Padres Minor League Notebook: 6-26-10

Kyle Phillips debuts with a bang. Wynn Pelzer gives up more hits than ever. Jesus Lopez contributes but the Storm lose. Jeremy McBryde inches closer in a solid Fort Wayne outing. Chris Tremblay goes yard while Pedro Martinez is solid. Gunnar Terhune ignites some offense but the AZL Padres fall short. Jean Corpas provides solid relief but the offense is dormant.

Portland (30-46) won 12-7 over Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Kyle Phillips, in his first game as a member of the San Diego Padres farm system, belted a two-run homer in the second inning. The San Diego native also had a pair of singles and drove in three while playing first base. Phillips, acquired from Toronto for a player to be named or cash, had a hit in eight of his last nine games playing for Las Vegas in the same league. He was hitting .258 across 19 games with five doubles. He did not have a homer.

Lance Zawadzki clubbed a pair of doubles, his sixth and seventh, and added a single while scoring twice and driving in four. The shortstop had just five RBI in his first 32 Triple-A games, as he is hitting .184 with runners in scoring position. This was the first time Zawadzki had multiple extra-base hits in a contest. He has scored six times in his last eight.

San Antonio (3-1, 38-36) lost 7-4 to Midland (A's)

Wynn Pelzer was tagged for six runs on 11 hits, a hit batsman, and a walk across five-plus innings. Two of the hits went for extra bases and one left the yard. It was just the second time in his professional career that he has given up double-digit hits, the first coming on June 1, 2009 while with Lake Elsinore. Pelzer has posted a 1.64 WHIP this season. He has given up seven or more hits five times on the year. Pelzer has lost four straight games.

Alexis Lara tossed three scoreless innings, yielding one hit and one walk while plunking a batter. He also struck out two and induced four ground ball outs. He did allow one of the two runners he inherited score. Lara has stranded six of the nine runners he has inherited on the year. He has given up runs in eight of his 21 outings.

Lake Elsinore (1-2, 47-26) lost 6-2 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Jesus Lopez went 2-for-3 with a double, his second in the California League, and an RBI. Lopez, who flipped spots with Drew Cumberland, has a hit in each of his first three games with the Storm and an RBI in two straight. He had been hitting .193 across 38 games with the Missions and owned just three doubles over that span. He had scored 13 runs and notched 11 RBI in Double-A.

Erik Davis dropped to 7-3, giving up five runs, four earned, on five hits, a plunked batter, and three walks across 3.2 innings. The right-hander also struck out three and left with a man on – who would be stranded. It is the second time this year he has not made it through five innings and comes on the heels of successive shutout outings. He has given up four runs or more six times in 14 starts.

Fort Wayne (0-2, 36-36) lost 5-1 to Bowling Green (Rays)

Jon Alia had three hits – all singles – and plated the lone TinCaps run out of his designated player position. The infielder is hitting .301 this season but just four of his 37 hits have gone for extra bases. Alia is hitting .333 over his last nine games and has notched 12 multi-hit games this season. The right-handed hitter is batting .326 off right-handed pitching and .226 off lefties.

Jeremy McBryde, moved up to Low-A from Arizona in his continuation of rehab, worked two scoreless innings. He yielded one hit, walked one and struck out one while recording five ground ball outs. McBryde went one inning for the AZL Padres before moving up, giving up one run on two hits while striking out three. The right-hander has struck out more than a batter per inning since entering the system.

Eugene (5-4) won 9-1 over Boise (Cubs)

Pedro Martinez allowed one run on three hits and two walks across a five innings. The lone mistake was a solo homer. He struck out two, hit a batter and induced six ground ball outs. The left-hander has held the opposition to a .172 average on the season and came into the campaign seeing the opposition hit .218 off him in two years of Dominican Summer League action. He has allowed just one hit in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Chris Tremblay hit his first homer as a professional, belting a three-run homer in the fifth inning. He also added a single and scored twice. The shortstop committed his first error of the year and stole second base, making him 1-for-2 in steal attempts this year. Tremblay has notched four straight multi-hit games, going 8-for-15 with two walks, six runs scored and five RBI.

Rico Noel reached base four times out of the leadoff spot. The center fielder had three hits in four at-bats and added a walk. He also scored a run, drove in two and added a stolen base. Noel has four RBI through two games. Noel, a fifth-round pick out of Coastal Carolina, hit .348 with 18 doubles, two triples, 11 homers, 81 runs scored and 62 RBI as a junior. He also posted a 40-to-41 walk-to-strikeout ratio and was hit by 17 pitches. Noel also stole 56 bases in 69 attempts.

AZL Padres (2-3) lost 4-3 to AZL Brewers

Gunnar Terhune was the lone player to reach base more than once, going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks. The leadoff hitter also scored two of the three AZL Padres run. Terhune, a 50th-round pick out of Santa Barbara, hit .280 with 10 doubles, three triples, and two homers in 2010 for Santa Barbara. He scored 36 runs and drove in 28 while posting a 23-to-36 walk-to-strikeout ratio. He also stole 17 bases in 22 attempts.

Juan Herrera went four innings in a no-decision, giving up one run on three hits and four walks while fanning three. He was called for a balk and netted seven ground ball outs. Herrera has given up just one run through his first eight innings this year. The right-hander posted a 2.25 ERA through his first five outings a season ago before posting a 7.64 ERA the rest of the way.

Stalyn Valdez suffered the loss, giving up three runs on five hits in four innings of relief, to even his record at 1-1. The right-hander struck out four and did not walk a batter. He has given up five runs on nine hits through eight innings. Valdez went 0-3 with a 5.02 ERA in 17 games for the AZL Padres a season ago, giving up 37 hits and seven walks in 28.2 innings while striking out 17.

DSL Padres (8-11) lost 3-1 to DSL Rockies

Jean Corpas provided six innings of relief work, giving up one unearned run on seven hits and a pair of walks while fanning two. He also saw nine fly ball outs. The Panama native has posted a 1.89 ERA across six games as a reliever and a 5.40 ERA as a starter. He has held the leadoff hitter of the inning to a .121 average and has given up eight hits in 45 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Marlon Claveria got the start but was pulled after 2.1 innings. He yielded two runs on four hits and a walk, leaving with a pair of runners on base, although neither would score. The Guatemala native has seen left-handed hitters bat .500 off him and the leadoff hitter of the inning has a .583 on-base percentage. He has, however, limited the damage by yielding three hits in 17 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

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