Padres Minor League Notebook: 6-22-10

Steve Garrison gets the win in his first Portland start. Corey Kluber is electric in a Missions shutout. The All-Stars have their day in the California and Midwest Leagues. Jedd Gyorko goes yard twice but a Eugene native is hit hard. Donavan Tate gets on the board in an AZL Padres loss.

Portland (27-44) won 5-2 over Fresno (Giants)

Steve Garrison was moved up to Triple-A to take the spot of a player he was traded with, Will Inman, who went on the disabled list with a sore elbow. Garrison tossed seven innings of two-run ball, giving up six hits and three walks while fanning four. The left-hander went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA across three starts for the Lake Elsinore squad. He had given up three runs or more in each of those starts.

Chris Stewart belted his fifth homer of the season, a two-run shot, in the third. The backstop also drew a walk on a 1-for-3 day. He also threw out the only base runner attempting to steal. Stewart holds a nine-game hitting streak with an RBI in five straight games, plating eight over that span. He also has seven extra-base hits over the hitting streak with five multi-hit games. He is hitting .386 over his last 18 contests.

San Antonio (35-35) won 3-0 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Corey Kluber toed the rubber for seven innings, throwing scoreless ball while tossing 86 pitches. He yielded four hits, did not walk a batter, plunked one and struck out seven. It is the second time in three starts that he has not allowed a run over at least seven innings. He has given up two runs or less in six of his 14 outings and has worked through seven in three straight. Kluber leads the Texas League with 91 strikeouts.

Craig Italiano preserved the shutout, tossing a perfect ninth to pick up his 14th save. He struck out one and got one ground ball. The right-hander has allowed runs in four of his 30 appearances but has given up earned runs just twice. This marked the 10th time he has worked to the minimum in his outing. Italiano has held the opposition to a .192 average against and has given up just five hits in 40 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Michael Collins delivered a pair of hits out of the seven-hole. The backstop smacked his fourth double in Texas League play and drove in two. Collins is riding a 10-game hitting streak with four multi-hit games. He is 15-for-42 over the life of the streak with seven runs scored and six RBI. He has driven in four over his last two games.

Lake Elsinore (46-24) had a scheduled day off for the All-Star game

Anthony Bass worked a scoreless second inning, giving up a single before netting three straight outs.

Drew Cumberland grounded out to second base in his first at-bat. The shortstop added a two-out single in the fourth but was stranded at first. He would fly out in his third at-bat. He walked to put two men on with two outs in the top of the ninth of a 3-3 game. The lead runner would score on a subsequent single.

Blake Tekotte grounded out to first base and then struck out looking. Dan Robertson replaced him in right and drew a walk.

Cole Figueroa entered the game in the sixth and lined out and ended the eighth with a fly out to left. Robertson had a chance to extend a 4-3 lead in the ninth but flew out to center.

As expected, the California League saves leader Brad Brach came on to close the door. He struck out the first batter swinging, notched a ground out before yielding a single. A fly out ended the game with the victory and a save for Brach.

Fort Wayne (36-34) had a scheduled day off for the All-Star game

Nate Freiman belted 12 homers in the opening round of the home run derby on Monday and followed it up with six more in the second before voluntarily stopping with just three outs. He ended up with eight more in the finals, losing to Khris Davis who netted 11.

"It was quite a spirited competition, but Davis and Freiman definitely put on a show," on-site reporter Kevin Ehinger said. "Davis came out on top but Freiman's shots were probably more memorable."

Freiman struck out swinging in his first at-bat on Tuesday. He then flew out with the bases loaded to end the next frame. In his third at-bat in the fifth, Freiman laced a line drive single up the middle but was stranded there.

Jerry Sullivan pitched a scoreless opening frame, giving up two hits but also striking out two while tossing 15 pitches. He was credited with the win in a 6-2 contest.

Danny Payne grounded into a force out in his first at-bat but would come around to score. He then grounded out to the pitcher in the fourth. In the sixth, Payne laced a two-out double to center field but was stranded in scoring position. He was called out looking in his final at-bat.

Jeudy Valdez grounded out to third to lead off the seventh and ended the eighth with a ground out. Miles Mikolas retired the only batter he faced on a ground out to end the seventh. Nick Schumacher made the squad but did not play.

Eugene (2-3) lost 6-5 to Tri-City (Rockies)

Jedd Gyorko hit his first professional homer, smacking a two-run blast three batters into the opening frame. The second round pick went yard again in the eighth, smashing another two-run shot. They were his first four RBI of the year. It was the second time already this year that he has notched multiple extra-base hits in a game. Gyorko is 9-for-16 over his last four games with three doubles and two homers.

Matt Branham became the first pitcher not already in the system to make a start for the Emeralds. The right-hander worked three innings, giving up two runs on five hits while fanning two. The 27th-round pick out of South Carolina Upstate finished the season ranked third in the Atlantic Sun Conference in ERA (4.20), tied for third in strikeouts (86) and fourth in games started (14) as he went 6-3. He finished his USC Upstate career ranked among the top 10 all-time in innings pitched, fewest walks per nine innings, most strikeouts per nine innings, shutouts, wins, appearances and ERA.

Matt Irsfeld was lit up for four runs on five hits, a hit batsman and a walk across one-third of an inning. The Eugene native had two scoreless appearances during the Vancouver series. He also appeared in five games with Fort Wayne early in the year, going 0-2 with a 19.29 ERA. Irsfeld allowed 10 runs on six hits and six walks across 4.2 innings for the TinCaps.

AZL Padres (1-1) lost 6-3 to AZL Mariners

Donavan Tate was the lone member of the squad to notch a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 while also adding his first stolen base of the year. The outfielder struck out in his other two at-bats. Tate, the third overall pick in 2009, hit .525 with 10 home runs for Cartersville (GA) High School in 2009. The right-handed hitting centerfielder slugged 1.000 with a .788 on-base percentage, drawing 29 walks with just eight strikeouts. Tate hit 32 home runs over his high school career and was named an Aflac All-American in 2008.

Adam Schrader, a 39th-round pick in this year's draft, struck out six across three scoreless innings before seeing four unearned runs cross across the next one-third of a frame. He yielded two hits and a walk. Successive throwing errors led to the unearned runs, two scoring after he left the game. Schrader finished his senior season this past spring with a 5-4 record, including a team-low 3.28 ERA in a team-leading 74 innings pitched. Named SMSU's Pitcher of the Year, Schrader led the team with 12 starts, while recording a team-high 62 strikeouts and tossing three complete games, including two shutouts. He ended his career as the program's all-time leader in strikeouts (244) and games started (48), while finishing second in innings pitched (262.2).

Eugenio Reyes and his mid-90s fastball got the start and allowed two runs on two hits and four walks while fanning four and netting four ground ball outs across three frames. Reyes went 1-3 with a 6.47 ERA across 10 games, including seven starts, with the DSL Padres in 2009. In 32 innings, he allowed 38 hits, walked 22 and struck out 24, seeing the opposition hit .299 off him.

DSL Padres (7-10) vs. DSL Cubs postponed due to rain

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