Padres Minor League Notebook: 5-6-10

Cesar Ramos pitches well in a loss. Jeremy Hefner also suffers from a lack of hitting in San Antonio. Drew Cumberland and Vince Belnome help spawn an eight-run rally. Jason Hagerty breaks up a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth.

Portland (11-16) lost 2-1 to Tacoma (Mariners)

Cesar Ramos issued one run on five hits and four walks across five innings while striking out two in a loss. The left-hander also hit a batter, tossed a wild pitch and notched six ground ball outs. He saw runners in scoring position in every inning but held Tacoma hitless in 10 at-bats. Ramos has held the opposition to three hits in 20 at-bats this year across two leagues with runners in scoring position.

Dusty Ryan went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on a day that saw the team collect five hits and go 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. The backstop has not collected a multi-hit game this season and has fanned 31 times in 74 at-bats or 41.9 percent. He has just two hits against left-handed pitching. Six of his 10 hits have gone for extra bases.

San Antonio (12-15) lost 2-0 to Frisco (Rangers)

Jeremy Hefner yielded one run on seven hits and a pair of walks across six innings, striking out two in an 89-pitch effort. It is the fifth time in six starts that he has allowed two runs or less and the fourth time he has given up one earned or less. Hefner has held the opposition to a .200 average against with runners in scoring position.

The Missions managed just three hits and no player reached scoring position. Beamer Weems singled with one out in the first – his first hit of the season. He did, however, ground into a double play in the sixth. While he has struck out just four times, Weems is 1-for-26 through 10 games this season with two runs scored.

Mike DeMark worked a pair of scoreless innings, giving up one hit, striking out one and collecting four ground ball outs. He did commit his first error on an errant pickoff throw. The right-hander has allowed one run in eight appearances across 9.1 innings. DeMark has held right-handed hitters to a .087 average with just two hits in 23 at-bats.

Lake Elsinore (16-12) won 10-7 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Drew Cumberland continued his hot start at the dish but two errors on successive plays in the seventh led to four unearned runs. The shortstop reached base three times and added a sacrifice fly. He notched his second triple of the year, was hit by a pitch and singled, scoring twice. He was picked off first base. Cumberland has five multi-hit games over his seven-game hitting streak, going 15-for-28. He has an RBI in five straight and has scored 21 runs across his last 14 games.

Vince Belnome singled in a pair of runs during an eight-run eighth inning. He also started the rally with a one-out walk. Reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with three walks, two runs scored, and two RBI. Belnome has a been on base in nine straight games with nine hits and 11 walks, upping his on-base percentage to .370 for the year.

Zach Herr picked up the win, tossing a scoreless top half of the eighth. The left-hander yielding a hit and struck out one. Herr did commit his first error of the season on a pickoff attempt. Herr has thrown scoreless ball in eight of his 12 appearances this season. He has held left-handed pitching to a .207 average against and the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .286 on-base percentage.

Fort Wayne (13-14) lost 1-0 to Bowling Green (Rays)

The TinCaps were no-hit until the ninth. With two outs, Jason Hagerty took a questionable ball that may have been strike three to end the contest. Given another chance, he lined a ball to left for a single, breaking up the no-hit bid and putting two men on. Jonathan Alia, however, struck out to end the game. Hagerty has a hit in 11 of his last 13 games. It was the second time in the last four years that the TinCaps were within an out of being no-hit. Great Lakes fell an out shy of no-hitting the Wizards in 2007. They have never been held hitless in franchise history.

Fort Wayne, swept in the series by the last place team in the standings, struck out 14 times in the game. The last time the team was swept came nearly a year ago when they lost three straight to Cedar Rapids from May 26-28. Six different players went down without a fight two times. Rymer Liriano was one of those who fanned twice and is tied for the team lead, striking out 24 times in 102 at-bats. His longest streak without striking out was a three-game span in mid-April. He has struck out multiple times seven times this year.

Jerry Sullivan pitched well in the loss, his first of the year, giving up a single run on five hits across seven strong innings, striking out six while netting nine ground ball outs, including his first double play grounder of the year. It was the fifth time in six starts that he has held the opposition to two earned runs or less. Sullivan had walked nine batters over his last 13.2 innings but did not issue a free pass this day.

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