Padres Minor League Notebook: 7-23-10

Erik Davis fills in and Dusty Ryan powers the offense. Simon Castro suffers the loss to first-place Midland. Allan Dykstra continues to sizzle. Jedd Gyorko nets the walk-off single. Luis Domoromo and Wes Cunningham combine to lead the Ems to a win.

Portland (38-61) won 13-7 over Las Vegas (Blue Jays)

Erik Davis was moved up from Lake Elsinore to make the spot start and earned the win, giving up two runs – both coming on a homer – across five innings. He yielded three hits and two walks while striking out seven. Davis has a system leading 10 wins across two leagues with just three losses. He has allowed two earned or less in five straight and seven of his last eight.

Dusty Ryan hit a three-run homer in the second inning to spark a run of 10 runs from innings two through four. He ended his night with four RBI and a pair of hits. Ryan has homered in successive games with multi-hit affairs in both. He has three multi-hit games in his last six, raising his average from .141 to .166. He is hitting .306 over his last 14 games with a .490 on-base percentage.

Wily Mo Pena hit his first homer as a member of the Beavers, as the outfielder went 2-for-3 with a walk, a sacrifice fly, three RBI and three runs scored. It is his second multi-hit game in the four he has played while he has four runs scored. Pena hit 26 homers as a member of the Dayton Dragons in the Midwest League and hit 26 homers four years last for the Cincinnati Reds.

San Antonio (11-16, 46-51) lost 3-2 to Midland (A's)

Simon Castro dropped to 5-4, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk across five innings. The right-hander gave up three extra-base hits, including a two-run homer. Castro has taken losses in successive games for the firs time this year, seeing his ERA rise to 3.10 – the first time all season it has gone above 3.00. He has limited the opposition to three earned or less in all but three of his 18 outings. His four strikeouts in the last two contests are his lowest two-game output of the season.

James Darnell worked out a pair of singles in four trips, scoring one of the two San Antonio runs. He did, however, commit his 13th error of the year. He has four multi-hit games over his last nine and is hitting .292 across his last 20 games with six extra-base hits and 10 RBI, raising his average from .215 to .241. Darnell has committed an error in three straight games.

Lake Elsinore (14-15, 60-39) lost 6-3 to Bakersfield (Rangers)

Allan Dykstra accounted for all three Storm runs with one swing, hitting his ninth homer of the year in the second inning to push his RBI total to 50 on the year. The first baseman also walked twice. Dykstra has reached safely in 24 straight games, reaching base 42 times over that span, an average of 1.75 per contest. Dykstra has 15 RBI over his last 11 games with an RBI in seven of his last eight.

Jeremy McBryde suffered his second loss in as many starts, giving up four runs, two earned, on six hits and two walks across four innings. He also hit a batter while fanning three and committed an error. McBryde has hit a batter in four of his five outings with the Storm and has allowed nine runs on 11 hits across his last 8.1 innings. The right-hander also allowed his first homer of the year but did net a pair of double play grounders.

Fort Wayne (14-13, 50-47) won 8-7 over Peoria (Cubs)

Jedd Gyorko singled in the winning run with no outs in the top of the ninth to provide the walk-off win. It was the third single of the night for the third baseman and produced his first Midwest League RBI. He also scored a run. Gyorko is 6-for-12 in Low-A with successive multi-hit games. He has 12 such games across two leagues, playing in 29 overall. He has reached base safely in all but four contests.

Jason Hagerty began the ninth inning rally with a double, his 28th of the year, and added a single and a sacrifice fly in five trips, driving in two runs to give him 55 RBI for the year. Hagerty, the reigning Midwest League Player of the Week, extended his hitting streak to 12 games with eight multi-hit contests over that span. He has nine extra-base hits across that time frame with 11 RBI. Hagerty has a .409 on-base percentage.

Eugene (15-18) won 6-5 over Vancouver (A's)

Luis Domoromo doubled in a run in the top of the eighth and would score the eventual winning run later that inning. He had two hits in three at-bats and added a second RBI with a sacrifice fly while also scoring twice. The outfielder has a five-game hitting streak with three multi-hit games in his last four. Domoromo is hitting .348 with the bases empty but has just a .105 average with runners on base.

Wes Cunningham reached base three times out of the three-hole in the lineup, going 2-for-4 with a walk. It was his eighth inning double that drove home Domoromo and the first baseman also scored a run while stealing his third base of the year in four attempts. Cunningham is hitting .308 with runners in scoring position and has reached base safely in 12 of his last 13 games.

AZL Padres (11-14) had a scheduled day off

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

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