Padres Minor League Notebook: 5-7-10

Josh Geer gives up another homer in a loss. Ali Solis had to enter the game as a pitcher in a 9-0 drubbing. Jason Cole gives his thoughts on Simon Castro. Cody Decker has three extra-base hits and Vince Belnome drives in four more. Nate Freiman and Edinson Rincon combine for six hits but Michael Watt is gotten to early and often.

Portland lost 3-1 to Reno (Diamondbacks)

Luis Durango reached base four times, snapping off three singles and a walk. He also scored the lone Portland run and stole his 13th bag of the season. It is the sixth time this year that Durango has notched a three-hit game. The leadoff hitter has a .400 on-base percentage in the first inning and a .364 on-base when leading off an inning.

Josh Geer dropped to 0-3, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk across 6.1 innings while fanning five. Two of the hits went for extras, including a three-run homer that did all the damage. The right-hander has surrendered a homer in four straight games and five of six overall. The leadoff hitter of an inning has a .405 average off Geer.

San Antonio lost 9-0 to Frisco (Rangers)

Simon Castro was on the hook for four runs, three earned, on four hits and two walks while fanning five over five innings in his first loss of the year. He had a no-hitter through four before giving up four hits and a walk in the fifth, including a two-run homer. He also committed a fielding error. He had not allowed more than two earned in any contest but has seen six unearned runs cross over six games. The homer was the first he has given up and the fifth extra-base hit overall.

"Incredible natural life on his fastball," LoneStarDugout.com's Jason Cole, who was at the game, said. "He slowed his body down from the stretch and got out of whack in that one bad inning. His changeup looked good and the slider was a put-away pitch."

Aaron Poreda allowed two runs without giving up a hit. He walked the first three batters he faced before two grounders scored runs. The left-hander has walked a batter in nine of his 11 appearances, giving him 15 free passes issued in 14 innings. The opposition is reaching base 2.14 times per inning pitched. This is the second time he has allowed a run without giving up a hit.

Catcher Ali Solis took the mound in the ninth, walking one and striking out one while not allowing a run. It was the first time in a career that began in 2005 with the Dominican Summer League Padres that Solis has pitched in a game. Solis has shown off a solid arm, catching 24-of-56 runners attempting to steal a season ago with Lake Elsinore, good for 42.9 percent. He has caught 5-of-9 attempting to steal this season.

"He threw 85-88 mph, short-armed, side-armed from a different angle every time," Cole said.

Lake Elsinore won 12-5 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Vince Belnome went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He notched four-RBI to up his season total to 25 on the year. Belnome has five hits in his last seven at-bats and six RBI over his last two games. He has scored nine runs in his last five games and has been on base in 20 times over his last eight contests.

Cody Decker delivered three extra-base hits, pounding out his ninth and 10th doubles of the season and homering for the third time this season. Decker had one RBI and drove in two. It was his first multi-hit game since April 24 but extended his hitting streak to six. The right-handed hitter is batting .361 this year off left-handed pitching with eight extra-base hits in 36 at-bats.

Aaron Breit earned his second save of the year, working an inning and two-thirds – his first since April 13. The right-hander gave up a single and struck out one. Breit has tossed scoreless ball in 12 of his 15 appearances – mostly as the bridge to the closer. He has yet to allow a run in 7.2 innings he has tossed of ninth inning work.

Fort Wayne lost 9-4 to Lansing (Blue Jays)

Michael Watt lasted just 2.1 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three in taking his second loss. The left-hander had allowed more than two runs just once in his previous five starts. The opposition is hitting .292 off him with 33 hits in 29 innings. Left-handed hitters are also batting .407 off the southpaw.

Nate Freiman went yard for the fourth time this year, hitting a two-run shot in the fourth to up his RBI total to 20 on the year. He had three hits in the contest and scored twice. Freiman did ground into a double play and committed his first error. The first baseman had been in a 1-for-20 slump coming into play. It was his 10th multi-hit game in 27 overall.

Edinson Rincon had three hits, as Freiman and Rincon accounted for all but two of the TinCaps hit tally. All of his hits were singles, he scored once and drove in one. Rincon is 9-for-29 over his last seven games with six RBI. The third baseman has a .264 average at Parkview Field compared to a .182 mark on the road.

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