Padres Minor League Notebook: 8-7-10

Radhames Liz allows three homers in a loss. James Darnell homers twice and Simon Castro is rock solid. Rob Musgrave is stellar when pressed into service. Miles Mikolas is bailed out by the walk. Rico Noel makes up for a gaffe in the 12th. Vladimir De La Cruz and Uber Paz have solid outings while Jairo Gomez also comes through.

Portland (43-72) lost 4-3 to Omaha (Royals)

Radhames Liz saw his record evened up at 7-7, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks across six games, striking out three. Five of the hits went for extra bases and three left the yard, accounting for all four runs allowed. It is the fourth time this year he has allowed multiple homers and the second time he has given up three. Liz has allowed four runs or more in three or his last four outings and eight of 20 overall.

Aaron Cunningham went yard in the fourth inning, hitting a two-run shot. The outfielder also drew a walk in four trips. Cunningham has an RBI in three of his last four games and has reached base in seven straight with four hits and seven walks. He hit .312 across 30 games with the Padres, collecting 11 runs scored and 13 RBI. He is hitting .298 across two leagues since the start of June.

San Antonio (20-22, 55-57) won 10-2 over Frisco (Rangers)

James Darnell clubbed a pair of homers – a two-run blast in the second and another two-run shot in the seventh. He also added a walk and scored three runs. It is the third two-homer game of his career, the last coming on July 19, 2009 while with Lake Elsinore. Darnell is hitting .385 over his last seven games with four extra-base hits and eight RBI, upping his average from .230 to .245.

Simon Castro tossed bullets across six innings, yielding five hits while striking out seven and notching six ground ball outs in an 84-pitch effort, moving him to 7-5 on the year. Castro has allowed two runs or less in three straight and six of his last eight, picking up wins in successive starts for the first time all year. He has given up two earned runs or less in 16 of his 21 starts.

Lake Elsinore (22-20, 68-44) lost 7-3 to Lancaster (Astros)

Rob Musgrave was pressed into starting duty and performed more than admirably, striking out eight across five scoreless frames while pitching to the minimum. He allowed one hit but that runner was thrown out at third base. His last start came on May 26, 2009 while with Fort Wayne. Musgrave has given up three earned runs across his last 26.2 innings, giving up 18 hits while striking out 25. He has allowed just 12 extra-base hits in 71 innings.

Noah Mull was on the hook for seven runs, four earned, on five hits, a walk and two wild pitches across two-thirds of an inning. One of the blows came via a three-run homer. The left-hander had worked scoreless ball over his first two frames in the California League, picking up a win. He has tossed five wild pitches across two leagues and has twice allowed seven or more runs.

Fort Wayne (25-16, 61-51) won 6-5 over Bowling Green (Rays)

Miles Mikolas allowed a homer to the first batter he saw while protecting a three-run lead. Two singles, a walk, a sacrifice fly, single, and throwing error followed to put the TinCaps down two runs. The right-hander had been going for his fourth save but suffered his third blown opportunity. He did, however, get the win – his sixth. Mikolas has allowed one run in his previous 13.2 innings coming into play. He has given up four hits or more five times this season.

Five straight walks to open the bottom of the ninth tied the game at 5-5, and Jonathan Galvez was hit by a pitch to push the winning run across, sending the TinCaps home victorious. The shortstop has seven of his 37 RBI over his last five games with a hit in six of his last seven. Nine of his RBI have come with the bases loaded, as he has drawn four free passes and been hit by a pitch with the bases juiced. He owns a .350 on-base percentage thanks to 49 walks.

Eugene (6-5, 21-26) won 4-3 over Salem-Keizer (Giants) in 12 innings

Dexter Carter went six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out a season-high 10. Carter reached double-digit strikeouts three times a season ago. He allowed two homers for the second straight game and the fourth time across two leagues. He has a 7.43 ERA across six starts for the Ems, giving up at least three runs in all but one. This is the first time he has worked past the fifth in a start.

Rico Noel was picked off first base after coming on after a single as a pinch-runner to open the ninth inning. He made up for it by opening the 12th with a double and scoring on a Cole Tyrell single. It was his third extra-base hit in 17 games and pushed his on base streak to 11 games. The outfielder is 14-for-38, a .368 average, with six walks over that span. Noel is 3-for-5 with two walks in the ninth inning and beyond this season.

AZL Padres (13-22) had a scheduled day off

DSL Padres (22-32) won 7-1 over DSL White Sox on Friday

Vladimir De La Cruz pitched five scoreless frames, giving up one hit, plunking a batter and four walks while striking out five to move to 2-3. The right-hander did commit his second error of the year on an attempted pickoff. De La Cruz has walked nine over his last eight innings but has given up just two hits over that span. He has held the opposition to eight hits in 50 at-bats with runners in scoring position, a .160 average.

Jairo Gomez clubbed a pair of doubles, notched a sacrifice fly and drew a walk in four plate appearances, driving in two to push his RBI total to 21. Gomez also hit his fourth homer in the nightcap on Saturday. He has 15 doubles, twice collecting multiple extra-base hits in a six-game span. The infielder is also hitting .310 with runners in scoring position. Gomez has drawn a walk in three straight, tying his longest stretch of the year.

DSL Padres won 3-2 over DSL Rockies in game one, won 4-0 in game two

Marlon Claveria evened up his record at 2-2 with three innings of scoreless ball. He yielded one hit and a walk while fanning one and recording two ground ball outs. The Guatemalan has tossed scoreless ball over his last seven frames while allowing two runs over his last 12.2, lowering his ERA from 6.91 to 4.33. He has held the opposition to a .219 average with runners in scoring position and has not allowed a hit in 10 at-bats with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Uber Paz improved to 2-1, striking out a career high 10 while yielding just one hit and a walk. He faced two over the minimum in his five-inning stint. The right-hander committed his third error on an attempted pickoff. His 10 strikeouts account for 25 percent of his season total. Paz has not allowed a run in the first inning of his seven starts and has posted a 3.03 ERA as a starter while notching a 5.94 ERA in eight relief appearances.

Alvaro Aristy singled in a run and drew a walk in three plate appearances in the nightcap to help secure the win. Aristy had an RBI in both games of the doubleheader and has four over the last three games. He has a six-game hitting streak and has scored eight runs in his last 10 games. Despite a .212 average, Aristy has amassed a .380 on-base percentage thanks to 22 walks.

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