Padres Minor League Notebook: 5-28-10

Josh Barfield has five hits but Mark Worrell suffers his second loss in as many days. Sawyer Carroll, Matt Clark, and Kellen Kulbacki go yard in a thrashing. Drew Cumberland sparks a late comeback while Brad Brach continues his stellar year. Jonathan Alia drives in a pair and Jerry Sullivan is solid yet again.

Portland lost 9-8 to Colorado Springs (Rockies) in 10 innings

Mark Worrell suffered his second loss in as many days, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk across one-third of an inning. The right-hander has allowed four runs on four hits and three walks over his last 1.1 innings and 20 runs over 23.1 frames this season, although seven have been unearned. The leadoff hitter of the inning has a .455 on-base percentage off Worrell.

Josh Barfield scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th, completing a 5-for-5 night. The second baseman cracked a pair of doubles, scored three runs and drove in three. The last time he had five hits in a game came on June 7, 2003 while playing for the Lake Elsinore Storm – a feat he accomplished twice that season. Barfield had been 4-for-26 coming into play. He has struck out just once this year.

San Antonio won 16-4 over Arkansas (Angels)

Sawyer Carroll led the hitting barrage with three knocks, including a three-run homer in the second inning. He ended the night with two runs scored and a season-high four RBI, a sacrifice fly driving in the last run. Every starter scored a run. The outfielder came into the game hitting .155 over his previous 25 games with 13 hits in 84 at-bats. He is hitting .270 with runners on base as opposed to his .170 mark with the bases empty.

Matt Clark reached base four times with a double, a homer, and two walks on a night that saw the Missions collect 14 free passes. Clark also scored three times and drove in four. The homer was his seventh. Six of his bombs have come across his last 13 games to go along with 14 of his 24 RBI for the year. Clark had struck out in eight straight games and has fanned 61 times in 170 at-bats.

Kellen Kulbacki went yard for the second time this year, as the Missions hit four homers on the day along with two doubles. He also drew a walk and scored twice. The outfielder is 9-for-34 over his last eight games, raising his average from .195 to .215. He has been myriad in a 2-for-39 slump prior to the recent surge. This was just the third time all year he has scored multiple runs in a game.

Lake Elsinore won 3-2 over Lancaster (Astros)

Drew Cumberland drew a one out walk in the bottom of the ninth and came around on a sacrifice fly to score the game-winning run. He also led the two-run tying rally in the eighth, singling to leadoff the frame and coming around on a bases loaded double. Cumberland went 2-for-4 with the walk but was caught stealing for the sixth time this year. The shortstop is hitting .374 over his last 24 games with 11 extra base hits, 13 RBI and 27 runs scored.

Brad Brach picked up the win, walking one and striking out two while working a scoreless ninth. He did commit a throwing error on an attempted pickoff. Brach, who leads the league with 19 saves, has not given up a run over his last 13.1 innings, yielding just four hits over that span while striking out 15. He has yielded runs in just two of his 23 appearances.

Cole Figueroa extended his on base streak to a league best 30 games with a double and walk. Blake Tekotte extended his on base streak to 22 games with a walk.

Fort Wayne won 5-4 over Bowling Green (Rays)

Jonathan Alia drove in a pair of runs with a single while adding a walk in four plate appearances. It is the second time in the last five games that he has driven in multiple runs. Playing in the field for just the eighth time all year, Alia has seen just two of his 27 hits go for extra bases. He is, however, hitting .400 with runners in scoring position.

Jerry Sullivan improved to 4-2, allowing two runs on four hits and a pair of walks across five innings. The right-hander hit a batter and struck out four while netting six ground ball outs. It is the third straight start and sixth time in 10 overall that he has given up two runs or less. He has also allowed two earned or less in eight outings, holding the opposition to a .227 average against.

Nick Schumacher earned his 10th save of the year in 13 opportunities, yielding a hit in a scoreless inning while striking out one and notching a pair of ground ball outs. The right-hander has allowed runs in five of his 16 appearances with the TinCaps, twice seeing only unearned runs score. He has seen the leadoff man of the inning reach base at a .375 clip.

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