Minor League Recap for July 10

One highly regarded draftee and one long-time independent league vet both made their system debuts on the mound for the Padres on Sunday, while a pair of guys with big league service time continue to mash at the plate. Eugene and San Antonio just keep winning.

Tucson pounded by Fresno 12-5
The T-Padres dug themselves too deep a hole to escape, falling to the Grizzlies 12-5 and settling for a series split against the Giants' top farm club.

Pedro Hernandez, who had been solid through his first three Triple-A starts, was torched for six runs (five earned) in just one inning of work. The Venezuelan lefty was not helped by his defense, which committed a pair of errors on the first two plays of the game, three overall in the frame, and also gave away a passed ball and a deflected-ball single in the frame.

Logan Forsythe, hitting in the leadoff spot and playing shortstop, went 3-for-3 with a homer and walk. The University of Arkansas product, who has seen limited action in two big-league call-ups this year, has been pounding the ball since rejoining Tucson in mid-June. He has eight multi-hit games over that stretch, and has hit the ball with enough power to sport a 435/493/677 line since the return.

San Antonio tops Drillers 3-2
Blake Tekotte homered to lead off the game, and catcher Ali Solis clubbed a two-run double to end it as the Missions rallied for a late victory over the Drillers. The Missions' bats were silent in between, but Tulsa could not do anything until the top of the ninth when they rallied for a pair against new closer Nick Vincent.

Rob Musgrave made his second straight stellar start since moving back out of the bullpen. The lefty out of Wichita State struck out six over five shutout innings. Although he gave up four hits and two walks, all were for singles. After giving up just two earned runs in 19 relief innings, he has now worked 10 scoreless innings back in the rotation.

Tekotte finished the night 3-for-4 with two doubles in addition to the homer. Although he has slugged very well against righties all year, his IsoP against lefties entering the night was just .111. The homer was his first off a southpaw all year and his fifth of the week.

Lake Elsinore outslugs Visalia 15-8
The Storm used seven hits, two walks a pair of errors and a wild pitch to put up eight runs in the fourth inning, then held on over the Rawhide for the victory Sunday evening. Every hitter in the lineup collected at least one hit in the contest.

Shortstop Jeudy Valdez drove in three runs and scored a pair despite going just 1-for-5 on the night. His two-RBI double was one of the deciding blows in the Storm's big inning. The 22-year-old out of the Dominican extended his hitting streak to eight games, although he also snapped an eight-game string of contests with at least one strikeout.

Nate Freiman picked up his league-leading 80th RBI as part of his 3-for-5 night. The total through 87 games is a testimony to just how many times he has come to the plate with runners on as he has actually hit for a higher average and slugging percentage with the bases empty. He has had runners in scoring position for more than a third of his total plate appearance.

Andrew Werner, who had been splendid through his first three Cal League starts got the victory even though he was touched up. The 24-year-old lefty gave up four runs on nine hits and two walks over five innings after giving up just one earned run in the three previous contests. After posting two strikeouts on the day, his K/9 ratio in High-A is still tracking ahead of his performance in the Midwest League.

Fort Wayne downed by Loons 10-7
Deiber Sanchez and Yefri Carvajal were torched for five runs in the seventh inning, costing the TinCaps a shot at their second straight victory over Great Lakes. Sanchez, who didn't record an out, gave up a triple, homer and walk before a pop up to shortstop B.J. Guinn turned into a single and error. After another single, he yielded to Carvajal who surrendered a double and sacrifice fly to give up the final runs. The performance pushed Sanchez's ERA up nearly a full run for the year, to 3.47.

Todd Privett, a lefty the Padres signed out of the Frontier League on Friday, made the start for the TinCaps, getting his first appearance in affiliated ball since 2007. Originally selected by the Mets in the 14th round of the 2006 draft, Privett has been kicking around independent ball for three years. The 25-year-old gave up three earned runs – four total – on four hits, a walk and a hit batter. He struck out four strikeouts.

Connor Powers, who continues his experiment at third base, paced the TinCaps offense with a 3-for-5 line that included a double for 2 RBIs and a run scored. Since joining the club from extended spring training in mid-June, the 2010 21st-rounder sports a 306/416/435 line.

Eugene cruises past Yakima 8-1
The Ems used their standard formula of great pitching and strong offense to cruise to another victory Saturday. Cory Spangenberg ended his career-long one-game hitless streak, Chris Wilkes pitched two more scoreless innings for the win, and Kevin Quackenbush struck out two more and now has 25 against just three walks in his first 14 professional innings. As always, check out the full game story.

AZL Padres fall to Cubs 11-10
The Padres staged two rallies to tie the game, but came up short the third time, as they could manage only two runs in the ninth inning and dropped their record to 5-12.

Hard-throwing Eugenio Reyes made his first start of the year, giving up five earned runs on 11 hits and a walk over four innings of work. The 20-year-old struck out four, a positive sign after he struggled to turn his raw stuff into strikeouts in his stateside debut last year.

Mark Pope made his professional debut in relief, giving up two runs on four hits in two innings of work. The righty from Georgia Tech signed last week and has been dealing with a slight muscle strain after serving as the Yellow Jackets' Friday night starter as a junior. Expect to see him moved up to Eugene in the coming week.

After collecting just one hit in his first 22 professional at-bats, 16-year-old Rodney Daal had a hit in third straight contest and drew a pair of walks for the second consecutive night. A product of the Dutch baseball program and European MLB academy, Daal is the youngest player in affiliated ball in the U.S. this year.

Futures Game Update
James Darnell and Reymond Fuentes represented the Padres organization in the Futures Game. Darnell got the start for the U.S. Team in the designated hitter slot, but went hitless on the night. He did draw a walk, but whiffed in his third and final at-bat. Fuentes entered the game in the sixth for the World Team and went 0-for-2 as well.

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