Padres Minor League Notebook: 5-22-10

Lots of reaction from a Fort Wayne TinCaps doubleheader split. Josh Geer takes another loss. Bryan Oland gets the loss in extras and Mitch Canham is the goat. Blake Tekotte has been on fire – as has Juan Oramas for the Storm.

Portland (18-24) lost 7-1 to Oklahoma City (Rangers)

Josh Geer surrendered five runs on nine hits across six innings, seeing two balls leave the yard – a pair of two-run homers. The right-hander has surrendered nine bombs in eight starts and has allowed four runs or more four times. The leadoff hitter of an inning is hitting .392 off Geer. He is 1-3 with a 7.36 ERA over his last five games, giving up 41 hits in 25.2 innings.

Scott Munter tossed a pair of scoreless innings, yielding one hit and a walk while striking out two. The right-hander extended his scoreless inning streak to nine games where he has struck out 10 and allowed five hits, lowering his ERA from 5.84 to 3.38. He has held the opposition to a .213 average against and right-handed batters are hitting just .190.

San Antonio (20-22) lost 3-2 to Frisco (Rangers) in 13 innings

Jeremy Hefner yielded one run on four hits and three walks across six innings, striking out a half-dozen across a 96-pitch effort. The right-hander has allowed two runs or less in seven of his nine outings and one run or less five times. He held the opposition to one hit in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Bryan Oland suffered the loss, giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk over his inning of work – on the back of six scoreless frames put in by his bullpen mates. The right-hander has allowed runs in three of his last five outings, giving up six runs on nine hits and three walks. He has struck out a batter in all 11 of his appearances, fanning 14.6 per nine innings.

A catcher's interference call on Mitch Canham in the top of the 13th allowed an unearned run to score, putting Frisco up by two. His single with two outs in the bottom half brought the squad within one. It would not be enough. Canham had three hits in the day and saw three stolen bases against from the catcher position. It was the first time this season he has notched three hits in a game and broke a stretch of 15 games where he was hitting .150.

Lake Elsinore (29-15) won 4-2 over Bakersfield (Rangers)

Juan Oramas yielded two unearned runs across six innings on four hits, striking out five and netting nine fly ball outs. The left-hander has not allowed an earned run over his last 19.1 innings, giving up just six hits over that span. Oramas has limited the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .143 average and .200 on-base percentage. Just three of the 18 hits he has given up with the Storm have gone for extra bases.

Blake Tekotte reached base in all four of his plate appearances, notching three singles and a walk. He also scored a run and drove in two from the eighth spot in the order. Tekotte was also credited with an outfield assist. He has reached base in 17 straight games. He is hitting .393 over the streak with 10 walks and 13 runs scored. He has five multi-hit game sin his last seven and sports a .430 on-base percentage.

Rob Musgrave struck out the side around a single and two wild pitches in his lone inning of work to pick up his fourth hold in Lake Elsinore. The left-hander had not thrown a wild pitch this season prior to the game. The last time he uncorked two in a contest came on June 27, 2009 while with Fort Wayne. He has given up just two runs over his last 17 innings of work, a 1.06 ERA.

Cole Figueroa and Vince Belnome extended their on base streaks to 25 and 24 games, respectively.

Fort Wayne (20-22) lost 12-10 to West Michigan (Tigers) in game one, won 4-1 in game two

The TinCaps were down by nine runs in the fifth and scored four in the sixth. Down by eight after the top of the seventh, the squad scored five and brought the tying run to the plate. They set team highs for hits in a game and tied their season high with 10 runs. Eight of the nine starters had a hit with six players recording multi-hit games. The pitching, however, also set records for most runs allowed in a frame with eight and most hits allowed in an inning with eight. The team had the tying run on base in the ninth.

"The last couple of weeks, they have shown fight," Fort Wayne manager Jose Flores said. "This team continues to fight until the last out is made. They don't give up, and that is what I like about them. These guys showed a lot of heart."

Jason Hagerty hit a pair of two-run homers, upping his homer tally to three on the year. He scorched a ball to right on a 1-2 pitch in the sixth and hit one just inside the foul pole on a 0-1 pitch an inning later. It was his first career multi-homer game. Hagerty also doubled and scored three times. Hagerty went 5-for-8 in the doubleheader.

"I was trying to stay relaxed," Hagerty said. "I have been a little stiff lately. I have been trying to stay relaxed, see the ball, get my foot down a little earlier to see pitches better. That was my goal and it paid off."

"Today is the best he has swung the bat all year," Flores added. "He has been a little bit up and down. The last couple of games, he has had a good approach. His overall offensive game is coming along to where we expect it to be.

Nate Freiman reached base three times in the opener, going 3-for-4 with singles straight up the gut on a 1-0 pitch, a 1-2 pitch and a 2-1 offering. All three were ropes up the middle. He also added a sacrifice fly and plated two runs while scoring once. In the nightcap, Freiman smoked a ball through to center in the fifth to add his third RBI of the day. He was 5-for-8 in the doubleheader.

"Nate has been hitting the snot out of the ball and Hagerty went off in this doubleheader," Sullivan said. "The chemistry is coming together. You put us down, but we are not going to make you comfortable thinking you can dominate us. We will fire back."

"We never stop," Hagerty said. "Whether we are down by 10 or down by one, we are always going to fight to scrape some runs together. We have some guys that can really swing the bats."

"This is the second time we have been down by a lot and been able to put the tying run on or at the plate," Freiman said. "There are days that when you lose it is still a positive experience for the team. We were down by nine with two outs in the sixth inning."

Everett Williams smashed a 3-1 pitch from Tigers prospect Jacob Turner, sending the no-doubter into the bleachers in right-center. He was the lone player to go without a hit in the front half of the doubleheader. Williams then drilled a 1-0 fastball in the fifth into left-center for a double.

"I was looking for a fastball," Williams. "I got the fastball and put a good swing on it. When everybody is hitting well, you want to get into it. I am feeling fine and healthy."

"Willy got the big hit for us, and we got some great plays on the diamond," Sullivan said.

"Clutch hitting he had," Flores said. "The two-run homer and double. He is a big part of our offense. Hopefully, that momentum keeps going.

Jerry Sullivan was hitting 94 mph regularly and into the sixth inning with his fastball. The right-hander worked six strong in a game that needed him to work deep. He went into some long counts early in the game but persisted, giving up one run on five hits and a walk across six. He struck out two and notched 11 ground ball outs.

"My command wasn't there today as much as it has been the past few games," Sullivan said. "You have to accept that every time out you won't have your best stuff. I really tried to bear down and trust my defense. I had good run on my fastball. It has turned into a sinker and has been getting ground balls.

"Going into the game, you know four pitchers were burned in the first one. I didn't think too much about how many pitchers we had in the bullpen. I was trying to get ground balls to put us in a position to win."

"He worked ahead, trusted his stuff, and gave us six strong innings," Flores said. "If it seemed like he was going to get into trouble, he got the double play ball. He pitched well."

"He has a lot of heart," pitching coach Bronswell Patrick said. "He has been giving us good innings. I don't expect anything less. This year, he is staying under control more and not overthrowing. He is pitching to contact and that has helped him out a lot. His slider has gotten a lot better and he used the changeup the last inning that helped him out a lot."

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