Padres Minor League Notebook: 5-10-10

Sean Kazmar notched the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth while Will Inman's solid outing leads to a no-decision. San Antonio struggles in a blowout. Everth Cabrera rehabs in Lake Elsinore but the Storm are shutout. A Jeudy Valdez errors spoils quality relief from Miles Mikolas, as the TinCaps lose to a walk-off.

Portland (13-18) won 4-3 over Reno (Diamondbacks)

Sean Kazmar singled in the winning run with a one out shot off the center field wall in the bottom of the ninth to give the Beavers the walk-off. The shortstop had three of Portland's six hits, including two doubles, and a walk out of the two-hole, scoring once. Three of his nine RBI have come across his last four games and he is hitting .333 with runners in scoring position. It was the first time this year that Kazmar has had multiple extra-base hits in a single game.

Will Inman allowed two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out three across seven innings. He was in line for the win after tossing 100 pitches but settled for the no-decision. Inman has allowed two runs or less in five straight starts but has just two wins to show for his troubles. He did, however, walk four batters for the fourth time this year and has issued a free pass to 5.6 per nine innings.

Ernesto Frieri suffered his first blown save of the year, giving up a solo homer that tied the game. He did, however, get credited with the win – his second – when the Portland offense came through in the bottom half. The right-hander has allowed three runs on four hits and five walks over his last three innings after tossing scoreless ball on two hits in his first 12 innings of action. Frieri has given up just one hit in 29 at-bats to right-handed hitters.

San Antonio (13-17) lost 8-1 to Corpus Christi (Astros)

Nathan Culp was pulled after five innings with five runs in on 10 hits and a pair of walks. He struck out two and notched six ground ball outs in the 86-pitch effort. Sawyer Carroll also gunned down a runner at home to end the second. The southpaw has allowed eight hits or more in four of his five San Antonio starts and five of seven overall. It is also the fourth time he has given up four runs or more for the Missions.

Bryan Oland surrendered three runs on three hits and a walk over his inning of work, fanning two. It is the second straight game he has allowed a run. He allowed runs in successive games only twice all last season. Oland has struck out a batter in every one of his eight appearances, fanning 16 in 9.1 innings. He has kept the leadoff hitter of the inning without a hit but did plunk one batter.

Mitch Canham saw his average drop to .190 on the year after going 0-for-3 with a strikeout while playing third base. Canham, who has played first base, third base, left field and catcher this season, has gone without a hit in his last 18 at-bats. He has gone hitless in 12 of his 25 games. The Oregon native has not made an error at first base, has one at third base and catcher and two while playing left field.

Lake Elsinore (19-13) lost 4-0 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Everth Cabrera started at shortstop for the Storm, on a rehab assignment from the big league club with a right hamstring strain. Cabrera went 0-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base before he was removed in the bottom of the sixth. The shortstop was hitting .209 with three doubles, a triple and 11 RBI across 18 games with the Padres.

Anthony Bass dropped to 1-2, giving up three runs on seven hits over seven innings. The right-hander struck out four and notched nine ground ball outs in defeat. It was the first time this year that he has made it through seven innings of work. He has given up seven hits or more in four of his seven starts, as the opposition is hitting .290 off him.

Drew Cumberland's 18-game hitting streak was snapped, as he went 0-for-4 as the designated hitter with three strikeouts. The team was 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position. They managed just four hits, although they did walk five times. Allan Dykstra was the lone played to reach base twice with a single and walk.

Fort Wayne (15-16) lost 4-3 to Dayton (Reds)

Miles Mikolas took his first loss of the year, giving up an unearned run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. His previous two innings were scoreless and he stranded an inherited runner. The right-hander had tossed nine straight scoreless innings coming into the contest and has not allowed an earned run over his last 14.1 frames. Mikolas has stranded four of the seven runners he has inherited this season.

Nick Greenwood surrendered three runs on eight hits across six-plus innings. Three straight hits in the seventh accounted for two of the runs. The left-hander induced 14 ground ball outs, including a double play, and struck out two. Greenwood has gone at least five innings in every start, although this marked the first time he pitched into the seventh. He has allowed seven hits or more four times.

Jeudy Valdez went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored and his 13th RBI, as no player recorded a multi-hit game. His fifth error of the year, however, led to the game winning run. Valdez had one error over his previous 23 games. The infielder is batting just .160 to leadoff the game but drew a first inning walk and scored on Monday. He is hitting .276 across all other innings.

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