*** San Diego Padres Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
PORTLAND BEAVERS - Outfield Joe Gerber has made the most of his opportunity since coming to Portland last week, hitting .364 with two RBI in 11 at-bats. Gerber went 2-for-4 in Sunday's 8-4 win at Salt Lake, while C Yamid Haad finished 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. In all, the Beavers hit four homers, as Rico Washington and Jon Knott went long as well. Knott also had a home run in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Stingers, giving him four for the year. Despite their recent upswing, the Beavers are 8-10 and in last place in the Pacific Coast League's North Division standings.
MOBILE BAYBEARS - Losers of three of their last four games, the BayBears are currently a game under .500 on the year at 8-9, which has them in third place in the Southern League's West Division. Since playing his first game on April 19th, Guzman has 13 hits in 27 at-bats (.481). He has driven in just one run but has stolen six bases and has scored seven runs. He is riding a five-game hitting streak, which includes three two-hit games and one three-hit outing. Outfielder Todd Donovan has enjoyed a solid season as well, batting .354 with eight RBI and six steals. He is coming off a 3-for-4 effort, which included a home run, in Sunday's 3-2 loss to Montgomery. Starting pitcher Duncan McAdoo had a solid outing, going eight innings and allowing just one earned run on five hits.
LAKE ELSINORE STORM - Although they doubled up Bakersfield in the hits department on Sunday, the Storm had trouble getting runs home as it suffered a 3-1 loss to the Blaze. It was the third straight loss for Lake Elsinore, which currently sits at 7-10 on the year, four games back of first-place teams Inland Empire and Lancaster in the California League's South Division standings. First baseman Michael Johnson was recently named the league's player of the week for the period ending April 25th after belting three home runs, driving in six and batting .350 (8-for-23). Johnson scored seven runs and boasted a whopping .900 slugging percentage. Despite a .220 batting average this season, Johnson is among the California League's leaders in home runs (5), runs batted in (15) and runs scored (11). Shortstop Luis Cruz is hitting a solid .328 on the year, but he is just 1-for-9 in his last three games.
FT. WAYNE WIZARDS - Outfielder Drew Macias continued his torrid pace on Saturday and Sunday, hammering out five hits in nine at-bats. As a result, Macias is now hitting a Midwest League leading .377 on the year with six RBI and eight runs scored. Casey Baker (.304) has had a solid season as well, although he has cooled off since going 8-for-14 through the first four games. The Wizards are 8-9 on the year and in third place in the Midwest's Eastern Division. They have won two straight over Dayton, and will play two more against the Dragons before battling Western Division cellar dweller Wisconsin starting on Thursday.