Padres Minor League Notebook: 6-3-10

Craig Cooper drives in two in a loss but seems to be on the rebound after a tough stretch. Jeremy Hefner is money but gets a no-decision. Matt Clark provides a winning single. Hot is not nice enough for what Drew Cumberland is accomplishing. Steve Garrison returns. Dean Anna has been a force of late.

Portland (20-34) lost 5-4 to Salt Lake (Angels) in game one, game two was postponed

Josh Geer gave up five runs on nine hits across four innings, tossing 83 pitches while fanning one to fall to 1-6. All nine hits were singles and he uncorked a wild pitch. It is the fifth time he has allowed four runs or more and the seventh time he has given up eight or more hits, yielding 44 hits over his last 24 innings. The opposition has secured 86 hits in 59.2 innings this season.

Craig Cooper's two-out base hit with two outs in the sixth began a rally that fell one run short. It was his lone hit on the day and pushed his RBI total to 29. The outfielder/first baseman is sporting a seven game-hitting streak where he has gone 9-for-28 with five RBI. Cooper had been hitting .161 over his previous 24 games, which dropped his average from .338 to .239. Cooper has struck out 40 times compared to just 10 walks this year.

San Antonio (26-26) won 2-1 over Arkansas (Angels)

Jeremy Hefner limited the opposition to one run on two hits and three walks across seven innings, hurling 105 pitched and netting eight ground ball outs while fanning three in a no-decision. It is the ninth time in 11 starts that the right-hander has allowed two earned or less and the seventh time he has given up one earned or less. Despite the stellar 2.75 ERA, Hefner is just 3-3 on the campaign.

Matt Clark notched a bases loaded single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to provide the walk-off win. The first baseman had three hits in the affair, including his 10th double. Clark has notched a five-game hitting streak, going 11-for-21 with five extra-base hits. He has an RBI in five straight, knocking in 10 over that span. Clark is hitting .350 in the ninth inning with four RBI.

Craig Italiano earned the win, working a scoreless inning. He walked two but got a double play on a failed bunt attempt that was caught in the air. The right-hander has tossed 11 straight scoreless innings. This was the second time he has issued a pair of walks in a contest – the last time saw two unearned runs cross. He has held the opposition to a .181 average.

Lake Elsinore (36-18) won 6-3 over Modesto (Rockies)

Steve Garrison was back on the bump and went five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out three. Three of the hits went for extra bases and one left the yard. The left-hander worked just 34 innings across three leagues last season and was sent out to the Arizona Fall League. After returning from shoulder surgery, Garrison suffered a knee injury that required surgery during his AFL experience.

Drew Cumberland continues to excel at the top of the Storm lineup. The shortstop collected four hits in five trips, including his seventh homer of the year. He scored three runs and notched a pair of RBI but was caught stealing for the seventh time this year. Cumberland has seven straight multi-hit games, going 16-for-29 – a .552 average – with seven extra-base hits. He has also scored 12 runs over that span and leads the California League with 50 runs scored.

Adam Zornes collected a pair of hits, including his first triple as a professional baseball player, while also drawing a walk. The backstop also drove in his first run of the season. Zornes has notched three hits and a pair of walks through two games since coming off the disabled lit. His longest walk streak last year was three games, as he drew 36 free passes while fanning 86 times.

Cole Figueroa extended his on base streak to 35 games with two hits in five trips.

Fort Wayne (28-27) lost 6-4 to Wisconsin (Brewers)

Michael Watt was on the hook for four runs on eight hits and a walk across six innings, striking out four and hitting a batter. It is the fourth time in his last six starts that he has allowed four runs or more. Seventeen of the 27 runs he has allowed this season have come in the second and third inning while he has given up just one first inning run. Left-handed hitters are hitting .397 this year off the southpaw.

Dean Anna reached base three times and was in on three of the four Fort Wayne runs. He walked, notched a single, his first triple of the year, scored twice and had an RBI. Playing right field, Anna has notched a five-game hitting streak with three extra-base hits. He also has an RBI in four straight and has scored 15 runs in his last 19 games.

DSL Padres (0-2) vs. DSL Orioles postponed due to rain

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