Oakland prospect Doug Clark out hit the Beavers 4-3 on Saturday. Two of Portland's three hits ended up leaving the park, accounting for both runs scored with Justin Leone knocking one out for the second straight day. The last time Leone accomplished the feat of power was June 4-5 in 2004.
Mario Ramos made his first start in the Padres' system, making his debut against his former team. He went 4-6 with a 5.21 ERA in 49 appearances, including seven starts, for the River Cats. The left-hander allowed two runs on four hits and three walks with both runs scoring on a home run. Ramos surrendered 13 jacks last year, averaging one homer allowed every 6.2 innings.
Jason Anderson was hammered on Saturday. The former New York Yankee allowed seven runs on six hits, including a grand slam, and a walk in an inning and a third. He had a streak of 16 appearances without an earned run to end the 2005 season with the Columbus Clippers of the International League. His eight runs yielded through two relief outings match the total of runs he allowed in his worst full month last year – and that came in 14.1 frames.
Portland pitching has given up 17 grand slams since the 2001 season.
Mobile lost 4-0 to Carolina (Marlins)
The BayBears had nearly as many errors as they had hits on Saturday night. Brett Bonvechio, who led all third baseman in the California League in errors with 35, committed his second in three games. Luis Cruz committed the other error which led to an unearned run.
Jose Oyervidez lasted 5.2 innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits and two walks while striking out four. The right-hander has not allowed an earned run in 12.2 innings dating back to last year with Mobile. Oyervidez allowed five hits of fewer in 18 of his 27 starts last year en route to a 7-9 record with a 3.81 ERA. His biggest problem has been control – he walked 82 last year in 153.2 innings.
Leo Rosales was tagged for three runs on five hits on Saturday. He had never allowed five hits in a game through his professional career and gave up three runs in just two of his 61 appearances last year. He had given up three runs total in his last 25 appearances dating back to 2005 with Lake Elsinore.
Lake Elsinore won 5-3 over Lancaster (D-Backs)
Brent Carter pitched in just two games for the Fort Wayne Wizards last season but was so dominant that Lake Elsinore was the next logical step.
Carter allowed just five hits in 36 at bats in Midwest League play to righties and kept right-handers to a .197 average over two stops.
"He is a strike thrower," manager Rick Renteria said just before the game.
Incidentally, a walk came back to bite Carter in the first inning on Saturday as it was followed by a single, a sacrifice fly and another single to score a run. That prompted pitching coach Steve Webber to make a quick trip to the mound to settle the lefty down.
He never seemed crisp and his control was questionable as he hit a batter, walked two and gave up a homer among his five hits allowed. His night ended after four innings with 73 pitches thrown.
Colt Morton (3-for-4) fell a triple shy of the cycle, scoring two of Lake Elsinore's five runs. He was also instrumental behind the plate. Although the boxscore said he allowed three stolen bases, he was on the money for just one and nabbed another trying to advance after a wild pitch.
Morton beat a stealing baserunner (Wilkin Castillo) with his throw to second base in the first inning but Sean Kazmar missed the initial tag and was turned around, allowing the runner to get his hand in safely before the tag was applied. The runner on third base (Carlos Gonzalez) took off on the throw and crossed the plate uncontested, counting two steals against the catcher when the inning would have ended.
After a ball squeaked through the mitt of Morton on what was recorded as a wild pitch from Brent Carter in the second inning, the catcher scooted after it and fired down to second base to nab Javier Brito trying to advance.
Lake Elsinore loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the second inning but three straight hitters struck out to end the threat. Luckily, they stuck around and scored two in the bottom of the seventh to net the win.
Fort Wayne lost 4-1 to West Michigan (Detroit)
Grant Varnell walked half as many batters (one) in five innings of work as he did in 28 innings (two) last year with the Eugene Emeralds. The righty gave up three runs, two earned, on seven hits, taking the loss. He has lost his last three starts dating back to last season and has lost his last four decisions. He has yet to win a game as a member of the organization.
Kyle Pawelczyk made his first appearance in the Padres' system on Saturday. The left-hander pitched two innings, allowed five baserunners but came away unscathed. He helped his own cause by picking a runner off first base. Pawelczyk was signed out of a tryout camp in Arizona. He played for the Evansville Otters last season after spending three seasons in the Angels organization. Pawelczyk appeared in 18 games for the Otters in 2005, finishing with a 0-1 record, one save, and a 4.91 ERA.
Brandon Gottier notched two hits in four at bats in his first game with Fort Wayne. The catcher did not have a multi-hit game until his 12th game of the year last season. Gottier hit .231 in 25 games last year for the Emeralds, batting .318 off lefties and .196 off righties. He was also credited with a pass ball.