Brent Carter and Adam Gold impressive debuts

Clay Hensley and Brad Baker are All-Stars. Greg Sain and Brian Burgamy first-hit homers. Jared Wells has been stellar over the month of June. Mike Ekstrom was near perfect through four but the fifth ended his night. Draftees Brian Carter struck out eight in four innings and Adam Gold finished the opposition off with a heady relief outing.

Developments on a former Padres prospect:

Word from Yankees' camp is that former 2B/SS Ferdin Tejeda no longer has a career in the Yankees' system as a positional prospect but has been working out with Nardi Contrera down in Tampa to begin his professional career on the mound. Tejeda has impressed the Yankees' brass so much over the last two months that he is slated to be a part of the Gulf Coast League rotation. He's reportedly throwing between 94-95 MPH. Tejada was dropped by the Yankees last year, picked up by the Padres, before the Yankees brought him back on board. (Thanks to Yankees prospect guru Patrick Teale for this juicy tidbit)

Portland lost 7-5

Greg Sain got his first hit in the Pacific Coast League – doing what everyone else has done of late with their first hit in a new league – a solo home run. It was his only hit of the day. It was just his sixth homer of the year after smashing 28 for Mobile in 2004.

After two solid outings, Miguel Asencio has struggled over his last two and has been on the losing end of the last three. He gave up six runs, four earned, on eight hits in five innings of work. Fifteen runs have crossed the plate on Asencio in his last two starts on 19 hits and five walks. He had allowed three runs over his first two starts – spanning two different leagues.

Brad Baker and Clay Hensley have been named to the PCL All-Star team. Baker leads the PCL with 20 saves, and ranks among the best in all the minors in that category, going 2-3 with a 5.40 ERA. He has also blown six save opportunities. Hensley is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 11 appearances (10 starts) with Portland. Hensley currently ranks second among PCL pitchers in ERA, allowing two runs or less in seven of his ten starts. He has 54 strikeouts compared to 15 walks in 66.2 innings pitched.

Four former Beavers were named to the International League All-Star Team on Wednesday, including pitcher Tim Byrdak, second baseman Bernie Castro, third baseman Jake Gautreau and outfielder Ernie Young.

Mobile lost 14-3

Mike Thompson faced one over the minimum after four innings of work but the fifth inning turned into his bane. He was pulled after 4.2 innings and was charged with seven runs, three earned, on eight hits and three walks for the night. Seven straight batters reached base before Thompson induced a double play. It is the fourth straight games that he has allowed five runs or more after allowing two or fewer in ten of his first 12 starts.

Angel Tovar came on in relief of Thompson and allowed the first seven batters he faced to reach base. The opposing pitcher even hit a three-run homer off him. In four appearances as a reliever in Mobile, Tovar has allowed ten runs – and runs in each outing – over 4.2 innings. Tovar has allowed 17 hits in 42 at bats, including his one start, for a .405 average against.

Brian Burgamy got his first Double-A hit, a two-out, two-run homer in the fifth inning. He is 1-for-8 with a walk as a member of the BayBears but does have 13 RBI's over the past 15 games, split between Lake Elsinore and Mobile.

Lake Elsinore won 5-1

For the second consecutive start Jared Wells pitched seven shutout innings, 7.1 to be exact, and yielded just four hits and two walks to push his record to 9-2. The late addition to the California League All-Star squad has won seven straight decisions and has a scoreless streak of 17.2 innings. In five June starts, Wells is 4-0 with a 1.89 ERA.

Jordan Pickens went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored, extending his hitting streak to six games. He had not had hits in more than three consecutive games until this streak. Ironically, Pickens has just three RBI's during the streak and ten hits but prior to the streak he had 28 RBI's and 23 hits before it began. He has raised his average from .181 to .219.

While Skip Adams went 2-for-4 with an RBI, he also committed two errors. That brings his total to 13 on the year and he has erred seven times over his last nine games. Adams has just 19 starts under his belt with most coming during the month of June. He has played every position in the infield and left field.

Fort Wayne lost 12-5

Mike Ekstrom had faced the minimum through four innings, allowing one hit but inducing a double play. With one out in the fifth, however, seven of eight batters reached base and six crossed the plate against the right-hander – similar to the night of Thompson in Mobile. He was pulled after 4.2 innings with a tally of six runs on seven hits and a walk – what amounted to his shortest outing of the year. After allowing two runs or less in all but one of his first 11 starts, Ekstrom has given up six runs or more in three of his last four starts. His ERA has ballooned from 1.43 to 3.26 as a result.

Tom Vincent returned to the lineup after missing over a week with an undisclosed sickness. He went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, the only Wizard batter with multiple hits – his first game since June 12. Vincent, a left-handed hitter, is batting .325 against players of the same ilk while hitting .251 against righties.

Yordany Ramirez made an attempt at a diving catch in the fifth inning and ended up leaving the game. No word on if it he left the game for precautionary reasons or was injured.

Eugene won 3-2

Left-hander Brent Carter, drafted in the 16th round of the 2005 Draft out of Alabama, struck out eight in four innings of work, allowing two unearned runs on four hits and a walk. Carter is the Alabama's all-time leader with 307 strikeouts and ranks second with 335 2/3 innings pitched. He is also ranks third in wins (25) and appearances (77) and sixth in starts (38).

"I've always seen myself as a Tom Glavine type pitcher as opposed to a Kerry Wood type pitcher," Carter said. "I'm going to rely on control and keeping the ball down."

From this vantage point, he looked like Wood on Thursday.

Adam Gold, a 33rd round draft pick by the Padres this year, went three innings and gave up just one hit and one walk in his first outing of the year. The former Cal Bear finished his senior season 7-6 with a 5.85 ERA in 18 appearances. He recorded a team-high 71 strikeouts in 87.7 innings. The Padres have two former Cal standouts on their major league roster - infielder Geoff Blum (1992-94) and outfielder Xavier Nady (1998-2000).

Mike Sansoe went 3-for-3 – the first three-hit night of the year for an Ems player – and drove in his first two runs of the year. Hitting leadoff, Sansoe is batting .556 three games into the year. Sansoe was selected in 18th round of the 2005 Draft out of St. Mary's. Sansoe hit a team-leading .352 with a team-leading seven home runs as a senior. Sansoe also scored 35 runs, had 11 doubles, three triples, 20 RBI, 11 walks and six steals.

Peoria had the day off


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