Furmaniak Streaks; Clayton Hamilton Back to Form

There was new blood coming into the system via the draft on Tuesday, but for those already with the Padres organization there was no time to look over their shoulders, and Kerry Robinson, Clayton Hamilton, JJ Furmaniak and George Kottaras were all putting on shows to prove the Padres can look in other directions for help.

Portland lost 6-3


A 2-for-5 night extended Kerry Robinson's hitting streak to nine games.  The speedy centerfielder has seven straight multi-hit games and is 16-for-40 over the streak, a .400 average.  He has raised his average from .277 to .298 in the process.  Robinson has as many strikeouts, 25, as he has stolen bases, 25.  Robinson does not have an extra base hit during the streak with the last one coming 15 games ago.


Marty McLeary held the opposition to three runs on five hits and three walks in six innings.  McLeary had allowed 20 runs over his last three starts over a span of 17.1 innings.  McLeary has allowed three runs or less in six of his 12 starts on the year.  The opposition has hit .288 off him this year and lefties are batting .333 with five of the seven homers allowed coming from lefties.


Over the last nine games, J.J. Furmaniak has raised his average from .247 to .288.  He went 2-for-4 on Tuesday, his sixth multi-hit game in the last nine.  Furmaniak is 18-for-37, a .486 average, over the time span.  He has eight extra base hits, nine RBI's and ten runs scored during the last nine games and that includes one hitless game.  He did, however, commit an error.


Mobile won 5-1


Natanael Mateo spoke with Mobile BayBears' broadcaster Tim Hagerty prior to the game.


On the bullpen throwing well lately:


"I feel pretty good lately.  We are making adjustments to get guys out in tough situations.  We are working hard and working our pitches to get the "W".  We have to be ready everyday."


On throwing the fastball often and perhaps knowing the fastball will be coming:


"They think I am coming with the fastball but they don't know the location.  I am trying to mix it up and throw breaking balls, fastballs in and out.  That is something I am working on."


On the hitters being better in the Southern League:


"The hitters are smarter in this level.  They have experience and read the pitches.  Sometimes they become tough."


Tough was the word for the first out he recorded in the eighth inning. Mateo had to fight off the barrel of a bat headed towards him at the same speed as the ball.  He dodged the bat and caught the ball for the first out of the inning.  Mateo did allow a hit but induced an inning-ending double play.  He ended up going an inning and a third and allowing three hits.  He did extend his scoreless streak to 13 straight appearances.


Jose Oyervidez was charged with one run over six plus innings, leaving after allowing two runners to open the seventh.  It is the sixth time in 12 starts that Oyervidez has given up one earned run or less but he has just two wins to his name.  It is also the eighth time that he has allowed four or fewer hits.  He has kept the opposition to a .220 batting average against this year.


Paul McAnulty hit a two-run shot right inside the foul pole.  It was his third homer in the last eight games and fourth in the last 11.  He added a ground ball single on a 3-1 count in the seventh inning for his third RBI of the game.  McAnulty has gone three straight games without striking out, one shy of a tying his season-high and his six games between walks has tied the longest stretch this year he has gone without a free pass.


Lake Elsinore


Miguel Asencio, making a rehab start for the Storm after landing on the 60-day disabled list and hadn't pitched since having elbow reconstruction surgery in 2003, went five innings on Tuesday, allowing one run on two hits and four walks.  The right-hander was 2-1 with Kansas City in 2003 and is 6-8 in 39 games over his Major League career, including 29 starts.


George Kottaras went 3-for-5 with three doubles, marking the first time this year that he has had three extra base hits in the same game.  It is his fifth three-plus hit game of the year and the catcher now has 13 doubles on the season.  Although Kottaras is hitting .321 with runners in scoring position this year, no one was on base for any of his two-baggers on Tuesday.  Since the beginning of May, Kottaras has drawn more walks, 16, than strikeouts, 14.


Jordan Pickens may only be hitting .204 on the year – and that is after going 2-for-4 on Tuesday – but the slugger can drive in runs.  Pickens drove in three runs to give him 25 RBI's in 30 games this year.  Pickens has eight games with two or more RBI's and has three less hits than RBI's on the year.  He has batted ten times with the bases loaded already and has five hits.  He is also batting .273 on the season with runners in scoring position.


Fort Wayne won 4-3


It is fitting that on the day of the MLB Draft, we check in with the progress of Matt Bush, the number one overall pick in the 2004 Draft.  On Tuesday, Bush went 2-for-4 with an RBI.  He was also picked off first base on the day.  On the year, Bush is hitting .242 with a season-high average of .250 on April 12.  In 54 games, Bush has 21 RBI's and 27 runs scored.  He is hitting .157 with runners in scoring position in 70 at bats, including 0-for-2 on Tuesday.


Clayton Hamilton returned to the roots that earned him seven victories over his first nine starts on Tuesday.  He went seven innings and allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out five to earn win number eight.  Hamilton has allowed two earned runs or less in nine of his last ten starts – with his one smudge a seven run outing last time out.  Perhaps more impressive is he has only allowed more than four hits in one of his last seven starts. 


Ruben Mora, playing in just his 19th game of the year, notched his second multi-hit game of the season.  He has not had an extra base hit in 42 at bats.  Mora is, however, seven for his last 21 after beginning the year with seven hits in his first 47 at bats.  Mora also added two RBI's to give him six on the year. 

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