Padres Minor League Notebook: 6-11-10

Luis Durango reaches base four times and steals three. Wynn Pelzer walks another five. Cole Figueroa madness continues with two homers. John Hussey has been lit up for the third straight outing.

Portland (23-38) won 8-4 over Sacramento (A's)

Luis Durango reached base four times in five trips, drawing a pair of walks, singling and collecting his first double. He scored three runs, drove in two, and also stole three bases, giving him 21 stolen bases for the year in 32 attempts. It was the fourth time he has had at least two thefts in a game. Durango has reached base at least three times in 13 of his 47 games this year with the Beavers.

Craig Cooper hit a three-run homer four batters into the opening frame – his fourth – while also adding a walk. Over his last 12 games, the outfielder/first baseman has knocked in 12 runs. Cooper's last homer came on May 14. Three of his homers have come in the opening stanza. His 36 RBI are 16 more than the next closest competitor on the team.

San Antonio (30-29) lost 5-1 to Frisco (Rangers)

Wynn Pelzer dropped to 6-4, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits and five walks across 4.1 innings. He tossed just 51.4 percent of his pitches for strikes. Pelzer has walked 12 batters over his last two starts after issuing 14 walks across his first 10 starts. The right-hander has allowed four runs or more in five of his outings.

Brandon Gomes delivered a scoreless inning, retiring the side in order while striking out one. The right-hander has worked 10 consecutive scoreless appearances. Gomes has given up seven hits across his 14.1-inning scoreless streak while striking out 18. He has held the leadoff hitter to a .172 on-base percentage and has yet to issue a walk to the first batter of an inning.

Lake Elsinore (42-20) won 7-6 over Lancaster (Astros)

Cole Figueroa extended his on base streak and began a new hitting streak by swatting a pair of homers, his first two of the year. The infielder reached base three times and scored all three times. It was the first time in his career that he has gone deep twice in a night. The last time he failed to reach base came on April 25. Over his last 10 games, however, Figueroa has reached base 27 times for a .600 on-base percentage.

Brad Brach fought around an error he made to close out his 23rd game of the season in 24 opportunities. The right-hander gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits in his inning but still picked up the save. Brach continues to lead the entire minor leagues in saves – three more than his closest competitor. He has allowed runs in successive games for the first time this year and has allowed runs in five of his 29 games overall.

Fort Wayne (30-32) lost 11-4 to Clinton (Rangers)

John Hussey was charged with nine runs, five earned, on nine hits and a pair of walks across 2.2 innings. The right-hander surrendered two homers and four extra-base hits while also plunking a batter. It is the second straight start that he has been pulled after 2.2 innings. Hussey has given up 21 runs on 27 hits over his last 10 innings of work, surrendering four homers. His ERA has jumped from 4.63 to 6.35 across that span.

Pedro Hernandez surrendered two runs in an inning-plus. He faced four batters in his second frame and all reached. He would be charged with two runs, giving up three hits while hitting a pair of batters. All three of his outs came by way of the strikeout. While he has held lefties to a .231 average against, right-handed batters are hitting .330 off him. The opposition also has a .341 average with runners in scoring position.

DSL Padres (2-6) vs. DSL Orioles was not available in time for this report

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