five. He had walked just one batter in four appearances with Eugene and Peoria before allowing two on Monday.

Richard Steik has given up runs in five straight games and has only been in Eugene for five games. He has given up runs in six of seven dating back to time he spent with Peoria. He had given up runs in only one of his nine previous Peoria appearances. Steik's five saves still lead the Arizona League.

Lachlan Dale has a seven game hitting streak, going 9-for-29 with three doubles and a homer. He has scored six runs and has knocked in six. He has just one walk over the last 13 games and has only gone to four balls on ten occasions this year.

Colt Morton extended his hitting streak to eight games, going 1-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBI's and two walks. More importantly, he did not strike out. Only twice since joining the Ems has Morton not struck out in two straight games. It is one of the few things holding him back from another promotion.

Peoria lost 4-3

Michael Johnson went 1-for-2 with a walk, strikeout and an error on Monday, extending his hitting streak to eight games. Johnson had three errors in 46 games at first base for the Storm. He is 3-for-5 with Peoria.

Yordany Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. He also stole two bases and leads the team with 12 on the year. Ramirez is fourth in the league in steals and his triples are third best in the league.

Steve Delabar went five innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits and two walks. He has gone five innings in each of his last two starts and has allowed nine runs over that span. Delabar has appeared in ten games as a starter or long reliever and has allowed runs in every outing except a one inning relief appearance.

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