Padres Minor League Notebook: 7-11-10

Anthony Contreras has been contributing at the plate of late. Jeremy Hefner carries a no-hitter into the seventh while Nathan Culp makes good on a spot start. The Decker's, Cody and Jaff, pound out a win. Jose DePaula pitches another gem but gets a no-decision. Adys Portillo has a no-walk game. Tyler Norwood drops the save chance.

Portland (34-56) lost 5-4 to Sacramento (A's) in 11 innings

Cesar Carrillo allowed four runs, three earned, across seven innings. The right-hander gave up nine hits and a pair of walks while fanning four. Five of the hits went for extra bases and one left the yard. He also picked off former Padres farmhand Eric Sogard. Carrillo has allowed a homer in three straight and seven of his last nine. He has also given up eight hits or more three times, all coming over his last six outings.

Anthony Contreras notched three hits, including a double, while scoring two runs out of the seven-hole in the lineup. The infielder did make an error, leading to an unearned run, and grounded into his sixth double play. Contreras has collected multi-hit games in successive contests for the first time this year and is 8-for-18 with seven RBI and four runs scored over his last six games.

San Antonio (7-9, 42-44) won 2-1 over Tulsa (Rockies) in game one, lost 4-1 in game two

Jeremy Hefner had a no-hitter through six innings before giving up a double on a 2-1 pitch that skirted just underneath Matt Clark's glove to open the seventh. The very next pitch added a single and a run scored to break the shutout bid. A double play line out was followed by two more hits but his fourth strikeout allowed for the complete game. Hefner had allowed three hits in 17 innings to Tulsa coming into the game. He has allowed two runs or less in 13 of his 17 starts and has two complete games to his credit. Hefner also walked and scored a run.

The last time the Missions had a seven-inning no-hitter came via Dean Burke in a June 5, 1968 contest against Albuquerque in the second game of a doubleheader.

Blake Tekotte hit a two-run homer with one out in the top of the sixth inning to break a scoreless tie in the opening game of the doubleheader. It was one of just three hits for the Missions. Tekotte went 0-for-3 in the nightcap. All three of his bombs with the Missions have come at their home turf. Six of his 14 hits have gone for extra bases, including three of the last four.

Nathan Culp provided five scoreless innings as the spot starter. He yielded two hits and struck out three, working to one over the minimum thanks to an outfield assist. The left-hander also added a sacrifice bunt. Culp has a 4.01 ERA across nine starts with the Missions while holding a 6.23 ERA across eight relief appearances. Culp is 2-for-3 in the year with two sacrifices.

Craig Italiano suffered his third blown save in 20 opportunities and the loss, seeing four unearned runs cross on two hits and a walk in the seventh inning of the nightcap – thanks to a Clark error. He also uncorked a wild pitch. Italiano has given up runs in three of his last four outings. Eight of the 14 runs he has allowed on the year have been unearned.

Lake Elsinore (8-10, 54-34) won 9-3 over San Jose (Giants)

Cody Decker delivered three hits, including his 23rd double and 17th homer of the year, a solo shot. The first baseman also scored three runs out of the cleanup spot. Decker has reached base in nine straight with four multi-hit games. He has four extra-base hits in his last three and has touched home nine times across his last seven. Decker is tied for third in the California League with 42 extra-base hits.

Jaff Decker reached base in all five of his plate appearances, drawing a pair of walks while notching three singles. The outfielder also scored two runs but was gunned down at third base. Decker is hitting .313 across his last 30 games played with 21 RBI and 17 runs scored. He has amassed a 17-to-15 walk-to-strikeout ratio over his last 19 games.

Fort Wayne (8-9, 44-43) lost 4-3 to South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Jose DePaula worked six innings in a no-decision, allowing a pair of runs - both coming on solo homers – on six hits and two walks while fanning five. He allowed leadoff triples in the first and fifth but did not allow those runners to score. The left-hander has allowed three runs over his last three starts, spanning 17 innings, but has one win to show for it. In six starts, he has a 1.59 ERA.

Miles Mikolas took the loss to see his record move to 2-4. He allowed two runs on four hits in a 2-2 game while fanning four across a pair of innings. The right-hander has allowed runs in 14 of his 35 appearances with eight of the last 12 resulting in runs crossing, spiking his ERA from 0.98 to 2.50. The opposition has hit .317 off him with runners in scoring position.

Eugene (9-14) won 9-4 over Boise (Cubs)

Adys Portillo worked six innings, yielding two runs, one earned, on three hits, a hit batsman and a wild pitch. He did not walk a batter and struck out two in the no-decision. This is the first time this year that he has not walked a batter. Portillo has hit a batter in four of his five games. He has also allowed two runs or less in three of his five.

Wes Cunningham delivered a pair of singles in four trips, collecting two RBI to push his season total to 11. The outfielder/first baseman has a five-game hitting streak and is 15-for-41, a .366 average, with eight RBI and four runs scored over his last 10 games. He started the year with two hits in his first 18 at-bats.

AZL Padres (6-11) lost 10-7 to AZL Indians in 10 innings

Tyler Norwood suffered the loss, giving up five runs, four earned, on four hits, a hit batsman, and two walks. He made it through his first inning with two runs crossing to suffer the blown save, and the right-hander worked to five batters in the 10th – all would reach. Norwood has allowed seven runs in his last three outings.

Ross Brayton went 1-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI, following up on a debut that saw him go 1-for-2 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Brayton, signed as an undrafted free agent, hit .320 across 40 games in his final year at Cal Poly, hitting 10 doubles and two homers while scoring 16 runs and driving in 25. He had an 8-to-31 walk-to-strikeout ratio. He missed the final 10 games of the 2010 season with a concussion.

DSL Padres (12-19) had a scheduled day off

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