Padres Minor League Notebook: 6-28-10

Aaron Poreda continues his scoreless run. Matt Clark has a grand affair. Vince Belnome and Dan Robertson push the offensive pace. Nick Greenwood takes the loss in a short outing. Daniel Ottone works scoreless ball. Reynaldo Brugerua has been hot of late.

Portland (31-47) won 7-2 over Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Aaron Poreda picked up the win and continued his scoreless stretch by tossing two frames. He walked a pair while recording all six of his outs on the ground. The left-hander has given up just three hits in 11.1 innings. He has walked seven, walking two or more three times with the Beavers. Poreda has not issued a hit with the runners in scoring position since moving to Triple-A.

Sean Kazmar reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 4-for-4, all singles, with a walk. He also scored once and drove in two to push his RBI total to 25. The infielder has collected three hits or more in three of his last four, going 10-for-18 with four RBI and two runs scored. Kazmar is hitting .344 with runners in scoring position and has a .305 average over his last 26 games.

San Antonio (4-2, 39-37) won 6-5 over Midland (A's) in 5 ½ innings

Cory Luebke earned the win in a game that was called early due to rain. He worked six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a hit batsman while fanning six. Four of the hits went for extra bases, including a two-run homer. He had given up just four extra-base hits in his first seven games. Luebke had not allowed more than two runs in any of his previous outings this season.

Matt Clark pushed the Missions ahead with a grand slam homer with one out in the fifth, as the team scored all six of its run via the long ball. The first baseman is 3-for-11 on the year with the bases loaded with two grand slams accounted for eight of his 10 RBI in those situations. Clark, who has 49 RBI this season, has homered in successive games for the fourth time this year and has hit five of his 14 homers at home.

Lake Elsinore (3-2, 49-26) won 8-6 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Vince Belnome belted his seventh homer of the year during a three-hit night. He scored twice and pushed his RBI tally to 52 with a pair. The third baseman came into the game hitting .209 in his first 38 games at his home park, the Diamond, while batting .309 on the road. After hitting .293 in May, Belnome had been hitting .230 in June before this three-hit affair.

Dan Robertson notched a pair of singles in five trips out of the leadoff spot, scoring both times he reached. The outfielder also stole two bags, giving him 19 thefts in 23 attempts. Robertson came into the game in a 1-for-23 slump. He is hitting .296 in seven games out of the leadoff spot after spending most of his time in the six-hole during the first half of the year.

Fort Wayne (1-3, 37-37) lost 15-10 to Dayton (Reds)

Nick Greenwood gave up seven runs on six hits and three walks while fanning four across 3.2 innings, seeing his record even up at 3-3. It was the second time this year the left-hander has not made it through four innings and the only two times he has given up more than five runs. He has allowed four runs or more four times in 14 overall. Greenwood, who has given up one earned in the first inning this year, has seen 12 runs score in the fourth where he has a 7.90 ERA.

Jeudy Valdez pounded out four hits in five trips, belting his 24th and 25th doubles, while scoring twice and driving in one. It is the second time in six games that he has notched a four-hit game. The infielder leads the Midwest League in at-bats and doubles. He is also tied for third with 49 runs scored and is fifth with 129 total bases.

Eugene (5-6) lost 5-4 to Boise (Cubs)

Daniel Ottone worked a scoreless inning, yielding one hit and a walk. He benefitted from Tyler Stubblefield gunning down a runner at home. He has worked three run-free frames since arriving in Eugene, striking out three. A team captain at Western Carolina, Ottone posted eight saves in 2009 and seven this past season. Ottone finishes his WCU career with 100 strikeouts against 41 walks in 105.2 innings pitched. Over his career, he limited opponents to a .267 batting average against which included a career-low .213 average against in 2010.

Stubblefield, incidentally, reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk, driving in his fifth run. He was, however, caught stealing for the second time in three attempts. Stubblefield did not get thrown out in 20 attempts during his senior season at Kennesaw State. The infielder has notched a multi-hit game in three straight with an RBI in each.

AZL Padres (2-4) had a scheduled day off

DSL Padres (8-13) lost 5-4 to DSL Orioles

Reynaldo Brugeura reached base three times out of the leadoff spot but did not figure into the scoring. He walked, singled, and tripled but was caught stealing twice, including on an attempt to steal home. The infielder has a hit in four straight after going 3-for-27 to begin the year with zero walks. He is 5-for-14 since with four walks. Brugeura has raised his average from .111 to .195.

Uber Paz allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits and two walks across 5.2 innings in a no-decision, striking out a half-dozen and plunking one. The leadoff hitter of the inning has amassed a .500 on-base percentage off Paz across 18 innings started. The Nicaragua right-hander has posted a 4.30 ERA as a starter and a 7.36 ERA in relief.

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