Padres Minors: Around the horn

Eddie Oropesa lost his second game in a row. Justin Germano has won seven of eight as the Beavers split a doubleheader. Mobile got a come from behind win against their likely playoff dance partners with Josh Barfield leading the way. Eight homers in Lake Elsinore and Josh Carter finally got one. Chris Kolkhorst talks about his promotion to Fort Wayne. Clayton Hamilton did his job. The bullpen did not. Jon Nourie debuted for Peoria on Wednesday.

Portland lost 3-2 in game one; won 3-2 in game two Robert Fick was ejected in the seventh inning of game one after striking out on a called third strike, while hitting coach Tommy Sandt was tossed delivering the lineup card for game two.

Eddie Oropesa threw away game one – literally. His error in the bottom of the eighth, in a shortened game, ended the game when a run scored. Oropesa took his second loss in a row at a time he could ill-afford to. He was being considered for a late season promotion – but that has been diminished with two poor outings in a row.

Brian Sweeney came back from three subpar performances where he had given up 15 runs in 16.1 innings to pitch 5.2 and allow two runs on seven hits and a walk in game one. He allowed a homer for the third straight game and has given up four over that time.

Justin Germano has won seven of his last eight decisions after a win in game two. He went six innings and allowed two runs on four hits and a walk. Both runs scored on solo homers, the second time in three games he has given up two homers in a game. Germano has not allowed more than three runs in a game over his last ten starts.

For the second time in three games since joining Portland, Brad Baker recorded all of his outs by way of the strikeout. He has accomplished the feat ten times this year between Mobile and Portland. He also nabbed his second save of the year for Portland in the process.

J.J. Furmaniak and Ramon Vasquez were the only two Beavers to have hits in both games. Vasquez went 3-for-7 and Furmaniak went 3-for-5. Furmaniak scored the game winner in game two and added an RBI.

Jon Knott homered in his third consecutive game in the opener but went 0-for-3 in the nightcap to end that streak. He also snapped a six game hitting streak. Xavier Nady went 0-for-7 and grounded into three double plays in the doubleheader.

Mobile won 6-5

Over his last 19 games, the Southern League's RBI leader had just four runs driven in. He went from an impressive 76 to a not so impressive 80 yet no one passed him up atop the leaderboard. On Tuesday, Mobile hopes Josh Barfield broke through and will heat up as they make the final drive before the playoffs. He went 2-for-5 with two RBI's.

Barfield's two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth capped a dramatic comeback win as the Mobile BayBears defeated the Birmingham Barons 6-5 on Thursday night. Mobile scored two runs in the eighth and four in the ninth to overcome a five-run deficit. Barfield did have an error in the field.

His last three hit night was on June 1. Nick Trzesniak matched that total on Thursday with a 3-for-3 night with a walk. It pushed his average to .211 on the year. The last time it was that high was on June 30. Trzesniak is hitting .263 in August. The highest batting average he has had in a month was .230 during May.

Mike Thompson pitched four plus innings and allowed three runs on five hits with two walks. He allowed two homers which accounted for all the runs that scored off him. It was the fourth time this year that he has allowed two homers in a start, the last time coming on August 3.

Nate Sevier came on with no outs and two on in the fifth. He got the first man on a fly out and induced a double play to end the inning. He pitched one more inning allowing just a walk. Sevier has not given up a run in 11.2 innings with Mobile over seven outings. He has not allowed a hit over his last four outings, spanning 6.2 innings.

Lake Elsinore won 12-7

The teams combined for four homers in the ninth inning alone and tallied eight in the game, four apiece.

Josh Carter had hit just one homer all year long. That came with Mobile on May 10. He was sent down to Lake Elsinore the next day. Since then he has played in Mobile for eight games and Lake Elsinore for 79 – not including Thursday. That is 87 games without a homer. He finally broke the homerless streak. Carter hit a three run homer in the top of the second inning and has knocked in runs in each of his past four games. Carter has hit 19 doubles and two triples between homers and it is said he will not get promoted until he can hit for more power.

