Padres Minor League Notebook: 6-25-10

Cesar Carrillo takes his third straight loss. Blake Tekotte enjoys his new San Antonio home while Simon Castro dominates. Nick Schmidt has a quick exit. B.J. Guinn has a debut to forget. Mark Hardy and Brian Altman, two late round picks, contribute to a win.

Portland (29-46) lost 5-1 to Fresno (Giants)

Cesar Carrillo tossed 92 pitches over 3.2 innings. The right-hander was on the hook for five runs, three earned, on eight hits and three walks. He recorded seven of his 11 outs by way of the strikeout. Carrillo has lost three straight games, giving up 16 runs on 26 hits and six walks over his last 15.1 innings, raising his ERA from 3.90 to 4.72. Carrillo has fanned 15 over his last two games, his highest two-game total in 15 starts this year.

Mike DeMark worked 2.1 scoreless frames, striking out three. He stranded the bases loaded in his first inning to keep runs off Carrillo's ledger and retired all seven batters he faced. Two of the first three runners he inherited in Portland had scored, and he has stranded eight of 10 across two leagues this year. Since giving up eight runs in his first four appearances, DeMark has allowed two earned over his last 13 innings.

San Antonio (3-0, 38-35) won 2-0 over Midland (A's)

Simon Castro, a Futures Game selection, yielded one hit and one walk across five scoreless frames, as his pitch count and innings continue to be monitored. The right-hander struck out eight while tossing 72.4 percent of his 76 pitches for strikes. It was their third shutout in the last four games. Castro has given up two runs or less in nine of his 15 outings and has limited the opposition to one hit three times this year. His eight strikeouts matched a season high.

Blake Tekotte moved into the leadoff spot upon promotion to San Antonio and reached in each of his first three plate appearances, netting a single and a pair of walks. He also stole a bag but did not figure into the scoring. Tekotte hit .310 across 59 games with Lake Elsinore, notching 26 extra-base hits, scoring 41 times and driving in 27. He notched a 36-to-46 strikeout-to-walk ratio for a .419 on-base percentage. Tekotte has swiped 23 bases in 31 attempts.

Lake Elsinore (1-1, 47-25) lost 7-3 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Adam Zornes provided most of the offense with his two-run homer in the seventh, his first bomb of the year. It was one of four hits on the day for the Storm. He went 0-for-1 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal and committed an error. Zornes has a hit in all nine of his games played with one multi-hit contest. Four of his 10 hits have gone for extra bases. He has also struck out at least once in every game.

Nick Schmidt was given a quick hook after allowing four runs on four hits and three walks across three innings. He struck out three, hit a batter and saw three ground ball outs. After winning four straight games, Schmidt has gone 1-4 over his last five contests. This marked the fifth time he has given up four runs or more and the fifth time he has not worked at least five innings. He has walked three or more seven times.

Fort Wayne (0-1, 36-35) lost 5-3 to Bowling Green (Rays)

Michael Watt was on the hook for one run on two hits across five innings. The southpaw struck out four and induced five ground ball outs. It is the fourth straight game he has allowed two runs or less, giving up just three earned over that span. Watt has given up two runs or less in six of his last seven and one run or less in five of those. He has just one win to show for it, though.

Nick Schumacher suffered the loss, giving up two runs on one hit, a walk, a wild pitch and a balk in what was a tie game while fanning two. The right-hander came into play with six straight scoreless outings under his belt. He has given up runs in eight of his 26 Midwest League games. The balk and wild pitch were both firsts this year. Schumacher had not allowed more than one earned run in any game on the season.

Eugene (4-4) lost 10-5 to Tri-City (Rockies)

B.J. Guinn committed three errors, one in each of the first two innings, causing two unearned to score in the opening frame. His third error allowed a third unearned to cross. He also went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his professional debut. Guinn is the son of Brian Guinn, Sr., a former Cal standout (1981-83) and professional baseball player with the Oakland A's, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox organizations. The younger Guinn hit .327 with 12 doubles, four triples, two homers, 47 runs scored and 30 RBI this past season. He also stole 15 bases in 21 attempts. He owns a .321 career batting average with 24 doubles, eight triples, four home runs, 69 RBI and 26 stolen bases.

Adys Portillo lasted just 2.2 innings before he was lifted. The right-hander worked behind in the count much of the night or lose hitters when he was ahead in 1-2 counts. Despite throwing his fastball at 93-95 mph, Portillo was on the hook for seven runs, five earned, on five hits, four walks and a hit batsman. He also saw two runners steal off him. Portillo has given up nine runs on nine hits, seven walks and a pair of hit batsmen to begin the season.

After being the only Eugene player not to reach base on Thursday, Emmanuel Quiles delivered three hits, including a double, while scoring once. The backstop, however, went 0-for-5 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal. Quiles threw out 40 percent of the base runners trying thievery last season with Eugene while hitting .262 across 37 games with seven doubles, four homers, 19 runs scored and 15 RBI.

AZL Padres (2-2) won 7-3 over AZL Royals

Rob Gariano allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits and two walks across four innings. He did not strikeout a batter and notched eight ground ball outs, including two double play grounders. A 36th-round pick this year, Gariano broke a 31-year-old school record at Fairfield by netting 293 career strikeouts. He also broke the career innings pitched mark with 323.1. The two-time First Team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) selection also finished third all-time wins (17), tied for seventh in complete games (12), and alone in seventh in appearances (52).

Mark Hardy pitched four innings of scoreless ball to pick up the victory, yielding four hits and a walk while striking out five and netting four ground ball outs. After a slow start in 2010 due to an injury the previous year, Hardy, a 43-rounder, was dominant in the second half of the season with British Columbia and finished the year with a 7-2 record and 3.77 ERA. He struck out a team-high 68 and pitched a perfect seven-inning game back in March.

Bryan Altman, a 41st-round pick, delivered a pair of hits out of the nine-hole in the lineup, smacking his first career triple, scoring a run and driving in a run. He was, however, picked off first and committed his first error of the year. The second baseman and catcher led the team with a .343 average this season to go with a team-leading 17 homers and 70 RBI. He added 20 doubles, 15 stolen bases, 61 runs and 20 walks to go with 85 hits.

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

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