Padres Minor League Notebook: 7-3-10

Steve Garrison suffers a lopsided loss. Cory Luebke pitches well but is not supported offensively. Vince Belnome homers but no one else is contributing. Hayden Beard has another tough outing. Keyvius Sampson is stellar again but Chris Franklin blows the save. Alberth Martinez has been an on base machine.

Portland (31-51) lost 8-2 to Tacoma (Mariners)

Steve Garrison took the loss (1-2), allowing six runs on eight hits across 3.1 innings. He tossed 63 pitches before he was lifted, giving up four extra-base hits. The left-hander has allowed 11 runs on 17 hits across his last 8.2 innings. The opposition is hitting .343 off him in the Pacific Coast League with a 7-for-17 mark with runners in scoring position.

Cesar Ramos tossed a pair of scoreless relief innings, yielding one walk and striking out three. He faced the minimum, getting a double play grounder to erase the free pass. Ramos has allowed three runs over his last 11.2 innings. He has seen the leadoff hitter of the inning reach base at a .515 clip but has limited the damage with a .243 average against with runners in scoring position.

San Antonio (4-5, 39-40) lost 4-2 to NW Arkansas (Royals)

Cory Luebke worked seven innings, yielding three runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk to take his first loss of the year (4-1). He struck out four and tossed two wild pitches. Luebke also picked off a runner and committed an error on an attempted pickoff. He has worked at least six innings in all seven of his starts and has allowed two earned or less six times. Luebke has held right-handed hitters to a .143 average.

Drew Cumberland reached base four times out of the two-hole, going 3-for-4 with a double and a walk. He also scored once but was thrown out for the second time in Double-A while trying to steal in as many attempts. He was 20-for-29 in stolen base attempts with Lake Elsinore. It is his second straight multi-hit game and third overall with the Missions through nine games.

Lake Elsinore (4-6, 50-30) lost 3-2 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Vince Belnome reached base in three of his four plate appearances and was in on both runs scored. He hit a solo homer in the ninth to close the game to within one and scored after one of his two walks. The third baseman leads the team with 55 RBI and stands fourth in the California League with 49 walks drawn. He has reached in eight straight with 10 hits and four walks. Belnome has homered twice in his last six games and has eight overall.

Anthony Bass saw his record fall to 7-3, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out five. Both runs crossed on a second inning homer. Bass has given up homers in successive games for the first time this year. The loss was his first in the California League since May 10; he had won five straight starts and six straight decisions. He has worked at least five innings in every single one of his 15 starts.

Fort Wayne (5-4, 41-38) lost 6-4 to Bowling Green (Rays)

Hayden Beard suffered the loss to drop to 2-3, giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits and two walks across three innings. The right-hander has allowed runs in four of his last five games, giving up 15 runs on 14 hits and seven walks across 9.2 innings, seeing his ERA balloon from 4.43 to 6.75. The opposition has a .308 average versus him with runners in scoring position.

Wande Olabisi reached in all four of his plate appearances without registering an at-bat. He walked twice, was hit by a pitch and reached on catcher's interference. He also stole his ninth base in 12 attempts and scored twice. Olabisi has collected 10 walks over his last 15 games after netting seven in his first 28. The outfielder has scored multiple times five times in his last seven games, touching home 11 times over that stretch.

Jason Hagerty extended his on base streak to 27 games by going 3-for-5 with a double.

Eugene (8-8) won 5-1 over Vancouver (A's) in 12 innings

Keyvius Sampson tossed bullets across 5.2 innings, yielding three hits and a walk while striking out nine in a no-decision. He netted five ground ball outs, including his third double play grounder of the year and struck out the side around a single in the second. It is the third time in four starts that the right-hander has worked at least five innings and not allowed a run. He has given up three hits or less in three of his four starts as well.

Chris Franklin blew his opportunity at picking up his second save of the year, allowing a run on two hits and an intentional walk. He has yet to allow a hit with runners in scoring position but that didn't stop a run from scoring on Saturday. Two singles, a sacrifice bunt, and a sac fly netted the run. Franklin had been perfect in his first four outings, yielding two hits.

Tommy Medica singled in the top of the 12th inning to spur a four-run frame that sent the Emeralds to victory. It was his lone hit on a 1-for-4 night that included a sacrifice bunt and the designated hitter grounding into a double play. Medica went 1-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored in his professional debut.

AZL Padres (3-7) had a scheduled day off

DSL Padres (9-17) won 4-2 over DSL White Sox

Ruben Mejia earned his first save of the year, giving up an unearned run on one hit and a walk while striking out two in the ninth, as the DSL Padres committed six errors in the contest. The right-hander has posted a 1.63 WHIP on the season with 27 hits and 10 walks allowed in 22.2 innings. He has also hit five batters. The leadoff hitter of the inning is reaching at a .417 clip.

Alberth Martinez went 2-for-5 with a double – his second – out of the two-hole in the lineup, scoring a run. The first baseman/outfielder has successive multi-hit games and four overall through 11 games. With eight walks added in, Martinez has posted a .489 on-base percentage. The Venezuelan has reached twice in six games and has a .571 on-base percentage when he leads off an inning.

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