Steik Streaking; Minor(s) Shuffling

Everybody loves getting a promotion, and there was a lot of love to go around on Monday as the Padres shuffled the deck in their minor league system. The promotions plus Luis Cruz's struggles with the bat; Juan Ciriaco's struggles with the glove; a birthday present for Ryan Trytten.

Successful debuts across the board as Ryan Trytten and Kyle Stutes proved they belong in their new leagues. Trytten, whose birthday is Tuesday, was all smiles after the game. Portland game postponed

Roger Deago was promoted to Portland to replace Tim Stauffer.

Brian Falkenborg pitched an inning of scoreless ball in his debut with San Diego on Monday.

Mobile lost 4-1

Paul McAnulty (three) and Corey Smith (two) accounted for all five hits on Monday. McAnulty hit his fourth double of the season but has just five extra base hits on the season in 30 games. He is second on the team with 14 RBI's. Smith leads the BayBears with 34 hits.

Things couldn't get much lower for Luis Cruz when he was hitting .203. Nine games later he is hitting .157 after going 1-for-28, striking out nine times and walking twice. Cruz went 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position on Monday and is 1-for-31 with runners in scoring position on the year, a .032 average.

Brian Whitaker went six innings and allowed four runs on ten hits, two of which were homers. Whitaker allowed two homers in a game on three occasions last year, the last coming on July 8 with Mobile. Whitaker has allowed four runs in three starts and two or less in all four of his other starts. The opposition is hitting .312 off him this year after he matched his season high in hits allowed.

Lake Elsinore lost 7-5

Ryan Trytten made his California League debut, striking out the side around a Juan Ciriaco error. Trytten ran his scoreless streak to 11 innings over seven appearances and has struck out nine in his last 4.2 innings of work.

"Not a bad night," Trytten said after the game, barely containing his smile. "It was pretty cool.

"It was kind of a shock. I was hoping to get up before my birthday and it happened a day before."

Ciriaco has nine extra base hits over his last 11 games after managing just four in his first 19 games. He went 2-for-4 with a double, homer and two runs scored. He has three homers on the season, besting his total from last year with Fort Wayne. He is hitting .474 in May but has committed three errors in his last four games and has 14 on the year to lead the California League and third overall in the Minors.

Javier Martinez allowed a season high in hits (ten) and runs (seven) in five innings of work. Martinez also allowed three homers and has given up eight in six starts this year, including one in every game.

Edgar Huerta was loaned to a team in the Mexican Summer League after a tough start to the year in Elsinore, punctuated by his 10.95 ERA. Clark Girardeau will take his place on the roster, getting the promotion from Fort Wayne in a move that will be officially announced today. Girardeau went 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA for the Wizards.

Michael Johnson should be ready to return to the Storm lineup late in the week. He is on the disabled list with inflammation in his right hand.

Fort Wayne lost 12-5

After allowing three runs over his first four starts, spanning 21.1 innings, Fabian Jimenez has given up 13 runs, 12 earned, in his last two – in six innings. He was limited to his shortest outing of the year on Monday, 2.1 innings, allowing eight runs on six hits and four walks. He served up his first two homers of the year and his ERA rocketed from 2.88 to 4.94. Jimenez has walked three or more in four of his six starts.

Ricky Steik has gone nine straight appearances without allowing a run, a span of 11.2 innings. Steik has walked just two batters on the year but hitters are batting .278 off him and lefties entered the game hitting .438 off him. He has held the opposition to a .125 batting average with runners in scoring position.

Sean Kazmar went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI's. He was also hit by a pitch. Kazmar is batting .292 on the year and improved his home batting average to .250. Kazmar has five RBI's in the last five games is hitting .321 with runners in scoring position.

Kyle Stutes made his Midwest League debut on Monday, striking out two in an inning and two-thirds. The lefty went 2-2 with a 3.52 ERA in 20 games with Peoria of the Rookie League last year. He struck out 37 in 30.2 innings compared to just five walks.


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