Padres Minor League Report: 4-11-10

Chris Denorfia leads Portland to a win. Wynn Pelzer has the shortest outing of his career. Danny Payne accounts for all of the Storm's offense. Dexter Carter is a hard luck loser.

Portland (2-2) won 7-4 over Sacramento (A's)

Chris Denorfia paced the Portland offense with four hits, including his third double of the young season. He also scored a run, drove in one and stole a pair of bases. The outfielder is 9-for-17 on the year with four extra-base hits. He has scored a run in each of his first four games with an RBI in his last three. A non-roster invite this spring, Denorfia hit .288 while receiving 59 at-bats – tied for fourth most during camp.

Aaron Cunningham had three singles in the win, notching one of his two RBI during a four-run sixth. He was caught stealing in his first stolen base attempt of the year. Cunningham has three multi-hit games in his first four contests. The outfielder hit .286 for the Padres this spring with seven of his 12 hits going for extra-bases.

Mark Worrell worked an inning and two-thirds of scoreless ball and has not allowed a hit in 2.2 innings this season. Worrell, who missed the 2009 season after undergoing Tommy John. Worrell did not allow an earned run through five innings this spring for the Friars. He posted a 2.15 ERA in 53 appearances during the 2008 season with Triple-A Memphis in the St. Louis Cardinals system.

San Antonio (1-3) lost 9-6 to Tulsa (Rockies)

Wynn Pelzer lasted just two-thirds of an inning – the shortest outing of his career – in his first Texas League start. The right-hander gave up eight runs, five earned, on five hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra bases, including a two-run homer. His shortest start a season ago with Lake Elsinore was 2.2 innings. He allowed five runs or more four times last year.

Matt Buschmann yielded an unearned run on two hits and a walk across 4.1 innings of relief, striking out nine. The nine whiffs matched his career-high, a feat he had accomplished twice previously – last coming on May 18, 2007 while with Lake Elsinore. The right-hander posted a 3.60 ERA in 13 relief appearances a season ago for San Antonio.

Logan Forsythe reached base four times, hitting a two-run homer in the first inning, singling, and drawing a pair of walks. He also scored a pair of runs. The second baseman has reached base 11 times in his first four games of the season. He entered the year with a career .430 on-base percentage across four leagues and two seasons. His first homer last year also came in his fourth contest.

Beamer Weems went on the disabled list with an injured back. Andy Parrino was called up from Lake Elsinore to replace him.

Lake Elsinore (2-2) won 3-2 over High Desert (Mariners)

Erik Davis earned a no-decision, yielding two runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks while fanning three. He also committed a throwing error and his bullpen stranded a pair of his inherited runners in the sixth. Davis led the organization with 16 wins last season, despite not getting his first start until May 31. He posted a 3.64 ERA and allowed 111 hits in 123.2 innings.

Danny Payne was in on all Lake Elsinore's runs, scoring once and driving in a pair with a double in the fifth to up his RBI total to four on the season. His leadoff walk in the eighth led to the go-ahead run. Payne was one of two Storm runners thrown out at home during the game. The outfielder hit .245 for the Storm last season with 33 extra-base hits and 41 RBI.

Brad Brach earned his second save of the season in as many opportunities, retiring the side in order in the ninth while fanning one. The right-hander converted on all but one of his 34 save opportunities a season ago for Fort Wayne while going 3-3 with a 1.27 ERA> In 60 appearances and 63.2 innings he allowed just 36 hits while fanning 82.

Fort Wayne (2-2) lost 4-3 to West Michigan (Tigers)

Dexter Carter was saddled with the loss after giving up two runs on five hits and a walk while fanning three across five frames. He also hit a batter and tossed a wild pitch. Carter made six starts for the TinCaps a season ago, allowing four runs or more in four of those games. He was 6-2 with a 3.13 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 19 starts and 118 innings with Kannapolis prior to the trade that brought him to the Padres.

Pedro Hernandez allowed two runs on four hits across three innings, striking out one. The left-hander went 0-2 with a 9.92 ERA for the Eugene Emeralds last season before being demoted to the Arizona Rookie League. In the AZL, Hernandez went 4-0 with a 3.78 ERA.

Rymer Liriano collected his second double of the year and drove in a run, as the TinCaps managed just three hits and were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Liriano is 2-for-15 to begin the season. The outfielder hit .350 a season ago for the AZL Padres, collecting 17 extra-base hits, 44 runs scored and 44 RBI.

Jason Hagerty is day-to-day with a pulled hamstring he suffered on Thursday.

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