Gardner shutout; Vandel continues success

Jon Adkins can't record an out. Jonathan Ellis got a spot start in Mobile. Ryan Klatt melts in California. Jarrett Gardner threw blanks for Fort Wayne as Vern Sterry returned to action. Michael Campbell is a tough man to whiff. Geoff Vandel continued his success from the starting rotation.

Portland lost 8-4 to Las Vegas (Dodgers)

Dirk Hayhurst handed the ball to the bullpen after 5.1 innings with one run in on five hits and two walks but the pen would not hold. The right-hander has given up five runs in 10.1 innings in the Pacific Coast League, having made a spot start on June 12. Hayhurst was 3-5 with a 4.82 ERA with Double-A Mobile and had given up four runs or more in four straight starts. He has a 4.36 ERA over three leagues.

Jon Adkins and Scott Cassidy, two pitchers who have seen time in San Diego this season, combined to allow seven runs on ten hits in an inning. Cassidy did not record an out, yielding five runs on six hits. The right-hander came into the game with one run allowed over 13 appearances that spanned 16 innings. His ERA spiked from 0.56 to 3.38 as a result of Thursday's outing and his average against rose from .207 to .281.

Mobile lost 6-4 to Mississippi (Braves)

Jonathan Ellis made the spot start, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits, including a solo homer, over three innings. The unearned run came on an error he committed on a pickoff attempt. While Ellis was credited with a start in Arizona, where he pitched one inning, he hasn't truly gotten a start since August 15, 2005. He made five consecutive starts for the Fort Wayne Wizards before returning to the pen. Ellis entered the game with six straight scoreless appearances.

Mario Ramos made his first appearance with Mobile after seeing action in nine games with the Peoria squad on rehab. He allowed a run on three hits and a walk over two innings to take a blown save. Ramos had pitched eight straight scoreless innings in Peoria, giving up three hits and two walks over that span. The left-hander began the year in Portland where the opposition hit .333 off him in 30.2 innings. He allowed 11 runs in seven innings of relief work for Portland, a 14.14 ERA.

Lake Elsinore lost 9-6 to High Desert (Royals)

Ryan Klatt was tagged for three runs on five hits in his inning of work, giving up two homers and taking the loss and breaking a run of seven straight scoreless outings. It was the first time since July 31, 2005 that he has given up two bombs in the same game – both coming off High Desert. Klatt has a .219 average against this month, as he had held the opposition to two hits in the last seven outings in the California League.

California League post-season All-Star Chase Headley went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI's, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Headley is 13-for-42, a .310 average, over the life of the streak with six RBI's. The run he scored on Thursday was his first in 12 games. Headley had gone 5-for-33 leading into his current streak. He has driven in four runs over his last two contests and has a .323 off right-handed pitching while managing a .230 average off lefties. He did commit his 18th error of the year.

Fort Wayne won 5-0 over West Michigan (Tigers)

Jarrett Gardner tossed six shutout innings, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out two to pick up his fourth win. After giving up 15 runs on 28 hits over 12.2 innings, he has yielded one run over his last 13. It is the fifth time in 11 starts that he has allowed one run or less. He has given up three or more in each of his other six starts. The two walks he allowed on Thursday doubled his season total. He had gone 33.1 innings without allowing a free pass.

Vern Sterry made his Midwest League debut after making one appearance with Lake Elsinore on August 7 and seeing action in seven games in Peoria in July. Sterry, who has battled shoulder problems for the past year, gave up three hits over two scoreless innings, striking out two. He has a 4.77 ERA over three leagues this season. He has given up five hits in 29 at bats with runners in scoring position this year.

Drew Davidson went 2-for-3 with a walk, a triple, two runs scored and two RBI's. The triple was his fourth in 27 games for the Wizards and fifth of the year over two leagues. He has five multi-hit games in 15 August games but has just two other hits during that span for a .226 average this month. He has scored 11 runs this month and four in the last four games. The outfielder is hitting .280 with runners in scoring position.

Eugene won 7-3 over Vancouver (A's)

Michael Campbell went 1-for-2 with a homer, two RBI's and two walks. The homer was his first since his initial game as an Emerald on August 8. Campbell has five RBI's in his last five games. Thursday marked the first time in 36 games that he has drawn two walks in the same game. He has whiffed just four times in 56 at bats with Eugene and he has struck out 15 times in 133 at bats over three leagues.

Stephen Faris won his second game, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks over five innings. The right-hander has not surrendered more than two earned runs over each of his last five starts, posting a 3.16 ERA over that span with a .260 average against. In his first six appearances, which included four relief appearances, Faris posted a 7.20 ERA with a .348 average against. Faris also picked off a runner at first base.

Nick Tucci gave up three hits over an inning and two-thirds, striking out one. Five times this year in 24 appearances with the Ems he has retired every batter he has faced and none of those outings have been longer than two-thirds of an inning with three of those needing just one out. Therefore, he has a .364 average against n the year and the opposition is hitting .477 off him with the bases empty.

AZL Padres won 6-2 over AZL Royals

Geoff Vandel struck out eight over five innings and allowed a run on two hits and a walk to pick up his second win of the year and second in a row. He has posted a 0.90 ERA over his two starts with three hits allowed in ten innings, a .086 average against, while striking out 16. Vandel had posted a 6.60 ERA over ten relief appearances spanning 15 innings with a .353 average against and ten K's. He has surrendered two earned runs over his last 14.2 frames while striking out 22 in that time.

Rey Garramone pitched an inning of scoreless ball, allowing a single. He has surrendered two earned runs over his last 14.2 innings of work, recording 13 strikeouts over that time. He has held right-handed hitters to a .212 average while lefties are hitting at a .385 clip off him. Opponents have a .461 on base percentage off him leading off an inning.

Jarol Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a run scored in his fourth game of the year and third playing the hot corner. He has not struck out this season in the limited sample after whiffing 33 times in 150 at bats last season. Gonzalez is 4-for-5 with the bases empty and has one hit in nine at bats with runners on base, including an 0-for-5 mark with runners in scoring position. He did ground into a double play and was caught stealing in his first attempt of the year.

DSL Padres Update

Hard throwing right-hander Simon Castro has whiffed 53 in 43 innings, sporting the best strikeouts/per inning ratio on the team. After posting a 1.89 ERA in four starts during July and holding the opposition to a .145 average against, his ERA has ballooned to 5.06 in four August starts. He is 1-3 on the season, through August 20, with a 4.40 ERA. Right-handed batters are hitting .195 off him while lefties have a .241 average. He has gone five innings or more in three of his 11 starts. The Padres hope to bring Castro stateside for their fall Instructional League.

Through games of August 20, first baseman Jose Mayi is hitting .230 but his seven homers and 30 RBI's lead the team. Ironically, he has but three other extra base hits in the form of two doubles and a triple. While he has struck out 51 times he has shown patience at the plate with a team leading 43 walks to give him an on base percentage of .381. In July he walked more times (23) than he struck out (20). Over his last 17 games he is hitting .212.

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