Padres Minor League Notebook: 4-13-10

Wade LeBlanc pitches well until the sixth and Scott Munter takes the loss in extras. Nathan Culp goes 2-for-2 with a homer and James Darnell scores the game-winner. Drew Cumberland fuels a come from behind win with a homer in the ninth. Juan Oramas takes the loss, matching last season's total in a tight game.

Portland (3-3) lost 5-4 to Colorado Springs (Rockies) in 11 innings

Wade LeBlanc tossed blanks over the first five frames while striking out seven. Three singles and a walk opened up the sixth before he was pulled with the bases loaded. All of those runs would score, as his tally was four runs against in five-plus on six hits and a walk. The southpaw posted a 6.28 ERA in the sixth inning last season with Portland – his highest ERA of any inning.

Greg Burke had no runs charged to his ledger but all three inherited runners scored on a base-clearing triple - all around three strikeouts. He had allowed one run on one hit in 2.1 innings to begin the season. Both hits allowed on the year have gone for extra bases. The right-hander stranded 16-of-18 inherited runners last season between San Diego and Portland.

Scott Munter took the loss, yielding two walks to open the 11th inning followed by a sacrifice and ground out that scored the go-ahead run. He had thrown a perfect 10th. The right-hander has allowed three runs in 5.1 innings this season, walking four and hitting a pair while surrendering just one hit. Munter, who saw time in the majors with San Francisco from 2005-2007, has walked 3.58 batters per nine innings through his minor league career.

San Antonio (3-3) won 6-4 over Tulsa (Rockies)

Nathan Culp hit his first professional homer, a solo shot, on a 2-for-2 day that included a pair of runs scored. He is 5-for-12 in his career as a hitter with two RBI. On the mound, the left-hander allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk while netting 11 ground ball outs. Two of the hits left the park, accounting for three of the runs against. The southpaw allowed multiple homers in a game twice last season.

Celebrating his father's birthday, James Darnell reached base in all four of his plate appearances, going 3-for-3 while getting hit by a pitch. He hit a solo homer in the second inning to notch his first RBI of the year and scored three runs, including the eventual game-winner in the top of the ninth. The third baseman had two hits in 15 at-bats this spring for the Padres. Four of his first seven hits this season have gone for extra bases and he has scored seven runs in six games.

Craig Italiano earned his first save of the season and of his career, striking out one while retiring the side in order. Italiano has tossed three scoreless frames to begin the season. The right-hander allowed one run on three hits across 3.1 innings for the Padres during spring training. Last year with Lake Elsinore, Italiano went 0-1 with a 1.44 ERA across 19 appearances and 31.1 innings, striking out 44. Prior to joining the Padres, Italiano was a starter in the Oakland A's system. The bullpen allowed just one unearned run across 15.1 innings of work during the Tulsa series.

Lake Elsinore (4-2) won 6-5 over Lancaster (Astros)

The first three hitters in the lineup recorded singles with Drew Cumberland touching home for the first Storm run. He also hit a two-run homer with one out in the ninth to erase a one run deficit. The shortstop also stole his fourth base of the year in as many attempts but also committed his fifth error. Cumberland has already tied his career-high in homers during a season with his second – coming in game six of the season.

Dan Robertson collected four singles in as many trips, driving in his third run of the year. The outfielder was, however, picked off first base and caught off the bag after a wide turn on one of his base hits. Robertson has a hit in all six of his games to open the season and has fanned just once in 22 at-bats. He is 3-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

Michael Collins delivered three extra-base hits in four at-bats, smacking a pair of doubles, hitting his second homer of the year, and scoring twice. He also back picked a runner off first base. Collins has homered in successive games – a feat he accomplished last season in early May with San Antonio. The backstop had 82 RBI in his last tour through the California League with Rancho Cucamonga in 2006.

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

Juan Oramas suffered the loss, allowing one run on four hits across three innings while fanning four. He has struck out nine while giving up two runs across six innings in a piggyback type roll for the TinCaps. The Mexican left-hander tied for the Mexican League lead last season with a 2.31 ERA, going 9-1 with 89 strikeouts in 89.2 innings.

Jason Hagerty, who missed several games late last week due to a hamstring injury, went 1-for-3 with a double, scoring on a two-run Rymer Liriano homer. Hagerty also threw out the only runner attempting to steal. He has gunned down the only two attempting thievery this year after throwing out 8-of-41 base runners a season ago with Eugene, good for 19.5 percent.

Nick Greenwood was on the hook for two runs on seven hits while striking out four and recording 10 ground ball outs in a no-decision. It was just the second time in his career that the southpaw has allowed more than five hits in a contest. He has given up two runs or less in nine of his 11 starts to begin his professional career.

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