Padres Minor Leagues swept

Every San Diego Padres farm team lost on Monday – except Lake Elsinore but the Storm did not play. Chris Rojas made his first start in Portland and a rocky first was all she said. Kennard Jones broke out of a serious slump. Mike Thompson allowed a season high ten hits. Paul Abraham could not keep runners from scoring. Alfredo Fernandez had his worst outing of the year as we correct an error from yesterday. Luany Sanchez had four hits for Peoria but also added two errors.

Portland lost 5-0

The Beavers managed just three hits on the day. Jon Knott and Humberto Quintero doubled and Jose Nieves singled. Xavier Nady had his 11 game hitting streak snapped, going 0-3. For Knott, it was his first extra base hit in 14 games.

Chris Rojas made his first start with Portland. He went five innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on four hits and five walks. Rojas also gave up a homer, his fourth in his last two games and sixth in his last four games. It was also the fifth time this year that Rojas has allowed four or more walks in a game dating back to his Mobile days. In 20 starts, Rojas has allowed five runs on five occasions. He has not allowed more than five in a start this year.

Mike Bynum has had five straight appearances without allowing a run. Bynum has allowed a run in just one of his last eleven games. Bynum has appeared in a team high 50 games for Portland and has given up runs in 18 of them. He has not allowed a hit or walk in ten of the 50.

Mobile lost 7-3

Nate Sevier had thrown one wild pitch all year with Lake Elsinore, spanning 52.1 innings. He allowed two in his debut with Mobile. He allowed runs in 16 of his 38 games with the Storm, 12 of which produced earned runs. He went two innings for Mobile and allowed one hit and a walk while striking out two. He did not allow a run.

Mike Thompson allowed a season high ten hits in four innings of work, surrendering five runs while walking two. It is the second time in three games that Thompson has let up five runs after not allowing more than four all year in a start. After starting the season 6-0, Thompson has lost two straight decisions.

Ben Johnson hit his 18th homer of the season, a solo shot. He was 2-for-4 and has hit four out in his past ten games. Johnson has had multiple hits in six of his last nine games, going 14-for-36 over that span. He had six multi-hit games in his previous 25 games.

Kennard Jones broke out of a 2-for-24 slump by going 2-for-4 with a triple. The BayBears leadoff hitter has scored just six runs in his previous 22 games coming into Monday. He added one to that total. Jones has one RBI in his last 38 games and the triple was his first extra base hit in 26 games.

Lake Elsinore had the night off

Fort Wayne lost 4-1

Dirk Hayhurst allowed three hits through five innings and allowed his first of three runs in the sixth. He allowed two runners to reach base in the seventh and was removed. His official game tally was three runs on seven hits and two walks. Hayhurst has allowed three runs or less in each of his last five starts and has only allowed more than three runs twice this year. His ERA is at 2.66.

Juan Ciriaco extended his hitting streak to nine games by going 1-for-3. Amazingly, Ciriaco has six errors in his last three games, two occurring in each game. He now has ten errors in his last nine games and 34 on the year in 83 games. Coincidentally, Ciriaco has 34 RBI's this year.

For the seventh time this year, Paul Abraham allowed a run but it went down as unearned. He has given up 20 runs on the season but only 11 have been earned. Abraham also hit his first batter of the year in the eighth inning and he allowed the two runners he inherited to score, both being charged to Hayhurst.

Drew Macias broke a 0-for-18 streak with a single in the sixth inning that drove in the only run for Fort Wayne. Macias also walked and was caught stealing. He has been caught the last five times he has attempted to steal and has now been caught 50 percent of the time, going 13-for-26 in the stolen base department.

Eugene lost 7-3

We mistakenly showed Richard Steik throwing an inning with Peoria. This was not true. Steik is still happily with the Eugene Emeralds and said, "Unless he threw a perfect game, it was not me." Our apologies for the error.

He did throw one inning for Eugene on Monday and allowed a solo homer. It was the first homer he has allowed as an Emerald but he has given up runs in six of his seven games with Eugene.

Alfredo Fernandez had his worst start of the year and only once prior, in a game on August 25, 2003 with Idaho Falls, was he worse than on Monday. He allowed six runs on seven hits and a season high five walks in three innings of work. After making it through five innings in each of his first eight starts with Eugene, Fernandez has not made it pas the third in his past two. He has given up 11 runs, ten earned, in his last six innings of work, raising his ERA from 3.68 to 5.04.

For the first time this year Orlando Diaz drove in two runs in one game. He hit a two run homer in the seventh inning, his second homer of the year. Diaz had driven in a run apiece in 12 games this year. Even with his homer, Diaz is batting just .219 on the year.

Peoria lost 5-3

What we have learned is the stats that come to us from Peoria are sometimes off base. We do our best to verify all stats, but sometimes time constraints prevent us from due diligence. We are working towards a better solution but with the Padres playing night games in Arizona now, it is tough to get accurate reports from the scorekeepers. Over the last week there has been a different person keeping score each day.

Luany Sanchez had just nine hits in 22 games entering Monday. He went 4-for-4 with a double, his second of the year to boost his average from .132 to .181. Sanchez did commit two more errors, giving him four in his last two games. Sanchez was also 0-for-2 in throwing out runners trying to steal and has caught just one of the last six.

For the third game in a row, Christopher Rayborn has gone at least five innings. He allowed two runs on three hits and a walk on Monday. He has not allowed more than four hits in any of his last three starts and although he has allowed just 11 hits in three games, ten runs have scored.

Michael Johnson went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts as he continues his rehab.

Craig Johnson has a seven game hitting streak. He is 8-for-30 over the streak and has actually seen his batting average drop from .288 to .274 during the streak. Monday was the first time during the streak that he has recorded a multi-hit game.

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