Dwindling leads common in Padres minors

Dwindling leads common in Padres minors

Two rain delays don't stop the hit barrage for Portland and Mike Bumstead was solid in a starter's role. Gabe Ribas didn't get out of the first inning. Nate Sevier has been perfect in relief and Nick Trzesniak explains how he handled Sevier when he fist arrived in Mobile. David Pauley had his best outing of the year and the ninth inning had its share of drama. Chris Tierney was cruising and handed it off to a bullpen that wiped the lead away in minutes.

Portland won 13-6

All nine batters in Portland's starting lineup had at least one hit, with eight different players scoring a run and tallying RBI's. They ended the night with a PGE Park record 20 hits.

Mike Bumstead has been solid since going back to Portland and had his best outing ever on Sunday. He went six innings and allowed just one run on two hits. The run came on a solo homer. He has allowed four runs over his last 16.2 innings with the Beavers and has struck out 18 during that span.

Chris Rojas has been horrible since his first outing with Portland. He allowed five runs on six hits in two innings of work. Rojas has been tagged for 22 runs in his last four outings, spanning 10.1 innings of work. He has now allowed a homer in four straight games and six during that time span. His Portland ERA is 12.71.

Robert Fick continued his hot hitting by going 2-for-5 with a double and homer. They were his first two extra base hits since joining Portland. He now has three straight multi-hit games and is 7-for-14 over those games.

J.J. Furmaniak had three hits, two of them doubles. He has had a hit in 10-of-11 games. Both Yamid Haad and Jake Gautreau had three hits, a homer and two RBI's.

Mauber Lopez, who was transferred to Portland from on Saturday, made his Triple-A debut with a pinch-hit appearance in the bottom of the eighth. He grounded into a force out and remains hitless in the Padres' minors. He was 0-for-5 in two games with Eugene.

Mobile lost 12-4

Gabe Ribas lasted just two-thirds of an inning. The Mobile starter was pulled after five runs were in and two more runners were aboard in the bottom of the first. Ribas faced nine batters before his removal allowing five hits, two walks and managing just two outs. He allowed two homers in the inning, the first time this year he has given up two jacks in the same game. His ERA ballooned by almost one full run from 6.07 to 7.01.

Nate Sevier relieved Ribas and struck out the batter he faced to end the inning. He went two more and has not allowed a run in 9.2 innings with Mobile and 10.2 overall. He struck out four and has held the last four inherited runners in check.

Nick Trzesniak had a bases clearing double to pull the BayBears within one before the bullpen blew up. When asked about how he deals with new pitchers he does not know, he commented on Sevier:

"We just had it," Trzesniak said referring to the recently promoted Sevier (August 9). "He came up and I didn't even know he was there that day. I was like who the heck is this? I go out there and say, ‘Hey, what are you going to throw?' I just tried to do my best in that situation.

"I asked him what his strengths are. Usually when a new pitcher comes up you want to throw to his strengths and not the hitters' weaknesses. We just went with what he threw well. Sinkers and sliders. And he has been doing great the first five or six appearances."

Ben Johnson hit his 20th homer of the season in the first inning, a solo shot. Johnson became just the fourth player in BayBears history to hit 20 or more in a season. Rico Washington had three of Mobile's five hits.

Lake Elsinore won 6-4

David Pauley had his strongest outing of the year. He went eight innings and allowed one run on five hits and a walk. He had allowed two hits through the first six innings of his longest outing of the year. Pauley broke a four game losing streak and has given up three earned runs or less in 19 of his 25 starts. Yet he has 11 losses to just seven wins.

Rusty Tucker came on to pitch the ninth inning and gave up a single, walk and three run homer. He was taken out of the game with three runs charged in a third of an inning. It was the second time in a row that he has not made it out of an inning at Lake Elsinore. He has given up runs in four straight and has an ERA of 13.50.

Michael Johnson went 2-for-4 and has hit in seven of his last eight games and has reached base safely in all of his last ten games. He is 11-for-34 with five walks. His big blow came in the seventh, a double that cleared the bases and drove in three runs. The three RBI's were more than he has had in 11 games since his return to the lineup with the Storm.

Fort Wayne lost 8-2

Chris Tierney had his best outing since his first game of the year with the Wizards on May 4. He went 6.1 innings and allowed six hits and a walk but did not surrender a run. It was the first time this year that Tierney has left a game with a shutout still intact. Unfortunately, his efforts were wasted.

Howie Pence had his worst outing of the year. He gave up five runs, three earned, on four hits and two walks. He had not allowed more than three runs in any game and had allowed two earned runs just once prior in 36 relief appearances. He had also held the opposition to a .200 batting average in Fort Wayne. They are now hitting .238 off him at home and his ERA jumped from 1.82 to 2.40.

Paul Abraham wasn't any better and did not even record an out. All six batters he faced reached base – four hits and two walks – and he was charged with three earned runs. It ended a streak of nine straight without an earned run allowed. It was also the third time he has given up three earned runs in a game.

Brett Bonvechio hit a moon shot down the right field line for a homer that was estimated at 410 feet. It was his third straight game with an RBI.

Eugene Rained out

Sunday's day game at Civic Stadium between the Eugene Emeralds and the Vancouver Canadians was postponed due to rain. The final game of the three-game series has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 4th as a doubleheader against the Vancouver Canadians in the Emeralds' final homestand of the 2004 season.

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