Padres Minor League Notebook: 5-13-10

Eric Munson delivers a three-run homer in a win. Simon Castro is solid and Mike DeMark provides more quality relief. Jaff Decker debuts, but it is Drew Cumberland and Vince Belnome taking care of the offense. Dexter Carter is shelled over three. Fort Wayne makes a comeback but it falls short.

Portland (14-20) won 5-3 over Memphis (Cardinals)

Eric Munson smacked a three-run go-ahead homer in the sixth – his fifth homer of the season. Playing third base, he went 1-for-4 and struck out twice. He had been in a 0-for-13 slump but has a .256 average in May after hitting .130 in April. Three of his last four hits have gone over the wall. Munson has just four hits in 19 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Cesar Carrillo picked up his third win, giving up three runs on six hits and a pair of walks over six innings. He did not record a strikeout and induced eight ground ball outs. Carrillo has more walks than strikeouts this season with 16 walks issued while fanning 14. He has not allowed a first inning run this season through seven starts.

San Antonio (14-18) won 5-3 over Midland (A's)

Simon Castro tossed five innings of one-run ball, yielding four hits and a pair of walks while striking out a half-dozen. He tossed 64.2 percent of his pitches for strikes while netting six ground ball outs. It is the fifth time this year he has given up one earned run or less and the fourth time he has allowed four hits or fewer. The lone run came via a solo homer, the second game in a row he has given up a bomb.

Mike DeMark provided a pair of scoreless innings, yielding two hits and striking out three to preserve a 5-1 lead. The right-hander has allowed just one run across 12.1 innings this season. He has limited right-handed hitters to three hits in 29 at-bats and has allowed just one extra-base hit all year. DeMark has yet to give up a hit with runners in scoring position across 11 at-bats.

Matt Clark had two hits in five trips, including a solo homer – his second of the year. The first baseman did, however, commit his third error of the year. He came into the game with six hits in his previous 46 at-bats, a .130 average over that span. The left-handed hitter is batting .197 off southpaws through 61 at-bats. He has fanned 44 times this season, good for 36.4 percent of his at-bats.

Lake Elsinore (22-13) won 7-4 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Drew Cumberland singled in a run in the third, notched a two-RBI triple in the sixth and added an RBI double in the eighth, falling a homer shy of the cycle while producing four RBI – all coming with two outs. It was Cumberland's 10th multi-hit game across his last 13 and 13th overall in 26 games. It is also the fifth time he has notched a three-hit game. He is hitting .440 with runners in scoring position this season.

Jaff Decker made his season debut for the Storm after beginning the year in extended rehabbing a hamstring injury. Hitting fifth in the order, Decker went 0-for-4 with a walk and a pair of strikeouts. He stranded two in scoring position with two outs. The outfielder hit .299 with 16 homers, 25 doubles, and 78 runs scored and 64 RBI for Fort Wayne last season, drawing 85 walks for a .442 on-base percentage.

Vince Belnome extended his on base streak to 15 games, reaching base in all five of his plate appearances. The third baseman had four hits, including a double, and a walk. He drove in one and scored twice. He has upped his on-base percentage to .400, reaching base with 16 walks and 17 hits during the streak. Belnome is fourth in the California League with 27 RBI.

Cole Figueroa has reached base safely in 17 straight games after a 2-for-5 night.

Fort Wayne (15-19) lost 10-7 to Lake County (Indians)

Dexter Carter bowed out after three innings after being charged with eight runs, all earned, on six hits, three walks and a hit batsman. Five of the hits went for extra bases, including three two-run homers. It is the second time in his career that he has given up three homers in a game, the last coming on May 10, 2009 while with Kannapolis of the South Atlantic League. Carter had given up two earned or less in five of six starts coming into play but is now 1-4.

The TinCaps scored six runs over the final three frames, including four in the ninth, falling shy of the mark. Danny Payne went 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored in his first game back in Fort Wayne since 2008. The outfielder hit .156 with two extra-base hits across 22 games with the Storm before being demoted. He struck out 25 times in 64 at-bats with Lake Elsinore.

Nate Freiman corralled four hits in five trips, smacking his sixth double, driving in a run and scoring twice. It is his second four-hit game of the season, the last coming on April 21. He has 12 multi-hit games but came into the contest with a .163 average over his previous 11 games. Freiman has a .439 average at Parkview Field this year but a .188 mark on the road.

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