Padres Minor League Notebook: 6-24-10

Aaron Poreda has not been scored upon in Triple-A. Jeremy Hefner and team work a shutout. Jaff Decker has three hits and is officially on fire. Matt Lollis has a dynamite outing while Rocky Gale pitches in. The pitching and defense in Arizona deteriorates while Ryan Skube has a career day.

Portland (29-45) lost 6-2 to Fresno (Giants)

Radhames Liz gave up five runs on nine hits and two walks across five innings, fanning four. He gave up four extra-base hits, including a solo homer. It is the second straight start that he has surrendered five runs. Liz has given up three homers over the last two and six over his last six. He has given up 17 hits in the last two after giving up four hits or less in seven of his first nine.

Aaron Poreda retired all six batters he faced across two innings, striking out one and netting a pair of ground ball outs. The left-hander has yet to allow a run across 9.1 scoreless innings with the Beavers. He has yielded three hits while walking five and striking out eight. Poreda has a 1.84 ERA across two leagues this year. He has worked to the minimum in three of his last six outings across two leagues.

San Antonio (2-0, 37-35) won 5-0 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Jeremy Hefner and a pair of relievers led the Missions to their seventh shutout of the year. The right-hander went seven strong, yielding five hits while fanning three. He needed just 82 pitches, netting 12 ground ball outs, including two double play grounders. It is the 11th time in 15 starts that Hefner has allowed two runs or less. Hefner has given up just four runs in the sixth inning and beyond this year, posting a 1.26 ERA in those frames.

Logan Forsythe had a pair of singles in four trips, scoring two of the five runs. He also added his sixth stolen base of the season in eight attempts. All six of his thefts have come across his last 11 contests. The second baseman has four multi-hit games across his last six and has scored a run in six of his last seven, touching home seven times over that span. Forsythe has a .567 on-base percentage when he leads off an inning.

Lake Elsinore (1-0, 47-24) won 3-1 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Jaff Decker reached base in all four of his plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a walk. The outfielder hit a triple and added his fourth homer of the year while driving in two. Decker is hitting .321 over his last 13 games with two homers and eight RBI after netting just eight hits in his first 63 at-bats, for a .127 average.

Jorge Reyes picked up the win, coming in as a reliever in a piggyback with Juan Oramas to save his arm from gaining too many innings. The right-hander worked three innings and set down all nine batters he faced, striking out two. Reyes entered the game seeing the leadoff hitter of the inning reach base with a .308 average before retiring each of the three he faced on Thursday.

Fort Wayne (36-34) had a scheduled day off

Eugene (4-3) won 9-0 over Tri-City (Rockies)

Matt Lollis allowed just one hit and one walk across seven scoreless innings, striking out six and inducing eight ground ball outs. He worked to two over the minimum while earning his first win. The right-hander has given up just two hits across his first 13 innings this season, striking out 10. The opposition is hitting .050 off him and right-handed hitters have one hit in 33 at-bats.

Rocky Gale reached base three times in five trips out of the two-hole in the lineup, drawing a walk, singling and collecting his first double. He also scored three runs. Gale scored his third run on a failed pickoff attempt, scampering in from second base on the play. Gale, a native of Keizer, Ore., was named the WCC's Defensive Player of the Year after a stellar senior campaign. He hit a team and career-high .347, hit .431 during league play, belted two home runs, had 11 doubles, scored 20 runs and brought home 16. He also threw out a staggering 18 of 23 attempted base stealers, for a national-leading percentage of .782.

Wes Cunningham reached base three times, hitting his first homer, a two-run shot, in the seventh. He also drew a pair of walks, drove in three and scored twice. He began the year 0-for-6. Cunningham was named the 2010 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year after rewriting the MSU single-season and career record books. He finished his senior season hitting .408 with 77 runs, 95 hits, 19 doubles, six triples, 22 home runs, 86 RBIs, 192 total bases and an .824 slugging percentage, setting single-season marks for runs, hits, triples, home runs, RBIs, total bases and slugging percentage. He also set the OVC single-season record for RBIs and total bases.

AZL Padres (1-2) lost 23-11 to AZL Rangers

Noah Mull surrendered eight runs, three earned, on five hits and two walks across 2.2 innings, striking out a pair. The 38th-round pick out of Wheeling Jesuit went 7-1 this past season with a league best 2.09 ERA en route to being named West Virginia Conference Pitcher of the Year. Mull ranked second in NCAA Division II with 13.02 strikeouts per nine innings and 10th in hits per nine innings (6.27). He collected 81 strikeouts, allowing only 39 hits and 21 free passes in 56 innings pitched.

Ryan Skube smoked four hits in five at-bats, drilling three doubles, driving in two and scoring three runs. He had gone 0-for-4 in his opening game. His three runs scored were more than any outing he had all of last year. Skube had eight extra-base hits across 32 games last season but never more than one in any game. He hit .243 for the AZL Padres, scoring 17 runs and notching 11 RBI. He posted a 6-to-26 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

Tyler Norwood worked 2.1 innings of scoreless ball, yielding one hit and a walk while striking out one and netting five ground ball outs. He was the only pitcher not to allow a run for the AZL Padres. Norwood did allow one inherited runner to score. Norwood went 4-2 with three saves across 18 games, including 10 starts, for Southern Union, posting a 5.45 ERA. He held the opposition to a .186 average against while walking 36 and striking out 73 in 71 innings. He also hit 14 batters. Norwood allowed 18 doubles but did not allow a homer.

DSL Padres (8-10) vs. DSL Reds postponed due to rain

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