Padres Minor League Notebook: 4-19-10

Craig Stansberry goes yard for the second time in three games but Portland loses a close one. Matt Buschmann had a strong start for the Missions – all for naught. Nick Schmidt allowed five runs in a loss. Griffin Benedict hits a grand slam, the second in as many nights for the Tincaps, but Fort Wayne is stifled.

Portland (5-7) lost 3-2 to Fresno (Giants)

Craig Stansberry was the only player to get through against Madison Bumgarner, hitting a solo homer in the third. It was his lone hit in three trips. Stansberry has homered in two of his last three games, and despite a .22 average, he has been on base in seven of the nine games where he has registered a plate appearance.

Joe Thatcher lasted two-thirds of an inning, giving up one run on one hit, a plunked batter and a walk. The left-hander has allowed 10 base runners across 4.2 innings with Portland since being sent out on a rehabilitation assignment. He has thrown 62.4 percent of his pitches for strikes.

Adam Russell, back from a big league assignment, came on with the bases loaded and two outs. He would walk one of the three inherited runners before closing out the inning. Russell did not get charged with a rn in his inning and one-third. Russell did not allow a hit while fanning five across 4.1 innings with San Diego, stranding the lone runner he inherited.

San Antonio (5-6) lost 4-1 to Tulsa (Rockies)

Matt Buschmann received a spot start and performed admirably, giving up one run on five hits, a hit batsman and two walks while fanning six across 5.2 innings. The right-hander has given up just one earned run over 12.1 innings to begin the season, striking out 17. Buschmann posted a 5.63 ERA across three starts for the Missions last year and a 6.15 ERA in 18 Portland starts.

Evan Scribner took the loss, giving up three runs, one earned, on two hits – a solo homer and a two-run shot – while fanning two in an inning of work. It was the second time in his career that he has given up a pair of homers in an appearance, the last coming on July 30, 2008 while with Lake Elsinore. He allowed just four bombs in 70.1 innings last year. Coming into the game, Scribner had given up one run in five innings and had not yielded an extra-base hit.

Aaron Poreda pitched an inning and one-third of scoreless ball. He yielded a hit and a walk while stranding two inherited runners. The left-hander has walked six while hitting three batters across six innings but has limited the damage to a single run against in four appearances. Poreda stranded the three runners he inherited a year ago while with San Diego.

Lake Elsinore (6-6) lost 5-4 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Nick Schmidt dropped to 0-1, giving up five runs on four hits and a career-high six walks across 4.1 innings, striking out five. It is the second start in a row that he has allowed five runs after tossing shutout ball in his first outing. Schmidt walked three or more five times last year for the Storm.

Jon Berger worked 2.2 scoreless frames of relief, yielding a hit and striking out three. The right-hander also stranded the bases loaded, striking out the first batter and then netting a ground out to end the inning. Last time he saw the bases loaded and one out, all three inherited runners scored. He has not, however, allowed an earned run in 6.2 innings of work.

Yefri Carvajal's lone hit in four at-bats netted two RBI, more than doubling his RBI total on the season. All three of his RBI have come across the last two games. Carvajal opened the season without a hit in his first 15 at-bats and is 3-for-34 to begin the campaign with no extra base hits. He has also yet to draw a walk.

Fort Wayne (6-6) lost 12-6 to Lake County (Indians)

Griffin Benedict hit a grand slam in the second inning, but it was the TinCaps only offense until tne ninth when they topped it off with two more runs in a lopsided loss. Benedict had a perfect night, going 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. It was the second game in a row that the backstop has collected three hits. He was 2-for-6 with five RBI last season with the bases juiced.

Jerry Sullivan was on the hook for three runs, one earned, on two hits and four walks while fanning three across 3.2 innings. He gave up a solo homer while netting six ground ball outs. The four walks matched a career high. Sullivan has given up homers in successive games for the first time in his career.

Pedro Hernandez took the loss, as he was tagged for six runs, five earned, on eight hits – the big blow coming via a three-run homer in the sixth. The six runs he allowed set a new career-high against the left-hander. Hernandez has given up 14 hits across 7.1 innings to begin the year, as opponents are hitting .412 off him.

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