Padres Minor League Notebook: 8-16-10

Nick Green has been solid with men in scoring position. Jeremy Hefner takes the loss for San Antonio Everett Williams drives in three in another Fort Wayne win. Adys Portillo doubles his win total from 2009 and Oscar Garcia and Jorge Minyeti shine offensively. We have the reaction. The DSL Padres are swept in a double dip.

Portland (48-75) lost 5-4 to Albuquerque (Dodgers)

Nick Green secured a pair of singles in four at-bats out of the eight-hole, plating a pair of runs with his two-out base knock in the third. The shortstop owns a seven-game hitting streak with three multi-hit affairs. Green is 9-for-23 with runners in scoring position, a .391 average, and that number rises to .455 with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Josh Geer dropped to 9-10 on the year, allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits and two walks across seven innings. The right-hander gave up three extra-base hits, including a two-run homer. Geer has allowed 23 homers on the season, giving up a homer in 16 of his 25 outings. The leadoff hitter of the inning owns a .372 average against off Geer with a .392 on-base percentage.

San Antonio (24-26, 59-61) lost 9-1 to Springfield (Cardinals)

Jeremy Hefner dropped to 10-6, giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks while fanning three across five innings. He tossed 105 pitches, giving up a solo homer. It was just the fifth time in 24 starts that he has allowed four runs or more. His four walks also matched a season high – the ninth time he has walked at least three.

Blake Tekotte broke up the shutout bid with a solo homer to open the top of the eighth inning. He went 2-for-4 on a day that saw the Missions go hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position. The outfielder has successive multi-hit games, both on the road. Tekotte is hitting .307 with 12 extra-base hits and 23 RBI in 26 road games compared to a .198 average with six extra-base hits and eight RBI in 22 home games.

Lake Elsinore (26-23, 72-47) had a scheduled day off

Fort Wayne (31-19, 67-53) won 6-4 over Lansing (Blue Jays)

Edinson Rincon clubbed a pair of doubles, his 28th and 29th of the season, while also scoring a pair of runs out of the six-hole. He did, however, commit his 34th error of the campaign. It is the sixth time he has notched multiple extra-base hits in a single contest. Rincon had been in a 7-for-43 slump over his previous 12 games, a .163 average, after hitting .302 in the 51 games prior to that.

Everett Williams' two-run single with the bases loaded two outs in the top of the eighth turned out to be the difference in the game. He also added a sacrifice fly in the third for a three-RBI game. Williams has 10 RBI over his last seven games and is hitting .300 with three walks and 10 RBI with the bases loaded. The sacrifice fly was his first of the season.

Eugene (11-8, 26-31) won 4-1 over Yakima (Diamondbacks)

Oscar Garcia doesn't take many pitches. He swung at the first pitch in his opening at-bat and did the same in his second – this one just clearing the 325 sign in right field for a two-run homer. He would also draw a walk and score two runs. Garcia has a .289 average when he leads off an inning.

"I was looking middle-in and I got my pitch and put a good swing on it," Garcia said. "Luckily, it stayed fair."

"He has hit the ball as hard as anyone of late," hitting coach Shawn Wooten said. "He hit a liner in his first at-bat and I was thinking, ‘Just keep it there.'"

Adys Portillo worked a lot of deep counts but got out of trouble with key pitches at the right time. Ten of his pitches were first-pitch strikes to 18 batters overall, as the right-hander tossed 76 on the day. He earned his second win and first since June 30. Portillo has held right-handed hitters to a .192 average against.

"He pitched a great game," Garcia said. "All of them did. Portillo, Franklin and Everett. To hold this team to one run is pretty big. It gives us hitters confidence to know our pitchers had our back."

"I felt really good today," Portillo said. "I was working on staying consistent in my mechanics and putting the fastball down and away.

"My comfort level was high. I think today was the best start I had on the season. I felt really good when I threw my fastball, changeup and curveball."

Jorge Minyeti collected two hits and a walk in three trips, notching his third double and plating a run. He was also instrumental in scoring their third run when he looped a ball into right field in the spot vacated by the second baseman when Garcia was running on a 2-2 pitch. It was just his second game in the Northwest League with an RBI.

"I ran on my own and Minyeti put it on the ground to give us a rally there," Garcia said.

"It was a slider a little bit up," Minyeti said of his double. "I hit the ball and it went into the gap."

The infielder got a ton of experience earlier in the year with Double-A San Antonio, something he said was invaluable.

"It was great," he said. "There were a lot of guys with experience. I learned a lot from the guys. Simon Castro was always on me to keep my head up. He is a great guy that really helped me."

Aaron Everett picked up his third save of the season in four chances, giving up one run on two hits across two innings. The lone blow came via a solo homer to Yazy Arbello – the first homer Everett has allowed – who has hit seven of his 13 homers off Emeralds pitching. The sidearmer has given up runs in five of his last eight outings.

"I threw a decent pitch but he took it and hit it a long ways," Everett said. "I am trying to keep the ball down and force contact."

AZL Padres (16-28) lost 8-1 to AZL Brewers

Erick Ojeda surrendered two runs on three hits and a walk across his two innings of work, also tossing a wild pitch. The right-hander has given up runs in successive outings and has allowed runs in six of his 13 appearances. He has allowed four runs in his last three innings and 15 runs, nine earned, on 20 hits, five hit batsmen and 12 walks across 15.2 frames. The opposition has a .538 average against him with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Yair Lopez accounted for the lone AZL Padres run with a solo homer in the third. It was his only hit on a 1-for-3 night. He also was credited with one of three outfield assists turned in by the defense, gunning down a runner at second base. Lopez has notched an RBI in successive games and has four over his last five. He is hitting .292 with runners in scoring position but that number drops to .192 with the bases empty.

DSL Padres (24-40) lost 6-4 to DSL Rockies in game one, lost 8-3 in game two

Marlon Claveria allowed three unearned runs across 2.2 innings, yielding five hits and a walk while striking out three. The DSL Padres committed six errors in the opener. The Guatemala native has been a victim of six unearned runs this season. The five hits Claveria allowed are a season high. He has allowed runs in nine of his 16 appearances on the year, going more than an inning in all but two.

Fernando Escarra was the lone DSL Padres player to record a multi-hit game in the nightcap, going 2-for-3 with a double. He did not figure into the scoring. The backstop threw out one of the three base runners attempting to steal. The two-bagger was his first extra-base hit of the year. Escarra is 4-for-33 with the bases empty. He has thrown out 16-of-64 base runners attempting to steal, good for 25 percent.

Felix Cabrera was pressed into service on the mound. The infielder wound up giving up two runs on three hits, including a homer, in his inning of work. The second baseman had never appeared as a pitcher in pro ball coming into play. Cabrera also went 1-for-4 in the game with a run scored. He is hitting .167 across 30 games with 10 runs scored and two RBI.

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