Padres Minor League Notebook: 8-1-10

Nathan Culp takes his third PCL loss while Cesar Ramos has a complete game defeat. James Darnell goes yard in a shutout win. Nick Schmidt hasn't been well suited in a semi-starter role. Jon Berger gets hit hard in a loss. Rico Noel hits his first homer as a professional.

Portland (41-68) lost 7-4 to Salt Lake ( Angels) in game one, lost 1-0 in game two

Nathan Culp was on the hook for seven runs on eight hits across four innings, seeing four extra-base hits against and two balls leave the yard. It is the third time in four Pacific Coast League games that the left-hander has allowed seven runs or more. He has allowed 10 extra-base hits and 29 hits overall in 19 frames, as opponents have a .341 average.

Kyle Phillips went 2-for-4 with his eighth double, adding his 31st Pacific Coast League RBI. The first baseman has a .389 average across 27 games with the Beavers. He has a hit in 22 of his 27 contests and has secured 23 RBI over that span. Phillips is hitting .435 with runners on base and .500 with runners on base and two outs.

Cesar Ramos pitched a complete game two-hitter but took the loss, giving up a lone run while walking four. He tossed 95 pitches and struck out four – the lone run coming on a solo homer. The left-hander has posted a 3.79 ERA across nine starts – the same ERA he has posted in 15 relief appearances. Ramos has allowed four homers in his last four games.

San Antonio (16-20, 51-55) won 5-0 over Frisco (Rangers)

Matt Buschmann pitched five scoreless innings, yielding two hits while striking out three in an efficient 53-pitch outing that produced six ground ball outs. The right-hander has allowed one run over his last 10 innings. He has held the opposition to a .228 average in Double-A while holding right-handed hitters to a .176 average.

James Darnell reached base three times, hitting his seventh homer of the year – a two-run shot in the fourth – while drawing a walk and singling. The third baseman has an RBI in three of his last four games. Darnell is hitting .262 over his last 28 games, upping his overall average 20 points. He had hit just two homers in his previous 43 contests.

Lake Elsinore (19-18, 65-42) lost 5-4 to Visalia (Diamondbacks)

Cole Figueroa notched a pair of hits, including his third triple, while driving in two runs to up his RBI total to 57. He was, however, caught stealing for the seventh time. Figueroa has four RBI over his last two games and nine over his last seven. He is batting .340 with runners in scoring position and .424 with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Nick Schmidt dropped to 6-8, giving up three runs on three hits while fanning four across two innings. A three-run homer in the opening frame accounted for all the runs. The left-hander has been on a holster since his June 19 start, never going more than three innings. Four of his losses have come over that span, as he has surrendered 20 earned runs on 25 hits since slimming down his workload. Two of the four homers he has allowed this year have come across his last three games.

Fort Wayne (19-16, 55-50) lost 11-6 to Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Dean Anna collected three hits while batting second in the order, hitting his 14th double, scoring a run and driving in one. Anna has a run scored in each of his last three games with four RBI over that span. He has a .412 on-base percentage when he leads off an inning but had slumped with a .194 average over his previous 14 games coming into Sunday.

Jon Berger allowed five runs on five hits and two walks across a pair of innings in taking the loss. The right-hander had allowed three earned runs over his previous 15.1 innings, posting a 1.76 ERA over that span while picking up three wins. Berger has, however, seen the opposition club .341 off him with the leadoff hitter of an inning sporting a .448 on-base percentage.

Eugene (3-2, 18-23) won 3-2 over Spokane (Indians)

Mark Hardy picked up his first Northwest League win, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out seven. The left-hander went 3-2 with a 3.06 ERA across six games for the AZL Padres and was 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA in one California League outing. He had allowed one earned run or less in four of his six games with the AZL Padres.

Rico Noel hit his first homer as a professional and accounted for all three RBI – cracking a two-run blast in the fifth after an RBI single in the third. He had two of the Ems six hits. The center fielder has been on base at least twice in three straight games and has 14 RBI in 24 games across two leagues. He is hitting .286 across the two leagues with runners in scoring position.

AZL Padres (12-19) vs. AZL Giants postponed

DSL Padres (18-28) had a scheduled day off

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