Padres Minor League Notebook: 5-31-10

Nathan Culp is battered, as is the rest of the Portland staff in a thumping. Corey Kluber drops his fourth while Jesus Lopez makes an appearance. Yefri Carvajal dominates in his first start since extended. Danny Payne falls a double shy of the cycle while Stiven Osuna takes the loss in relief.

Portland (19-33) lost 21-8 Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Nathan Culp, moved up to Triple-A to replace Luis Perdomo who went on the disabled list, was hit hard, giving up eight runs, six earned, on nine hits and a pair of walks across four-plus innings. It is the second time in three starts for Portland that he has given up at least seven runs and the fourth time across two leagues he has allowed five or more. Culp has allowed eight hits or more six times in 11 starts across two leagues.

Mike DeMark saw five runs cross on four hits and two walks in his lone inning of work, spiking his ERA in Triple-A to 15.43. The right-hander has allowed runs in three straight games with the Beavers after yielding runs in just one of his 12 appearances in Double-A. DeMark gave up one run on nine hits in 15 innings for the Missions while seeing eight runs cross on nine hits in 4.2 Triple-A innings.

After going 3-for-4 at the dish, Anthony Contreras was asked to take the mound in the eighth inning of a blowout. He surrendered four runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk – a three-run bomb included. The infielder doubled, scored a run and drove in a pair. He would record an out in his final at-bat in the ninth. Contreras tossed a scoreless inning earlier in the season for the Beavers.

San Antonio (24-26) lost 4-2 to Springfield (Cardinals)

Jesus Lopez reached base three times and was the lone player with a multi-hit game for the Missions. He was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and his fifth RBI. Lopez has both of his doubles and two of his three walks across his last two games after netting zero extra-base hits in his first 18. He had hits in four of his first 18 before netting knocks in successive games.

Corey Kluber took the loss and is 2-4 on the campaign. He surrendered four runs on eight hits, four walks and a hit batsman across five innings while striking out four. It was the third time this year he has allowed at least eight hits and the second time he has walked four or more. The opposition is hitting .417 off Kluber with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Colt Hynes delivered an inning of scoreless ball in his second Double-A, giving up one hit and striking out one. His last appearance with the Missions came on April 18, another scoreless frame. Hynes has allowed runs in six of his 21 appearances across two leagues. The southpaw has also stranded seven of the eight runners he has inherited on the year, despite the opposition hitting .299 off him.

Lake Elsinore (35-17) won 14-2 over High Desert (Mariners)

Yefri Carvajal, in his first start since being shipped to extended spring to work on refining his approach, reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 4-for-4 with a walk. The outfielder also added five RBI – four coming with two outs – scored twice and stole his first bag of the year. Carvajal came into the game hitting .129 on the season and was three for his last 27. He did not have a single multi-hit game across his first 30.

Anthony Bass worked six innings, yielding a single unearned run on five hits while striking out a half-dozen and inducing seven ground ball outs to improve to 4-2. The right-hander has allowed one run or less in six of his 11 starts, including three of the last four. Bass leads the league in innings pitched (65.2), his 1.11 WHIP is the third best mark in the California League while he is tied for seventh in the circuit with a 3.02 ERA.

Cole Figueroa and Blake Tekotte extended their respective on game streaks to 33 and 25 games. Tekotte had three hits, including two doubles, and a walk. He also scored twice and drove in two to push his RBI total to 19. It is the fourth time this year that the center fielder has recorded multiple extra-base hits. He stands third in the league with a .446 on-base percentage. Tekotte has 34 hits and 15 walks over the life of his streak.

Fort Wayne (27-25) lost 7-6 to Bowling Green (Rays)

John Hussey was on the hook for five runs, four earned, on 10 hits and a walk over 4.2 innings. It is the fifth time in 10 starts that the right-hander has allowed four runs or more, but he has suffered just one loss to date after the offense saved him again on Monday. He has given up eight hits or more three times this season.

Danny Payne fell a double shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 while also getting hit by a pitch. The outfielder notched three RBI out of the three-hole in the lineup, scored twice, and stole his sixth base. Payne it hitting .319 with six multi-hit games through 19 contests with Fort Wayne; He had just one multi-hit game across 22 games with Lake Elsinore. Payne is hitting .409 with runners in scoring position with the TinCaps.

Stiven Osuna suffered the loss, giving up one run to break a 6-6 tie on two hits and a walk across two innings while striking out two. The right-hander has amassed a 3.86 ERA across 21 innings as a reliever, giving up 22 hits and 12 walks. While right-handed hitters have been limited to a .182 average, left-handed hitters are batting .326 with a .404 on-base percentage.

DSL Padres (0-1) vs. DSL Reds postponed due to rain

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