Daily prospect report
Without Sean Thompson, Mark Prior may have actually been the only show to see against the Wizards and Prior said he was happy with his performance, but Thompson was outstanding. Terry Byrom commented on the game and how Wizard batters looked. Lake Elsinore, meanwhile, stayed hot in the batters box. Between Mobile and Fort Wayne, Padres prospects managed just five hits and one was by Mobile pitcher Brian Whitaker. Sterling Hitchcock’s return was not encouraging.
Portland lost 6-1
Sterling Hitchcock lasted just 3.2 innings in his first game back and was shelled. He let up eight hits, five runs and allowed a homer. He also committed an error.
Ex-Padre Rey Ordonez made his debut in Triple-A and went 3-for-4 for the Iowa Cubs.
Jon Knott has a five game hitting streak and is 9-for-22 with two doubles, a triple and two homers over that stretch. He was 2-for-3 on Thursday.
Xavier Nady also has a five game hitting streak, going 9-for-19 with three doubles over that span. He was 1-for-4 on Thursday.
Mobile lost 13-1
Alan Webb gave up a two strike, two out grand slam in the ninth inning as Mobile fell 13-1. Mike Thompson allowed more runs Thursday, three, than he had all year long, two, in twelve appearances. Brian Whitaker went 5.2 innings and allowed six runs, four earned on seven hits.
Todd Donovan’s 13 game hitting streak came to an end, but a walk in the ninth pushed his streak of consecutive games getting on base to 26. The team managed just three hits on the day. Steve Morales hit a solo homer, his second of the year, in the fifth. Morales has three RBI’s this year.
Lake Elsinore won 11-7
For the fourth start in a row, David Pauley allowed two earned runs or less and Thursday was the first time he got credit for the victory. He has given up six earned runs over his last four outings and his ERA has dropped from 6.10 to 4.12.
Wilmer Villatoro attempted to blow the Storm’s 8-1 lead in the eighth. He gave up five runs and has now surrendered runs in his past five appearances. He still has only had one outing free of runs scored.
Kervin Jacobo belted two home runs, one in the second and another in the ninth. He doubled his homer total on the year and now has four. Both were two run shots.
Paul McAnulty had three RBI’s and took over the team lead in that category with 25. His on base percentage, .434 is good for fourth in the California League. His .573 slugging percentage is fifth in the league and he is third in the league in walks.
The Storm have had over ten hits in their last four games.
Fort Wayne lost 2-1
Mark Prior versus Sean Thompson and Thompson matched the All-Star hurler. Prior went three innings and threw 40 pitches with five strikeouts and a walk. Drew Macias was the only man to get on base, drawing a walk, and got thrown out trying to steal second.
“He looked very relaxed and very much in control,” Wizards broadcaster Terry Byrom said of Prior. “Having said that, he got a couple of his strikeouts on high fastballs that were out of the zone. Our guys were obviously anxious and wanted to excel against him. I don't keep pitch counts, but I'm sure he stayed under the 50 that were set for him. He also threw all of his pitches tonight. He threw a couple of slurves, no change ups, but did change speeds on his fastball.
“I didn't sense during batting practice that anyone was nervous, I just think they were all excited about the atmosphere. This won't be the biggest crowd they play against this season, but I think it is the largest so far.”
"It was fun. I had a good time and the fans supported me," Prior said.
"I felt pretty good, for the most part,” Prior added after his outing. “There are some mechanical things that I have to work on. I had command of, pretty much, my fastball. I finally got command of my curveball in the third inning. It was a good step. We'll look at the tape tomorrow and evaluate it. Obviously the goal is to get back and pitch in the Major Leagues."
Thompson, meanwhile, was equally effective. He went seven innings, gave up three hits and did not surrender any runs, leaving with the chance for a win in a 1-0 game. It was the second time in three games that Thompson has not given up a run.
Aaron Coonrod came on to close the game out. He did, but by the end of the night, Lansing had the walk off win, literally. Coonrod surrendered a walk with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth that gave Lansing the victory. He walked three batters, surrendered one hit and hit a batter. It was the second straight relief appearance that he has lost and second consecutive game he has surrendered three walks. In total, he has given up runs in his last three games. He has also walked at least one batter in eight straight appearances and has walked two or more in seven of those eight games.
Brian Wahlbrink and Greg Bochy have each struck out at least once in the last seven games they have appeared in. The Wizards had just two hits on the evening.
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