Padres Minor League Notebook: 4-9-10

Josh Geer struggles in the first before settling in. Simon Castro tosses blanks while Kellen Kulbacki thwarts cold beginnings. Nick Schmidt is impressive but Alexis Lara crumbles. Rob Musgrave saves a strong outing from Jerry Sullivan.

Portland (0-2) lost 10-5 to Sacramento (A's)

The first five hitters to face Josh Geer reached base, as four runs cross during an inning that saw five hits, including a three-run homer, and a walk. He settled down to allow five runs on eight hits and two walks across six innings, hitting a batter and getting called for a balk. Geer went 2-5 with a 4.44 ERA across nine starts last season with Portland.

Adam Russell, sent to Triple-A to accommodate left-hander Cesar Ramos on the big league roster with Joe Thatcher on the disabled list, suffered the loss. The right-hander was on the hook for four runs, three earned, on three hits across an inning of work. Russell made more appearances this spring than any other reliever for San Diego, posting a 2.45 ERA in 11 innings. He went 3-1 with a 3.65 ERA across 15 appearances for the Padres last year.

San Antonio (1-1) won 13-1 over NW Arkansas (Royals)

Simon Castro built upon an impressive spring, where he notched a 1.93 ERA, with five innings of scoreless ball. He yielded four hits, two walks and hit a batter while striking out five in an 86-pitch effort. Dating back to last season, Castro has allowed one run over his last 28.2 innings. The right-hander went 10-6 with a 3.33 ERA across 28 outings for Fort Wayne a season ago, giving up 118 hits in 140.1 innings while fanning 157.

Logan Forsythe reached base four times in six trips, netting a pair of singles, a double and a walk. He also scored once and drove in one. Forsythe was, however, caught stealing and committed his second error at second base in as many games. Forsythe hit .294 this spring for the Padres with a .444 on-base percentage. He entered the season with a career .297 average and a .430 on-base percentage.

Kellen Kulbacki went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBI. His three RBI is the most since August 3, 2008 while playing with the Lake Elsinore Storm. Entering this season, Kulbacki has struggled in April and May since entering full season ball – hitting .194 across two leagues in 2008 and .155 last year with San Antonio.

Lake Elsinore (1-1) lost 8-2 to Inland Empire (Mariners)

Nick Schmidt yielded just a single hit and walk across five innings of work, posting shutout ball while striking out four. The left-hander went 2-8 with a 5.88 ERA at Lake Elsinore last year in his first season back from surgery. Prior to hitting a wall in the California League, Schmidt was 4-0 with a 2.79 ERA across 51.2 innings for Fort Wayne.

Each of the five batters Alexis Lara faced reached base, as the right-hander suffered the loss. Holding a 1-0 lead, Lara yielded four hits and a walk, as all five would cross. Lara struck out the side around a walk on Opening Day. Lara allowed three or more runs in four of his 52 appearances a season ago, accounting for 15 of the 23 runs he allowed all year with Fort Wayne. He was 4-0 with two saves and a 3.03 ERA for the TinCaps and had a 0.52 ERA after the All-Star break.

Jorge Reyes made his California League debut, pitching an inning and one-third of scoreless ball. He struck out one while retiring all four men he faced. The right-hander pitched just 13 innings in short-season ball last year for Eugene, going 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA. In 13 innings he induced five double play grounders.

Fort Wayne (2-0) won 5-4 over Bowling Green (Rays)

It was Rob Musgrave who earned the first save of the season, bailing out Rafeal Arias. The left-hander recorded the final out of a one-run game with a strikeout, stranding runners on first and third. It was the first save of Musgrave's career. The southpaw stranded all seven runners he inherited a season ago for the TinCaps. He went 1-1 with a 3.35 ERA as a reliever after posting a 6.57 ERA in nine starts.

Jerry Sullivan earned the win, allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out nine across five innings. The right-hander went 3-1 with a 3.73 ERA across nine starts with short-season Eugene a year ago after notching a 4.97 ERA as a reliever. His nine K's are the most since fanning 10 – his career-high – on August 1, 2009.

Jonathan Alia reached base three times with two walks and a single, scoring twice. The infielder has been on base in 14 straight games dating back to last season with a 10-game hitting streak. He hit .304 with 37 runs scored and 41 RBI last year with the AZL Padres. Alia drew two or more walks four times last season.

Extended Spring Notes:

Daniel Garce is out for the year after tearing his PCL. The infielder made contact with a pitch during an extended game and was running out of the box when the injury occurred.

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