Padres Minor League Notebook: 7-27-10

Adam Russell takes loss number eight. Nathan Culp is strong in a San Antonio win. Cole Figueroa has a key hit and the Storm pours it on in extras. Jackson Quezada continues the comeback trail. After a tough DSL Padres day on Monday, the offense comes alive.

Portland (39-64) lost 5-4 to Salt Lake (Angels)

Cedric Hunter reached base three times out of the leadoff spot, going 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. The outfielder is hitting .344 when he hits first in the order across 15 games with the Beavers. Hunter also has more walks than strikeouts since moving to Triple-A (8 to 6). He is 6-for-11 over his last two games, pushing his average up 31 points.

Adam Russell suffered his eighth loss of the year, giving up an unearned run on one hit while fanning two in his lone inning during a tie game. The opposition is hitting .311 off him with runners in scoring position and the leadoff hitter of an inning owns a .364 average and .447 on-base percentage. He has allowed runs in 15 of his 35 outings.

San Antonio (13-18, 48-53) won 2-1 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Nathan Culp delivered 7.1 shutout innings, yielding six hits, not walking a batter and striking out four. The left-hander tossed 90 pitches, netting 11 ground ball outs. Since moving back into the starter role, Culp has given up two earned or less in three of his four outings, tossing shutout ball twice. He has a 4.23 ERA across 12 starts while notching a 6.23 ERA in eight relief appearances.

Brandon Gomes earned his eighth hold of the year, retiring both men he faced while stranding an inherited runner. The right-hander has worked scoreless ball over his last 9.2 innings. Gomes had allowed nine of the 12 runners he had inherited to score coming into play, which is nearly as many runs as he has allowed (11) over 53.2 innings. He has not allowed an earned run in the eighth inning all season as the bridge to the closer.

Lake Elsinore (16-16, 62-40) won 14-6 over Stockton (A's) in 10 innings

Gary Poynter surrendered three runs, two earned, on a hit and four walks across his two-thirds of an inning – leaving the bases loaded and seeing one of those runs score after he exited. The Texas native has given up runs in three of his six outings, surrendering multiple runs each time. He has allowed 12 hits and eight walks across eight innings in the California League.

Cole Figueroa tied the game up in the top of the ninth to send the contest into extra innings where the Storm pushed eight runs across in the 10th. The infielder is a .444 hitter in the ninth inning this season, going 12-for-27 in that final stanza. Figueroa also hit one of five Storm homers, as he reached base four times, going 3-for-5 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBI. He had been hitting .230 over his previous 19 games coming into play.

Fort Wayne (17-13, 53-47) had a scheduled day off

Eugene (15-21) had a scheduled day off

AZL Padres (11-18) lost 3-0 to AZL Cubs

Mark Hardy allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits across five frames, striking out four and notching eight ground ball outs, including his first double play grounder. The Canadian left-hander has given up two runs or less in four of his six outings with the AZL Padres. He has limited the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .094 average and a .121 on-base percentage across his 34 frames. Hardy has also limited southpaw hitters to a .174 average.

Jackson Quezada worked a perfect 1-2-3 frame as he continues to battle back from injury. Since giving up a run on two hits in his first outing of rehab, the right-hander has yielded one hit over his last four frames. Quezada made it into just one game with Lake Elsinore in mid-April before reinjuring his arm. He gave up two homers in that lone California League game.

Matt Antonelli continues to battle through some pain in his hand and was held out of the lineup. He was originally scheduled to go seven innings but felt pain in his hand on Monday and was pulled before what was to be a five-inning outing when he left in the third.

DSL Padres (14-25) lost 7-0 to DSL Cubs in game two on Monday

Vladimir De La Cruz dropped to 1-3, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks across three innings while also hitting a batter. The right-hander out of the Dominican had given up one run over his previous 7.1 innings but has taken the loss in successive starts. He is holding right-handed batters to a .190 average against while left-handed hitters are batting .296. The leadoff hitter of the inning does, however, have a .400 on-base percentage off De La Cruz.

Uber Paz was on the hook for four runs on eight hits across four innings, striking out a half-dozen, as the club was outscored by 24 runs in the doubleheader. It is the fourth time this year that Paz has allowed four runs or more in an outing while his six punchouts matched a season high. The Nicaraguan has notched a 6.30 ERA across five relief appearances while posting a 3.65 ERA in his six starts.

DSL Padres (15-25) won 12-9 over DSL Diamondbacks

Fabel Filpo collected three hits in five trips, including his fifth double of the year out of the eight hole in the lineup. The outfielder notched a pair of runs scored and collected two RBI, giving him seven on the year. It was his first three-hit game of the year and sixth multi-hit affair with three coming over his last seven. He has, however, had 22 games without a hit in 38 overall.

Miguel Del Castillo drove in three runs from his sixth spot in the order, going 2-for-5 with a run scored. The backstop is 14-for-32 over his last nine games with 12 of his 16 RBI and eight of his 11 runs scored coming over that span. Del Castillo is hitting .478 with runners in scoring position and is 14-for-23 with runners on base and two outs.

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