Padres Minor League Notebook: 7-2-10

Aaron Cunningham has two hits and is pulled for a return trip to San Diego? Matt Clark homers for the fourth straight game. Jaff Decker adds two more hits. Edinson Rincon has been hot over the last 25. Tommy Medica debuts for the Emeralds. Alvaro Aristy is back in the DSL.

Portland (31-50) lost 11-6 to Tacoma (Mariners)

Josh Geer surrendered eight runs, seven earned, on seven hits and three walks across four-plus innings, working to four batters in the fifth – all of whom reached and scored. He allowed two homers and four extra-base hits. It is the fourth time this year he has allowed multiple homers in a game. Geer has given up five runs or more six times this year.

Aaron Cunningham went 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored before being pulled from the game, presumably to go back up to San Diego because of a back injury to Will Venable. He is 10-for-22 in his last seven games in Triple-A. The outfielder hit .290 across 13 games with the Padres, hitting a grand slam to account for all of his RBI while scoring six runs.

San Antonio (4-4, 39-39) lost 7-6 to NW Arkansas (Royals)

Blake Tekotte notched three hits out of the leadoff spot and drove in is fifth run. The outfielder was, however, picked off first base. He also contributed an outfield assist, gunning down a runner at home. Tekotte has notched a hit in all six of his Double-A games and has an RBI in four straight.

Matt Clark homered for the fourth straight game, hitting a solo shot in the fourth to give him 16 dingers on the season. The first baseman had gone yard in three straight once previously this year. He has three multi-hit games in his last four with five runs scored and nine RBI. Eleven of his homers have come on the road, where he is hitting .305 compared to his .190 mark at home.

Lake Elsinore (4-5, 50-29) lost 15-4 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Eric Gonzalez was battered for nine runs, six earned, on seven hits and a pair of hit batsmen over two frames. He allowed four extra-base hits, including a pair of homers. The right-hander has allowed 21 runs on 28 hits across 15.1 innings since joining the Storm, giving up runs in all but one of his seven outings – only one lasting more than two innings.

Jaff Decker collected a pair of hits in the loss, singling twice as the only player to record a multi-hit game. He also stole his second base and scored a run but did commit one of six Lake Elsinore errors. The outfielder is hitting .321 over his last 20 games with 10 extra-base hits and 15 RBI. He has driven in a run in five of his last six.

Fort Wayne (5-3, 41-37) won 6-4 over Bowling Green (Rays)

Edinson Rincon collected a pair of hits in four trips, including his sixth homer of the season. The third baseman also scored a pair of runs but did ground into a double play. Rincon is hitting .320 over his last 25 games with 11 extra-base hits and 16 RBI, upping his average from .220 to .254 while reaching base in all but two of those contests. The double play grounder was the seventh he has hit into.

Robert Poutier picked up his fourth hold, tossing a pair of scoreless frames. The right-hander allowed one hit and a walk while notching four ground ball outs, including his fourth double play grounder. Poutier, who has limited the opposition to a .178 average on the year by giving up just 19 hits in 30.1 frames, has given up just one run over his last 13.1 innings.

Eugene (7-8) won 12-1 over Vancouver (A's)

Matt Branham worked four scoreless innings, yielding three hits and a walk while fanning five in a no-decision. The right-hander has given up three earned runs across his first 11 innings in the Northwest League. The South Carolina native has yielded just one hit with runners in scoring position on the season and has held left-handed hitters to a .231 average against.

Rymer Liriano notched three hits in five trips, including his third triple, scoring twice and driving in one. It is the second time in three games that the outfielder has recorded three hits and the fifth time in the last eight that he has recorded a multi-hit game. Liriano has scored four runs in his last three with an extra-base hit in each contest.

Tommy Medica made his professional debut, going 1-for-4 with two runs scored, a walk and an RBI as the designated hitter. A 14th-round pick this season, Medica hit .386 with 21 doubles, 13 homers and a West Coast Conference leading 67 RBI across 54 games for Santa Clara. A USA National Team member in 2007, Medica holds a career .369 average with the Broncos, ranking second all-time in school annals.

AZL Padres (3-7) lost 8-4 to AZL Athletics

Juan Herrera was on the hook for six runs, just two earned, on seven hits, a wild pitch and a pair of walks across five innings, striking out three and getting eight outs on the ground. The Dominican Republic native has given up two earned or less in all three of his starts and had allowed just one run on five hits over his first eight innings coming into play.

Yair Lopez went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, an RBI – his 10th – and two runs scored. He did, however, commit one of four AZL Padres errors – he has errors in successive games. The outfielder has begun the season with a seven-game hitting streak, netting three straight multi-hit games. He has secured an RBI in every game this year with a run scored in six of seven.

DSL Padres (8-17) lost 4-3 to DSL Reds

Bryan Rodriguez was on the bump for seven innings, yielding one run on five hits while fanning five. He recorded eight ground ball outs, hit a batter and tossed a wild pitch in the no-decision. Rodriguez has allowed three earned runs over his last 21.1 innings of work, lowering his ERA from 11.57 to 3.12 in the process. This was the first game that he did not walk a batter. He has held right-handed hitters to a .161 average.

Alvaro Aristy made his season debut after finishing his 50-game suspension. The shortstop was in the leadoff spot and went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks while getting plunked by a pitch but did not figure into the scoring. Aristy hit .183 with a .328 on-base percentage across 30 games in his inaugural season, scoring 12 runs and driving in 18 while posting a 22-to-35 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

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