Padres Minor League Notebook: 5-29-10

Chris Stewart triples in a pair – both were needed. Simon Castro is shelled while Logan Forsythe has an impressive return. Drew Cumberland continues to impress while Cody Decker goes yard again. Miles Mikolas' thankless job finally nets a win.

Portland (19-30) won 5-4 over Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Cesar Ramos earned the win in relief, working a perfect seventh inning to pick up his first victory in the Pacific Coast League this year. The left-hander has allowed two runs over his last 9.1 innings with the Beavers. He has given up five hits in 24 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Chris Stewart reached base three times via a single, triple – his first – and walk. It was his triple in the top of the eighth that broke a 3-3 tie to drive in two and allowed the eventual winning run to score. It was his first multi-hit game since April 22 and just his third overall this season. The right-handed hitter is batting .265 off lefties and .146 off righties.

San Antonio (23-25) lost 12-5 to Springfield (Cardinals)

Simon Castro suffered through his worst start of the season, giving up seven runs, five earned, on nine hits and two walks across four innings. He tossed 87 pitches, striking out three and hitting a batter. Castro had allowed 10 earned runs in his first nine games. He has seen nine unearned score while he is on the mound. Castro has limited the opposition to a .097 average with runners on and two outs.

Logan Forsythe was back in the lineup for the first time since breaking his hand and went 3-for-4 with a walk out of the cleanup spot. The second baseman notched a pair of singles and a double while scoring twice. Forsythe has a five-game hitting streak working and has been on base in seven straight with four of his five doubles coming over that span.

Sawyer Carroll accounted for much of the offense, driving in three runs to up his RBI tally to 27 on the year. He had three hits, including his ninth double. He has secured successive three-hit games with seven RBI after managing the feat just once in his first 46 contests. His .283 average with runners in scoring position is 50 points higher than his regular average.

Lake Elsinore (34-16) won 12-3 over Lancaster (Astros)

Four batters into the bottom of the first, Cody Decker staked the Storm out to a 3-0 lead, cracking his 11th homer of the year and pushing RBI total to 34. It was his lone hit of the day but he did draw a walk. Decker is second in the league in homers and leads the California League with 28 extra-base hits. He has hit 10 homers with 26 RBI over his last 25 games after belting one with eight RBI in his first 23.

Drew Cumberland continues to mash, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI. He smashed his sixth homer in the second inning, a two-run shot. Cumberland also added a sacrifice fly. He is tied for the league lead with 44 runs scored, pending the night's action, and is third in hitting with a .371 average. He has gone deep in three of his last five games and has six multi-hit games over his last nine.

Erik Davis improved to 5-1, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk across six innings. The right-hander, who won 16 games last season, struck out a half-dozen and induced six ground ball outs. It was the fifth time he has gone at least six innings and the ninth time he has made it through five.

Cole Figueroa and Blake Tekotte extended their on base streaks to 31 and 23 games, respectively.

Scott Hairston is expected to begin a rehab assignment with the Storm on Sunday.

Fort Wayne (27-23) won 3-2 over Bowling Green (Rays) in 10 innings

Miles Mikolas earned the win, working a pair of scoreless frames while striking out one, walking one and yielding a hit. The right-hander has not allowed an earned run since April 16 – a span of 26 innings and 17 appearances – to lower his ERA to 0.80. He has held the opposition to a .192 average and just four of the 22 hits he has allowed have gone for extra bases.

Jason Hagerty reached base three times without the benefit of a hit. The backstop drew a pair of walks and was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 10th to plate the eventual winning run. He did, however, ground into a double play and went 0-for-2 throwing out base runners attempting to steal. Hagerty is hitless this season with the bases loaded but has three RBI thanks to a walk, the hit by pitch and a sacrifice fly.

Hayden Beard earned his first save of the year, allowing one single but stranding the runner at third base to close out the contest. The right-hander had blown each of his first two save opportunities before converting on Saturday. Beard has allowed runs in four of his 16 appearances while giving up three hits in 17 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

DSL Padres (0-1) lost 12-5 to DSL Diamondbacks

Ariel Familia hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning to account for much of the Padres offense – matching his homer total from all of last season. He also drew a walk in four trips. Familia hit .258 across 33 games with the DSL Padres, scoring 20 runs and driving in 15. He posted a .374 on-base percentage with a 14-to-22 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

Jose Paulino pitched to four batters in the eighth inning and would not record an out. Four straight singles occurred and all would score. Paulino went 1-3 with two saves and a 4.86 ERA across 17 games with the DSL Padres during 2009. In 16.2 innings, he allowed 18 hits, walked 21 and struck out 15. The opposition hit .290 off him.

Ruben Mejia took the loss, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks while fanning two across 2.1 innings. Four of the five hits went for extra bases. Mejia went 0-1 with one save and a 3.62 ERA across 10 games, including four starts, with the DSL Padres in 2009. In 32.1 innings, he allowed 30 hits, walked 12 and struck out 27. He held the opposition to a .244 average.

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