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MOBILE-- On a beautiful spring night Mobile BayBears starting pitcher Cesar Carillo demonstrated why he is the most promising pitcher in the Padres' system, despite enduring a tough loss.

After a shaky first two innings, Cesar Carrillo settled down and held the Braves to only an opening single in the third inning, which he subsequently picked the runner off, mixing his pitches effectively and retiring the last eleven batters he faced.

Unfortunately, the only hard hit ball off him the whole evening ended up on the other side of the centerfield wall, a monster shot by Braves first baseman Michael Rossamond.

The big problem for Carrillo and the BayBears was the team's inability to score a single run despite having runners in scoring position six times during the course of the game.

"We've got to find a way to get better with runners on third base with less than two outs," said BayBears manager Gary Jones.

When asked how a team improves and works on this facet of the game, Jones replied, "Its all a mental mind-set, its an attitude, its about pride in getting it done. We've just got to get better."

The BayBears frustration reached its highpoint in the sixth inning when left fielder Drew Macias tripled to lead off the inning, but then was stranded at third base.

Second baseman Luis Cruz hit a weak fly ball to shallow centerfield. Which was followed by shortstop Juan Ciriaco striking out on a pitch that should have been ball four. The inning ended with Kennard Jones, pinch-hitting for Cesar Carrillo, who was pulled from the game despite a low pitch count, grounding to second base on the first pitch that he saw.

The seventh inning caused more frustration as successive BayBear batters, third baseman Brett Bonvechio and catcher George Kottaras, watched strike three whiz by with centerfielder Adam Bourassa standing on second base.

Kottaras' failure to drive in the tying run in the seventh inning marred an otherwise superlative performance as the Padres probable starting catcher for 2007 doubled twice, walked and was flawless behind the plate.

The BayBears the star of the game was Carrillo who turned in one of the better pitching performances of the year, going six strong innings, striking out three while walking none.

"He did a nice job for us, what more can you ask, he gave us a great chance to win," said Jones.

In the bottom of the ninth pinch hitter Matt Lauderdale hit one of the hardest balls of the night, but it was to the deepest part of center field and was ran down by Braves centerfielder.

The Braves take on the Braves again tomorrow night with Jared Wells, the next best pitcher in the Padres' system, set to take the mound.

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