Padres Minor League Notebook: 5-18-10

Cesar Carrillo earns his fourth win while the bats come alive. Alexis Lara takes the loss in San Antonio. Aaron Breit sees an error take away a Storm win during his watch. Drew Miller is stellar in his return to the hill and Daniel Sarria gets the win.

Portland (17-22) won 6-2 over Nashville (Brewers)

Cesar Carrillo moved to 4-2, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out a season-high half-dozen. He also induced nine ground ball outs while tossing an efficient 86 pitches. Carrillo has won each of his last three starts and has given up two earned or less six times in eight overall. The right-hander has held left-handed hitters to a .137 average against.

Luis Durango went 3-for-5 with an RBI out of the leadoff spot, as the first seven hitters in the lineup each recorded hits. He was thrown out trying to steal for the 10th time this season in 26 attempts. He has recorded seven games with three hits or more this season and has a .321 average when he leads off an inning. Durango has just one extra-base hit to his credit out of his 43 hits overall.

Craig Stansberry delivered a pair of singles in five trips and drove in his sixth and seventh runs, as the squad banged out 13 hits. Stansberry had gone 21 games without an RBI on his ledger and has notched just 15 at-bats with runners in scoring position on the year. Stansberry is batting .309 on the road – where he was Tuesday and .175 at home.

San Antonio (18-19) lost 3-1 to Corpus Christi (Astros)

Alexis Lara suffered the loss, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk across two innings. It is the second time in three games that the right-hander has given up at least two runs, accounting for five of the seven runs he has given up through 17 Texas League innings. The leadoff hitter of an inning is reaching base 50 percent of the time off Lara with the Missions.

Simon Castro yielded one run on three hits across five innings while striking out four. The lone run came via the long ball, as he notched eight ground ball outs. The right-hander was removed after hurling just 62 pitches. He has thrown over 85 pitches just twice in eight outings. This was the sixth time he has given up one earned run or less. Castro has allowed a homer in three straight.

Cedric Hunter was the only player to reach base twice on a night that saw the Missions collect just four hits. The center fielder collected his eight double, drew a walk and scored the lone run. He also gunned down a runner at home in the sixth. It was his third outfield assist of the season. Hunter has five multi-hit games across his last seven and has drawn six walks across his last 10.

Lake Elsinore (26-14) lost 8-7 to Stockton (A's)

Aaron Breit took the loss, thanks largely to a Vince Belnome error that caused three unearned runs to cross. He yielded two hits, a wild pitch, and a walk over his inning of work to drop to 2-2. The right-hander has given up runs in five of his 21 appearances, allowing more than one run three times. Left-handed hitters have amassed a .350 average off the righty.

Blake Tekotte drew three of the 10 Storm walks out of the eighth-spot in the order. The center fielder scored a pair of runs but was caught stealing for the second time this year in 15 attempts. Tekotte has reached base safely across his last 13 games and has reached in 27 of his last 28 contests. He has also scored 14 runs in his last 17 games.

Zach Herr picked up a hold – his fourth – while protecting a 6-5 lead in the seventh. He walked one and struck out one in his inning of work. The left-hander has pitched scoreless ball in 11 of his 15 appearances. He has held left-handed batters to a .171 average and has given up just three hits in 16 at-bats to the leadoff hitter of an inning.

Fort Wayne (18-21) won 4-0 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Drew Miller returned to action after missing the entire 2009 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The successful return included three innings of shutout ball where he struck out five and retired all nine batters he faced, helping the TinCaps win their third straight. Miller last pitched on August 29. 2008 with the Lake Elsinore Storm. He went 10-7 with a 6.10 ERA across 27 games, including 26 starts, that season.

Daniel Sarria made his first start and earned the win – his first as a professional – yielding two hits across five scoreless frames. He walked one, struck out four and induced six ground ball outs. The right-hander has tossed 11 straight innings without seeing a run cross, striking out 13 while giving up six hits. He has allowed just one hit to the leadoff batter of an inning and sports a .235 on-base percentage against them in 17 frames.

Griffin Benedict reached base in all four of his plate appearances, going 2-fo-3 with a pair of walks, a run scored and an RBI. He was caught too far off first with his RBI single in the fifth. Benedict has a five-game hitting streak where he has managed three multi-hit contests. The backstop is hitting .412 with runners in scoring position.

Extended Spring

Outfielder Luis Domoromo has been turning heads down in extended. Coming into extended with a more mature body, the high-profile Dominican signee has performed well, flashing a solid approach at the plate and an advanced feel for hitting, especially considering the lack of experience prevalent on the extended squad.

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