Minor League Recap May 27

MadFriars' David Jay returns to breakdown all the action from Friday nights games from around the system including a big night by Tucson's Will Venable.

Minor League Recap May 27th

Tucson Padres Triple-A Tucson defeated Salt Lake 11-1

Tucson scored early and often against former Padre Brian Lawrence on their way to an easy victory to open a quick four-game homestand against the Angels' top affiliate.

Recently-demoted outfielder Will Venable had exactly the sort of game the organization must be hoping to see from him going 3-for-5 with a triple and a pair of homers to lead a balanced offensive attack.

Six Tucson hitters collected multiple hits including first baseman Anthony Rizzo, whose fourth inning homer gave him a share of the PCL lead with 15.

Righty Matt Buschmann, who had been knocked around in his first two Triple-A starts, tossed an effective and efficient complete game. The Vanderbilt product needed just 97 pitches to go the distance, surrendering just one earned run on six hits while striking out four.

San Antonio Missions Double-A San Antonio lost to Arkansas 6-3

After cruising through four innings, the wheels came off for Rob Musgrave in the fifth inning as the Travelers put up a five-spot and never looked back on their way to claiming a series victory over the Missions.

Musgrave, 25, came into the contest averaging a strikeout an inning, but didn't record a whiff over 4.2 innings of work, yielding seven hits and a walk. Since making an emergency appearance for Tucson, earlier in the month, the lefty has a 7.90 ERA in three starts for the Missions.

Anthony Contreras was the only Missions hitter to reach base more than once, going 2-for-3 with a walk on the night. Playing out of the DH spot for the second time in the series, the 27-year-old who is seeing Texas League action for the third straight season had a pair of RBI singles in his first two trips to the plate.

Lake Elsinore Storm Single-A Lake Elsinore lost to Inland Empire 9-4

The Storm dropped their third straight against Inland Empire as Kyle Hurst, the son of one-time Padre Bruce, set a season high with nine strikeouts over 6.2 innings.

Jerry Sullivan, coming off back-to-back strong outings, was pounded this time out, giving up eight earned runs on nine hits, five of which went for extra bases. The Padres' 2009 third round pick held the same 66'ers lineup to just one hit over six innings earlier in the month, but even when he's had success this year, he's been far from dominant. The big righty is averaging only 5.7 K/9 with a 2:1 walk ratio through 10 Cal League starts.

Catcher Jason Hagerty continued his recent hot streak, going 2-for-3 with a double to extend his hitting streak to six. The switch-hitter has 13 extra-base hits over his last 11 games, pushing his season line up to .323/.389/.556, which is good for tenth in the Cal League in OPS.

Fort Wayne TinCaps Low-A Ft. Wayne defeated Great Lakes 5-1.

After a rough first inning, Matt Branham and a quartet of relievers held the Loons in check and an opportunistic offense helped the Tincaps open their homestand with a win.

First baseman Wes Cunningham collected his second three-hit game of the year, going 3-for-3 with a walk. His first-inning single drove in a pair, giving the Tincaps a lead they wouldn't surrender. The left-handed hitter from Murray State now sports a .412 on-base percentage against righthanded pitching, but has a brutal 156/206/188 line against lefties on the year.

Rymer Liriano popped out to second both times he put the ball in play, but drew a pair of walks as well. After working a free pass in the seventh, he promptly swiped second and then third before coming in on a Luis Domoromo single. The game marks the fourth straight and fifth in six contests with multiple stolen bases for Liriano.

Branham surrendered a pair of triples among three hits in the first, but only allowed one more hit over five innings of work. The 23-year-old righty stayed on his season averages, recording five strikeouts against a pair of walks. In nine starts on the year, Branham is averaging just over one K per inning and a solid 4.4:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The numbers are in line with his performance in Eugene after the Padres selected him in the 27th round of last year's draft.

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