Portland won 8-7
Adam Eaton went four innings and allowed three runs on four hits, including two homers. It is his second of three rehab starts with one more slated for Portland before joining the Padres again.
Ben Johnson returned to the lineup after missing the last few games for personal reasons and homered in three at bats to extend his hitting streak to five games. The homer, a three run blast, was his 21st of the year and gave him 67 RBI’s on the year, three less than the team leader, Jon Knott, despite playing in 25 fewer games. His .383 on base percentage is one point behind Dustin Delucchi for the team lead.
Greg Sain homered for the first time in 19 games but also added three RBI’s. He has knocked in seven over the last four games. Sain has 23 RBI’s in 29 starts – he has had eight pinch hitting appearances, going 1-for-8 with one RBI. Sain alluded to hitting better against lefties on Sunday in Portland and he needed to – he entered play batting .309 against righties but just .231 off left-handers.
Mobile won 10-3
Cesar Carrillo allowed just three hits and one that mattered, a solo homer, over seven innings, tying a season-high by striking out eight. He has won three of his four starts with Mobile and four of five overall. In fact, he has yet to lose as a member of the Padres’ farm. It is the sixth time in eight starts that he has given up two runs or less and over the last 18 innings he has given up four runs. The opposition is hitting .209 off him in Southern League play.
Jeff Duncan went 1-for-1 with a double in his Mobile BayBears debut. Released from the Mets last week, Duncan has been in the Majors on two occasions in 2003 and 2004, hitting .182 with a homer, 11 RBI and seven stolen bases in 69 games. Duncan hit .246 in 87 games for Binghamton, the Double-A team for the Mets. His best month was June where he hit .283 for the month.
Ronnie Merrill, hitting .243, has his highest average since June 25. He has reached base in 14 straight games with a .286 batting average and ten walks, including one in each of the last seven games, while striking out just five times. His 46 walks rank second on the team, as does his 56 RBI’s and 35 extra base hits. He is hitting .296 with runners in scoring position.
Lake Elsinore had the night off
Fort Wayne lost 6-1
Kelvin Vazquez went 1-for-4 with the sole RBI for the Wizards. He has knocked in a run in three straight games and has seven RBI’s over the past five. His error in the ninth inning, however, allowed a run to score, his second error in as many games and fourth in six games with Fort Wayne. He had six errors in 23 games with Eugene and just four RBI’s during his time with the Ems.
Chris Steinborn, one day after being the starter in one game, was back out in relief on Monday. To be fair, he only worked two innings on Sunday and it was his first action since August 4. Steinborn threw 3.1 innings of relief on Monday, allowing just one hit. He came to Fort Wayne with a 6.89 ERA and has lowered it to 4.85 overall, sporting a 4.03 ERA in 18 games with Fort Wayne. Of the 45 innings he has started he has given up just seven hits, a .156 average against.
Eugene lost 6-4
With one run allowed over six it must have been Brent Carter on the mound. The right-hander gave up just two hits, one a solo homer, and struck out five but lost out on his fourth win when the bullpen couldn’t hold. Carter has given up just three hits over the last 12 innings and has kept the opposition to four hits or fewer in five of his 11 starts.
Bill Nicholson, his former coach, called Carter “the best player he has ever coached” from the AFLAC Classic in Maryland. We will talk to Nicholson this week to hear more about why he calls Carter the best.
Chase Headley homered for the second game in a row but it is Santiago Guerrero in the news tonight. The outfielder went 2-for-3 with a triple and was hit by a pitch. Guerrero has been hit by five pitches in the last seven games and has been plunked by 11 pitches this year, more than any other two Ems combined. His seven triples lead the Northwest League and he has more triples than doubles and homers combined (6). Even with two hits on Monday, Guerrero has hit just .163 during the month of August.
AZL Padres lost 10-2 on Sunday
Five errors and two passed balls led to five unearned runs. Riki Paewai made his fourth appearance of the year and third start. He went 3.2 and was charged with three runs, one earned, on four hits and five walks to take his first loss of the year. It is already the second time this year that he has surrendered five walks in a game. He has kept the opposition to four hits in 21 at bats with runners in scoring position.
Kyle Blanks hit his first triple of the year, going 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. Since hitting .414 during the month of June, Blanks has been on the decline. He hit .278 in July and is batting .194 in August. He has, however, drawn 11 walks in ten August games after walking nine times over his first 28 contests. The first baseman has a .237 average at home and a .329 average away.
Patrick Clayton struck out the side for the second time in three games but this time five runs did not accompany it. He allowed a hit in a scoreless inning of work. Clayton had given up runs in each of his four previous outings, walking 15 over those six innings. He still has more walks, 19, than strikeouts, 18, in 15 innings and although the opposition is hitting .188 off him this month, he has given up nine runs in five frames.
AZL Padres lost 4-3 in 14 innings
Scott Fogleson made his first start and went six innings after notching just two in his initial outing. He allowed two runs on three hits and three walks. The opposition is hitting .130 off him early in his career, allowing three hits through 23 at bats.
There will be a day that Ernesto Frieri is not in this report. Today is not that day. The right-hander pitched five innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out seven. He has a scoreless streak that has reached 21 innings and has given up just seven hits over that span while striking out 33. Frieri has lowered his ERA to 0.91 and has given up just 17 hits in 129 at bats so far this year. He has, however, walked 26.
Willy Crafort went hitless in his fourth straight game and is marred in a 5-for-43 slump. He was 0-for-5 on Monday and struck out three times. His batting average has dipped from .283 to .208 in the process. He is also hitting just .161 with runners in scoring position. Crafort did record his fourth outfield assist of the year in 25 games, tossing a runner out at second. It marked the second straight day he has gunned down a runner.