Minor League Recap - May 29

David Jay breaks down the five games in the Padres' system yesterday as Tucson wins big and Fort Wayne wins twice.

Tucson defeated Salt Lake City 13-4

The T-Padres jumped on rehabbing Angels pitcher Scott Kazmir as part of a 12-run third inning, then cruised to the victory at home.

Aaron Cunningham paced the offense, coming up just a single short of the cycle. The 25-year-old outfielder finished the night 3-for-4 with a walk and six RBIs, picking up a double and triple among the club's eight hits off Kazmir and reliever Ronald Bay in the third.

Starter Jeremy Hefner picked up his first victory of the year thanks to the offensive outburst, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk over 6.1 innings. The outing was his longest of the season, but he continued to struggle with the long ball, giving up his ninth and tenth homers of the year.

Will Venable went 1-for-4 with a double and walk. For the third consecutive game, he avoided a strikeout.

San Antonio lost to Springfield 5-1

Jorge Reyes had been dealing recently, but took the loss after yielding three runs. The righty struck out six and walked just one over four innings, but allowed the Cardinals to string together all four of their hits against him in the second inning to push across their runs. Reyes has notched at least one K per inning in six of his 10 starts on the year.

Reliever Erik Hamren struck out a pair in his inning of work, extending his scoreless streak to 17 innings dating back to April 27 when he was still in Elsinore. Originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2008, Hamren was signed out of the independent Northern League at the end of last season. The 24-year-old has struck out 31 and allowed 23 baserunners over 26.2 innings of work at two stops so far this year.

Kyle Blanks made his first appearance in the outfield as he continues his comeback from Tommy John surgery last summer. Blanks didn't record a putout over eight innings before moving to first base as part of a defensive reshuffle in the ninth. At the plate, he went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Lake Elsinore lost to Rancho Cucamonga 5-4

Chris Fetter took the loss giving up all five runs (four earned) on four hits and a walk over six innings. The righty struck out three and induced five pop-ups – a good sign that the 6'8" hurler was working effectively up in the zone. The 25-year-old, however, also got a good reminder that flyball pitchers in the Cal League often face unfortunate outcomes as he yielded a pair of homers.

Former catcher Robert Lara made his season debut on the mound in relief, working a clean inning with three groundouts in the seventh, then giving way after surrendering a single with one out in the eighth. Drafted in the 18th round in 2008, had a solid-enough 276/378/401 line in three seasons behind the dish, but after he was pushed into emergency work on the mound several times for Lake Elsinore last season, he and the organization decided his future is brighter in the bullpen.

Second baseman Jonathan Galvez tallied both of the Storm's extra-base hits with a double and homer as part of his 2-for-3 line on the day. He was also hit by rehabbing Dodger Vicente Padilla in his first plate appearance.

Fort Wayne defeated Great Lakes 7-2, 4-1

The Tincaps jumped on Dodgers' top prospect Zach Lee for six runs in the opening frame of their doubleheader with the Loons, then rode strong pitching to a sweep of their pair of seven-inning contests.

Leadoff man Rico Noel, who entered the day with a .167 average since his demotion from Elsinore, went 2-for-3 with a double, homer and three runs scored. He was also plunked twice in the opening contest, and collected an assist from the outfield for good measure. The Padres' fifth-round pick out of Coastal Carolina last year had just one homer through his first 300 professional plate appearances, but has collected three in his last five games.

Adys Portillo continues to offer a mixed bag on the mound. The big-armed righty from Venezuela gave up only two hits and struck out six, but because of four walks he gave up two runs and once again failed to make it through the fifth inning. The 19-year-old left with two outs in the fifth when he hit his pitch count for the game.


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