Padres Minor League Notebook: 7-10-10

Sean Kazmar drills two homers for the first time in six years. Sawyer Carroll appears to be heating up. Yefri Carvajal homers and has four RBI. Nick Schumacher takes another loss in a non-save situation. Houston Slemp breaks out of a slump. Carlos Garcia has been hitting but hasn't been fielding. Alvaro Aristy homers while Yoan Alcantara continues to sizzle.

Portland (34-55) won 11-0 over Sacramento (A's)

Sean Kazmar belted a pair of homers, notching a solo shot in the third and adding a grand slam an inning later to cap a six-run frame. All three of his homers this year have come across the last four games. The last time he hit two homers came in his professional debut season in 2004 when he clubbed a pair on July 31 with the Eugene Emeralds. He does have five grand slams in his career, the last coming on April 24, 2009 while with Portland.

Cesar Ramos was back on the hill as a starter, tossing four innings of scoreless ball while giving up one hit and a walk. He struck out two and tossed just 54 pitches in the outing. The left-hander has posted a 2.70 ERA across five starts this season while notching a 3.79 ERA in 15 relief appearances. He has allowed just two hits with runners on base and two outs.

San Antonio (6-8, 41-43) won 5-4 over NW Arkansas (Royals)

Cory Luebke picked up his fifth win, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven across five-plus, tossing 101 pitches. The southpaw has held right-handed hitters to a .153 average on the season and has allowed 10 hits in 53 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Luebke has thrown 67.2 percent of his pitches across 10 games for strikes.

Sawyer Carroll reached base in all four of his plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks. He also drove in his 41st and 42nd runs. The outfielder has reached base in 12 straight games, going 15-for-46, a .326 average, with six walks. He has notched seven RBI over that span. Carroll is hitting .288 with runners in scoring position on the year. He is hitting .207 at home and .304 on the road for the year.

Lake Elsinore (7-10, 53-34) won 8-2 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Yefri Carvajal delivered four RBI in the win, two coming on his third homer of the season, one coming on a sacrifice fly and the fourth coming home on a single. It is his second straight multi-hit game and his fourth over his last six games. Carvajal is 13-for-43 over his last 10 games, a .302 average, with five extra-base hits. Carvajal had just two extra-base hits and a .152 average coming into the recent stretch.

Nick Vincent moved to 3-0, working two scoreless innings as the bullpen continues to take a heavy workload in Lake Elsinore. The right-hander yielded one hit and struck out two while working to the minimum thanks to a caught stealing. Vincent has allowed runs in nine of his 30 appearances, going at least two innings 17 times, including each of the last five. He has posted a 1.50 ERA over his last 12 outings, spanning 24 frames.

Fort Wayne (8-7, 44-41*) Lake County (Indians)

Jon Alia notched a double in three at-bats and was hit by a pitch, driving in a pair of runs out of the eight-hole in the lineup. The infielder, who has spent the majority of the season as a designated hitter, has seen just five of his 44 hits go for extra bases, three coming over his last 15 games. He is 15-for-29 with runners in scoring position, a healthy .385 average.

Nick Schumacher picked up his fifth loss, giving up two runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batsman during a tie game in the ninth. The right-hander has now lost the last three games he has entered in a non-save situation, coming in during a tie game in all of the losses. He has allowed runs in four of his last eight, seeing his ERA spike from 1.82 to 3.31. The leadoff hitter of an inning is reaching base 42-percent of the time.

Nate Freiman saw his hitting and on base streak come to an end at 13 and 26, respectively.

Eugene (8-14) lost 6-5 to Boise (Cubs) in 10 innings

Houston Slemp notched two RBI to double his season total, going 2-for-5 with a pair of singles on a night that saw the club go 8-for-15 with runners in scoring position. It was his first multi-hit game of the year, as he entered play with four hits in his first 37 at-bats, a .108 average. He does have an RBI in two straight.

Daniel Ottone took the loss, hitting the second batter he faced, who moved to second on a ground out and scored on the ensuing single. The run was the first he has allowed on the year. He had worked six scoreless frames coming into play, yielding just two hits over that span. He has not allowed a hit to the leadoff batter of an inning and is holding the opposition to a .143 average.

AZL Padres (6-10) lost 10-7 to AZL Indians

Rob Gariano was on the hook for eight runs, four earned, on eight hits and a walk across three frames to drop to 0-2. The right-hander also gave up his first homer of the season while notching his fourth double play grounder. It is the second time in four starts that he has allowed eight runs. The opposition has managed a .364 average off him with runners in scoring position.

Carlos Garcia notched a pair of singles and drove in his seventh run but also committed his eighth error of the year as a first baseman in just eight games played. He has not gone more than one game with a miscue in the field. Garcia has collected six multi-hit games and has reached safely in all eight contests. Ten of his 13 hits have come with runners on base.

DSL Padres (12-19) won 19-18 over DSL Reds

Alvaro Aristy hit his second homer of the year, a two-run shot in the eighth that broke a 15-15 tie. The leadoff hitter ended up with three RBI while reaching base five times in six trips. He went 3-for-4 with a pair of walks, stole his first bag of the year and scored three times. The shortstop has homered in two of his last three games and has drawn eight walks in seven games for a .44 on-base percentage.

Yoan Alcantara notched a pair of extra-base hits, notching his ninth double and second triple while also adding a walk. The number three hitter scored three times and pushed his RBI total to 26 with three more on Saturday. It is his third straight multi-hit game and the second time in three that he has secured multiple extra-base hits. He is tied for second in the Dominican Summer League with 16 extra-base hits and fourth with a .540 slugging percentage.

Talk about this story on our subscriber-only message boards

Join MadFriars.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/madfriars


MadFriars Top Stories