Padres Minor League Notebook: 8-9-10

Wily Mo Pena explodes again. Michael Collins has a nice return. One out away from a no-no in Fort Wayne for the winners of eight straight – in front of Jed Hoyer and crew. Chase Marona locks down a win. Rob Gariano is solid in shutout work. Ivan Marcano tossed seven wild pitches.

Portland (44-73) won 7-4 over Iowa (Cubs)

Wily Mo Pena notched four hits, including a two-run homer in the third inning, scoring once and driving in three. It is the third time this year he has collected four or more hits and the second time in four games. He has four games with three or more RBI, driving in nine over his last four. Pena is 9-for-20 with runners in scoring position.

Cory Luebke improved to 3-0 in the Pacific Coast League and 8-1 across two leagues, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks across 5.2 innings, striking out four and notching eight ground ball outs. It was the third time he has walked three or more in Portland. He has given up two earned runs across the first two innings of his six starts.

San Antonio (22-22, 57-57) won 10-4 over Frisco (Rangers)

Michael Collins reached base in three of his four trips, collecting a pair of singles and a triple. The backstop, playing as the designated hitter this game, also scored twice and drove in a pair. Collins, who missed the last month due to injury, was 0-for-9 in a rehab stint with Arizona. He is hitting .300 over 25 Texas League games, with 13 RBI over his last 10 games.

Luis Martinez reached base in all four of his at-bats, notching four singles, as every player in the lineup recorded a hit. He scored a pair of runs and was 0-for-2 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal. He has gunned down 33.3 percent of the runners attempting thievery this season. It was his second four-hit game across his last three and upped his on base streak to eight games. He is 14-for-32 with three walks and nine runs scored over that stretch.

Lake Elsinore (23-20, 69-44) had a scheduled day off

Fort Wayne (27-16, 63-50) won 2-0 over Bowling Green (Rays)

Jackson Quezada finished off the shutout and was one out away from working a no-hitter spread across five pitchers. The final batter singled over the third baseman's head but was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double to end the game. The TinCaps have never had a nine-inning no-hitter, although they can claim a seven-inning no-no thanks to Simon Castro's effort last year. Queada has allowed two runs over seven innings with the squad

Jeudy Valdez accounted for both Fort Wayne runs with a two-run homer in the third inning, his 10th of the year, pushing his RBI total to 66 on the campaign. The second baseman has scored a run in five straight games, plating six over that span. The Midwest League leader in at-bats has 42 extra-base hits on the season, 21 of those coming with runners on base.

Padres general manager Jed Hoyer was amongst the front office staff in attendance.

Eugene (8-5, 23-28) won 3-1 over Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Chase Marona picked up his fourth save of the year, tossing a perfect ninth while striking out one. The right-hander, who saw three innings with Portland where he allowed onr run, has not allowed a run over his last 8.2 innings in the Northwest League, yielding just two hits while striking out 13. The leadoff man of the inning has reached in just two of the 16 innings he has started and 10 have struck out.

Tyler Stubblefield was the lone Emerald player to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. He did, however, commit his eighth error, leading to an unearned run. Stubblefield had gone 15 games between miscues. The infielder is hitting .321 with runners in scoring position and has 10 multi-hit games across 33 overall.

AZL Padres (14-24) lost 6-5 to AZL Giants in eight innings of game one, won 4-0 in game two

Ross Brayton was one of two players to record a multi-hit game in the opener, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. He did, however, get charged with his second passed ball and was 0-for-1 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal. He is 5-for-17 in his seven games played with four of his hits coming with runners on base. Brayton has thrown out 3-of-20 runners attempting to steal.

Jeury Castillo took the loss, allowing a run on two hits and a walk in the bottom of the eighth, recording just one out. The right-hander has given up four runs on five hits and two walks across his last inning and one-third after allowing two earned over his first 11 frames. Six of his seven walks have come with the bases empty.

Rob Gariano tossed six scoreless frames in the nightcap, yielding four hits and a walk while fanning three and recording eight ground ball outs, including his fifth double play grounder, to improve to 1-2. It is the second time this year he has tossed scoreless ball over at least five innings. Gariano has allowed two runs over his last 11.1 frames.

Corey Adamson notched his fourth double and 16th RBI in the nightcap, going 2-for-3 while also scoring a run. He also had an RBI in the opener and extended his hitting streak to five games. Adamson is hitting .333 with runners in scoring position and that number goes up to .412 with runners in scoring position and two outs.

DSL Padres (22-34) lost 3-0 to DSL Orioles1 in game one, lost 9-0 in game two

Cristhofer Martinez notched both game one hits, including a double – as he was the lone DSL Padres player to reach scoring position. He also drew a walk in a pinch-hit appearance in the nightcap. Martinez came into the day in a 3-for-29 slump. He is just 6-for-45 with runners in scoring position for the season, a .133 average.

Tayron Guerrero allowed three runs, one earned, on three hits and three walks while fanning a half-dozen across six innings. Three errors led to a pair of unearned runs. Guerrero has allowed three earned across his last 25.2 innings, lowering his ERA from 9.53 to 3.65. He has walked three or more five times on the year, including three of his last four outings.

Ivan Marcano was charged with six runs on four hits and six walks across 3.1 innings. He also tossed an incredible seven wild pitches and committed three errors. It is the third time in his last four games that he has walked six and the fifth time he has walked four or more. Guerrero has multiple wild pitches in six games and has uncorked 16 over his last four games, giving him 24 for the year in just 21.2 innings.

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