Padres Minor League Notebook: 8-22-10

Aaron Cunningham and Sean Kazmar both have grand nights while Cesar Ramos is golden. Aaron Breit has not had luck in Double-A. Rymer Liriano debuts in Lake Elsinore. Jerry Sullivan is back to regular duty and looking good. Robert Sabo takes the loss after a solid Adys Portillo outing.

Portland (50-79) won 15-1 over Las Vegas (Blue Jays)

Cesar Ramos worked seven scoreless innings, yielding three hits and a walk while fanning two. He tossed 88 pitches, netting 11 ground ball outs. The left-hander has given up one run or less in three of his last five starts, going at least seven innings in four of those and allowing three hits or fewer in three. He has a 3.10 ERA in 13 starts and has notched a double play grounder in five straight starts.

Aaron Cunningham hit a grand slam in the sixth inning, as the outfielder secured five RBI on a 2-for-5 night that included two runs scored. It was his second grand slam of the season – the last coming on June 15 while playing for San Diego. He is 4-for-9 with the bases loaded across two leagues with 16 RBI. Cunningham came into the game hitless in his previous 12 at-bats.

Sean Kazmar added the second grand slam of the day, smoking one over the wall during a 10-run eighth. He also singled to leadoff the frame, one of three hitters to notch multiple hits in the frame. He was 3-for-6 on the day with three runs scored. Kazmar did ground into a double play. It is his second grand slam of the year, the last coming on July 10. He is 6-for-13 with 15 RBI with the bases loaded on the campaign.

San Antonio (25-30, 60-65) lost 6-4 to Springfield (Cardinals)

Jeremy Hefner took the loss, dropping to 10-7. He gave up one run on two its and four walks while fanning eight. The lone run came via a solo homer. It is the second time this year he has given up one run and taken the loss. It is the 17th time in 25 starts that Hefner has allowed two runs or less. Averaging nearly six innings per start, Hefner has notched a 3.01 ERA.

Aaron Breit surrendered three runs on three hits and two walks while also hitting a batter across two-thirds of an inning. He left the bases loaded but all three would be stranded. The right-hander has surrendered runs in six straight games with the Missions, allowing 15 runs on 13 hits, five hit batsmen and 13 walks across a six-inning span. Breit has had just one outing in Double-A where runs have not crossed.

Lake Elsinore (29-26, 75-50) lost 10-6 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Rymer Liriano made his California League debut, going 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI while hitting sixth in the order. The outfielder hit .271 with 19 extra-base hits and 35 runs scored for Eugene. In 53 games, he collected just 12 RBI, as he hit .226 with runners in scoring position in short-season. Liriano also batted .191 across 50 games for Fort Wayne, driving in 20 runs and collecting 14 extra-base hits.

Zach Herr suffered the loss, giving up four runs, two earned, on five hits across two innings – all the runs coming in his first inning of work. It is the sixth time all year he has allowed multiple runs in an outing. Herr had allowed two runs over his previous 10 innings of work. The southpaw has posted a 4.50 ERA away, where he was on Sunday, and a 1.54 ERA at home.

Fort Wayne (35-20, 71-54) won 3-1 over Lansing (Blue Jays)

Wande Olabisi delivered two hits, including a double, while scoring once. The outfielder also added is 14th stolen base of the campaign in 18 attempts. He came into play in a 1-for-16 slump. The right-handed hitter is batting .188 off left-handed pitching while hitting .273 off righties. Since hitting .292 in June, Olabisi has a .186 average.

Jerry Sullivan went five strong, giving up an unearned run on three hits while fanning two and recording five ground ball outs in a no-decision. The right-hander had been reduced to no more than four innings in his previous seven starts in an effort to curtail his workload. He saw his ERA rise by 42 points over that span. Sullivan has allowed 39 of his 59 runs this year across the first two innings.

Eugene (12-12, 27-35) lost 7-6 to Spokane (Indians)

Adys Portillo was on the hook for an unearned run on four hits while striking out five. He did not walk a batter and induced nine ground ball outs. It is the second time in 12 starts that he has not walked a batter. He has issued a free pass to at least three in nine of the other 10 starts. Portillo has not allowed an earned run over his last 10 innings, going five innings in successive starts for the first time all year.

Rocky Gale contributed three hits while batting out of the five-hole, scoring once and driving in one. The backstop has an RBI in three straight games and is hitting .302 with runners in scoring position. While he was not tested on Sunday, Gale has throwing out 20-of-49 base runners attempting to steal, good for 40.8 percent. He has a hit in nine of his last 11 games with three multi-hit affairs.

Four of the five runs Robert Sabo allowed came in the bottom of the ninth, as he took the loss. He surrendered six hits and two walks while fanning two across an inning and two-thirds. It was a fielding error after he left the game that plated the winning run. Sabo has allowed runs in seven of his 20 appearances but had not allowed more than two runs in any previous outing. He has seen 54 base runners in 34.2 frames.

AZL Padres (19-29) had a scheduled day off

DSL Padres (25-44) had a scheduled day off

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