Padres Minor League Notebook: 6-14-10

Lake Elsinore clinches a first half crown. Mark Worrell gives up four runs to take the loss. Jeremy Hefner pitches his first complete game and grabs a hit and run scored. Gabriel Quintana has an eight-game hitting streak but can he field enough?

Portland (24-40) lost 6-3 to Fresno (Giants)

Mark Worrell dropped to 1-4, giving up four runs on four hits across two innings of work – three coming via the long ball. He struck out three while tossing 39 pitches. The right-hander with the funky motion has given up runs in five of his last seven appearances and 12 of 25 overall. This was the ninth time Worrell has surrendered multiple runs in an outing.

Mike Baxter, coming off Pacific Coast League Player of the Week honors, doubled in the first Portland run while also scoring once. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games, notching nine extra-base hits over that span. Baxter has 11 RBI over his last six games and has scored a run in eight of his last nine. He is hitting .386 over the streak.

San Antonio (33-29) won 8-2 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Jeremy Hefner tossed a complete game, needing just 92 pitches to accomplish the feat. He threw 69.6 percent of his pitches for strikes, allowing two runs on eight hits. Hefner fanned four and notched 10 ground ball outs. It is the sixth straight game he has given up two earned or less and 11th time overall in 13 starts, but Monday marked just his fifth win. It was the first complete game of his career. His previous high was eight innings in his final 2009 start with Lake Elsinore. Hefner also had a hit and scored a run.

Mitch Canham clubbed a pair of doubles, his sixth and seventh, while adding a single to spur a four-run frame out of the leadoff spot. He scored a run and plated a pair. Canham, playing left field, was also credited with an outfield assist when he hit his cutoff man who fired the ball home to end the second. It was his first assist in 16 games playing the outfield. He came into the game with nine extra-base hits, never hitting more than one in his first 49 games.

Logan Forsythe reached base in four of his five plate appearances, going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles while drawing two walks, one intentional. The second baseman also stole his first base of the year in three attempts. Forsythe has been on base 16 times over his last six games with eight hits and eight walks. He has been on base multiple times in 16 of his 29 games.

Lake Elsinore (44-21) won 5-4 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

The Storm clinched the first half California League Southern Division, locking up a playoff spot. They are guaranteed to have the first two games of the division series at home. The Storm have the top pitching staff in the league with a team ERA 30 points lower than the closest competitor. They are fourth in the league in hitting and second in homers.

Robert Lara reached base in all four of his plate appearances. The backstop drew a pair of walks, singled and doubled while scoring once. He has a six-game hitting streak with a hit in 17 of his last 19 games. Lara has upped his average from .229 to .296 in the process, hitting four homers and scoring 14 runs. He went 0-for-1 in throwing out base runners but has gunned down 40 percent of the runners attempting thievery this year.

Juan Oramas improved to 5-0, yielding two runs on four hits and a walk across five innings. The southpaw struck out five, hit a batter, and gave up a pair of homers. Oramas had not given up a homer across two leagues and the first 57.2 innings of work. He had given up just six extra-base hits with the Storm before surrendering three on Monday. He has allowed two runs or less in all but one of his eight starts.

Cole Figueroa extended his on base streak to 45 games with a base hit.

Fort Wayne (32-32) had a scheduled day off

DSL Padres (4-8) lost 12-4 to DSL Cubs

Ivan Marcano pitched to four batters in the seventh and all would reach base with three scoring. The right-hander came on with an inherited runner on base and nobody out and saw that man score. He walked four straight before he was removed. The Venezuelan has allowed five runs in an inning and two-third thus far this season. The 18-year-old has already walked seven, seeing three of the four runners he inherited score.

Gabriel Quintana was the lone player to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4. He also plated half of their RBI, pushing two across to give him six RBI for the year. He has an eight-game hitting streak and has reached base in all 12 of his games. The third baseman did, however, commit two errors, pushing his season total to 13. It is the fourth game that has seen him create two miscues or more. Quintana has yet to go more than one game without an error.

Marlon Claveria was on the hook for five runs, all earned, on three hits and four walks across an inning and two-thirds. He also saw an inherited runner score during his watch. The right-hander out of Guatemala had given up one earned run over his first four innings, but has seen a runner score in each of his three appearances.

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