Friday, April 24, 2009

Chad Gaudin Looking Strong in Portland

The Padres may not keep right hander Chad Gaudin down in Triple-A much longer, especially with the way he pitched last night for the Beavers in their 3-0 win over Sacramento.

Gaudin held Sacramento scoreless on just two hits while striking out seven during his five innings of work.

Gaudin hasn't given up a run on just four hits and striking out ten through his first two starts (8.2 IP), good for a 0.69 ERA.

I would expect him to get at least one more start in Portland before San Diego decides to call him up. They will probably want him to pitch deeper into a game than five innings as they currently have two pitchers (Correia, Hill) who have only pitched five innings in each of their two starts. They need a pitcher who will lessen the workload of the bullpen.

Speaking of the bullpen, the Padres may want to look at Portland's bullpen if Edwin Moreno and Edward Mujica continue to struggle. Jon Ellis pitched two scoreless innings for his second win of the season and closer Greg Burke closed out the ninth inning for his third save of the season.

In other notes from the Beavers' game last night. Outfielder Will Venable hit his fourth home run of the year, his third in the last three games, a two run shot in the sixth inning after a lead double from Emil Brown. Brown also had an RBI single in the seventh inning.

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