Eugene plays exhibition; Hundley homers again

Jared Wells doesn't last long in his debut with Portland. Vince Sinisi helps spark a seven run ninth inning and adds an outfield assist. Kyle Stutes has been great in Lake Elsinore and was rewarded with a win. Nick Hundley homers again while Jon Kirby makes his debut. The Eugene Emeralds saw live game action in an exhibition game - a successful debut.

Portland lost 8-2 to Fresno (Giants)

Jared Wells made his Triple-A debut, walking three of the first four batters he faced and allowing two runs on three hits and five walks while striking out four. He threw 89 pitches, walking three or more for the sixth time this season. Wells has pitched five innings or more in all but three starts with Mobile, pulled from one due to injury and another due to the promotion to Portland.

Steve Andrade, back in the Padres' organization after spending time with the Kansas City Royals and their Triple-A affiliate the Omaha Royals. Although he only worked a third of an inning, Andrade struck out two batters, but a wild pitch allowed the batter to reach base. Three runs crossed the plate on Andrade on two hits and a walk. He ended up throwing two wild pitches. Andrade went 0-2 with a 4.63 ERA for Omaha, holding the opposition to a .233 average against in 23.1 innings.

Ben Johnson, perhaps ticketed back to San Diego pending the results of Dave Roberts' knee injury, went 3-for-4, falling a homer shy of the cycle. Despite upping his average 19 points, no one was able to drive Johnson in. The outfielder had scored five runs over his previous three games. Johnson is now hitting .353 with the bases empty but has just four hits in 31 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Mobile won 10-3 over Montgomery (Devil Rays)

Although Leo Rosales did get charged with a blown save for allowing one of two inherited runners to score after coming in with one out in the seventh, he further damage intentionally walking the bases loaded and striking out the next batter before inducing a pop out. He threw a perfect eighth and benefited from a seven-run top of the ninth from Mobile. Over nine June outings, Rosales has a 1.46 ERA and .178 average against.

Vince Sinisi went 3-for-6 with two doubles and two runs scored, giving him seven hits in his last 17 at bats. The outfielder has hit .288 over his last 16 games after hitting .200 over his first 18 with Mobile. Since being dropped into the second spot in the lineup three games ago, Sinisi has responded with six hits in 13 at bats. Sinisi also threw out a runner at second base, his second outfield assist of the year.

Matt Lauderdale got his first start in nearly a week and third during the month of June, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk. He has made it into five games this month and has a .467 on base percentage. In 22 at bats during the month of May, Lauderdale had just three hits. He fared better in April, hitting .294 for the month. In 14 starts behind the plate, Lauderdale has thrown out ten of 23 baserunners attempting to steal.

Lake Elsinore won 6-4 in ten innings over Modesto (Rockies)

Kyle Stutes picked up the win with an inning and two-thirds of scoreless ball. He stranded an inherited runner and allowed one hit while striking out one. Over his last 6.1 innings he has given up two hits and has held the opposition to a .174 average an the year. Stutes has given up one hit in 22 at bats with runners in scoring position. He has given up runs in six of his 24 appearances this year.

Skip Adams collected a single and double in five at bats, driving in two, including the game-winner. The shortstop also added his fifth stolen base of the year. He has five RBI's in his last five games and is third on the team in RBI's. He did, however, commit his 15th error of the year and is hitting .208 over his last 14 games. When he bats eighth in the order, as he did on Saturday, Adams is hitting .266.

Peter Ciofrone went 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI's. He has driven in eight runs over his last five games with the Storm. Ciofrone is now hitting .438 with runners in scoring position after going 2-for-3 in such situations on Saturday. He leads the team in that category and he is hitting .545 with runners in scoring position and two outs. Ciofrone is batting .329 off right-handed pitchers in the California League.

Fort Wayne lost 7-3 to West Michigan (Tigers)

Brandon Higelin has been as good as any reliever in the system. On Saturday he hit his biggest bump. He allowed five runs, all earned, on four hits and a walk, giving up two round-trippers. He came into the game with six earned runs allowed over his first 37 innings and a 1.46 ERA. One-third of an inning later it jumped to 2.65. It was the eighth time in 28 appearances he has allowed a run, but just the sixth time an earned run has crossed. It is the second time more than one earned run has seen home plate and second time he has given up runs in successive games. The two homers he allowed matched his season total coming in.

When he stops Homering, we will stop talking about him. For the fifth straight game, Nick Hundley launched a home run – accounting for six of his seven jacks on the season. He now has an RBI in eight of his last nine games and a ten game hitting streak. The longest streak of the season from a Fort Wayne hitter is 13 games by Seth Johnston. Hundley has knocked in nine over the last five and 13 over his last eight.

Jon Kirby made his season and system debut for the Wizards on Saturday. He walked two and struck out one in an inning of scoreless work. The right-hander was drafted in the 31st round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Padres. Kirby posted a 24-4 record over two seasons with Lee University, striking out 241, four short of the school record. He also did not allow a homer during his senior campaign and held the opposition to a .150 average against.

Eugene won 7-1 in an exhibition game over the Three Rivers Casino Sandblasters

The Emeralds had a perfect game into the fifth and a no-hitter into the seventh before an eighth inning single off Rolando Valdez broke up their bid for exhibition history. Riki Paewai gave up the lone run on a double, single, and wild pitch in the ninth. The Ems used nine pitchers on the day with Orlando Lara striking out the side in his inning of work. The staff surrendered three hits, while walking three and plunking two batters.

Matt Buschmann got the exhibition start and induced two ground outs and a pop out before exiting the game.

"I felt pretty good," Buschmann said. "I was kind of building on the last time I threw off a mound to our hitters, just trying to get everything smoothed out and comfortable to repeat my mechanics. It felt pretty good."

The opening day starter on Monday is expected to be Brooks Dunn, a left-hander taken in the 23rd round of this year's draft.

Ray Stokes and Tom King notched multi-hit games. Stokes had a bunt-single, a double, a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base. King added a base hit and a triple. The only homer of the game came off the bat of Garner Wetzel, an outfielder out of Millsaps College. Using a ten-man lineup with two designated hitters, Eugene pounded out 11 hits but did leave the bases loaded in the third inning.

First round pick Matt Antonelli walked, was hit by a pitch, and added a ninth inning single, ending the night 1-for-3.

Jim Dietz, the former San Diego State coach of 31 years, managed the American Legion team.


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