Brad Baker struggles; Elsinore Wins in 10

Brad Baker's struggles continue; Sean Thompson is let down by defense, but the Storm get good news on Jared Wells' ankle; Fort Wayne is let down by weather. The inside scoop on the Padres minors comes from on the daily.

Portland lost 12-9


Brad Baker went into August of 2004 having allowed only seven earned runs.  On Tuesday, Baker matched that total without the calendar turning to May.  In nine games, Baker has allowed hits in only two, blowing a save in each of those games.  He lasted just two-thirds of an inning before a walk-off three run homer ended the game.  He was charged with four runs on three hits and a walk.


Joe Gerber entered the game hitless in 25 at bats to begin the year.  He had just two walks to his credit and two RBI's.  Gerber finally reached because of his bat, going 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI's and a walk.  He reached base safely more times on Tuesday than he had all year long.


The combination of Chris Oxspring and catcher Ben Risinger managed to catch one of five baserunners attempting to steal.


Brian Falkenborg had gone eight appearances to open the year without allowing a run, a span of 11.2 innings.  That streak was snapped when he allowed one run on two hits.


Clay Hensley returned to the mound after serving his 15-game suspension for substance abuse.  Hensley allowed one run on one hits and two walks in his debut.


Mobile won 11-6


Not only did Natanael Mateo pick up his first save of the year, he also went 1-for-1 at the plate, getting his first hit of the year and driving in a run.  Mateo pitched two scoreless innings of relief to get the save.  The right-hander earned two saves last year, both coming in August.


Roger Deago returned to the hill after serving his 15-game suspension.  He got the start and went three innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks.  He also threw a wild pitch and picked off a baserunner.


"It was good to show that we could come back after (Manager Gary Jones) Jonesy got kicked out and everything," said BayBears catcher Nick Trzesniak. "We came together as a team and got clutch hits as we needed them. That showed good promise for the future."


Lake Elsinore won 9-8 in 10


According to Ed Wehde of the <i>North County Times</i>, Jared Wells is feeling better, if a little tight, after leaving Monday's game early due to injury.  The injury to his knee occurred while fielding a bunt, but is not considered serious.  Wells is expected to make his next start on Saturday.


Sean Thompson lasted just 3.2 innings on Tuesday.  He allowed six runs, but just one earned due to a pair of Peeter Ramos errors, on three hits, three walks and two hit batsmen.  Although he predicted it, Thompson did not allow a homer.  Of the 11 outs he recorded on the night, eight came by way of the strikeout.  The last time he had an outing this short was May 30 of 2004.  He lasted 3.1 innings that night, cut short because the game was suspended due to rain.


Paul Abraham has not allowed an earned run in nine appearances this season, a span of 10.2 innings.  He has allowed just six hits over the span and has allowed just one of six inherited runners to score.


Matt Thayer is back in business at Lake Elsinore.  He played left field for the Storm and went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his first game since being recalled from extended spring.


After being shutout of the RBI column for three straight games, Michael Johnson knocked in three.  He went 4-for-6 with a homer, his seventh, and a double that setup the winning run in the tenth.  Johnson has driven in three or more runs in six games this year and leads the minors in RBI's with 29.


Fort Wayne rained out


For the second time in their four-game series, the Fort Wayne Wizards and Burlington Bees were forced into cancellation mode after a steady rain fell over the Fort Wayne area and Memorial Stadium.

The two teams had Sunday's game postponed due to wintry conditions and wound up playing three of the four games in the series.

Fort Wayne and Burlington will make-up today's rained out game with a doubleheader during the Wizards four-game road to Burlington, Iowa, June 9-12.

Fort Wayne is currently make plans to accommodate the more than 4,000 students who were in attendance for today's game as part of the Wizards and Verizon SuperPages Reading Club program, with an additional early start time during a homestand in May.


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