Padres Minor League Notebook: 8-21-10

Jody Gerut is back with flair. Evan Scribner saves his 11th in style. Allan Dykstra extends his hitting streak to nine. Jackson Quezada earns his fifth hold. Wes Cunningham drives in another three. Daniel Garce has been scorching since his return. Duanel Jones is spotted in the DSL.

Portland (49-79) won 4-2 over Las Vegas (Blue Jays)

Jody Gerut made his season debut in the Padres system, going 4-for-4 with four singles. He also drove in two runs in the win. The last time Gerut was in Portland, the outfielder hit .308 across 27 games, collecting 16 extra-base hits, scoring 22 times and driving in 18 while posting a .382 on-base percentage. He played in parts of two seasons for the Padres before being traded to Milwaukee for Anthony Gwynn.

Josh Geer evened his record at 10-10, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk across eight innings. He tossed 100 pitches, striking out seven while throwing 69 strikes. Geer has earned a decision in 13 of his last 14 games. Geer has worked at least seven innings in eight outings and has averaged over six innings per start. The last time he allowed two runs or less in an outing was on June 21.

San Antonio (25-29, 60-64) won 6-5 over Springfield (Cardinals)

Luis Martinez reached base three times out of the nine-hole, going 2-for-3 with a walk. He clubbed a pair of doubles, scored a run and drove in one. The backstop has successive multi-hit games and is batting .400 over his last 13 games with 10 runs scored. Since the All-Star game, Martinez owns a .321 average with a .412 on-base percentage.

Evan Scribner picked up his 11th save of the year in as many chances, striking out the side while facing the minimum in the ninth. The right-hander has struck out 11.5 batters per nine innings, fanning 10 over his last five innings. Scribner has notched a 1.98 ERA across 25 road games while netting a 3.15 ERA at home, where he was on Saturday.

Lake Elsinore (29-25, 75-49) lost 2-0 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Allan Dykstra notched two of the five hits for the Storm, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. The first baseman is in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak with two multi-hit games over that span. He has reached base 21 times over the streak with 12 hits and nine walks. Dykstra is hitting .300 over his last 18 contests with a .454 on-base percentage.

Anthony Bass evened up his record at 7-7, giving up two runs on seven hits across five innings. The right-hander struck out three and notched six ground ball outs. The last time he went at least five outings in a start came on July 14. He has given up two runs or less in the 19 starts he has gone at least five frames. Bass had given up seven runs over his last 9.2 innings of shortened work.

Fort Wayne (34-20, 70-54) won 5-3 over Lansing (Blue Jays)

Jackson Quezada earned his fifth hold of the year, retiring all five batters he faced while striking out one. He also stranded two inherited runners. The right-hander and former 40-man roster prospect has allowed one run on three hits across his last nine innings. He has held the opposition to a .174 average and right-handers are batting .129 off him.

Jeudy Valdez notched his 30th and 31st doubles of the season out of the six-hole in the lineup, driving in a pair during the third inning. The infielder came into play hitless in his previous 20 at-bats. Valdez has driven in 70 runs, mostly from the two-hole, and is hitting .273 with runners in scoring position across 150 at-bats.

Eugene (12-11, 27-34) won 10-4 over Spokane (Indians)

Wes Cunningham hammered out a homer and triple in successive at-bats and wound up reaching base five times, drawing three walks. He scored twice and drove in three while adding his fifth stolen base of the year. It is the second time in three games that Cunningham has secured multiple extra-base hits. He has an RBI in three of his last four and seven of his last 12, plating 12 over that span.

Paul Bingham drove in three runs, sacrificing in a run and adding a bases loaded single during a six-run ninth that broke a 4-4 tie. The third baseman also drew a walk and swiped his first bag in Northwest League play after taking five in the AZL. Bingham came into play with nine hits in his first 65 at-bats, a .138 average. He does have 11 RBI but has hit just .191 with runners in scoring position.

AZL Padres (19-29) won 12-5 over AZL Mariners

Daniel Garce delivered three hits in five trips, including his fifth double. The third baseman also scored a pair of runs and drove in four, pushing his RBI total to 14. He did, however, notch his ninth error. Garce has notched successive multi-hit games with six RBI over that span. He has seven multi-hit games over his last 15. After going 3-for-4 with runners in scoring position, Garce is hitting .500 in those situations for the year.

Tyler Norwood got off the schnide, giving up two runs, one earned, on one hit and three walks to pick up his first win against five losses. He struck out six and notched eight ground ball outs. The right-hander had lost four straight games, giving up 23 runs, 13 earned, on 20 hits and four walks across 9.1 innings. Norwood has seen 14 unearned runs cross during his watch.

DSL Padres (25-44) lost 4-3 to DSL Diamondbacks on Friday

Ricardo Valenzuela collected three of the DSL Padres seven hits, notching three singles. He was also in two of the three runs, scoring once and driving in one. Valenzuela went 0-1 with one save and a 10.12 ERA on the mound, giving up seven hits and a walk across 2.2 innings. It was his first multi-hit game since July 8. The RBI matched his total from his previous 13 contests as a hitter.

Carlos Pimentel took his first loss, giving up three runs on three hits and three hit batsmen across an inning and two-thirds, striking out four. Two of the runs scored after he had exited. While Pimentel has held the leadoff man of the inning hitless, they are swatting .471 off him with runners in scoring position. He has allowed 13 runs on 13 hits and six walks across 9.1 innings.

DSL Padres lost 1-0 to DSL Reds in game one, lost 2-1 in game two

Jose Paulino took the hard luck loss, giving up an unearned run on a walk across his lone inning of work, striking out one. The right-hander has held the opposition to a .175 average against but has walked 16 in 16.2 innings of work. Paulino has allowed runs in four straight outings.

Duanel Jones collected two of the three DSL Padres game one hits, both singles, and added a single in the nightcap. Jones also stole his first base of the year but did commit his eighth error in the finale. It was his second multi-hit game of the season. Through 20 games, the highly touted Jones has just three RBI. He has had just 15 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

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