Padres Minor League Report: 5-1-10

Portland is swept while Christian Colonel makes his debut. Jeremy Hefner is hit hard and Cedric Hunter drives in four. Allan Dykstra goes yard, but Brad Brach sees something that happened only once last year. Daniel Sarria makes his system debut.

Portland (10-12) lost 6-2 to Salt Lake (Angels) in game one, lost 6-3 in game two

Anthony Contreras had a pair of singles in as many at-bats, driving in his first run of the year. The infielder, playing second base on Saturday, has four hits in his last 10 at-bats after beginning the season with one hit in his first nine. Contreras hit .279 last season with San Antonio, driving in 27 and scoring 19 runs across 79 games. He went 0-for-2 with a walk in the nightcap.

Greg Burke took the loss, giving up four runs on two hits and a pair of walks across an inning of work. The right-hander surrendered a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. Burke had not allowed a run over his previous eight innings of work, yielding just four hits while striking out eight over that span. All of the runs he has given up this season have come via the long ball.

Luis Perdomo took his second loss in the nightcap, giving up four runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk across two innings. The right-hander has given up runs in four of his nine appearances, going more than one inning seven times but giving up multiple runs three times. Eight of the 17 hits he has allowed have gone for extra bases. The Bees have swept the last four doubleheaders versus Portland in Salt Lake.

Christian Colonel made his Beavers debut in the first game after signing with the team earlier in the day. He played third base and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. A fifth-round pick in 2003 by the Colorado Rockies, Colonel hit .368 this season with Las Vegas, a Blue Jays affiliate, across 13 games, collecting a hit in all but three contests. The seven-year veteran came into the season as a career .285 hitter with 63 homers and 407 RBI in 759 games.

Eric Munson was ejected in game one after striking out to end the sixth inning.

San Antonio (11-11) lost 9-4 to Midland (A's)

Jeremy Hefner went two-plus innings, giving up seven runs on six hits, a hit batsman, and four walks. He gave up four extra-base hits, including three homers. Kellen Kulbacki also threw out two of his base runners. The right-hander had allowed four runs total over his first four starts. Hefner has issued three or more walks in three straight outings.

Matt Buschmann carried the game from the third through sixth, allowing one run on two hits and a walk while striking out seven. He allowed one of the two runners he inherited to score, tossing 60 pitches over his four innings. The lone run came on a homer, the second time he has issued a long ball in as many games. Buschmann is striking out 11.5 batters per nine innings to begin the season.

Cedric Hunter accounted for all four San Antonio runs. He singled in a run in the fifth before hitting a three-run homer in the seventh, his first bomb of the year. The outfielder has 12 multi-hit games through 22 games this season. Hunter is 9-for-14 with runners in scoring position and two outs and has a .400 on-base percentage in the opening frame as the leadoff man.

Lake Elsinore (13-11) lost 10-8 Lancaster (Astros)

Juan Oramas went 3.1 innings in a starting role, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk while tossing two wild pitches and recording eight of his 10 outs by way of the strikeout. The left-hander has struck out 33 batters across 18.1 innings and two leagues, 16.2 batters per nine innings. Oramas had allowed two runs across 15 innings with Fort Wayne prior to his promotion.

Allan Dykstra hit his first homer of the season, a solo shot in the third inning. The first baseman, in as the designated hitter this day, also drew a walk with the bases loaded to add a second RBI. Dykstra went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks. He has notched an RBI in four of his last six games. He homer was his fourth extra-base hit.

While the Storm tied it in the ninth to send the game to extras where they were 3-0 this season, Brad Brach took the loss – just his second blown save since the beginning of 2009. After the Storm took a one-run lead on a solo homer from Danny Payne, Brach surrendered a three-run walk off bomb in the bottom half. The right-hander had allowed one run across his first 11.2 innings of work this season.

Fort Wayne (11-11) lost 3-2 to Lansing (Blue Jays)

Daniel Sarria made his system debut, tossing three innings of scoreless ball that enabled the TinCaps to tie the game at 2-2. He yielded two hits, walked one, struck out one and netted five ground ball outs. Sarria was signed during the off-season out of Cuba. The 22-year-old right-hander earned praise from Dominican manager Evaristo Lantigua for his ability. Dominican scout Felix Feliz also had good things to say about Sarria.

Hayden Beard suffered the loss to even his record at 1-1. After a fly out began the inning, Beard allowed a single, a stolen base, a walk and a run-scoring single that plated the winning run on a walk-off. The right-hander has allowed runs in two of his seven appearances. He has not allowed the leadoff man of the inning to reach base yet this season.

Jerry Sullivan yielded two runs on three hits, three walks and a wild pitch while striking out five across five innings in the no-decision. It is the fourth time in five starts that he has allowed two earned runs or less, and he broke a string of three straight games where he allowed a homer. He has given up four hits or less four times and has limited the opposition to a .196 average against.

Talk about this story on our subscriber-only message boards

Join MadFriars.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/madfriars


MadFriars Top Stories