Padres Minor League Notebook: 5-26-10

Craig Italiano closes the door in a one-run game. Anthony Bass tosses shutout ball across seven while Allan Dykstra goes yard. Jeudy Valdez hits a grand slam en route to a six-RBI game while Jose DePaula tossed shutout ball to provide a doubleheader sweep.

Portland (18-27) vs. New Orleans postponed due to rain

Wednesday's scheduled game between the Portland Beavers and New Orleans Zephyrs was postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader at PGE Park at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 27.

San Antonio (22-23) won 4-3 over Arkansas (Angels)

Eight players recorded a hit with Jorge Minyeti driving in two with a single to double his RBI total to four. He also drew a walk but committed a pair of errors. The infielder, pressed into service after not playing above rookie ball, is hitting .333 with runners in scoring position. He is also sporting a .341 on-base percentage, despite his .154 average with the bases empty.

Corey Kluber earned his second win of the season, yielding three runs on eight hits across 5.2 innings. The right-hander did not walk a batter, struck out three and notched nine ground ball outs. Both wins have come across his last three starts. Two of the runs came in the sixth inning where he has a 14.54 ERA this season. He has a 3.02 ERA in innings one through five.

Craig Italiano picked up his ninth save of the season, yielding a hit while striking out two to lower his ERA to 0.74 for the season. The right-hander has not allowed a run over his last nine innings and has given up runs in just two of his 21 appearances. Italiano has allowed three hits in 28 at-bats with runners in scoring position, a .107 average against.

Lake Elsinore (31-16) won 4-0 over Lancaster (Astros)

Anthony Bass delivered seven shutout innings, yielding just two hits, a pair of walks while hitting a batter. The right-hander struck out four and notched eight ground ball outs to move to 3-2. Bass has allowed one run or less in four of his 10 starts. He has given up just two first inning runs this year and has allowed three hits or less in three of his outings.

Allan Dykstra pounded out a pair of hits, including a solo homer – his fifth of the year. All five of his dingers have been hit over his last 18 games after not swatting a homer in his first 21 contests. Nine of his 14 hits have gone for extra bases in May. It is his fifth multi-hit game of the year, pushing his average over .200 after it dipped below twice in May.

Jaff Decker saw his average drop to .100 on the year with an 0-for-3 night that included two strikeouts. The outfielder has four hits this year in 40 at-bats – three going for extra bases – striking out in exactly 50 percent of his at-bats. While he has struck out 20 times, Decker has managed just two walks. Eleven games into the year, Decker is still trying to find his timing in what is amounting to spring training.

Fort Wayne (24-21) won 9-6 over Great Lakes in game one, won 6-0 in game two

The sweep provided the TinCaps with wins in 10 of their last 11 games. Jeudy Valdez provided the game one offense, hitting a grand slam on a curveball with nobody out in the fourth and adding a two-run blast off a fastball in the sixth. He also clocked his 14th double to cap a six-RBI game. It was the first two-homer game of his career and gave him six bombs on the season, eclipsing the five he hit in Eugene during the 2008 campaign. After going 1-for-3 with a walk in the nightcap, Valdez was ejected in the sixth inning. His 22 extra-base hits are tied for third most in the Midwest League.

Edinson Rincon also had a pair of extra-base hits, smashing his second homer of the year, a two-run blast - in the third in addition to adding his 14th double. We was 1-for-1 with two walks and a run scored in the nightcap. He has four multi-hit games over his last 10 and upped his average to .313 with runners in scoring position. He has 11 extra-base hits in his last 25 contests.

Jose DePaula made his season debut, tossing five shutout innings to pick up the win. The left-hander yielded five hits, did not walk a batter, struck out one and induced seven ground ball outs. Forty-eight of the 68 ptiches he threw were strikes. DePaula saw action in just two starts for Eugene a season ago, going 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA over 9.2 innings before getting shutdown due to an elbow injury. A strike-thrower, the three-pitch southpaw could move quick now that he is healthy.

Everett Williams drew a walk but was picked off in the first game but came through with two doubles - his 12th and 13th of the year - in the second contest while also adding a bases loaded walk and two RBI. The outfielder has drawn a walk in five straight games after never netting a free pass in more than two consecutive games previously. It was the fourth time he has notched multiple extra-base hits in a single game.

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