Padres Minor League Notebook: 5-24-10

Lots of live reaction from a Fort Wayne walk-off win in 10 innings. Cesar Carrillo takes a loss without an offense to support him. Cory Luebke returns to the hill for San Antonio. Four extra-base hits and three homers are not enough for Lake Elsinore.

Portland (18-26) lost 5-0 to New Orleans (Marlins)

Cesar Carrillo took his third loss (4-3), giving up three runs, two earned, on seven hits and three walks while striking out six across seven innings. He tossed 63 of his 104 pitches for strikes, netting 12 ground ball outs. Carrillo has earned a decision in seven straight starts, going seven frames for the second straight outing.

The Beavers managed just three hits with newcomer Brad Chalk netting one of those knocks. The outfielder hit .183 across 36 games with the San Antonio club before getting moved up to take the spot of Luis Durango. He was seeing more regular playing time in late April and May but went through a 1-for-27 stretch. Over his last three games, he is 4-for-14.

San Antonio (21-23) lost 9-6 to Frisco (Rangers) in 12 innings

Cory Luebke returned to the hill in competitive action for the first time since August 30, 2009 while with the Missions. The left-hander worked three innings, giving up one run on two hits and two walks while striking out five in a 48-pitch outing. Luebke went 3-2 with a 3.70 ERA across nine starts for San Antonio a season ago, allowing 38 hits in 41.1 innigns while fanning 32.

Playing their third straight extra inning game – each lasting at least 12 innings – saw the bullpen a bit spent. Evan Scribner went out and worked through his first frame but went on to allow three runs in his second inning. In total, he allowed the three on three hits and a walk while striking out a trio, dropping to 4-3. After tossing 11.2 scoreless frames beginning in mid-April, Scribner has given up runs in two of his last three outings. This was the first time all year he has worked at least two innings in successive appearances much less the three in a row over the last five days that has seen him work two frames.

Luis Martinez was moved up to the two-hole in the lineup in an effort to spark the offense. He went 2-for-3 with three walks, two runs scored and an RBI. The backstop is 4-for-7 with three walks in the two-spot in the order. He is hitting .393 when he leads off an inning and .354 with runners on base. Monday was the first time Martinez has walked three times in a contest.

Lake Elsinore (30-16) lost 5-4 to Bakersfield (Rangers)

The Storm managed four hits – all going for extra bases and three leaving the ball park. Vince Belnome saw his 25-game on base streak come to an end when he came on as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and grounded out. Cody Decker his his 10th homer of the season – a two-run shot in the fourth. The first baseman has a hit in 21 of his last 22 games with nine homers and 22 RBI over that span, batting .330 over that span. He has homered in successive games for the second time this month and has an RBI in six of his last seven.

Nick Vincent worked a pair of scoreless frames to keep the game close, retiring all six batters he faced while striking out three. The right-hander has not allowed an earned run over his last nine frames. Vincent has allowed runs in four of his 16 appearances on the year, lowering his ERA to 1.48. He has held the opposition to a .215 average against.

Fort Wayne (22-22) won 3-2 over West Michigan (Tigers) in 10 innings

Daniel Sarria tossed 80 pitches across just four innings. He seemed to warm up as he went, fighting through the first two innings where both runs he allowed scored. The second run was almost prevented, as Everett Williams had the runner dead to rights but Griffin Benedict could not hold onto the ball at home plate.

"The first one – it was an awkward play," Benedict said. "It skipped off the grass – it was a good throw but I had to come up to get it. Once I got there, I felt like the runner was right on me and I was handcuffed. As soon as I got it, he was right next to me and he did a good job of knocking my glove. If I am a little deeper, he is out.

Sarria tossed 23 and 24 pitches in the first and second, respectively, before using 17 and 16 over his final two frames. He allowed seven hits and struck out five while not walking a batter. Sarria had not allowed a run in his previous 11 innings of work across three outings.

"I felt good but I did fall behind in the count on too many guys, which is why my pitch count was up," Sarria said through a translator. "I had to throw fastballs more and they knew it was coming."

"He started to settle down as he went and gave us four innings," manager Jose Flores said.

"He did a good job of staying in there and keeping his run total low," Benedict said. "Some days you have to struggle through it and he did a good job to get through it.

"Last time out, he pitched more off his fastball," pitching coach Bronswell Patrick said. "He was more backwards this time. He came out and threw strikes. The last two innings, he didn't give up anything. He gave us a chance to win.

In the top of the seventh, Benedict did hold onto the ball. With the infield in and two in scoring position, a tapper back to the mound resulted in a play at home. Pedro Hernandez got the ball to Benedict who blocked the plate with his foot and applied the tag, allowing the TinCaps to keep the one-run deficit intact.

"Petey did a good job to make sure the runner was committed to home," Benedict said.

An inning later, after a terrible misplay by Rymer Liriano in center, the outfielder rushed in on a flare single and fired a ball home to Benedict. The backstop, standing stiff, took the brunt from a runner but held onto the ball to keep the TinCaps within a run.

"Those were good throws," Benedict said. "On the collision, I had just enough time. If he was a step earlier, I am smoked. I just enough time to brace myself and prepare for the hit."

"It was a tough one – the first one, right as he got it there was contact so that was a tough play," Flores said. He didn't have the opportunity to get that second hand in to secure the ball. But, he kept his composure. He is a grinder."

Pedro Hernandez was outstanding in relief, working four innings of scoreless ball, as the bullpen posted six straight run-free frames. Hernandez allowed four hits while striking out one and recording eight ground ball outs. The southpaw tossed 31 of his 42 pitches for strikes. He has tossed seven straight scoreless frames – the second time this year he has notched a scoreless streak of at least seven frames.

"Petey looked great," Benedict said. "He was hitting his spots – up, down, in, out. He worked his slider down into righties and broke three or four bats, which is always a good sign. He did a great job."

"Our relief pitching has been great all year," Patrick said. "I give those guys credit. Pounding the strike zone. Tonight was a prime example of what we preach here in San Diego. Those guys did it. They have been solid all year. I am proud of those guys."

"We had (six) shutout innings," Flores said. "The bullpen has done a great job of keeping it close so we can come back and win ball games. They are woring hard and staying focused. It is a hard job – there is some sort of pressure there – and they have done a great job."

Jeudy Valdez took an 0-2 fastball in the bottom of the eighth over the wall in left field – his fourth homer of the year. He also added a sacrifice in the 10th. The infielder is hitting .277 across his last 22 games with nine extra-base hits. He has an RBI in three of his last four games.

"I tip my hat to their starter," Flores said. "He made one bad pitch in the eighth inning – a hanging breaking ball and Valdez put a good swing on it. I didn't anticipate him going back to it after he lined the previous pitch foul. That was the one mistake he made.

Danny Payne came on in the 10th to replace Wande Olabisi. He notched single on a 2-1 flare into left field, moved to second on the Valdez sacrifice, as the TinCaps would load the bases. He eventually scored on a wild pitch.

"Not taking anything away from Olabisi – I thought I had an opportunity to get something going," Flores said. "I was also going with the matchup, lefty-righty."

"The only thing you can do in that situation is try and get on base anyway possible," Payne said. "Jeudy has been swinging the bat well. The pitcher was having a hard time locating his stuff. He gave us the run in the end. I knew if I got on, we had a good chance of getting me to second. We have done a good job playing small ball and getting runners in scoring position.

"Hagerty has been swinging the bat really well. He threw us a wild pitch. I got a good read and that was it."

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