Padres Minor League Notebook: 5-27-10

Will Inman sees one pitch go awry and the offense is nowhere to be found. Mark Worrell takes the game two loss in extras. San Antonio continues its futile hitting ways. Robert Lara and Blake Tekotte carry the offensive torch in Lake Elsinore. A win turns into a loss in an error-filled ninth.

Portland (18-29) lost 2-1 to New Orleans (Marlins) in game one, lost 3-1 in game two in 12 innings

Will Inman was the hard luck loser in the opener, pitching a complete game over seven and allowing just three hits. One of those left the park, accounting for both runs. He did not walk a batter and struck out six. Inman has lost three straight games, giving up a homer in each. This was the second time in nine starts that he did not walk a batter after giving up a free pass to three or more in six starts.

Mike Baxter had two of the three game one hits, cracking a pair of doubles – his fifth and sixth – out of the leadoff spot and netting the team's lone RBI. It was the second time this year he has collected multiple extra-base hits in a contest. After hitting .360 in April, the outfielder has batted just .198 in 24 May games.

Mark Worrell allowed two runs, one earned, on one his and a walk while fanning two in his lone inning of work to take the loss. The right-hander has allowed runs in eight of his 19 appearances, including three of his last five. This marked the sixth time he has given up multiple runs. The opposition is hitting .389 off him with runners in scoring position and two outs.

San Antonio (22-24) lost 3-1 to Arkansas (Angels)

Nathan Culp allowed one run on six hits, a hit batsman, and a walk across five innings in a no-decision, hurling 70 pitches. The one run scored on a solo homer – one of two homers that former Padres farmhand Paul McAnulty hit off Missions pitching. Culp has allowed just two runs over his last three starts to lower his season ERA from 6.83 to 4.44.

Mitch Canham went 1-for-4 with a triple – his second – out of the leadoff spot, scoring the lone San Antonio run. The Missions managed just two hits on the day. Canham is hitting .178 over his last 19 games for the Missions. As the leadoff hitter, he is 4-for-21 across five games. He had just one extra-base hit in his previous 15 games coming into play.

While the squad has the best team ERA in the league, they are second to last in hitting with a .233 team average. That number went down further after Thursday.

Lake Elsinore (32-16) won 12-4 over Lancaster (Astros)

Robert Lara smoked a two-run homer in the second inning – his third – drew a walk and scored a pair of runs. He also caught two of the three runners attempting to steal. The backstop extended his hitting streak to nine games in the process. Lara has collected an extra-base hit in five straight games, drilling three doubles and a pair of dingers. He has knocked in seven over his last seven games.

Blake Tekotte collected a pair of hits, including his 10th double, scored a pair of runs and drove in two to push his RBI tally to 17. The outfielder has reached base in 20 straight games with an eight-game hitting streak. He is hitting .400 over the on base streak and has seven multi-hit games over the past 11. Tekotte has an RBI in five straight.

Nick Schmidt improved to 5-2, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks while fanning a pair across six innings. The left-hander has won four straight starts and five straight decisions. Schmidt has given up two runs or less in four straight and five of the past six. He has held the opposition to a .188 average with runners in scoring position.

Cole Figueroa extended his on base streak to 29 games with a 3-for-5 game – matching the longest streak in the league this season.

Fort Wayne (24-22) lost 3-2 to Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Nick Greenwood posted seven innings of one-run ball, yielding six hits and a walk while fanning five. He also induced 12 ground ball outs while holding the opposition to one hit in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position. The opposition had been hitting .321 off him with runners in scoring position entering play. It was the first time this year that the southpaw has completed seven innings. In his only other time working the seventh, he did not record an out, allowing two runs on three hits.

Dean Anna committed three errors from his shortstop position, including two in the top of the ninth that turned a 2-1 lead into a 3-2 deficit. He had one fielding error and two throwing gaffes. He had made four errors while playing second base, third, shortstop and right field. He was 1-for-3 with a run scored at the dish. He is sporting a .523 on-base percentage over his last 14 games, reaching base 23 times.

Everett Williams had three hits and a walk to have a perfect day, driving in one of the TinCaps runs. He also stole his second base of the year. The outfielder has drawn a walk in a career-high six straight games and has successive multi-hit games to raise his average to .250. This is the seventh time that Williams has reached base three times in a game.

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