Michael Johnson returns; Sean Kazmar five hits
Humberto Quintero
Humberto Quintero

Posted Aug 1, 2004


Humberto Quintero has continued his hot hitting with Portland. Justin Germano is making his bid for the fifth spot in the rotation. RD Spiehs broke a personal four game losing streak. Sterling Hitchcock has something to say about the fifth spot with a start in Lake Elsinore. Fort Wayne split two. Sean Kazmar had the best day of any player in the Padres system. Storm first baseman Michael Johnson returned – in Peoria.

Portland won 12-4

Alex Fernandez and J.J. Furmaniak hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning. Fernandez hit a three run homer which capped a 2-for-5, four RBI night. He has nine RBI’s in his last six games. Furmaniak has homered in each of his last two games and has six RBI’s in his last three. He also has RBI’s in six of his last seven.

Humberto Quintero is 24-for-53 over a 14game hitting streak. The catcher, recently sent down from San Diego, has seven doubles and one homer over that timeframe. On Saturday he had his first multiple RBI day of the streak with two and has eight total in the 14 games. He also drew his first walk of the streak on Saturday and has struck out just two times in his last 14 games.

Justin Germano gave up five of his nine hits in the sixth inning and all three of his runs. He gave up nine hits over 5.1 innings of work on way to winning his fourth straight game. His nine hits allowed were a season high. He did not walk a batter for just the second time in 18 starts between Mobile and Portland.

Mobile won 5-3

RD Spiehs had lost four straight decisions after winning his first four. Spiehs broke the losing streak with a victory on Saturday. The righty worked just two-thirds of an inning and benefited from a two run ninth inning. He has appeared in 46 games and has surrendered runs in eleven. He has also walked only 13 batters all season.

Ben Johnson homered for the second consecutive day. Johnson has RBI’s in four of his last five games, knocking in seven over that span. He was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. His last three hit game was 21 games ago. Johnson was caught stealing and has been thrown out three consecutive times between steals. He has not been successful in 41 games.

Gabe Ribas lasted five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks. After not allowing a homer in his first five games with Mobile, three starts, he has surrendered one in each of his last two. Ribas has hit a batter in each of his last three games and four total since joining Mobile over five starts. He had four in 13 Lake Elsinore campaigns. It is uncharacteristic for a guy who prides himself on his control.

Lake Elsinore won 5-2

Sterling Hitchcock went five innings, allowing six hits and a run while striking out six to earn his first Cal League victory. Hitchcock has thrown nine innings of one run ball and has struck out13 in Cal League action.

Natanael Mateo struck out the side in his inning of work. It was the first time he has accomplished that feat this year but has struck out a batter in all but one of his relief appearances. In 24 outings he has surrendered runs in eight and holds an ERA of 2.34.

Paul McAnulty has drawn a walk in seven straight games. His 72 walks lead the California League and he is fourth in the league in on base percentage at .419. McAnulty is also 9-for-14 in his last five games with two doubles, three homers and seven RBI’s.

Fort Wayne won game one 5-4, lost game two 7-5 in ten

The Fort Wayne Wizards concluded a suspended game with Dayton and much like it was when they ended the game early, the Wizards came out on top. Ironically, David Mead started both games. He pitched in the first game when it was suspended and began the second game.

Leo Rosales, nearly flawless for most of the year, loaded the bases in the ninth inning of game one before picking up his 17th save of the year. Rosales has now allowed a run in his last six games and Saturday was only the seventh time in 35 games that he has given up two or more hits in a game. He has only given up both a hit and a walk in the same game four times.

Skip Adams hit a two run homer in the eighth inning of game on to lead the Wizards to victory. He has seven on the year and three have come in his last 11 games. Adams was responsible for a run in the top of the inning when he threw a ball away. Adams has three errors in his last three games and nine in his last 16 games.

Brian Walhbrink has hit homers in his last two games. He has seven on the year. Fernando Valenzuela Jr. has hit into three double plays in his last four games. George Kottaras has an eight game hitting streak, going 11-for-30. Peter Ciofrone has had four multi-hit games including Saturday, a day where he went 4-for-5. He raised his average from .224 to .270. He also had an error in each game of the doubleheader.

Eugene won 9-6 in 11

Lachlan Dale hit a game winning three run homer in the eleventh inning, his 11th homer of the year. Dale is fourth in the Northwest League with 31 RBI’s. His .276 on base percentage, however, is one of the lowest. He was 1-for-6 on Saturday.

Sean Kazmar went 5-for-6 with four runs scored on Saturday. Three of his five hits went for extra bases. He had one double and homered twice, both solo shots. It was his first multi-homer game of his professional career. He knocked in three runs, the third time this year he has drove in three in 41 games. He is 8-for-10 over his last two games and has raised his average from .253 to .284.

James Darby went two innings to get the win, his first of the year. Darby did not allow a hit for the eighth time in 15 appearances but did walk three. He has issued a walk in all but one of his appearances.

Jose Cespedes pitched a perfect seventh inning and has had five perfect innings, no hits or walks, in 12 appearances. He has allowed runs in three of the 12 and sports a 2.51 ERA on the year with Eugene after pitching two scoreless outings in Peoria.

Peoria won 4-3

Two more players returned to action with Peoria, after Smyres did yesterday. Michael Johnson, a first baseman who was playing with the Lake Elsinore Storm, and Brian Medley, who has been out of action for Peoria over the last few weeks.

Johnson went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and run scored. Johnson now has a hit in each of his last seven games, six coming in the Cal League. He is 9-for-26 with seven runs scored. Johnson was hitting .241 with the Storm and had 11 homers and 41 RBI’s in 64 games. He is still second best on the team with his 11 homers and fourth in RBI’s.

Medley went 1-for-2 with a walk, was caught stealing and committed an error. Medley is just 4-for-22 on the year with three walks and four runs scored in eight games for Peoria.

Henry Colbert made his Peoria debut after beginning the year with Eugene. Colbert went two innings and his only blemish was a hit batter. He earned the win, his first of the year. Colbert had given up runs in six of his twelve Emerald appearances and sported a 5.51 ERA.

After allowing runs in three of his first five appearances, Brandon Kintzler has gone six straight without surrendering much. In nine innings of work over the scoreless streak he has given up five hits and one walk while striking out 11. On Saturday he struck out the side and earned his third save of the year.



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