Padres system swept

Cesar Ramos didn't last long in his worst start since his first go in 2007. Mike Ekstrom gave up two more homers and has already surpassed the total yielded from last season. Lake Elsinore was shutout for the third time in four games. Wynn Pelzer has turned things around but is the hard luck loser.

Portland (17-16) lost 9-5 to Omaha (Royals)

Cesar Ramos lasted just an inning and two-thirds, giving up seven runs on eight hits and four walks – seeing his record drop to 3-3. He tossed 75 pitches with just 38 going for strikes. The left-hander had not allowed more than four runs over his first six starts and had not given up seven earned since his first start in 2007 (April 8). It is the third time that Ramos has yielded four walks in a game this season.

Brian Myrow collected two hits and three RBIs – all coming on a bases loaded double in the fifth. Myrow did, however, ground into a double play on Friday – the third time he has this season. It was his eight multi-RBI game with six of those coming over his last eight games. He has an RBI in seven of the last eight, plating 15 over that span. Five of his last six hits have gone for extra bases.

Edwin Moreno made his Triple-A debut, working a 1-2-3 inning while striking out two. Moreno went 0-2 with eight saves for San Antonio prior to his promotion. He allowed runs in five of his 15 appearances for the Missions, posting a 2.95 ERA. Four of the right runs he had allowed came in his previous two outings. Moreno has struck out eight over his last 4.1 innings. He has worked to the minimum in seven of 16 outings overall.

San Antonio (15-19) lost 9-3 to Midland (A's)

Mike Baxter went 2-for-4 with an RBI, keeping his average at .400 since moving to Double-A. He has four multi-hit games and a .500 on-base percentage since joining the Missions and has been on base at least twice in six of his 10 games. Baxter has collected 23 RBIs in 32 games across two leagues and has drawn more walks (16) than strikeouts (14). He is hitting .368 with runners in scoring position for the year.

Mike Ekstrom surrendered nine runs, five earned, on eight hits, a hit batsman and two walks over 4.1 innings. The right-hander surrendered four extra base hits, including two homers. It is the third time in four games that he has given up two homers and fourth time in eight starts that he has allowed five runs or more. Ekstrom has given up nine homers this season – three more than he allowed all of last year. Seven of the bombs have come with the bases empty.

Jon Ellis worked two scoreless innings of relief, giving up a single hit while striking out a pair. Ellis, who is second in the Texas League with 18 appearances, has worked scoreless ball over his last 6.1 innings. The right-hander has given up runs in six of his outings. He has kept the leadoff man of an inning to a .190 on-base percentage and has held the opposition to a .174 average with runners in scoring position.

Lake Elsinore (17-18) lost 4-0 to Modesto (Rockies)

For the third time in four games, the Storm offense was shutout. Prior to the recent stretch, they had not been blanked all year. They managed just four hits and saw their season average dip to .269 for the season. Despite fanning nine times on Friday, the Storm have struck out fewer than any other team in the 10-team circuit. They are also the only team in the California League not to record a shutout.

Nathan Culp surrendered four runs, three earned, on eight hits while striking out four to even his record at 2-2. the left-hander has surrendered seven hits or more in all but one of his seven starts, yielding 53 hits in 40 innings, as the opposition has a .323 average off him. Culp has, however, yet to allow more than three earned runs in any start, holding the opposition to a .264 average with runners in scoring position.

Dylan Axelrod worked two scoreless innings, giving up a walk and striking out two. He has worked scoreless ball over his last five innings, giving up two hits while striking out eight. Axelrod is averaging 11.07 strikeouts per nine innings. The right-hander has surrendered runs in seven of his 15 outings, giving up multiple runs on five of those occasions.

Fort Wayne (14-20) lost 2-0 to South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Wynn Pelzer suffered the loss and dropped to 2-2 despite giving up a single run on two hits, a walk, and a hit batsman over five innings. The right-hander also gave up a wild pitch, which scored the only run against. He has tossed four wild pitches this season. Since surrendering 10 runs, seven earned, over his first two outings, Pelzer has given up eight runs, five earned, over his last six across a span of 22 innings. Pelzer has given up three earned runs over his last 15.1.

Robert Woodard gave up a run on three hits over three frames, striking out a pair. The right-hander has given up five earned over his last four outings, spanning 17 innings. He has not walked a batter in his last 12 frames. While lefties are hitting .328 off him, he has kept right-handed hitters to a .194 average. Woodard improved his relief ERA to 6.10 with Friday's outing.

Lance Zawadzki had two of Fort Wayne's five hits, including the lone extra base hit – his fifth double of the season. The infielder is 8-for-25 over his last six games, pushing his average up from .205 to .230 in the process. He has, however, struck out in 21 of his last 26 games and has not gone more than two games without whiffing at least once. After committing eight errors over his first 17 games, Zawadzki has not posted an error over his last 13.

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