Padres Minor League Notebook: 7-30-10

A system sweep – the first of its kind this year. Luis Durango and Cedric Hunter pace an energetic Portland offense. Blake Tekotte hits a three-run homer to break a late tie. Bo Davis cracks a three-run bomb in extras while the Storm post a shutout. Danny Payne leads Fort Wayne to a win. Matt Branham works well in relief. Corey Adamson has a day of perfection. Jairo Gomez comes alive again.

Portland (40-66) won 14-10 over Salt Lake (A's)

Luis Durango reached base four times and scored each time he got on. He notched all singles while striking out once. Despite reaching base 121 times this year, the outfielder and leadoff man has scored just 32 runs, including Friday's four. Durango has recorded 11 games with three hits or more and two four-hit games in his last seven where he has four multi-hit affairs.

Cedric Hunter also reached four times, smacking a pair of singles, drawing a walk and hitting a two-run homer in the ninth inning. He ended the game with two runs scored and three RBI while adding his third stolen base in four attempts. Hunter has notched three multi-hit games in his last four, going 9-for-21 with eight runs scored. He had scored 13 times over his first 26 games.

San Antonio (14-20, 49-55) won 7-4 over Frisco (Rangers)

Blake Tekotte had three hits, including a three-run bomb with two outs to cap a six-run eighth inning, breaking a 4-4 tie. The outfielder was, however, caught stealing twice on the day. Tekotte, who has five homers and 12 extra-base hits in 32 games with the Missions, had been hitting .136 in the eighth and ninth innings of games coming into play. Four of the left-handed hitter's five homers have come against southpaws.

Evan Scribner picked up his fifth save of the season in as many chances, yielding a two-out single before getting a ground out to end the game while also striking out one in the frame. He had allowed runs in successive games for just the second time all year coming into play. Scribner has given up seven runs over his last 11 outings – once less run than he had allowed over his first 30 appearances.

Lake Elsinore (18-17, 64-41) won 3-0 over Visalia (Diamondbacks) in 10 innings

Bo Davis hit a three-run homer with two outs in the top of the 10th inning to break a scoreless tie. He also drew a walk but was caught stealing for the fourth time this season. Davis has clubbed two homers – his lone two in Lake Elsinore – over his last four games with three of his six extra-base hits coming over that span. He has reached base two or more times in four of his last five games with six hits and seven walks.

Six pitchers combined on the shutout with Nick Vincent pitching in two scoreless frames. The right-hander faced the minimum and struck out four during the seventh and eighth innings. Vincent has allowed four earned over his last 23.1 innings, a 1.54 ERA. Over that span, he has allowed 14 hits while striking out 26. He has limited the leadoff hitter of the inning to a .167 average this year.

Fort Wayne (19-14, 55-48) won 7-4 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Danny Payne reached base in four of his five plate appearances, going 3-for-4 with a walk out of the leadoff spot. The outfielder clubbed two doubles, scored twice and drove in three. He also added his 26th stolen base in 30 attempts during Midwest League play. He has scored five runs over his last two games and has touched home 49 times in 67 overall with the TinCaps. Payne is also hitting .362 with runners on base.

Daniel Meeley was a perfect 4-for-4 on the day with a double and two runs scored while batting eighth. He did, however, commit his sixth error of the year. Meeley, who is hitting .394 with runners in scoring position for the club, has 10 multi-hit games in 27 overall while splitting time between left and right field. He owns a .398 on-base percentage with a 13-to-16 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

Eugene (17-22) won 2-1 over Spokane (Indians)

Rico Noel reached base three times on a night that saw the club manage just six base runners. He was 2-for-3 with a double, his first, and a walk. Noel also scored a run and stole his fourth base in as many attempts. The double was his second extra-base hit across two leagues and 21 games. Noel had been 2-for-19 over his previous five games coming into Friday.

Matt Branham picked up the win to move to 2-3, giving up one run on two hits and a walk while striking out five across four innings. He also recorded his second double play grounder in as many games. The right-hander has allowed one run over his last eight innings of work and has allowed one run or zero runs in four of his five outings that have lasted at least four innings.

AZL Padres (12-18) won 6-0 over AZL Dodgers

Corey Adamson had a perfect 4-for-4 day that included a pair of triples – his first three-baggers of the year – an RBI and two runs scored. The outfielder has four multi-hit games in his last six, going 11-for-21 with four extra-base hits. Since striking out 20 times in his first 12 games, Adamson has fanned just four times over his last 10 with six walks drawn over that span.

Bryan Altman also added his second triple on a 2-for-3 day that included a walk. He also doubled his RBI total for the season from two to four and scored a run. It was his second multi-hit game of the year and first since June 25. He had gone 4-for-40, a .100 average, in between those multi-hit affairs. Five of his eight hits have come with runners in scoring position where he is hitting .333.

DSL Padres (17-28) won 10-8 over DSL Rockies

Jairo Gomez reached base four times in six trips, going 3-for-5 with a walk. He collected his 10th and 11th doubles while adding two RBI and a run scored. Fourteen of Gomez' 30 hits have gone for extra bases, including six of his last nine. He has recorded 13 RBI over his last 12 games and is batting .361 with runners in scoring position. Gomez also has five multi-hit games in his last 11.

Fabel Filpo delivered three hits in six trips, including his sixth double and third triple, while scoring three times and knocking in one. The outfielder has four multi-hit games over his last 11 – and they are the only games he has recorded hits in. This was the first time this year he has notched multiple extra-base hits in a contest.

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