Portland lost 5-2
Brian Sweeney took his first loss since June 14 and did something he had yet to do since joining Portland – he allowed four runs. In 13 outings, 12 starts, Sweeney had not given up more than three runs – until Friday. The opposition notched ten hits off the righty over six innings and despite striking out seven, four earned runs crossed the dish. It was the second game in a row that he has surrendered ten hits. He also uncorked two wild pitches, the first time he has had two in one game all season.
While Josh Barfield hit his ninth homer of the year to lengthen his hitting streak to ten games, Sean Burroughs went 0-for-4 on Friday to drop his average down to .250 with Portland. He has notched four multi-hit games with Portland but also has five games without a single hit. Just one of his eight hits has gone for extra bases and he has yet to mark the ledger with an RBI through nine games. He has one hit in seven at bats with runners in scoring position.
Mobile won 4-1
If there was any question about Cesar Carrillo being fast-tracked, he answered those questions and more on Friday. In his second start for Mobile, Carrillo allowed one run on four hits and a season-high four walks. Over his last four outings, working five innings or more in each, he has not given up more than five hits. In fact, five hits has not been surpassed all year long, through six starts, against the righty.
Steve Baker went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, giving him three straight games with a double and 11 hits over his last six games. After beginning his Mobile career with a .189 average in June, Baker has hit .288 over the last 26 games to raise his average to .262 on the year. He has walked only five times over a 35 game span with the BayBears after drawing 13 walks in 54 games with Lake Elsinore.
Lake Elsinore lost 8-4
Brad Blackwell, signed by the Padres on Thursday, made his debut with the Storm a day later. The former North Carolina State pitcher went an inning and two-thirds, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while also allowing two inherited runners to score. In 23 appearances with the Kalamazoo Kings of the Independent Frontier League, Blackwell had a 1-2 record, 4.31 ERA, one save and 33 strikeouts. He began the season in the New York Yankees organization, playing for the Charleston RiverDogs, going 3-0 with a 4.71 ERA. Joe Gerber is another former King in the Padres’ organization.
Chris Tierney went an inning and a third, allowing four runs, two earned, on three hits and a walk. The lefty is 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA as a reliever, including Friday and a 9.00 ERA during the month of August. This comes after a 2.57 ERA during the month of July with four earned runs in 14 innings of work. Lefties are hitting .412 off him on the year.
Fort Wayne won 7-1
Every member of the team recorded a hit on Friday night and the first five in the lineup scored a run, thank to a five run top of the first. Josh Alley improved his hitting streak to ten games and Sean Kazmar pushed his to five. Kazmar has two homers in his last three games and six RBI’s in his last five. Matt Lauderdale has homered in consecutive games and has three homers in his last four. He also has notched an RBI in each of his last four, seven total over that span.
“It’s pretty much all about quick hands and I think I’ve proven that I can hit the fastball, but I’m still working on seeing more pitches and working the count,” said Kazmar. “I am a smaller guy, so I can’t just go up there and hack.”
Drew Davidson led the barrage with three hits in four at bats, including a sacrifice fly, and three RBI’s. Davidson has driven in a run in four of his last five games, two coming with Eugene. In 37 games played, Davidson has five three-plus hit games and 12 multi-hit games. Davidson is 12-for-28 with runners in scoring position on the year, a .429 average.
Mike Ekstrom scattered five hits over seven innings, walking one and striking out six. It was his first shutout outing since throwing two consecutive no-run outings in the middle of May, covering 14 innings of work, but is the fifth time this year he has not allowed a run during his start. Ekstrom has kept the opposition to two runs or less in 15 of his 23 starts. His 13 wins is one more than Jared Wells, regaining the lead in the Padres’ system.
Eugene won 4-3 in ten innings
Neil Jamison, the Ems closer, shut the door in the tenth inning to record the save, his fourth straight game with a save and fifth on the year. Jamison has allowed two runs during the last four games, coming in consecutive games. They are the only two runs he has given up over the last 15 appearances. Jamison has whiffed 24 in 22.1 innings this year. He has a 0.69 road ERA after his scoreless inning on Friday.
Alfredo Fernandez, taken out of the closer role after blowing his fifth save on June 27, has tossed 6.1 scoreless innings since. Two of those innings came on Friday and he earned the win, his second consecutive outing with the win. Fernandez struck out four and allowed one hit. Over his scoreless streak, he has allowed four hits and one walk while whiffing ten. He has limited the opposition to a .207 batting average against on the year.
William Venable’s pinch hit single in the tenth scored the winning run and also extended his hitting streak to six. He has raised his average from .065 to .170 with his recent streak, going 7-for-22 with four RBI’s and four runs scored. He had just two hits in his first 12 games.
AZL Padres won 6-0 on Thursday
Riki Paewai dealt three innings of one hit ball but walked five in his second outing of the year. After surrendering three runs in one inning of work in his debut, Paewai did not allow a run on Thursday. He has allowed two hits in nine at bats with runners in scoring position.
Ernesto Frieri pushed his scoreless streak to 11.1 innings, going four and giving up one hit and one walk. He has given up just four hits during the scoreless spell. Eight of the 12 outs came by way of the strikeout, thanks to a nasty hook. He has whiffed 31 in 30 innings for the Peoria club. The right-hander has won three of his last four appearances and owns an ERA of 1.20.
Billy Killian had his second straight three hit game on Thursday and pushed his hitting streak to nine games. He is 16-for-33 over the life of the streak and on Thursday scored his first two runs of the year – coming in game 27 of his 2005 season. He has thrown out four of the last nine baserunners attempting to steal and has nabbed ten of 30 on the year.
Friday’s AZL Padres game was not filed in time for inclusion in this report