Padres Minor League Notebook: 7-26-10

Wily Mo Pena has the hot hand. Jeremy Hefner has a rare bad outing. Dean Anna clears the bases to push a surging Fort Wayne club to victory. Robert Sabo sees a grand slam during his watch. Eugenio Reyes does not make it out of the first. Nine errors doom the DSL Padres.

Portland (39-63) lost 5-3 to Las Vegas (Blue Jays)

Wily Mo Pena continued his assault on the Pacific Coast League with two hits in four trips, hitting his first double and adding a solo homer, his second. Pena has four multi-hit games across his first seven with eight RBI and eight runs scored. Seven of his 12 hits have come with runners on base and he is 3-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

Josh Geer took his ninth loss, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits and two walks across 6.2 innings while striking out four. The right-hander had won six of his last eight games but has dropped two straight. Geer has given up four runs or more 13 times in 21 outings and has allowed 11.9 hits per nine innings pitched.

San Antonio (12-18, 47-53) lost 7-6 to Midland (A's)

Jeremy Hefner was on the hook for seven runs, six earned, on seven hits and three walks across six innings. Two of the hits went for extra-bases and one left the yard during a four-run fifth. It was the fourth time this year he has given up more than three runs, as he came into the game with a string of five straight starts allowing two runs or less. Even with the outing, Hefner maintained a 2.78 ERA.

Matt Clark reached in four of his five plate appearances, going 3-for-4 with a walk. The first baseman launched his 19th homer of the year and plated three runs while scoring twice, pushing his RBI total to 65 in the process. Clark has four straight multi-hit games, going 9-for-17 over that span. He is third in the Texas League in homers and fifth in RBI but also leads the circuit in strikeouts.

Lake Elsinore (15-16, 61-40) had a scheduled day off

Fort Wayne (17-13, 53-47) won 6-1 over Burlington (Reds)

Dean Anna collected three RBI with a bases clearing double with two outs during a six-run second inning. He also drew a walk and scored a run. Anna came into play in a 2-for-19 slump. He is hitting .208 with runners in scoring position but is 5-for-10 with 10 RBI with the bases loaded. He is batting .188 in July after hitting .317 during the month of June.

Jon Berger picked up the win to move to 3-0, yielding one run on five hits across four innings. The right-hander struck out three and notched five ground ball outs. Berger has allowed one run over his last 11 innings of work, striking out 10 while issuing just one walk. He has seen the leadoff hitter of the inning collect a .440 average off him with a .481 on-base percentage in 26 innings started.

Eugene (15-21) lost 10-3 to Vancouver (A's)

Robert Sabo allowed two runs on two hits across an inning and two-thirds, seeing all three inherited runners score on a fifth inning grand slam. It was the first time he had faced a bases loaded situation this season. Six of the eight runners he has inherited this year have come around to score. Sabo had allowed just four of his own runs in 20.1 innings coming into Monday's game.

Adys Portillo took the loss, giving up all five of his runs during the seven-run fifth when he surrendered three hits and two walks. He allowed five hits and three walks while fanning four. Portillo had allowed one earned run over his previous 10.2 innings. He has walked three or more five times in seven outings.

AZL Padres (11-17) lost 8-5 to AZL Indians

Eugenio Reyes was lifted after just two-thirds of an inning after seeing three hits, three walks and a wild pitch amount to four runs, two earned. He left with the bases loaded – all would be stranded. It is the second time this year that the Dominican native has failed to work a complete inning. Reyes has walked as many as he has struck out, 17, while seeing 1.9 batters reach per inning pitched.

Jhonaldo Pozo clubbed a pair of doubles to five him five on the year on a three-hit night that included a run scored and an RBI. He went 0-for-5 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal. The backstop had thrown out 36.4 percent of the runners attempting thievery coming into play and is now 12-fo-38 on the season. Pozo has five multi-hit games over his last seven, hitting .441 off right-handed pitchers.

DSL Padres (14-24) lost 19-2 to DSL Cubs in game one; game two was not available for this report

Rudi Andujar was charged with seven runs – but none earned – in his two-thirds of an inning. He walked five and hit a batter but did not allow a base hit, as the defense committed nine errors in the game to account for 14 unearned runs. Andujar has walked three or more seven times in 10 outings and five or more in three straight. He has given a free pass to 13.9 batters per nine innings pitched while also uncorking 10 wild pitches and hitting six.

Jean Corpas suffered the loss, giving up nine runs, four earned, on 11 hits and a walk across six-plus innings. Corpas has seen 14 unearned cross during his time on the hill while giving up 14 earned. He had limited the opposition to a ,197 average coming into play but that number jumped to .231 after Monday's action.

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