Josh Barfield hot; Luis Cruz back in Mobile

Craig Breslow gave up his first runs in Pacific Coast League play while Ben Johnson and Josh Barfield stayed hot. Luis Cruz returns to Mobile and Dirk Hayhurst made the most of his start. Clayton Hamilton was back on the hill in LE and Ernesto Frieri was also there after a promotion. Josh Geer is "leaving the ball up." Brent Carter is just in a zone. Riki Paewai can't escape the high walk totals.

Portland lost 8-6

Craig Breslow gave up his first two runs since joining Portland and took the loss. He has given up six hits over the last three games and owns a .333 average against in Portland while opponents have hit .223 off him for the year between Mobile and Portland. The opposition is hitting .250 off him with runners in scoring position (RISP) over both leagues.

Ben Johnson followed up a 3-for-5 night with four hits in five at bats on Sunday, including his 22nd homer in the first inning. Johnson has knocked in four over the last two games and has five runs scored over that span. He has reached base safely in 11 straight games, going 16-for-43 with eight walks. He has knocked in eight over that span.

Josh Barfield moved his hitting streak to eight games with two hits in four at bats, including a homer and two RBI's. He has knocked in a run in four straight games and has 22 RBI's over his last 21 games. Barfield is 15-for-33 over his eight game hitting streak with three homers, two doubles, nine runs scored and eight RBI's.

Mobile lost game one 6-4, won game two 9-2

Ryan Snare pitched a complete game in the front half of the doubleheader. All six runs were earned on 11 hits, two walks with two wild pitches added in. Snare has given up four runs or more in four of his five starts in the Padres' system, three coming with Portland. He has a cumulative ERA of 6.99 as a Padre prospect. Snare gave up two homers on Sunday and has allowed five in his five starts. The opposition is hitting .321 off him over that span.

Luis Cruz went 0-for-4 in his return to Mobile. The shortstop is 0-for-21 over his last seven games with the Double-A squad. Cruz hit .283 in 61 games for the Mexico Red Devils. After hitting .330 in June, Cruz went on to hit .224 in July for the Mexican League squad. He played second base, shortstop, third base and even centerfield down in Mexico. For the year, Cruz is batting just .147 for Mobile.

In game two, Cruz came back to hit a solo homer – his first of the year as a BayBear. He also scored two runs. He had just two RBI's in his first 32 games with just six runs scored.

Dirk Hayhurst, called up to make the game two start, was aided by the opposition walking four batters and allowing three hits in the same inning. The right-hander turned in a stellar outing, pitching a complete game while going seven and yielding two runs on five hits and four walks. Hayhurst had allowed seven runs in his last outing for the Storm and posted a 6.10 ERA in six starts with Lake Elsinore. His longest outing of the year had been six innings, a feat he had accomplished just once on the year.

Lake Elsinore lost 6-2

Other than a two run homer by Michael Johnson, Juan Ciriaco was the extent of the offense. He had the other three hits for Lake Elsinore on the evening. Ciriaco went 3-for-4 with two doubles, giving him five straight multi-hit games and six multi-hit games over his seven game hitting streak. He is 14-for-31 over the current streak with six doubles, seven RBI's and five runs scored. He has raised his average 13 points in the process. His 28 doubles lead all current Storm players and his 38 extra base hits rank second on the squad.

Clayton Hamilton returned to the hill in his first action since an August 6 groin injury sidelined him. He pitched three innings and allowed just one hit and one walk before giving way to the bullpen. He had given up 14 runs over his first 12 innings with the Storm.

The bullpen included Ernesto Frieri, making his first appearance since being called up from the Arizona Rookie League club. Frieri allowed one run on two hits and a walk while striking out two in two innings of work. He gave up his first homer of the year in the process, coming 43 innings into his season. Frieri had given up just one unearned run in his previous 23 innings of work.

Fort Wayne lost 6-4

Josh Geer was rocked harder than he had ever been in his professional career on Sunday. For the first time this year he gave up five runs – coming on six hits and two walks in 6.1 frames. Geer gave up a homer on Sunday and has given up seven homers this year and all have been solo shots.

"Just leaving the ball up," Geer said of the homers. "Nobody on – I kind of just get too calm. I leave the ball up right where they can hit it and they hit it out. Every one of them has been a solo home run. I think I am just laid back too much and wasn't too aggressive when there was nobody on base. It hasn't really hurt me so far. Hopefully I can keep the ball down to stop that from happening."

Peter Ciofrone has reached base in 19 straight games, going 2-for-3 with a walk on Sunday. He is 28-for-74, a .378 average over that time with 12 walks. Ciofrone has more walks on the year, 45, than strikeouts, 44. His success correlates pretty closely to the time he has spent playing third base. When he does play third, as opposed to being the designated hitter as he was early in the year, Ciofrone is hitting .350. He hit .278 as the DH.

Eugene won 4-1

Brent Carter does it again. For the third straight game he went six innings and allowed one run. The only difference is he allowed more than two hits – six – and did not surrender a homer. For the third straight game he did not walk a batter as he sports a 56-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the year. Carter has a 1.96 ERA through four August starts and has held the opposition to a .175 average against over that span. He has given up just one first inning run in 12 starts.

Billy Richardson went 2-for-4 with an RBI, his first multi-hit game since August 4 and his first RBI since July 17 and second since the beginning of July. Richardson is hitting .200 for the month of August – his highest batting average of any month this year. The shortstop has six hits in 47 at bats with RISP, a .128 average.

AZL Padres lost 6-1 on Saturday

Alfredo Javier pitched two innings and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks. He has given up runs in four straight relief appearances, nine over a 5.2 inning span. He has given up runs in seven of his ten outings with six wild pitches. The opposition is hitting .365 off him this season with 23 hits in 63 at bats and right-handed hitters are swatting .436 off him.

Riki Paewai went five and allowed four runs on four hits and five walks, taking his second loss of the year. He has now walked five batters in three of his starts and 18 overall in 17.2 innings. He is sporting a 5.09 ERA, thanks in large part to a .200 average against with RISP – allowing five hits in 25 at bats. He actually has a 3.78 ERA as a starter but allowed three runs in one inning of relief.

Sunday's AZL Padres game was not available for inclusion in this report

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