Rojas red in the face; Steidlmayer pitching again

Rusty Tucker

A tough day for the San Diego Padres minor league system. Justin Germano is wishing he was still in San Diego. Chris Rojas sees one error and commits another as the only runs that score all game are unearned. Joe Lima is the only one hitting in Elsinore. Jordan Pickens is an All-Star, isn't he? Jake Upwood loses again. Luke Steidlmayer is back on the hill and Rusty Tucker is roughed up a bit while Julio Cruceta smokes the ball.

Portland lost 11-5

Justin Germano pitched better in the Majors than he has since returning to Portland. On Friday, he suffered his worst outing of the year. Germano managed to last just three innings, his shortest appearance of the year, giving up six runs on five hits and four walks. The runs and walks allowed were both season highs for the right-hander. Over his last 12.2 innings, Germano has given up 13 runs.

Jon Knott has hit the ball well since returning to Portland. In fact he is 8-for-17 in his five games back but Friday was the first day he knocked in a run. Over his last 16 games in Portland, Knott is 23-for-59, a .390 average.

Ben Risinger had not hit a home run in his first 44 games with Portland. In his past four games Risinger has hit two home runs and knocked in three.

Ricky Stone, in his debut in the Padres organization, gave up five runs, two earned, on four hits and one walk. Stone gave up two homers in the ninth inning. Stone was picked up by the Padres on waivers from Houston on June 18 but did not make an appearance for the Padres. In 16 relief appearances with the Astros this season, Stone was 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA.

Mobile lost 3-0

Ben Johnson went 2-for-4 with two doubles on Friday. Johnson's last four hits have all been doubles and he has a four game hitting streak. He did strike out twice to bring his total to 19 games in a row with a whiff. He also committed a costly error in the first inning that plated a run.

Chris Rojas was also an enemy of himself. Rojas committed a throwing error to lead off the third inning and before it was all done, two runs crossed the plate. In total, he allowed three runs, none earned, on five hits and two walks. Rojas has surrendered just one earned run in his last four starts, spanning 23 innings. His ERA has plunged from 4.58 to 3.38 in the process and with the loss Friday is 3-1 in this stretch.

Rene Miniel pitched one inning of scoreless ball. Miniel has allowed runs in three of his five appearances with Mobile after a less than stellar Lake Elsinore campaign. Ironically, the game before he was promoted was his worst of the year when he gave up six runs, all earned. His first Mobile game was a two walk performance without recording an out. Friday was the first time all year, spanning 21 appearances between two leagues that he did not allow a batter to reach base.

Lake Elsinore lost 3-2

Natanael Mateo has recorded at least one strike out in all 12 of his appearances. He has held the opposition without a run in eight games. Mateo came on with one on and nobody out in the seventh and shut the door on the inning.

Jon Huber allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits and two walks. He has kept the opposition to under three runs in 11 of his 15 starts but is 7-5 on the year. Huber has lost three of his last four starts and gave up his seventh homer of the season Friday.

Luis Cruz was the cause of the unearned run with an error. After a seven game hiatus from errors, Cruz has two in his last three games. He now has 15 in his last 31 games.

Joe Lima has a five game hitting streak, going 7-for-18 with two doubles and five RBI's.

Fort Wayne lost 7-2

Greg Conden gave up nine hits, a season high, and allowed five runs while walking one to take his fifth loss of the year. Conden has given up eight hits or more in three outings and five runs or more in three, including an 11 run outburst. Of course he followed that up by allowing zero hits in his next outing. His record, 2-5, is not a real indication of how this hot-cold pitcher has thrown. He has had two outings where he has given up one run and taken the loss in each.

A Juan Ciriaco throwing error in the sixth inning, what would have been the third out of the inning, was followed by a two run homer. It was the second error of the game by Ciriaco and his third in three games. His seven game hitting streak was also snapped.

A 4-for-48 slump has brought Jordan Pickens batting average over the last 13 games down from .307 to .256. Pickens has been at or around .300 for most of the season until the slump hit. He has struck out 17 times during the stretch and has just one extra base hit.

Matt Lauderdale was the only Wizard batter to have two hits as the team was limited to just four overall. He went 2-for-3 with a double and scored on a sac fly from Drew Macias. Fernando Valenzuela provided the only other offense with a solo homer. It was his seventh of the season and fourth in 14 games. He had just three in his previous 53 games.

Eugene lost 4-3

Jake Upwood has appeared in three games for Eugene and is credited with two losses. Upwood started the year in Fort Wayne before being marked for extended spring and joining the Ems at the start of their season. After pitching a perfect inning his first time out, Upwood has given up a run in each of his last two. In 20 appearances for Fort Wayne, Upwood gave up runs in seven of them – better than some other players who were promoted!

William Ponce made his second start of the year, both no decisions. He went five innings and gave up three runs on five hits and four walks. He also struck out five. His WHIP stands at 1.69 on the year as he gave up eight hits and a walk in his opening start.

Trino Aguilar is has yet to register a hit in two different leagues. He is 0-for-11 with two walks this year.

Billy Hogan has reached base safely in each of his first eight games. He has a hit in seven of eight, going 7-for-24 and has also taken a base on balls in seven straight. His on base percentage is .451.

Peoria won 6-5 on Thursday

Luke Steidlmayer worked three perfect innings in his season debut for Peoria. Steidlmayer had been a relatively effective pitcher with Eugene in 2002 and Fort Wayne in '03 but a shoulder problem shelved him for the latter half of the year and now he is working on his pitches at the Padres training facilities. The bonus is he can now face live hitters and work on his game. He is a candidate for a quick promotion if he shows his strength is up.

Rusty Tucker was on the hill again on Thursday, two days after his first stint on the mound and he was tagged for two runs on two hits and a walk. He came in for the ninth inning, his customary role, but could not hold the lead. Daniel Baca relieved him and got the final out in the inning with a man on. Baca pitched a perfect tenth and got the win.

Julio Cruceta went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple to go with three RBI's to pace the Rookie League Pads. Kelvin Vasquez added two more hits to up his total to five in two games. He also has an RBI in each game.

Pete White committed a two run error in the fifth inning and went 1-for-5 on the day.

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