Luis Cruz homered for the second time in four games and added two RBI's. He now has seven RBI's in his past four games after having none in his previous 12. Cruz also has a five game hitting streak, going 7-for-23. Six of his seven hits have gone for extra bases during that time frame. He went 1-for-4 and was hit by a pitch on Thursday.

Chris Miller hit his third homer in three games, a solo shot. He also added an RBI groundout and an RBI double. Over his last three games, Miller has four extra base hits and five RBI's. He did not have any extra base hits or RBI's in his previous nine games between Lake Elsinore and Fort Wayne and had just five in 21 games prior to that.

Antonio Osuna started the game and pitched two scoreless innings. He did not allow a baserunner and struck out four. He has not allowed a hit in seven innings of work and has walked just one while striking out 11.

Kevin Beavers and Aaron Coonrod each allowed two homers. Beavers has allowed four homers in 61 innings coming in and had not given up two in a game. Coonrod had given up one in 25 innings with the Storm and four total over 60 innings between Fort Wayne and LE. He had not given up two in a game either.

Fort Wayne won 6-4

Chris Kolkhorst was happy about his promotion from the Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League and a wee bit surprised, "I didn't know if they would move anyone up this late in the year."

He went 1-for-4 with a walk in his first game with the Wizards on Thursday. He played in left field and batted second in the order behind Brian Wahlbrink.

"It is definitely a different atmosphere. If you can choose between the two you definitely want to be on the team that is winning. It is a better atmosphere."

Vern Sterry, another former Emerald, picked up his first win as a Wizard. Sterry was appearing in his third game for Fort Wayne and it was his worst to date. He allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings of work. He had allowed two runs over his first two starts. Sterry also struck out seven and did not walk a batter. While seven K's is a high for Sterry in Fort Wayne, nine is his high on the season.

Peter Ciofrone has hit safely in each of his past five games. Ciofrone is 7-for-17 with four RBI's. Nine of his 15 RBI's this year have come over his last 11 games. He had just six in his previous 30 games.

Eugene lost 8-4

Clayton Hamilton pitched five strong innings, allowing one run on just two hits, although he did walk three. He also struck out six. Hamilton has yielded one run over his last 11 innings of work and has given up just three hits over that time frame. His ERA has dropped from 9.26 to 5.96 in the process.

Craig Johnson, in his return to Eugene, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Johnson was 6-for-12 in his last three games with Peoria but is 1-for-11 in his last five games with Eugene.

For the second time in three games, James Darby did not record a single out. Last time he was bailed out after walking the first two batters he faced. This time he gave up four straight hits and was charged with all four runs. Darby, a submariner, saw his ERA rocket from 5.55 to 7.03 as he took the loss.

Jose Cespedes came on in relief with two runners on and after he walked the first batter, the next hitter cleared the bases with a double. Cespedes was charged with two runs in an inning of work and has allowed five of the last eight runners he has inherited to score.

Baudilio Figueroa went 2-for-3 with three RBI's – the only three RBI's recorded by the Ems. Figueroa had just three RBI's in his stint with Fort Wayne and these were his first with Eugene. He did have seven runs knocked in while playing for Peoria. He did have an error that cost a run and was caught stealing in his first attempt as an Emerald.

Peoria lost 7-4 on Wednesday

Jon Nourie, 22, made his debut with Peoria and allowed one run on two hits, a hit batsman, and a walk in one inning of work. Nourie, a left-hander, is out of Southeast Missouri and was drafted back in 2000 by the Chicago Cubs. He missed most of his junior year with an elbow injury that required surgery.

Fabian Jimenez was back on the hill two days after getting shelled for eight runs in an inning of work. He made the start and went four innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks. He did not get a decision.

Julio Cruceta went a perfect 3-for-3 and was hit by a pitch. He has been plunked five times in his last five games after being hit just one in his first 34 games. He also stole his ninth bag of the year and has four in his last seven games.

Nate Whitney went 2-for-3 and was hit by two pitches as he extended his hitting streak to seven games. He is 12-for-32 over the last seven games with seven RBI's. He has raised his average from .254 to .276.


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