Joe Gerber, Mike Bumstead to Portland
Padres Farm

Posted Aug 5, 2004

The San Diego Padres have moved Joe Gerber and Mike Bumstead back from Double-A Mobile to Portland, another bumpy ride – literally. They rented a car and are on their way to New Orleans to meet up with the Beavers.

Joe Gerber played his first game in Portland on April 20 and stayed with the Beavers until June 15. In 37 games he batted .274 a homer and eight RBI’s. Most of his work came in a pinch hitting capacity or late inning defensive replacement as he had just 95 at bats. He compiled a season high six game hitting streak while with Portland.

Gerber, a left-handed hitter, played in 50 games for Mobile, compiling a .234 average with four homers and 20 RBI’s. He did not have hits in more than two games in a row while playing for the BayBears.

Mike Bumstead pitched in eight games for Portland between May 24 and June 8. He had a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings of work, including a scoreless streak of 8.1 innings. Bumstead held hitters to a .229 average while with the Beavers.

Bumstead, a 6-foot-3 right-hander, started the year off in Lake Elsinore before going to Portland. He made nine appearances and had a 1.23 ERA. Batters were hitting just .192 off him in 14.2 innings of work and just .167 with runners in scoring position.

He joined Mobile on June 11 and made 19 appearances going 0-1 with a 5.13 ERA. In his first game, Bumstead hit a three run homer. In 26.1 innings of work, the opposition hit .298 off Bumstead.

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