Padres Minor League Notebook: 7-22-10

Aaron Poreda walks them in again. Nathan Culp pitches well but takes the loss. Mark Hardy gets elevated to High-A from rookie ball. Jonathan Galvez hits three homers and drives in five. Xavier Esquivel provides stellar relief.

Portland (37-61) lost 10-3 to Reno (Diamondbacks)

Aaron Poreda was again on the hook for runs without allowing a hit. He walked four and hit a batter in his two-thirds of an inning and left the bases loaded. Poreda would be charged with three runs, one scoring after he left, while recording both outs by way of the strikeout. Poreda has walked 23 batters across 19.1 innings and the last nine runs he has allowed have come without the benefit of a hit.

Cesar Ramos allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits and three walks across four innings, giving up two homers and three extra-base hits in the loss. The left-hander came into the game without a win in a starting role while posting a 3.00 ERA across his first six starts. Ramos has given up five homers over his last nine outings, spanning 20.2 innings.

San Antonio (11-15, 46-50) lost 3-2 to Frisco (Rangers)

Nathan Culp took his sixth loss in Double-A and eighth on the year across two leagues, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits and a walk across 5.1 innings while striking out five. Since the All-Star break, the left-hander has given up 15 runs on 23 hits and three walks across 14.2 innings. The opposition is hitting .322 off him with 95 hits in 73 frames.

Christian Colonel accounted for both of the Missions runs with a two-run homer off top prospect Martin Perez in the seventh. He was the lone player to record a multi-hit game for the club. The infielder had been hitless in his previous 22 at-bats coming into play. He has secured five multi-RBI games this year, accounting for his entire total with the Missions (11 RBI).

Lake Elsinore (14-14, 60-38) lost 4-1 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Mark Hardy got the start for the Storm after not pitching above rookie ball. The left-hander cruised through four before giving up three runs over the next two-thirds of an inning. He would leave at that point, yielding six hits and walking two while fanning three. The Canada native had posted a 3.29 ERA across five games with the AZL Padres, yielding one run or less three times. He walked just four while fanning 27 across 27.1 innings.

Dan Robertson accounted for the lone Lake Elsinore run when he hit a solo homer in the third inning. The outfielder also recorded two outfield assists, gunning down a runner at second and another one at home. Robertson has scored a run in three straight and has touched home 63 times on the year. The leadoff hitter sports a .384 on-base percentage on the season.

Fort Wayne (13-13, 49-47) won 8-3 over Peoria (Cubs)

Jonathan Galvez hit homers in each of his first three at-bats, smoking a three-run bomb in the second, belting a solo shot two frames later, and cranking out another solo homer in the sixth. Galvez ended up going 3-for-4 with five RBI – hitting more homers in one day than he had all season (2). He is the second player in the Midwest League to belt three homers in a game, the last coming from Kalian Sams of Clinton, and the first to accomplish the feat within the Padres system. It was the first three-homer game for a Fort Wayne player since Jon Benick turned the trick on July 3, 2002. Galvez had been hitting .130 with three RBI over his previous 15 games.

Matt Lollis picked up the win in his first Midwest League start. The right-hander fired five innings of three-run ball, two earned, on six hits and two walks while fanning a pair. Lollis has earned three wins across two leagues. In six starts with Eugene, the big California native posted a 2.86 ERA while throwing three one-hitters and holding the opposition to a .175 average.

Eugene (14-18) lost 5-2 to Vancouver (A's)

Pedro Martinez would only record one out in his starts on Thursday, as the left-hander walked five, was called for a balk, and allowed a single – leaving with the bases loaded. Three runs were in, although the three inherited would be stranded. Martinez has walked 23 batters in 23.2 innings this season, walking at least three in five of his seven starts. He has now allowed eight runs over his last 2.2 innings while giving up just four hits over that span.

Xavier Esquivel did a fantastic job across 4.2 innings of relief. He did not allow a hit, plunked one and struck out four without allowing a run. He also stranded all three runners he inherited from Martinez to keep the Emeralds within reach early. Esquivel has allowed one run on four hits over his last 10.2 innings, lowering his ERA from 10.13 to 3.94. He has stranded all four runners he has inherited.

AZL Padres (11-14) vs. AZL Giants postponed due to rain

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

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