Hudgins debut a success; Turner striding

Mike Thompson is eagerly awaiting the call. John Hudgins throws no-hit ball over five – a nice way to debut. Matt Hagen has an adventure behind the plate. Grant Varnell had another solid start but it went for naught.

Portland lost 7-3 to Round Rock (Astros)

Mike Thompson was pulled after the first inning on Sunday because he may be headed to San Diego to pitch for them on Wednesday in Phoenix versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. If he does not get called up for the first time in his career, Thompson would start on Thursday for the Beavers in Memphis.

Dewon Brazelton was in Portland where he made his debut with the Beavers. He pitched three innings and allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out three. In 18 innings for San Diego, Brazelton gave up 25 runs on 28 hits and nine walks. The last time Brazelton was in Triple-A – with the Durham Bulls – he was 2-2 with a 3.72 ERA in five starts.

Fresh off the disabled list, Mario Ramos was tagged for six runs, all earned, on five hits and two walks in an inning of work. The lefty has given up 13 runs over his last 2.2 innings with 11 hits and four walks. Ramos, a starter to begin the year, had a 7.32 ERA in five starts and has lost all three of his decisions.

Mobile won 6-2 over Jacksonville (Dodgers)

John Hudgins made a successful debut for Mobile, carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning. He ended up pitching 5.2 innings of two run ball on four hits and two walks while striking out six to earn the win. The right-hander split time between the pen and the starting rotation for the Oklahoma RedHawks of the PCL, posting a 6.38 ERA in 18.1 innings.

"When I was (in Texas) Hudgins was dealing," Grady Fuson, the Padres vice president of scouting and player development, said. "Very smart kid and very heady; he knows how to set up hitters."

George Kottaras reached base in each of the four times he came to the plate, going 3-for-3 with a walk, a double and two runs scored. His perfect night made him the eighth player in the league, among those who qualify, to break .300 with his batting average. His .431 on base percentage is third best in the Southern League.

Following up on his two-homer night, Luis Cruz went 3-for-4 with a base clearing triple, giving him seven RBI's over the last two days on 5-for-9 hitting. He has as many hits this month, 14, as he did in April, taking 26 fewer at bats to attain the mark. His 15 extra base hits are second most on the team, as is his 19 RBI's.

Lake Elsinore lost 5-1 to San Jose (Giants)

Evan Meek dropped to 0-2 on the year, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk. He also uncorked a wild pitch and hit a batter. After posting a 2.08 ERA in April with a .197 average against, Meek has a 6.91 ERA in May with a .333 average against. The opposition has hit .341 off him with runners in scoring position.

Tim Turner went 2-for-5 with a double, his second multi-hit game in a row and fifth of the year. Turner has, however, whiffed six times in his last three games, twice in each game. He has struck out 33 times this year in 23 games. Turner did add an outfield assist, throwing a perfect relay to Skip Adams who passed it on to Chase Headley at third base to nail Marcus Sanders trying to stretch a double.

"He is just talking about swinging the bat instead of pushing the bat," Turner said of instruction he received from hitting coach Tom Tornicasa. "I have been working on such a short swing and am more kind of guiding my bat rather than just letting it go."

Making his second appearance behind the plate, Matt Hagen had a night to remember at catcher. While he went 1-for-4 at the plate with a double play groundout, Hagen had a tougher time behind the dish. He was charged with three passed balls, one which led to an unearned run, and tossed out one of three baserunners trying to steal. He also saw three wild pitches during his busy day.

Fort Wayne lost 3-0 to Southwest Michigan (Devil Rays)

For the seventh time in eight starts, Grant Varnell allowed two earned runs or less. He went six frames and yielded two runs on six hits and a walk. It was just the second time, however, that he lasted six innings thus his ERA is still 3.96. Sixteen of his 17 earned runs have come in the third or fourth inning and left-handers are batting .324 off him.

Mike Sansoe went 2-for-4 with a triple and a walk to extend his hitting streak with the Wizards to over a month. Sansoe had been with Lake Elsinore for roughly two weeks so the hitting streak dates back to April 12 and spans ten games with Fort Wayne. Sunday marked the third time during the streak that he notched a multi-hit game and he has scored a run in eight of the ten. He also added his seventh stolen base of the year.

Mark Roberts had an eventful inning. He loaded the bases with one out but did not allow a run. It helped that Christian Lopez was caught at home plate in what amounted to an attempted steal. Roberts then struck out his second batter of the inning. Although he has given up eight baserunners in 3.2 innings of work, Roberts has not allowed a run. The opposition has one hit in seven at bats with runners in scoring position.

The weekly power rankings will be available Monday night due to Mother's Day. Hoping all mothers had a great day – and thank you.


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