Padres Minor League Notebook: 8-17-10

Cesar Ramos works into the eighth in a loss. Nick Schumacher gives up four runs, taking away a victory. Tyler Stubblefield has a key hit and Mark Hardy has a tremendous outing, but Xavier Esquivel sees one swing take it all away. We have reaction from Eugene.

Portland (48-76) lost 3-0 to Round Rock (Astros)

Cesar Ramos took the loss, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks across 7.1 innings – with two of the runs crossing after he was pulled in the eighth. He also notched two double play grounders, giving him 13 rally killers on the season. The southpaw has worked at least seven innings in three of his past four starts, posting a 2.39 ERA over that span.

Luis Perdomo did not take a blemish to his ERA in his inning and two-thirds of work but did allow two inherited runners to score when he surrendered a double that plated a pair. Six of the 14 runners he has inherited this season have scored. He has given up runs of his own in 16 of his 51 appearances and has held the opposition to a .219 average with runners in scoring position.

San Antonio (24-26, 59-61) had a scheduled day off

Lake Elsinore (26-24, 72-48) lost 5-4 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Nick Schumacher suffered the blown save and the loss, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk in his inning of work while nursing a 3-1 lead. Four straight hits, including a homer and triple, led off the bottom of the eighth. The right-hander has allowed runs in seven of his 14 appearances with the Storm, giving up 16 runs on 28 hits and eight walks across 17 innings.

Dan Robertson went 2-for-5 out of the leadoff spot, scoring a run and plating one. The outfielder also swiped his 25th base but did ground into a double play. Robertson has a run scored and an RBI in three straight, going 6-for-17 over that span. He is a .331 hitter with runners in scoring position and owns a .367 on-base percentage when he bats first in the order. He has hit everywhere but ninth this season.

Fort Wayne (31-19, 67-53) had a scheduled day off

Eugene (11-9, 26-32) lost 5-3 to Yakima (Diamondbacks)

Tyler Stubblefield plated the first run of the game with an opposite field single. The ball was hit over the right fielder's head in right-center but he was kept to a single when Jorge Minyeti, who drew the second of successive walks, held up to ensure the ball would not be caught.

"I was looking for a good pitch to hit," Stubblefield said. "He had been wild and was really quick to the plate. I was looking to drive the runners in but more to move the runners over and do my job. I got a pitch up and out over the plate and put a pretty good swing on it."

Stubblefield owns a .308 average this year with runners in scoring position, despite his ninth double being taken away. He has six RBI in his last six games.

"Me and Minyeti had some confusion running the bases. I saw him coming back to second and I went back to first. He ended up going to third. It all ended up well. We scored two runs that inning.

"After that, their pitching staff worked a gem. They did a really good job changing speeds. They had us out in front."

Wes Cunningham drilled a 2-2 pitch into right field for the second run of the opening frame. Rocky Gale's hit-and-run on a 0-0 pitch setup the third Ems run. Tommy Medica launched a sacrifice fly to score Rymer Liriano who got on thanks to a walk.

Mark Hardy got into early trouble with a leadoff double down the left field line on the very first pitch of the game that led to a run.

"A lot of these guys are aggressive so they are swinging early in the count," Hardy said. "The first pitch of the game, I didn't think the leadoff hitter would be swinging. He drove it down the line. After that, you have to hit your spots and let the ball do the work and hopefully get out of it."

It was his only mark on an otherwise effective day. He tossed 15 first-pitch strikes to 20 batters and tossed 78 pitches overall, mixing in his fastball and off-speed.

"I love to get ahead in the count because then I can get my off-speed over. I had a couple of walks in the fifth that were disappointing. Thankfully, they sent me back out for the sixth and I was able to do well."

He allowed the one run on two hits while walking three across six. Hardy has allowed one run on six hits across his last 11 innings, fanning 10. Four of the nine runs he has allowed in Eugene have come in the opening frame.

Xavier Esquivel took the loss, giving up three runs in his two innings of work. The right-hander gave up a 2-0 homer that tied the game at 3-3 and was scored upon once in the subsequent inning.

"I went behind 2-0 and said, ‘I have to go after him,' Esquivel said. "I threw him a high fastball – it was just like the other night. I made one mistake – one pitch and they will take you out.

"It is all a process of getting better and locating spots. The higher you go, the better you have to locate. Just like here, if you miss your spot, they are going to take you yard."

Esquivel has allowed homers in successive outings and three times this year. He has gone at least two innings in 10 of his last 11 appearances, allowing runs in five of those. The opposition is hitting .321 off him with runners on base.

"It happens, you make one mistake and they make you pay for it," Stubblefield said. "Our bullpen did well. We had a mistake pitch and they did a good job capitalizing on it.

"The good thing is we get to come back and play them again tomorrow."

"The bullpen gave up one homer – it was kind of unlucky. These guys are good hitters."

AZL Padres (16-28) had a scheduled day off

DSL Padres (24-40) tied DSL Orioles 3-3

Vladimir De La Cruz allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits and three walks across five innings, striking out two while netting six ground ball outs. It was his fourth error that led to the unearned run. De La Cruz has posted a 2.70 ERA across his six starts, yielding 15 hits in 23.1 innings. He has allowed one earned over his last 14.1 frames. He has, however, walked 15 over his last 17.1

Gabriel Quintana had two of the three DSL Padres hits, as they scored all of their runs without the benefit of a base knock. He was 2-for-4 and struck out once. It was his first multi-hit game since August 3. Between those games, Quintana went 2-for-40 – a .050 average. He was hitting .294 at the end of June. Since that time, he has hit .126, including Tuesday, across 35 games.

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