Padres’ Special Assistant to the General Manager, Grady Fuson, spoke with Mobile BayBears’ broadcaster Tim Hagerty prior to the game on a variety of topics.
On what he has noticed since arriving in the organization:
The biggest thing is we are all on the same page. The enthusiasm, the interest, the intelligence – it is a tremendous organization.
On if he still learns each day after being in the front office for 20 years:
I would talk to the mailman if I thought I could learn anything. There is always something to learn. There are so many peaks and valleys. People have to understand this game is played over a seven-month period. It is about putting yourself in position to succeed. Give yourself the best position to perform.
On being a scout:
As a scout you only have so much impact in the players you send out. You hope your system mirrors the types of players you are attracted to. Quality scouts should be mirrored on their work ethic, their organizational skills and the players that impacted the game.
On what his goal is coming out to minor league parks:
I am trying to get my arms around the entire organization. Just started to grow a library on our system – what upsides do they have, what do they have to work on and be useful to the top.
He has one of the abilities to make it in the big leagues. He is a very disciplined hitter. I expect him to hold his own.
Portland won 11-4
Ben Johnson recorded his second straight three hit night, homered for the second consecutive game and upped the ante with six RBI’s. He has driven in nine over the last two games and has a seven game hitting streak, going 14-for-27 with four homers, three doubles, five walks, 11 RBI’s and ten runs scored. He has scored a run in each game during the streak. Johnson has hit .366 with nine homers, 24 RBI’s and 26 runs scored during the 23 games in the month of June.
Greg Sain has found a comfort level in Portland, doing something he hadn’t accomplished through 64 games with Mobile – Sain homered on consecutive days for the first time this year, a feat he accomplished three times a year ago. He went 3-for-4, adding a double and three RBI’s. It was the first time this year he has had two extra base hits in the same game and was the second time this year that he knocked in three.
Mobile lost 14-3
Travis Chick dropped his fourth straight after getting tagged for nine runs on nine hits and two walks in 2.1 innings of work. Three balls left the park against the young right-hander as Chick exited the game quicker than any time previously in his Padre career. He has allowed 16 runs over his last 6.1 innings of work – the same number of runs he had allowed over his previous seven starts.
Mike Richardson got his first start behind the plate on Friday after spending all of his time in right field. He did log a few innings at catcher on Thursday, a late inning replacement. While 14 runs crossed the plate on his watch behind the plate and he was charged with a passed ball, Richardson went 2-for-5 with a solo homer. It was just the fourth multi-hit game of the year for Richardson. Richardson also made an appearance on the mound, tossing a 1-2-3 ninth while striking out two with the use of a knuckleball.
Paul Abraham allowed as many runs on Friday, five, as he had in his previous 36 appearances – with 35 coming in Lake Elsinore. Over two innings, Abraham was shelled for five runs on six hits, including the second homer he has given up all year.
Lake Elsinore lost 10-9 in ten innings
Luke Steidlmayer suffered his worst outing of the year in his California League debut. The recently promoted right-hander was smacked around for nine runs, six earned, on ten hits and a walk in five innings of work. He served up two home runs while striking out seven. Steidlmayer had not allowed more than four runs in any start and had kept the opposition to three runs or fewer in seven of his eight starts.
A homer off a 2-1 pitch from Ryan Trytten ended the game. It was the first run allowed by Trytten in eight appearances and just the second dinger he has surrendered on the year. After posting a 1.20 ERA with Fort Wayne, Trytten has posted a 2.18 ERA with Lake Elsinore, including the run allowed on Friday.
Fort Wayne lost 2-0
Clayton Hamilton was superb but the opposition was slightly better on Friday. The righty tossed seven innings of one run ball, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out five. The only run to cross the plate did so via a home run. Hamilton has lost his last four decisions over a six game span and has given up 16 runs during that time, but seven came in one game. Minus that outing he has surrendered 1.8 runs per start. He has allowed two earned runs or less in 12 of his last 13 starts.
The Wizards managed just three hits on the evening as Brian Fryer and Colt Morton each reached base twice thanks to a single and a walk apiece. Fryer has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, going 12-for-32 with six RBI’s over that span.
Yordany Ramirez is day-to-day with a strained hamstring after trying to make a diving catch in centerfield on Thursday.
Eugene won 10-8
Arnold Hughey, a teammate of John Madden at Auburn and fellow Padres’ draftee, did not have as successful a debut as his right-handed counterpart. Hughey, picked five rounds after Madden – in the 13th round, allowed six runs on nine hits and a walk in his four innings of work. Two of those hits sailed out of the park. Hughey ended his final season at Auburn with an 8-4 record and a 3.74 ERA, which is a career best. He racked up 80 strikeouts compared to only 17 walks. The four-year starter ended his career with a 22-17 record with 4.12 ERA and 272 strikeouts and 74 walks. Ironically, Madden allowed two unearned runs but got the win.
Catcher Billy Killian recorded his first multi-hit game of the year and notched his first four-RBI game of his professional career. Killian had twice drove in two runs in a game last year while with Peoria. He had a five game hitting streak to open his initial season in the system while he has hits in two of his four games this year.
Boxscores from Peoria were not submitted in time for this edition of the notebook