New signings pay dividends; Pickens hot

The Padres signed two more of their draft picks and assigned them to Eugene. Each was impressive in their debuts. Justin Germano was rock-solid on Saturday while Jose Oyervidez is walking people at a record pace. Brett Bonvechio went the grand salami route while Chris Kolkhorst reached base four times. Jon Link was impressive in his debut. Kyle Blanks continues to mash, hitting another homer while Ernesto Frieri was extraordinary.

Portland won 5-2

Justin Germano went seven innings and surrendered one unearned run on six hits and two walks while striking out seven. His ERA dropped under 4.00 for the first time this year and he has tossed two earned runs or less in ten of his last 13 starts. His ERA since the start of May is 3.13.

Josh Barfield went 2-for-4 and hit his eighth homer of the year and second in the past four games. He did, however, commit his eighth error of the year and second in as many days and third error over his last 29 games. Only six of his last 32 hits have gone for extra bases and just 16 of his 83 hits on the year have been of the extra base variety.

Mobile lost 5-2

Jose Oyervidez went 5.1 innings and allowed five runs, three earned on six hits and four walks while striking out five. It was only the fifth time in 15 starts that he has allowed five or more hits but the tenth time that he has walked three or more in the same game. Oyervidez' 46 walks in 80.2 innings place him tied for sixth among all minor league pitchers in walks allowed. He is one off the Southern League pace in that dubious category.

Corey Smith supplied the only offense for Mobile, crushing a two-run homer over the centerfield wall. Smith went 1-for-3 on the day with a walk. He has six RBI's in his last six games after netting one over his previous 16 contests. The walk was just his third over his last 24 games.

Lake Elsinore won 10-5

For the fifth time in 31 appearances, Leo Rosales worked more than an inning. He came on with two on in the eighth and kept both runners at bay, his first two inherited runners of the year. He did allow one run in the ninth but recorded his 11th save in 16 chances. Rosales has limited the opposition to a .200 average during the month of June after a .324 average against in May.

Brett Bonvechio smacked a grand slam in the ninth inning after coming in as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the eighth. It was his second homer in 23 games and eighth of the year. Bonvechio had just four RBI's over his previous 15 games. The third baseman is now 5-for-10 with 14 RBI's with the bases loaded this year.

Jordan Pickens extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 2-for-5 night. He doubled and added two RBI's to give him 35 on the year in 44 games. Pickens is 13-for-29 over the streak with seven extra base hits, raising his average from .181 to .225. He has RBI's in three consecutive games and five over that span.

Fort Wayne lost 8-4

Chris Kolkhorst went 4-for-5 with a run scored – the sixth time this year he has reached base safely four times in the same game. It is the first time he has accomplished the feat without the benefit of a walk. He has reached base five times in a game on one occasion, occurring seven games ago.

Joel Santo went six innings and allowed two runs on four hits and three walks. He did allow a homer for the fifth consecutive game. Santo has held the opposition to three earned runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts. Santo has lowered his ERA from 6.89 to 5.03 in the process but is just 2-0 over that span. He has limited the opposition to a .233 batting average against with runners in scoring position.

Eugene lost 3-2

Jon Link, taken in the 26th round by the Padres, went six innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out five in a no-decision. Link posted a 2.14 earned-run average in 81 2/3 innings for Bluefield College last year. Starting 13 games, he compiled a 7-5 record and had 74 strikeouts, compared to just 14 walks. He gave up 29 runs, 25 of them earned, and the opposition chalked up a meager .255 batting average against him in 2005.

Neil Jamison, drafted in the sixth round by the Padres, took the loss after allowing a run on a hit and a walk in the ninth inning. Jamison has not allowed a run over his first two appearances but had walked three coming into the game. During his final year at Long Beach State, Jamison did not allow an earned run in 27 appearances – notching 11 saves. He gave up just 16 hits, struck out 27 and walked six.

Josh Alley, a tenth round pick out of Tennessee was signed by the club and assigned to Eugene. Alley went 3-for-4 in his debut with the Ems and was caught stealing. He batted .324 with 45 RBI's from the leadoff spot while logging 54 stolen bases for the Vols. He was also second on the club with 54 walks and a .446 on base percentage. He committed just one error in 67 games in the field.

Catcher Nick Hundley was also signed by the Padres – taken in the second round of this year's draft. He went 2-for-3 with a triple on his debut after hitting .352 with 15 homers and 46 RBI's for the University of Arizona this year. Hundley also led his team with 42 walks and posted a .451 on base percentage.

Peoria won 8-3

Kyle Blanks homered for the second time this year and added another three RBI's to his resume, giving him nine on the year. Blanks is 5-for-9 with four extra base hits, having doubled and homered in each of his games on record this year.

Ernesto Frieri got the start and was dominate over five innings, allowing one hits and three walks while striking out five to record his first win of the year. Frieri spent the 2003 season in the Venezuelan Summer League, going 1-4 with a 4.00 ERA in 15 games, including four starts. Last year he was with the Dominican Summer League and posted a 4-0 record with a 1.43 ERA in 50.1 innings. He limited the opposition to a .169 average while striking out 59.

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