Padres Minor League Notebook: 7-20-10

Cory Luebke has a solid outing but goes without a decision while Willy Mo Pena debuts. Corey Kluber gives up one hit over seven. Zach Herr takes his first loss of the year. Luis Domoromo homers in a loss. Donavan Tate continues to sizzle while B.J. Guinn is rejuvenated.

Portland (37-59) won 2-1 over Reno (Diamondbacks)

Cory Luebke delivered seven innings of one-run ball. The left-hander yielded three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five. He tossed 67 of his 99 pitches for strikes in the no-decision. Luebke has allowed two runs or less in eight of his 12 outings and one run or less six times. This is the third time he has allowed three hits or less while going at least six innings.

Wily Mo Pena made his system debut after being signed by the Padres to a minor league deal. The outfielder went 2-for-4 with a run scored in his bid to get back to the big leagues. Pena batted .253 in the parts of seven major league seasons, last appearing in 2008 with the Washington Nationals when he had two homers and 10 RBI in 195 at-bats. Over those seven seasons in the bigs, Pena hit 77 home runs with 225 RBI.

San Antonio (10-14, 45-49) won 4-0 over Frisco (Rangers)

Corey Kluber worked scoreless ball across seven frames, yielding a single hit and three walks while hitting a batter and striking out nine. He improved to 4-6 and dropped his ERA to 3.53. This was the second time he has tossed a one-hitter over at least five innings and the fourth time has worked without allowing a run across 19 starts. Kluber continues to pace the Texas League with 121 strikeouts.

Evan Scribner worked a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation. He walked one and struck out a pair to preserve the shutout. The right-hander has fanned 11.46 batters per nine innings pitched. He has walked just eight all year. Scribner has allowed runs in nine of his 37 appearances on the year while holding the opposition to a .221 average against.

Lake Elsinore (13-13, 59-37) lost 8-5 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Hayden Beard worked 2.2 innings of scoreless ball, yielding one hit and striking out a pair. The right-handed Australian also stranded three inherited runners, netting a double play with the bases juiced. Beard has not allowed a run across 6.2 innings with the Storm. He has stranded seven inherited runners across two leagues this season. Beard has allowed runs in 10 of his 33 outings between Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore.

Zach Herr suffered his first loss of the season, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk across two innings while fanning one. He has allowed runs in nine of his 37 appearances and matched a season high with five hits allowed. Herr came into play having allowed eight hits in 45 at-bats with runners in scoring position before seeing the opposition go 3-for-4 in those situations on Tuesday.

Fort Wayne (12-12, 48-46) had a scheduled day off

Eugene (13-17) lost 6-2 to Everett (Mariners)

Luis Domoromo had two of the Emeralds four hits and drew a walk in four plate appearances. He also accounted for both runs, hitting a solo homer – his first – in the fifth, and adding an RBI base knock. The outfielder has hits in successive games for the first time this year. He came into the contest with four hits in his first 27 at-bats while striking out nine times after missing time due to an infection on his hand.

Matt Branham suffered the loss, dropping to 1-3. He gave up three runs on seven hits across five innings, tossing a wild pitch and striking out three. The opposition is hitting .307 off the South Carolina native and that number jumps to .391 with runners on and two outs. He does, however, have a .238 average against with runners in scoring position. Ten of the 13 runs he has allowed all year have come in the first inning.

AZL Padres (11-13) won 11-2 over AZL Rangers

Donavan Tate smoked his second homer of the season with a solo shot in the opening frame. He also drew a walk and singled in five trips on a night that saw the team go 6-for-22 with runners in scoring position. Both of his homers have come across his last six games. Tate has reached base twice or more in seven of his last nine games. He now sports a .393 on-base percentage.

B.J. Guinn reached base five times in his second game in the desert after a demotion from Eugene. The infielder collected three hits, including a double, and drew two walks while scoring a run. He also stole a bag, giving him three in two games. Guinn went 6-for-37, a .162 average, with three runs scored. He stole just one bag in 11 games with the Emeralds.

DSL Padres (14-23) vs. DSL Reds postponed due to rain

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