Padres Minor League Notebook: 7-15-10

Cory Luebke debuts in Portland. Craig Italiano suffers a blown save. Allan Dykstra is finding his stroke. Edinson Rincon and Jonathan Galvez propel a seven-run ninth. Matt Lollis is back to dominance. Eugenio Reyes has a solid outing. Bryan Rodriguez is solid while Ivan Marcano struggles with command.

Portland (35-56) won 6-3 over Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Cory Luebke made his Triple-A debut, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks across six innings. The left-hander tossed 94 pitches, striking out seven and collecting four ground ball outs. Luebke went 5-1 with a 2.40 ERA across 10 outings with the Double-A Missions. He allowed 41 hits in 56.1 innings while striking out 44 and walking 12.

Craig Cooper hit his fifth homer of the year, a solo shot and added two more RBI via a two-out single to bring his tally to three for the day. He also scored a run. Cooper has scored a run in four straight games. The first baseman/outfielder last hit a homer on June 11. Coming into the game, Cooper had been hitting .209 over his last 11 and .205 since the start of May.

San Antonio (9-11, 45-44) lost 3-2 to Midland (A's)

Craig Italiano allowed a run in the ninth while trying to preserve a one-run lead and a subsequent run in the 10th to take the loss. He gave up four hits in an inning and one-third, taking his third loss and fourth blown save. It is his second straight blown save and the fourth time in his last five that he has surrendered runs. He has allowed nine runs over that span after giving up seven in his first 33 outings.

Corey Kluber yielded one run on five hits and two walks across six innings. The right-hander tossed 94 pitches, netting six strikeouts. The lone run came on a solo homer. Kluber has given up five of his seven homers over his last five starts. This marked the sixth time that he has allowed one run or less. Kluber continues to lead the Texas League with 112 strikeouts.

Lake Elsinore (11-10, 57-34) won 9-3 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Allan Dykstra reached base in three of his four plate appearances and added his first stolen base of the year. The first baseman also doubled and homered – his eighth – while driving in three runs and scoring twice. His seventh inning bomb erased a two-run deficit. Dykstra has successive multi-hit games and has driven in eight over his last five. He is hitting .288 over his last 15 games with 14 walks.

Jaff Decker pounded out a pair of doubles, his 11th and 12th two-baggers of the year, while scoring twice. Decker also swiped third base for his third theft of the season in six attempts. Decker has reached base in eight straight with three multi-hit games in the last four. He has scored nine runs over his last five games. It is the second time this year that he has notched multiple extra-base hits.

Fort Wayne (10-10, 46-44) won 11-5 over Cedar Rapids (Angels)

The Kernels jumped on Jerry Sullivan for three runs in the opening frame, getting a pair of two-out hits. Those would be the only three runs he allowed over four, giving up seven hits and three walks. It is the third time in 18 outings that he has allowed double-digit base runners and the first time since May 1 that he has walked more than two. He had issued a free pass to three in his previous seven outings.

Edinson Rincon left the bases loaded in the first before reaching base five straight times. He had three hits, including a triple, and a ninth inning walk that put two on with nobody out before he eventually came around to score. He would walk a second time in the inning. Rincon touched home twice and drove in one. Rincon has an RBI in four straight and is hitting .322 over his last 37 games.

Jonathan Galvez' walk – one of three straight with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth – pushed across the tying run during a seven-run frame. He was 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI. The shortstop came into the game with two hits in his previous 29 at-bats. Galvez has struck out 84 times this season after fanning twice on Thursday, whiffing in 32.7 percent of his at-bats.

Eugene (13-14) won 3-0 over Tri-City (Rockies)

Matt Lollis delivered six innings of scoreless ball. The right-hander allowed just a single and a walk while striking out five and netting seven ground ball outs to even his record at 2-2. Lollis has allowed one hit in three of his six starts, working at least six innings in each of those outings. He has held right-handed hitters to a .114 average and the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .143 on-base percentage.

Rymer Liriano scored two of the three Eugene runs, connecting on a pair of singles in four trips. He also stole his 11th base of the season. He has notched 12 multi-hit games in 25 overall, including 11 over his last 19. Liriano is hitting .404 with the bases empty but that number drops to .261 with runners in scoring position. He is now hitting .242 on the year across two leagues.

AZL Padres (8-12) won 5-1 over AZL Mariners

Eugenio Reyes earned his first win of the season, giving up one run on four hits and a walk while striking out six. He also netted seven ground ball outs. It is the first time this year that Reyes has made it through five innings, lowering his ERA from 8.59 to 6.86. He has allowed more hits than innings pitched and has seen 37 base runners in 19.2 innings.

Gunnar Terhune was 2-for-4 out of the leadoff spot while also getting hit by a pitch, notching his second double of the year, scoring once and driving in a run. It was the El Cajon native's first multi-hit game of the season. He had been 4-for-25 over his first seven games with the club. He is 2-for-11 when he leads off an inning this year.

DSL Padres (13-22) won 7-0 over DSL Twins in game one, lost 3-1 in game two

Bryan Rodriguez earned the game won win, yielding two hits and a walk across five scoreless frames. The right-hander struck out eight and recorded four ground ball outs. It is the fourth time he has worked at least five innings while giving up one run or less and the second time he has allowed two hits or fewer. He is holding the opposition to a .194 average.

Fabel Filpo delivered a pair of game one singles and scored twice. The outfielder, batting fifth, also stole his fourth and fifth bases in eight attempts. Filpo went 0-for-3 in the nightcap but did net an outfield assist, gunning down a runner at second base. Filpo has just four multi-hit games on the season and came into the day with two hits in his previous 33 at-bats.

Jairo Gomez led the offensive assault with three hits in four trips. The infielder clubbed his seventh double, scored twice and drove in his 11th and 12th. Gomez has a pair of three-hit games in his last three and has scored twice in three straight, touching home seven times in his last four. He has also driven in two in three of his last four, accounting for half his RBI on the season.

Ivan Marcano was on the hook for two runs without allowing a hit in his 2.2 innings in game two. He walked four, hit a batter and tossed two wild pitches – as his ERA remains high at 8.10. Marcano has walked 16 batters while plunking another six and tossing eight wild pitches across 13.1 innings. He has walked three or more three times without reaching three innings.

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