Padres Minor League Notebook: 4-14-10

Chris Denorfia continues to build on a solid spring but his offense can't carry Portland. Colt Hynes gives up a walkoff in the ninth. Everett Williams breaks through with the game-winning hit and Jonathan Galvez plays an instrumental role.

Portland (3-4) lost 5-2 to Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Josh Geer took the loss after he allowed two runs on six hits and a pair of walks across six innings, striking out two while recording 11 ground ball outs. He also went 1-for-2 at the dish with an RBI. The right-hander came into the season as a career .169 hitter with 11 hits in 65 at-bats. Geer allowed five runs on eight hits in his first outing of the season.

Chris Denorfia collected two of Portland's four hits and one of their two runs, securing his second triple of the year in the process. The outfielder has a hit in all six games he has started with four multi-hit contests. He has been on base at least two times in all of those games. The only time he failed to register a hit during a game was in a pinch-hit appearance on Tuesday.

Alexis Lara worked an inning and two-thirds of scoreless ball in his Pacific Coast League debut. The right-hander stranded a pair of inherited runners and retired all five batters he faced, striking out one. Lara stranded eight of the nine runners he inherited while pitching for Fort Wayne a year ago. Pitching for the Storm this season, the righty had allowed five runs on four hits and two walks across two innings.

San Antonio (3-3) had a scheduled day off

Lake Elsinore (4-3) lost 7-6 to Lancaster (Astros)

Colt Hynes suffered the blown save and the loss on Wednesday. The left-hander came in with a pair on base and nobody out and saw one of those inherited runners score. The first hitter in the bottom of the ninth hit a walkoff homer. Left-handed hitters are 5-for-11 off the southpaw early in the season with three doubles – the same amount of two-baggers he allowed to lefties across 82 at-bats last season for the Storm.

Cole Figueroa singled and walked in four plate appearances, driving in a run and scoring twice. The second baseman has reached base in six of his first seven games for the Storm. Figueroa debuted with the Storm a season ago, hitting .187 across 21 games while battling injuries. Sent down to Fort Wayne, the left-handed hitter batted .319 for the TinCaps and was instrumental in their playoff run.

Jon Berger, up from extended spring, worked an inning and one-third scoreless ball in his season debut. The right-hander was tagged for 19 runs on 23 hits and seven walks across 10 innings with the Storm a year ago but compiled a 5-3 mark with a 4.73 ERA across three leagues, including the Cal League stint, in his debut season.

Fort Wayne (4-3) won 6-4 over Dayton in 12 innings

Everett Williams broke out of an 0-for-11 slump that included six strikeouts with a first inning double. It was, however, his single with one out in the 12th that plated the walk-off run, setup by the TinCaps fourth stolen base of the game. Williams struck out in 18 of his 43 at-bats a season ago while hitting .279 across two leagues.

Jonathan Galvez had three hits in five trips, including a pair of doubles, scoring twice and driving in two. Playing as the designated hitter, Galvez also stole second base, his third theft of the year, while Bo Davis was stealing home. The shortstop is 5-for-9 with runners in scoring position to begin the year. Galvez hit .295 across 52 games with the AZL Padres last year with 25 extra-base hits and 27 RBI.

Rob Musgrave earned his second win of the season, giving up an unearned run on one hit and a walk while striking out a pair across 2.1 innings. Musgrave came in with two on and two outs, stranding both runners in his first inning of work. The left-hander has earned a prominent stat in each of his first three outings with two wins and a save.

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