Padres Minor League Notebook: 6-29-10

Cedric Hunter has done well in Portland. Juan Oramas is a win machine with the Storm. Hayden Beard bounced back. Chris Bisson debuts. Yair Lopez has an RBI in every game he has appeared. The hitting streak continues for Alberth Martinez.

Portland (31-48) lost 5-4 to Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Cedric Hunter reached base three times out of the leadoff spot, smacking a pair of singles and a double while scoring twice. He also added a sacrifice bunt. The outfielder has three multi-hit games in his first four starts and is 8-for-17 to begin his Triple-A assignment. He has also scored seven runs while posting a .526 on-base percentage. Hunter is 4-for-6 when leading off an inning for the Beavers.

Radhames Liz dropped to 4-4, giving up five runs on nine hits across five innings. He fanned two during a 95-pitch outing. The right-hander has given up five runs in three straight outings, all losses, and four times overall in 12 starts. He has posted a 8.47 ERA over his last four starts, giving up 16 runs on 29 hits and four walks across 27 innings. Liz had posted a 3.19 ERA in his first eight outings.

San Antonio (4-2, 39-37) had a scheduled day off

Lake Elsinore (3-2, 49-26*) won 6-1 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Juan Oramas earned the win on the piggyback of Jorge Reyes. The left-hander worked a pair of scoreless innings, retiring all six batters he faced while fanning two. Oramas is now 6-0 with the Storm and has posted a 1.66 ERA across two leagues this year. He has allowed five earned runs since May 7, posting a 1.06 ERA across his last 42.1 innings.

Cody Decker reached base three times, hitting a solo homer, his 15th homer of the season, drawing a walk and adding a single. He scored twice and drove in a pair. Decker has notched successive multi-hit games. Seven of his homers have come with the bases empty. The first baseman has notched 35 extra-base hits across 90 games this year with 49 RBI.

Fort Wayne (2-3, 38-37) won 2-1 over Dayton (Reds)

Jerry Sullivan, the All-Star game winner, moved to 6-3, yielding one run on three hits and a walk while fanning a half-dozen and recording six ground ball outs across five innings. It is the ninth time in 14 starts that he has given up two runs or less and the third time he has yielded three hits or fewer. Sullivan has held the opposition to a .297 on-base percentage with runners on base.

Hayden Beard worked three scoreless frames, giving up two hits and a walk while fanning two to pick up his fourth hold. Beard had given up 11 runs on seven hits and four walks across his previous three outings, spanning 3.2 innings. The right-hander has given up runs in eight of his 26 appearances this season but has allowed multiple runs four times. Beard has held the leadoff hitter of the inning to a .154 average.

Eugene (5-7) lost 5-2 to Boise (Cubs)

Matt Lollis, on the heels of being named Northwest League Pitcher of the Week, gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven across six innings. The California native had given up just two hits and zero runs over his first 13 innings with the Emeralds. Lollis has held the leadoff hitter of an inning that to a .105 on-base percentage.

Chris Bisson made his professional debut after suffering through Visa issues as a native of Canada. The second baseman went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. He also stole a base. A fourth-round pick, Bisson ld the SEC in stolen bases, swiping 32-of-39 bases, becoming the first Kentucky player to steal 30 or more bases since Chad Green stole a school-record 55 bases in 1995. Batted .329 (69-for-21) with 43 runs scored, one triple, five homers and 35 RBI, leading the team with 12 doubles and 28 walks.

AZL Padres (3-4) won 8-2 over AZL Mariners

Luis De La Cruz earned the win, his first, tossing three scoreless frames. He yielded three hits and a walk while striking out two. The right-hander has given up seven hits and three runs over five innings to begin the year. De La Cruz went 3-0 with a 4.71 ERA across 19 games with the AZL Padres. In 28.2 innings, he allowed 24 hits, walked 15 and struck out 20. He held the opposition to a .231 average.

Yair Lopez had two hits in five trips, smacking his second double, scoring a run and driving in two to give him eight RBI on the season. The outfielder had a hit in all five of his games this year and has notched an RBI in each of those contests. Lopez is hitting .571 with runners in scoring position.

Donavan Tate also pounded out a pair of hits, including a double, and drove in his first two runs as a professional. Tate has notched a double in successive games and has two multi-hit contests. The outfielder has struck out 15 times so far in 29 at-bats across seven games while drawing two walks, fanning at least twice five times.

DSL Padres (8-14) lost 9-8 to DSL Twins

Alberth Martinez reached base three times with a hit and two walks. He scored each time he was on base. The leadoff hitter also stole a pair of bags to give him four on the year in six attempts. The Venezuelan has reached base in all seven of his games, going 10-for-23 with six walks for a .552 on-base percentage.

Yoan Alcantara pushed his RBI total to 16 with three on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a sacrifice fly. The outfielder also recorded an outfield assist, doubling up a runner at first base. Alcantara has six multi-hit games this season and has scored eight runs in his last seven games with seven RBI over his last five.

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