Padres Minor League Notebook: 7-28-10

Mike Baxter and Craig Stansberry reach base 10 times but few others help. Simon Castro takes his third straight loss. Bo Davis' fifth time on base nets the game-winner. Nick Schumacher suffers his fifth blown save. Dexter Carter has his finest outing to date. Jairo Gomez hits homers in both games of a doubleheader.

Portland (39-65) lost 8-3 to Salt Lake (A's)

Mike Baxter also saw himself on base in each of his five trips to the dish while batting third. The outfielder drew three walks and notched a pair of doubles while scoring once. Baxter also recorded an outfield assist, gunning down a runner at second. It is the fifth time this year he has registered multiple extra-base hits in a game. Baxter has drawn eight walks in his last six games with a pair of three-walk games.

Craig Stansberry reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 4-for-4 with a walk and a double. He also scored a run out of the two-hole. Despite the two and three hitters reaching in succession, they scored just twice. The infielder has successive four-hit games and three straight multi-hit affairs, going 10-for-25 with four RBI and six runs scored. He has upped his average from .252 to .277 over that span.

San Antonio (13-19, 48-54) lost 6-2 to Corpus Christi (Astros)

Simon Castro tossed 73 pitches across five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a pair of walks whole fanning four. Both runs came home via a two-run homer. Castro has lost three straight games, posting a 4.87 ERA over that span. He has held right-handed batters to a .173 average while holding the opposition to two earned or less in 15 of his 19 outings.

Matt Buschmann allowed one run on two hits and a walk across a pair of innings, striking out two. The right-hander has limited right-handed hitters to a .189 average in Double-A action while lefties are batting .308. Buschmann has posted a 2.79 RA across 16 relief appearances, striking out 36 in 29 innings while holding hitters to a .204 average.

Lake Elsinore (17-16, 63-40) won 3-2 over Stockton (A's)

Erik Davis fired blanks across five innings, yielding five hits and a walk while striking out a half-dozen in a no-decision, denying him of his 11th win. Davis has allowed two earned or less in five straight California League starts and seven of his last eight. He has posted a 2.97 ERA across his last nine starts. This is the fourth time he has posted zeroes in 20 starts across two leagues.

Bo Davis doubled to left with one out in the ninth to push the go ahead run across. The outfielder reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a pair of walks. He scored a run and drove in one in the ninth while swiping his third base in six California League attempts. Davis came into the game with three hits in his previous 26 at-bats. He is 6-for-20, a .300 average, with runners in scoring position.

Fort Wayne (17-13, 53-47*) lost 4-3 to South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Nick Schumacher suffered the blown save and the loss, giving up two runs while attempting to nurse a one-run lead. It was his fifth blown save in 26 chances and sixth loss. He walked two and hit a batter while giving up a home run. The opposition's leadoff hitter of the inning owns a .450 on-base percentage against Schumacher. Since posting a 1.82 ERA prior to the All-Star game, he has logged a 6.60 ERA since.

Matt Lollis yielded two runs on six hits while striking out eight across six frames. Five of the hits went for extra bases and one ball left the yard. The right-hander has given up two earned or less in six of his eight starts across two leagues. The eight strikeouts set a career-high. Lollis has held the leadoff hitter of the inning to seven hits in 46 at-bats and has yet to issue a walk to that man.

Eugene (16-21) won 4-3 over Spokane (Indians)

Dexter Carter allowed two runs on seven hits and a pair of walks while striking out a half-dozen across five innings in a no-decision. The right-hander had allowed 10 runs on 13 hits, five walks and a pair of hit batsmen across his first three starts, spanning just seven innings. He had not made it past the third inning coming into Wednesday's game.

Chase Marona picked up his second save of the year in as many chances after a fielding error allowed the winning run to score in the eighth. He struck out the final batter after giving up a one-out walk. The right-hander has allowed one run on three hits across his last 9.2 innings. Marona has struck out 21 in 14.2 innings while holding the opposition to a .180 average.

AZL Padres (11-18) had a scheduled day off

DSL Padres (16-26) won 3-2 over DSL Reds in game one, lost 3-2 in 11 innings in game two

Jairo Gomez hit a two-run homers – his second of the year – in the fifth inning to give his club the lead for good, as the team managed just three hits. Gomez did, however, commit his 12th error. Gomez also hit a two-run bomb in the nightcap, a lead that held until the seventh. The infielder had just one homer coming into the day. Gomez has 11 RBI and five extra-base hits across his last nine contests.

Tayron Guerrero earned the win, allowing two runs on seven hits, four walks, a hit batsman and two wild pitches across 5.1 innings while striking out three. He has won two straight starts while yielding two runs over his last 13.2 innings. The right-hander has walked 21 batters in 25 frames but has held the opposition to a .211 average with runners in scoring position.

Ricardo Valenzuela, a first baseman, was called to the mound in the 11th. He did not record an out, giving up two hits and a walk while taking the loss. He had gone 1-for-4 in the contest but was caught stealing for the first time in four tries in the only time he reached. Five of his 12 hits have gone for extra bases and he is 5-for-18 over his last seven.

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