Padres Minor League Notebook: 7-25-10

The bats come alive in Portland, as everyone contributes. Corey Kluber is masterful again. Vince Belnome's approach is paying off. Pedro Hernandez and crew toss a shutout. Josh Spence is stretching out as a starter after being a late sign. Rafeal Arias is back on the hill – great news for the hard throwing closer.

Portland (39-62) won 21-4 over Las Vegas (Blue Jays)

Every hitter in the lineup had a hit, a run scored and eight of the ninth notched RBI. The first five hitters in the lineup had at least four hits. The club went 16-for-28 with runners in scoring position. The 21 runs and 32 hits amassed are both highs in the Pacific Coast League this season.

Kyle Phillips had five hits and a walk in seven trips, including a double and four RBI. He also scored once. He was one of two people to reach base six times, along with Wily Mo Pena. They are the third and fourth five-hit games by a Beavers player this season. Phillips has a 10-game hitting streak where he has gone 18-for-36, a .500 average. In 20 games with Portland, Phillips is hitting .418 with a .467 on-base percentage to go along with 17 RBI.

Craig Stansberry reached base five times, getting hit by a pitch while adding three singles and a double. He also notched two RBI and scored four times. The infielder is hitting .362 over his last 17 games with seven extra-base hits and a .474 on-base percentage. He has successive multi-hit games with multiple RBI in each.

San Antonio (12-17, 47-52) won 10-0 over Midland (A's)

Luis Martinez reached base four times in five trips with three walks and a double. The backstop plated a pair of runs and scored three times out of the six-hole. He also added his third stolen base of the year. Martinez has three multi-RBI games over his last seven, driving in seven of his 23 RBI on the season over that span.

Corey Kluber and two relievers combined to pitch a shutout. The right-hander contributed six scoreless, yielding three hits and two walks while striking out eight to move to 5-6. It is his second straight outing without allowing a run, as Kluber has given up just one run over his last 20 innings of work. He has allowed one run or less in eight of his 20 starts. He paces the Texas League with 129 strikeouts.

Lake Elsinore (15-16, 61-40) won 4-2 over Bakersfield (Rangers)

Vince Belnome reached base in all four of his plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks. He also scored a run and drove in his 64th. Belnome did, however, commit his 24th error of the year. The California League leader in walks with 77, Belnome boasts a .391 on-base percentage. He is hitting .260 with runners in scoring position and his 131 at-bats in those situations stands second on the team.

Brad Brach picked up his 32nd save of the season in 35 chances with a scoreless ninth. He struck out two while walking a batter, as he moved closer to the California League record for saves in a season (37) set by Brian Anderson in 2006. He leads the circuit in saves – 10 more than his closest competitor. Brach has yielded just two hits over his last six innings since giving up runs in four of the five games prior to that.

Fort Wayne (16-13, 52-47) won 3-0 over Burlington (Royals)

Pedro Hernandez tossed shutout ball across five innings, yielding six hits, a hit batsman and a walk while striking out one and netting nine ground ball outs, including his fourth double play grounder. The left-hander has posted a 3.17 ERA across seven starts after notching a 4.63 ERA in 14 relief appearances. He has allowed one earned or less in four starts but has given up 84 hits in 66 innings.

Everett Williams clubbed his 21st double of the year, as he was in on all three runs – driving in a pair with the two-bagger and scoring in the same frame. Since returning from the disabled list, Williams is hitting .186 across 12 games. He has struck out 102 times on the year, fanning once every 2.7 at-bats. Williams has hit .253 with runners in scoring position as opposed to his .214 mark with the bases empty.

Eugene (15-20) lost 2-1 to Vancouver (A's)

Josh Spence, a ninth-round pick that was signed last week, got the start and worked three innings, giving up one run on three hits and a walk while fanning four. He made his system debut on July 20 with the AZL Padres, striking out the side around a single in his lone inning. He worked 10 innings in the Cape Cod League after missing the 2010 season at ASU with what was described as a nerve injury. The left-hander out of Australia went 10-1 with a 2.37 ERA in 2009 for the Sun Devils, allowing 93 hits in 102.2 innings while striking out 125. He also went 27-7 with a 1.40 ERA in two years at Central Arizona.

Matt Branham supplied four innings of scoreless relief, yielding four hits and a walk while fanning one and netting six ground ball outs, including his first double play grounder of the campaign. The right-hander has notched three games where he has not allowed a run over four innings. Ten of the 13 runs he has allowed all year have come in the first inning.

AZL Padres (11-16) lost 9-7 to AZL Royals

Rafeal Arias was back in action for the first time since feeling shoulder and elbow pain after an April outing. He fired a scoreless frame, striking out one. Arias had been 0-0 with a 10.38 ERA across four games with Fort Wayne, notching one save. He had allowed seven runs, five earned, on five hits, two hit batsmen and six walks in 4.1 innings of Low-A. Arias walked seven all of last year.

Yair Lopez drove in three runs to push his RBI total to 19 on the season, smacking a single and double. He struck out in his other three at-bats and has gone down without a fight in 32.2 percent of his at-bats. Lopez has collected six multi-hit games through his first 20 with six games also seeing multiple RBI. He is 11-for-32 with runners in scoring position, a .344 average.

DSL Padres (14-23) had a scheduled day off

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