The San Diego Padres announced the signing of their No. 1 draft pick, Jake Gautreau, Wednesday and said the third baseman will be assigned to the Eugene Emeralds.
Tulane’s Gautreau led the NCAA this season with 96 runs batted in.
Gautreau’s addition to the roster gives Eugene three No. 1 picks. Catcher Nick Trzesniak was San Diego’s first selection in 1999. Left-handed pitcher Mark Phillips was the Padres’ first choice in 2000.
Boise bats red hot: The Hawks had 22 hits Tuesday in their opener at Salem-Keizer and followed that up with 21 in Wednesday’s game. The 22 hits tied the most ever allowed by the Volcanoes.
Boise designated hitter Keto Anderson was 6-for-6 in the opener, but had his streak stopped in his first at-bat Wednesday.
Salem-Keizer has an answer: The Volcanoes won their first game of the season and matched the club record for the largest comeback in team history Wednesday when they came from six runs behind to beat Boise 13-12 in 10 innings. Catcher Keith Anderson drove in two runs in the eighth inning to tie the score, then hit a game-winning home run leading off the 10th. S-K needed a spark after getting clubbed 14-6 and 19-5 by Boise in its first two games.
Hard to hit it out: The Vancouver Canadians play in a pitcher-friendly ballpark at Nat Bailey Stadium. Vancouver pitchers gave up the fewest home runs (23) in the Northwest League last season. But there’s a downside, too. The Canadians also hit the fewest homers (21).