Tim Stauffer was tagged for five runs on a season-high 12 hits and a walk while striking out four over 7.2 innings. Four of the hits went for extra bases, including two homers and two triples that were misplayed by the outfielders. It is the first time this year he has surrendered multiple homers in an outing. The right-hander has given up double-digit hit totals in each of the past three games; he had not surrendered more than nine in any of his previous 14 outings. He has now allowed 103 hits over 76.2 innings of work.
Steve Watkins prevented two inherited runners from scoring by getting the final out of the eighth inning but allowed a run of his own in the next frame on a hit and two walks. The right-hander has kept all but three of the 12 runners he has inherited this season from scoring. He has, though, given up runs in 13 of his 25 appearances. Watkins has given up two or more walks in eight outings, despite none of those lasting more than 3.1 frames.
San Antonio won 8-3 over Tulsa (Rockies)
Nick Hundley went yard twice, clubbing a three-run homer in the third inning and a two-run shot in the fifth. He ended the day with five RBIs and reached base in all of his plate appearances, drawing three walks. It was his first multi-homer game since June 12, 2006 while with the Fort Wayne Wizards. It was the third time this year Hundley has collected five or more RBIs. He has drawn a walk in five straight games, collecting 10 over that span.
Wade LeBlanc made his Double-A debut and picked up the win. Over five innings, the left-hander allowed two runs on four hits and three walks. It was a two-run homer that accounted for the runs. He did pick off a runner at first base. LeBlanc also walked and scored a run in his first time hitting as a professional. LeBlanc went 5-6 over 16 starts with Lake Elsinore, giving up 72 hits in 92 innings, walking 17 and striking out 90. He allowed two runs or less in 10 of his starts but lost his last three decisions.
Lake Elsinore won 7-6 over Visalia (Diamondbacks)
Brent Carter moved to 8-5 on the year, coming on to pitch 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one single and striking out one. He stranded two inherited runners – preventing them from scoring. He had never entered a game with men on base since joining the Padres' system in 2005. The southpaw allowed two runs on three hits in his first and only other relief appearance.
Seth Johnston belted his fifth homer of the year, a two-run shot in the third inning, and added a walk, a single, and a sacrifice. He did, however, get caught stealing for the first time this year on just his second attempt at a stolen base. The infielder is hitting .316 over his last 24 games with seven extra base hits and 17 RBIs. Johnston has knocked in five over his last two games. He is hitting .316 when he plays shortstop, as he did on Thursday.
Fort Wayne lost 6-1 to West Michigan (Tigers)
Derek McDaid came on with one on and one out in the fifth and left the game with the bases loaded and still one out in the same inning. The right-hander worked to five batters and all would reach base. The first two hitter to face him clubbed back-to-back jacks before a single, error, and walk loaded the bases and ended McDaid's night. It was the second time this year that he has allowed two homers in an appearance and the second time he has not recorded an out. He has surrendered runs in 14 of his 29 appearances.
Drew Miller (2-3) took the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits and a walk over 5.1 innings while whiffing six. He allowed one run over the first five frames before two came across in the sixth. The right-hander has allowed two earned runs or less in seven of his nine starts, although four have not lasted through the fifth inning. Miller has fanned 22 over his last 15.2 innings. He allowed his second homer of the year on Thursday, a solo shot, and both have come over his last two starts.
Eugene won 6-1 over Yakima (Diamondbacks)
Jeremy McBryde walked one and hit a batter before an error and a single erased what had the makings of a no-hit bid over four innings. He struck out the final batter before exiting the game with the lone hit against and five strikeouts. He has thrown shutout ball in three of his four outings this year and has allowed two hits while striking out seven in his last seven frames. Minus the four-run outburst on June 27, McBryde has not allowed a run while yielding two hits and whiffing 12 in 10 stanzas. He has allowed the leadoff man to reach base just once this year.
Robert Woodard made his system debut, striking out one while putting down the side in order in his lone inning of work. The right-hander went 11-2 with a 3.30 ERA (42 ER/114.2 IP) in 19 games (18 starts) in 2007 for North Carolina, helping to lead the Tar Heels to their second straight College World Series finals appearance. He compiled 84 strikeouts compared to 28 walks. Woodard became the winningest pitcher in UNC history this season and finished his career with a 34-5 record.
Luis Durango went 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to six games. He also scored two runs, giving him a run scored in six straight and stole his third bag in five attempts. Durango is 9-for-27 over the streak with two walks and eight runs scored. He has struck out just once in his last 37 at bats. Durango has collected seven multi-hit games over his first 14 and has been on base in all but one contest. Six of his 15 runs scored have come in the opening frame and he has reached base eight times in that inning.
AZL Padres won 13-6 over AZL Mariners
Ali Solis surpassed his season hits total with three hits in four at bats, including a double, two runs scored and an RBI. The catcher came into the game with two hits in his first eight at bats over five games. Solis had one three-hit game last season for the AZL squad. He did commit his first error of the year, was charged with a passed ball and allowed a stolen base. He has snared one of three baserunners in his limited action.
Edgar Garzon extended his hitting streak to seven games with a 2-for-4 night that included two doubles and four RBIs. He is 10-for-28 over the life of the streak with two walks, seven runs scored and six RBIs. Garzon hit .286 with 15 doubles and 28 RBIs over 66 games in the Dominican Summer League last season, adding 26 walks while whiffing 57 times. He ended the year with 11 hits over his final 17 at bats with four doubles.
Reliever Jose Martinez picked up his Arizona Rookie League leading third victory on Thursday, tossing one inning of scoreless ball, hitting the first batter before getting a double play line and striking out the final batter. Martinez has allowed runs in two of his four outings, totaling five runs, but has had the benefit of a stout offensive display. He has held the opposition to one hit in eight at bats with runners in scoring position.