Manny Alexander homered in his first game back with Portland, a solo shot, and added two walks in four plate appearances. Alexander had trouble acquiring a visa to get into the country until this past weekend. He played in just four games with Portland last year, notching a hit in each game. The shortstop hit .309 with 12 homers and 67 RBI's in 108 games for the Oklahoma RedHawks.
Luke Carlin matched his triple total from last season with his first of this year. The catcher went 2-for-4 with two RBI's but did notch his second pass ball of the young season. Carlin, in fact, had a busy night on Monday. Seven stolen base attempts against and four of those came against the Ramos-Carlin combination. He caught three of the thieves.
"One of my tools is I'm very quick with my feet," Carlin said. "I have good hands, and a fairly strong arm, which makes a good recipe for throwing runners out."
After calling out Freddy Guzman for his lack of steals, the speedy outfielder has snared four over the last two games. Guzman twice stole third base on Monday. Of his six steals, Guzman has swiped third base four times. Guzman also notched his sixth multi-hit game of the year.
Mobile lost 8-4 to Huntsville (Brewers)
Perfect on the night, Steve Baker was 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. It is the second time this year that the outfielder has reached base four times in the same game. He is now 7-for-11 over his last three games and he has reached base safely in nine straight. Despite notching just five extra base hits among his 18 hits, Baker was in the cleanup spot on Monday. He had been 3-for-19 when batting fourth in the lineup coming into play.
Jose Oyervidez was tagged for six runs on six hits and three walks in five innings. The right-hander served up a grand slam in the fifth inning to former Padre prospect Greg Sain. Oyervidez has walked ten over his first 21.2 innings of work with eight of those coming when the bases were empty. Eight of the nine earned runs he has allowed have come in the fifth inning.
George Kottaras went 2-for-5 with a double, triple, and three strikeouts. The triple was his first in over two years – the last coming April 21, 2004. And whiffing three times in a game is nearly as rare. It is a feat that has happened twice this year in 17 games – but last year it happened just twice in 134 games over three leagues, including the Arizona Fall League. Kottaras also went 0-for-2 in throwing out runners attempting to steal. The catcher has thrown out four of the 15 runners attempting to steal on him.
Lake Elsinore lost 4-2 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Javis Diaz made his season debut after being called up from extended spring training. Playing centerfield, Diaz went 1-for-3 with a strikeout. Diaz hit .352 in 39 games for the Arizona Rookie League Padres last season, adding 19 stolen bases in 24 attempts and posting a .420 on base percentage. Diaz also saw action in five games for the Eugene Emeralds, going 4-for-19.
Brent Carter rebounded from his worst career start versus the same Rancho team to allow two runs on four hits and two walks over five innings. The left-hander has found comfort away from home, holding the opposition to a .184 average and three runs scored versus the .447 average against and 11 runs scored at the Diamond.
Greg Burke gave up two runs to take the loss, his first of the year against two wins. The right-hander has now given up runs over each of his last three starts after surrendering just one over his first four. The four hits Burke allowed on Monday matches the amount he had given up over his last 6.2 innings.
Fort Wayne lost 6-5 to Quad Cities (Cardinals) in 11 innings
Joel Santo surrendered two runs in the eleventh inning, taking his second loss in two relief outings. Santo has given up ten runs through 5.1 innings of work on seven hits and eight walks. He has been tagged for a homer in each of his three relief appearances. Of the six innings he has started, five leadoff men have reached base.
A great start by Grant Varnell was wasted in the loss. The right-hander gave up one run on three hits and a walk while striking out six in 5.2 innings. Varnell has allowed two earned runs or less in each of his four starts but is just 1-1 on the season. He has given up just three hits in 21 at bats with runners in scoring position.
"I've always taken pride in being able to pound the strike zone," Varnell said. "Having control of all three of my pitches and being able to throw them for strikes ahead or behind in the count."
Kyle Blanks went 3-for-4 with two runs scored on Monday. He was also hit by a pitch, reaching base four times in the same game for the first time this year. Blanks reached base five times on August 23, 2005 while playing for the Arizona Rookie League Padres. It was the second time this year that the big man has scored twice in the same game and he added his first stolen base of the year. The 6-foot-7 behemoth swiped three bases last year.
Seth Johnston, incidentally, continued his hot streak, going 3-for-5 with four RBI's. He now owns a 12-game hitting streak and has been on base in each of his 17 games. Johnston has knocked in nine runs over the last three games.