Padres Minor League Notebook: 4-24-10

Cesar Ramos was back in Portland, taking the loss. Corey Kluber sees some unlucky breaks in a loss while Jorge Minyeti debuts. Anthony Bass has a no-hitter but is not the pitcher of record; Cole Figueroa has a key ninth inning hit and Robert Lara a walkoff. Nick Schumacher suffers a blown save.

Portland (9-8) lost 3-2 to Fresno (Giants)

Cesar Ramos was pulled after four pitches and 77 pitches in his first start of the season. The left-hander gave up three runs on six hits and a walk while fanning three. A two-run homer in the fourth was the lone extra-base hit. Ramos appeared in six games for the Padres as the left-handed specialist, working 2.1 innings. He allowed one hit, one run and a walk while fanning three for the big league club.

Aaron Cunningham accounted for Portland's runs with a two-out single with two in scoring position in the bottom of the first. He also added a double. He has been on base in 10 straight games with hits in nine of those contests. Cunningham is 11-for-31 with five extra-base hits, three walks and eight RBI over that span.

San Antonio (7-8) lost 5-4 to Midland (A's)

Corey Kluber was charged with four runs against, two earned, on four hits and a pair of walks across 5.2 innings. The right-hander also struck out seven on a night that saw him throw 61 percent of his pitches for strikes. Kluber has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .071 batting average to begin the year. Four of the eight earned runs he has allowed this year have come in the sixth inning.

Alexis Lara came in with a pair of inherited runners on and saw both come around to score, including two of his own, one earned, across 1.2 innings. Lara gave up four hits and also saw the opposition successfully steal four bases against him in his brief time on the hill. The two inherited runners that scored were more than he had allowed in all of 2009 with Fort Wayne when he stranded 8-of-9.

Jorge Minyeti was given the tough assignment of coming up to Double-A to start at second base for an injured Logan Forsythe who was put on the disabled list. Minyeti went 0-for-4 with an error in his first game above the Arizona Rookie League. The switch-hitter batted .240 with a .371 on-base percentage last year for the AZL Padres. In 45 games, the infielder scored 38 runs and posted a 31-to-32 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

Lake Elsinore (8-8) won 3-2 over High Desert (Mariners) in 11 innings

Robert Lara hit a walkoff homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to send the Storm home winners, saving a terrific outing from Bass. The backstop came into the at-bat without a hit in four at-bats before going opposite field with his dinger on a 3-2 offering. Lara's last walkoff came in the Fort Wayne playoffs last year against Great Lakes.

The Storm had the bases loaded with one out in the first but would not score. The first two batters reached in the second but no runs would cross. It wasn't until Cody Decker's single with two outs in the fifth – the third straight knock of the inning – that the scoreless tie was broken.

Cole Figueroa battled back from an 0-2 count in the ninth inning to a 3-2 count and drove a single off a diving first baseman's mitt to tie the game at 2-2, scoring Blake Tekotte. Vince Belnome clubbed the next pitch to the 400-foot sign in center field to end the inning and send the game to extras. Figueroa and Chris Tremblay turned in a game-saving double play with the bases loaded during the top half of the ninth that enabled the Storm to tie the game.

Anthony Bass brought a no-hitter into the sixth inning but was removed after 5.2 innings with only two walks against. The right-hander struck out the side around an error in the second and ended the game with eight punchouts. He would be charged with one run in the no-decision. Bass has had three one-hitters where he went at least five innings in his career, the last coming on August 22, 2009 with Lake Elsinore. He had allowed 11 runs on 19 hits in his previous two starts.

Zach Herr gave up a two-out double in the sixth with a pair of men on base, including an inherited runner, breaking up the Storm's chance at their first no-hitter in franchise history. Herr was on the hook for one run on one hit and a walk across an inning and one-third. The southpaw had stranded the two other runners he inherited this year and had allowed one run across his first seven innings this year.

First baseman Allan Dykstra was ejected from the game at the end of the third inning for arguing balls and strikes.

Fort Wayne (8-9) lost 5-4 to Great Lakes (Dodgers)

One day after arriving in the sixth inning and closing out the game in the ninth, Nick Schumacher suffered the blown save on Saturday. Nursing a one-run lead, Schumacher surrendered a leadoff homer before loading the bases with two outs. Jonathan Galvez' 10th error brought home the winning run. Schumacher has allowed runs in five of his eight appearances across two leagues, giving up multiple runs three times.

Jonathan Alia had two of the TinCaps four hits, hitting his first double of the season and scoring a run. He fanned in each of his other two at-bats, as the club went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Alia came into the game with three hits in his first 24 at-bats and zero extra-base hits. He has fanned 11 times this year, striking out at least once in seven of his nine games.

Miles Mikolas worked 2.2 innings of scoreless ball. The right-hander allowed one hit and walked one while netting six ground ball outs and a strikeout. Mikolas has not allowed an earned run over his last 7.1 innings. Over that span he has given up three hits and a walk while striking out six. He has held the opposition to one hit in 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

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