Shawn Estes tossed 80 pitches over six scoreless frames, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out four. A career .157 hitter through his major and minor league career, Estes went 1-for-1, scored a run, and added a sacrifice bunt to help himself out. Estes went 1-3 with a 11.40 ERA over 15 innings during Spring Training, yielding 28 hits while walking eight. Last season, the southpaw appeared in 11 games across three levels, going 0-2 with a 4.45 ERA.
Edgar Gonzalez cracked a two-run homer in the third inning and ended the night with three hits and four RBIs, giving the infielder four hits in his first five at-bats to begin the year. Gonzalez went 10-for-31 with five extra base hits and a .400 on-base percentage this spring for the Padres. The San Diego native and brother of Padres first baseman Adrian, batted .308 last season for Triple-A Memphis.
Portland did have the bases loaded with nobody out in the seventh but only netted a single run after three straight batters struck out swinging.
Reliever Mike Adams missed all of 2007 due to injury and had appeared in just 17 games as a member of the Padres after being acquired from the Cleveland Indians in a July 18, 2006 deal that sent Brian Sikorski the other way. On Friday, Adams worked a scoreless frame, striking out a pair. The right-hander spent parts of three seasons in the majors with the Milwaukee Brewers, going 2-4 with a 3.54 over 61 appearances.
San Antonio (1-1) won 3-0 over Northern Arkansas (Royals)
It took Will Inman 77 pitches to get through five scoreless innings, with 47 going for strikes while hitting the low-90s with his fastball. The right-hander yielded three hits and walked two while striking out five to pick up the win. Inman, whose velocity was down in the mid-80s when he arrived in the San Diego system from Milwaukee, went 3-3 with a 4.17 ERA over seven starts with San Antonio a season ago. Dating back to last year, he has allowed three hits or less in four of his eight Texas League starts.
Seth Johnston figured in on all three runs on Friday night, scoring twice and adding a single to score the third. Johnston, now at third base where he played 14 times last year, has reached base safely in 15 straight games dating back to last season, collecting a hit in all but one. He is 20-for-56 over that time with 15 RBIs, including one in consecutive games to begin 2008. Johnston hit .292 with 51 RBIs for Lake Elsinore last season.
Edwin Moreno preserved the shutout with a scoreless ninth to earn his first save of the year, needing just six pitches to end the game. The right-hander, who was re-signed as a six-year free agent, saved nine games in 10 chances for San Antonio last year after being picked up out of the Mexican Pacific League. In 16.2 innings, he posted a 1.62 ERA and allowed just 10 hits. Moreno worked in three games in the Arizona Fall League, going 1-0 with a 2.35 ERA in 7.2 innings.
Lake Elsinore (1-1) won 6-5 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels) in 10 innings
Eric Sogard collected three hits, including the game-winner in the bottom of the tenth inning. His second inning double also scored two runs, giving him three RBIs on the evening. The second baseman has reached base six times over the first two games with four hits and two walks. Sogard had seven games with three or more RBIs in his debut professional season. The Arizona native split the year between Eugene and Fort Wayne, hitting .256 and .253, respectively.
Corey Kluber was on the hook for four runs on seven hits and a walk over 4.1 innings, earning a no-decision. The right-hander fanned five and picked off a runner at first base, but four of the hits he allowed went for extra bases and Rancho successfully stole two bags off him. Kluber pitched in two games for the Storm during the playoffs, going 0-0 with a 12.60 ERA with seven runs allowed in five innings. He began the year in Eugene where he went 1-1 with a 3.51 ERA over 10 appearances, including seven starts.
R.J. Rodriguez picked up the win after working two scoreless innings, yielding a hit and a walk while striking out one. The right-hander went two innings nine different times in 2007, allowing runs in two of those contests. Rodriguez worked in 12 games for the Storm last season, posting a 4.50 ERA over 14 innings. In the playoffs for the Storm, Rodriguez yielded a single run on four hits in 9.2 innings while picking up the only save.
Fort Wayne (1-1) lost 9-1 to Lansing (Blue Jays)
Seven of the nine outs recorded by Jeremy McBryde came via the strikeout but his night was cut short due to the deeper pitch counts. He lasted three innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits and a walk in a no-decision. His seven strikeouts set a new career-high. His previous high had been six, set on August 10 last year with Eugene. Last season, the right-hander fanned 56 in 59.1 innings. McBryde made 12 starts in 2007 and appeared in 17 games for the Emeralds, posting a 5.31 ERA and 1-6 record.
Jackson Quezada was toasted for four runs on five hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning, leaving with two men on. It was the most runs the right-hander has ever surrendered in a relief appearance and account for 40-percent of the earned runs he yielded over 21 appearances last year in Eugene. Quezada allowed 10 earned runs a year ago over 24 innings for a 3.75 ERA. The only other time he surrendered five hits in a game came on June 24, 2006 – in a game he started and went four innings.
For the second day in a row, Lance Zawadzki, playing the keystone, collected a multi-hit game. The Massachusetts native went 2-for-4 with a double but did ground into a double play. He had one span of four consecutive games with a multi-hit game during his time in the Arizona Rookie League. Zawadzki collected 12 multi-hit contests across two leagues and 35 games in his professional debut. Over his last 12 games dating back to last season with Eugene, Zawadzki is 21-for-51 – a .412 average.
Shane Buschini leaped over the outfield wall – literally. Catching a ball that carried Buschini over the four-foot right field wall and out of the field of play in the seventh inning, the umpiring crew ruled it a home run. Manager Doug Dascenzo questioned the ball, but the ruling stood.
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