Padres Minor League Notebook: 7-8-10

Adam Russell can't record an out. Wynn Pelzer has a tough outing in a blowout. Brad Brach seems something rare happen. Nate Freiman and Jason Hagerty continue to streak. Jedd Gyorko and Wes Cunningham contribute seven hits in a loss. Miguel Del Castillo goes perfect in a loss.

Portland (33-54) lost 4-3 to Sacramento (A's)

Anthony Contreras hit a three-run homer in the second inning to account for all of Portland's runs. The infielder also added a walk in three trips. Contreras has homered in successive games to give him four on the year and five of his 13 RBI have come over the last two. The walk was his first free pass since May 8. He is hitting .294 with runners in scoring position.

Adam Russell dropped his sixth decision, giving up a run on two hits and two walks in the ninth without recording an out. It was the third time this year that he has taken the loss in the ninth inning without finishing off the frame. He has allowed multiple base runners in 12 of his 29 contests and sports a 1.73 WHIP.

San Antonio (5-7, 40-42) lost 8-0 to NW Arkansas (Royals)

Wynn Pelzer dropped to 6-8, allowing six runs on eight hits, a hit batter, and three walks while fanning four across five. Five of the hits went for extra bases and two left the yard. Pelzer has allowed four homers in his last three games after giving up five in his first 14. He has allowed five runs or more three times in his last six starts and five times overall. He has lost five straight decisions.

Craig Italiano came on in the blowout and surrendered a pair of runs on three hits and a hit batsman in his inning of work. It marks the first time this year he has allowed earned runs in successive games. Italiano has seen runs cross in six of his 35 games overall, all coming in three groups of two outings. The three hits he allowed on Thursday marks just the second time he has given up that many hits in an outing.

Lake Elsinore (6-9, 52-33) lost 6-5 to Inland Empire (Dodgers) in 10 innings

Dan Robertson reached base in five of his six trips, going 4-for-5 with a walk. He added his 11th double, drove in his 36th run and scored a pair of runs out of the leadoff spot. Robertson also stole his 21st bag of the year in 26 attempts. The outfielder came into the game with two hits in his previous 22 at-bats. He has hit over .300 in every single month to date this season and has a .390 on-base percentage with more walks (35) than strikeouts (32).

Brad Brach suffered just his second blown save of the season, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk in his inning of work. The normally sure right-hander has blown just three saves over the last two years, saving 61 games in 64 chances. He has allowed runs in successive games for the second time this year and has allowed runs in just seven of his 39 appearances overall.

Fort Wayne (7-7, 43-41) won 2-1 over Lake County (Indians)

Miles Mikolas picked up his seventh hold of the season, working a pair of scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out three while netting three ground ball outs. The right-hander has seen the leadoff man reach base in 11 of his 46 innings, a scant .239 on-base percentage. This marked the sixth time he has fanned at least three in an outing.

Nate Freiman knocked in his 50th run of the season with a single. The first baseman also added a walk in four trips. Freiman, who is tied for second in the Midwest League with 26 doubles, extended his hitting streak to 12 games with the knock and his on base streak is now at 25 contests. He is hitting .344 over the streak with a .436 on-base percentage.

Jason Hagerty pushed his hitting streak to 14 and his on base streak to 31 with a double.

Eugene (8-12) lost 5-4 to Boise (Cubs)

Jedd Gyorko notched four hits in five trips, hitting his Northwest League leading fifth homer of the year in the fifth inning, a solo shot, and adding two runs scored. It is his second four-hit game of the season and seventh multi-hit game through 16. Gyorko's .632 slugging percentage stands second in the league and his nine extra-base hits are tied for second.

Wes Cunningham had three hits out of the two-hole in the lineup, including his second homer of the year, a solo blast in the ninth. The outfielder is 11-for-30 over his last seven games with four multi-hit contests. He has pushed across six runs over that span, despite netting three hits in 16 at-bats with runners in scoring position for the year.

AZL Padres (6-8) had a scheduled day off

DSL Padres (10-19) lost 10-9 to DSL Cubs1

Miguel Del Castillo reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 4-for- with a walk, two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. The backstop came into the game with eight hits in his first 37 at-bats. While he is hitting .208 with the bases empty, Del Castillo has a .412 average with runners on base and a .545 mark with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Cristhofer Martinez also pounded out a pair of doubles amongst his three hits, scoring twice. He was picked off second base, however, and committed his sixth fielding error. Martinez came into the game with four extra-base hits across his first 24 games. The infielder has successive multi-hit games and four in his last seven.

Ricardo Valenzuela went 2-for-2 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored as a mid-game replacement. The triple was his first of the year. It is the fourth time the infielder has recorded a multi-hit game. Valenzuela, who has struck out just twice in 29 at-bats, is hitting .444 when he bats seventh in the order and is 2-for-21 when he hits elsewhere.

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