Padres Minor League Notebook: 7-21-10

Josh Geer gives up five extra-base hits in a loss. Brandon Gomes moves in to earn the save. Allan Dykstra walks in the winner while the bullpen is rock solid. Jerry Sullivan is hit hard in a loss. Rymer Liriano reaches in all five of his plate appearances and Aaron Everett works scoreless ball again. An error costs the AZL Padres.

Portland (37-60) lost 5-2 to Reno (Diamondbacks)

Josh Geer worked seven innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits and a walk while fanning five. He saw one ball leave the yard and five hits go for extra bases. He has given up 18 homers on the season and seen 53 extra-base hits across his 20 outings. Over the last five games, Geer has seen seven balls leave the yard. This is the 12th time he has allowed four or more runs.

Mike DeMark struck out two in his inning of work, yielding one hit while needing 19 pitches to close out the frame. The reliever has allowed runs in eight of his 17 appearances on the year, giving up multiple runs in six of those. He has seen 43 base runners in 25.2 innings. While he has held the leadoff hitter of the inning to a .143 average against, they are hitting .303 with runners in scoring position.

San Antonio (11-14, 46-49) won 4-2 over Frisco (Rangers)

Alexis Lara evened his record at 3-3 with a pair of scoreless innings. He walked two and struck out one. Since giving up runs in five straight relief appearances, Lara has allowed four earned over his last 19.1 frames, a 1.86 ERA. Five of his 17 walks have come over his last four contests and the leadoff man of the inning owns a .370 on-base percentage against Lara.

Brandon Gomes worked a 13-pitch ninth inning, striking out a pair to pick up his first save of the year, as the team looks go give Craig Italiano a breather. The right-hander saved three games a season ago with the Missions, the last coming on August 24. He has allowed runs in nine of his 35 appearances, posting an ERA under 1.50 in three of his four months in Double-A.

Lake Elsinore (14-13, 60-37) won 4-3 over Inland Empire (Dodgers) in 10 innings

Allan Dykstra walked with the bases loaded in the top of the 10th to bring home the eventual winning run. He drew two walks and added a single. The first baseman has an RBI in six straight games and eight of his last nine, pushing 12 across that span. He has reached base safely in 22 straight contests. Dykstra has collected 20 hits and 18 walks over that span for a .396 on-base percentage.

Rob Musgrave was part of a bullpen that tossed eight innings of scoreless relief. The left-hander yielded two hits and a walk while striking out four across his pair of frames. He has given up runs in 13 of his 39 relief appearances and hasn't allowed more than one earned run since his second outing in High-A. Since giving up three runs on April 23, Musgrave has a 1.51 ERA with Lake Elsinore.

Fort Wayne (12-13, 48-47) lost 10-0 to Peoria (Cubs)

Jerry Sullivan was on the hook for six runs, five earned, on a half-dozen hits across three innings, seeing his ERA jump to 4.50. Five of the six hits went for extra bases, including two home runs. Sullivan allowed a three-run bomb and a solo shot in taking the loss. It is the second time this year he has given up multiple homers. His ERA has risen from 3.15 over his last eight starts.

Jedd Gyorko had one of just five Fort Wayne hits during a 1-for-3 night, as the club was shutout for the third time this year. The third baseman hit .330 for the Eugene Emeralds with 11 extra-base hits in 26 games. He scored 16 runs and notched 17 RBI while posting a .383 on-base percentage. Gyorko hit .364 with runners in scoring position in short-season.

Eugene (14-17) won 4-3 over Vancouver (A's) in 10 innings

Rymer Liriano sparked a rally in the top of the 10th with a single and would score on a Connor Powers base knock. It was the fifth time Liriano reached base, as he went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a pair of walks. He also stole his 25th base of the year in 37 chances across two leagues. It is the second time this season and the first time since May 23 with Fort Wayne that he drew two walks in a game. He has 15 multi-hit games in 30 overall with Eugene.

Aaron Everett continued his scoreless streak with a pair of run-free frames, striking out two while retiring all six of the batters he faced to move to 2-0. Everett has not allowed a run across 13.2 innings to begin the season, yielding eight hits while striking out 14. Everett has held the leadoff hitter of the inning to a .167 on-base percentage.

AZL Padres (11-14) lost 6-5 to AZL Dodgers

Stalyn Valdez suffered the loss after the AZL Padres had taken the lead in the top half of the ninth, seeing two unearned runs cross on four hits and a walk in his inning and two-thirds. It was a two-out error that would have ended the game but instead saw two singles follow for the walk-off loss. Valdez had saved two straight coming in. He has allowed two earned over his last 11.2 innings.

Jhonaldo Pozo had a pair of hits in four at-bats, scoring a run and driving in one. He also led off the ninth with a base hit to spark the two-run rally. He was 2-for-3 throwing out base runners attempting to steal. Pozo has collected four multi-hit games in his last five and has a hit in nine of his last 10 with five multi-hit games over that span.

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

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