Catcher George Kottaras might have some time off; Mike Thompson is bidding to follow Stauffer south; Nick Trzesniak gets in good with granny; Fabian Jimenez loses his fourth straight.
Kottaras Day to Day; Mike Thompson Shut Out
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May 22, 2005

Kottaras Day to Day; Mike Thompson Shut Out

Kottaras Day to Day; Mike Thompson Shut Out

Catcher George Kottaras might have some time off; Mike Thompson is bidding to follow Stauffer south; Nick Trzesniak gets in good with granny; Fabian Jimenez loses his fourth straight.

<b>Portland postponed due to rain</b><br><br>

 

Portland will play two on Sunday starting at 2:05 p.m. PST.<br><br>

 

<b>Mobile won 11-0</b><br><br>

 

Mike Thompson is throwing as good as, if not better than, anyone in the Padres' system.  The right-hander tossed his first career complete game – throwing a nine inning shutout on four hits and a walk while striking out six.  Thompson has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his nine starts this year but is only 3-2 to show for it.  He is the third pitcher in the Padres system to throw a complete game in the last week.  Thompson is holding the opposition to a .214 average on the year and has kept them to a .146 average in scoring position. <br><br>

 

Greg Sain pushed his hitting streak to nine games and four members of the BayBears drove in multiple runs with Tagg Bozied the only slacker – he drove in one and has nine RBI's through five games this year.  He has reached base safely in each of the five games after going 2-for-3 with a walk on Saturday. <br><br>

 

"On a game-to-game basis you get to a point where you hit the ball hard on the screws and you could be out four times," Bozied said.  "There are certain fundamental things I try and do in the box everyday and I am getting to the point where I am perfecting that on every pitch." <br><br>

 

Nick Trzesniak hit a grand slam homer in the eighth inning of Saturday's game, an inning after just missing a chance for a grand slam when he hooked a ball just outside the foul pole.  He has hit two homers in the past four games and has RBI's in five of the last six games, totaling nine of his 16 RBI's.  The catcher is batting .325 when he bats seventh in the order, as he did on Saturday. <br><br>

 

<b>Lake Elsinore lost 11-6</b><br><br>

 

Juan Ciriaco has scored a run in six straight games, going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI's.  He is second on the team with 30 RBI's and is tied for the team lead in extra base hits with 18.  The shortstop has 19 RBI's in 19 games during May and he has reached base in ten straight games. <br><br>

 

In 29 games played, Steve Baker has drawn just two walks.  But hitting .361 on the year sure makes for a nice on base percentage.  The outfielder has a nine-game hitting streak and has five multi-hit games over the streak, going 15-for-39.  He has scored a run in four straight and six of the last seven.  Despite amassing 23 hits in April, he scored just four runs.  He has crossed the plate 11 times in May. <br><br>

 

Chris Tierney gave up eight runs on nine hits and three walks in four innings of work.  The lefty has surrendered 19 runs over the past 15.2 innings after not allowing more than three runs in any of his previous five starts.  Tierney has walked 26 batters in 45.1 innings this year compared to just 21 strikeouts and 18 of the walks have come during May to five K's.  The opposition is hitting .340 off him and .400 in the month of May. <br><br>

 

Catcher George Kottaras left Saturday's game with a back injury after a collision at the plate in the fifth inning.  He is listed as day-to-day.  Kottaras was charged with his seventh pass ball prior to leaving the game and his third over his last four games. 

 

<b>Fort Wayne lost 7-4</b><br><br>

 

Since Thursday, when Lachlan Dale did not strike out in a game for the first time since April 25, the slugger has fanned in seven straight at bats.  While he has drawn two walks, Dale has now whiffed 60 times to lead all the Minor Leagues, pending the outcome of Saturday's games (one player had 58).  Adding insult to injury, Dale was also charged with his sixth error of the year and fourth in the last six games. <br><br>

 

Fabian Jimenez allowed a season high nine hits in 4.2 innings of work as four runs crossed the plate, giving him his fourth straight loss.  He walked one, tying a season-low, but had one leave the park, a three run blast.  It was the third homer he has allowed this year and third over the past three games.  After a 3-0 April with a 1.27 ERA, Jimenez has gone 0-4 in May with a 9.72 ERA.  Hitters are batting .370 off the left-hander this month. <br><br>

 

Brett Dowdy reached base four times, going 3-for-3 and getting hit by a pitch.  The third baseman hit two doubles, one more than he had all year long in 33 previous games.  Dowdy still has more triples (four) than doubles (three).  It was his first extra base hit in 12 games.  He also scored two runs for the second time in three games and leads the Wizards with 26 runs scored on the year. <br><br>

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