Padres Minor League Notebook: 8-23-10

Cedric Hunter scored two runs in a Portland win. Nathan Culp has two hits but is pulled early. Two errors cause a Storm loss. Matt Lollis continues to dominate. Al Angelucci and Matt Irsfeld can't record an out. Eugenio Reyes creates an early hole the AZL Padres can't overcome.

Portland (51-79) won 8-5 over Las Vegas (Blue Jays)

Cedric Hunter collected a pair of hits out of the seven-hole in the lineup, notching his 12th double in Pacific Coast League play, driving in one and scoring twice. He also stole his fifth bag in six attempts in the circuit, giving him 14 in 21 attempts across two leagues. The outfielder is hitting .291 across his last 22 games with nine extra-base hits and 13 runs scored.

Ryan Webb earned his eighth hold in Triple-A, tossing a scoreless inning while walking one and recording two ground ball outs. The right-hander has given up two earned runs across 17.1 innings in the PCL, yielding just 11 hits and four walks while fanning 20. Webb has posted a 3.30 ERA while going 3-1 with San Diego. Across 40 games, the right-hander allowed 48 hits and struck out 32.

San Antonio (25-31, 60-66) lost 10-6 to Springfield (Cardinals)

Nathan Culp was on the hook for 10 runs, six earned, on six hits, two walks and a pair of hit batsmen. He struck out six but allowed four extra-base hits, including a homer. Culp did go 2-for-2 with an RBI at the dish. The left-handed throwing, right-handed hitting Culp is 4-for-8 on the year with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored. He had allowed two earned or less in five straight. It is the sixth time in 16 starts he has allowed four or more.

James Darnell reached base three times, drawing a pair of walks while adding a double, his 17th, a run scored and an RBI. He did, however, commit a first inning error that led to four unearned runs. The third baseman has committed four of his 21 errors in the last nine games. Darnell is hitting .347 over his last 20 games with 10 extra-base hits, 14 runs scored and 16 RBI. He has amassed a .430 on-base percentage over that time.

Lake Elsinore (29-27, 75-51) lost 3-2 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Both Storm runs came via one swing, the 23rd homer of the season from Cody Decker. It was one of just three hits on the evening, pushing his RBI total to 81. The first baseman is hitting .206 over his last 16 games after batting .273 in the previous 29. Decker has collected 55 extra-base hits, placing him sixth in the California League. He is, however, also sixth in strikeouts with 124.

Adam Schrader took the hard luck loss, giving up three runs, one earned, on six hits and three walks while fanning two across five innings. Two Storm errors in the second led to the unearned runs. The right-hander has given up one earned run across 11 innings with Lake Elsinore. He has given up two earned or less in seven of his 10 starts across two leagues.

Fort Wayne (36-20, 72-54) won 4-1 over Lansing (Blue Jays)

Matt Lollis picked up his fourth Fort Wayne win, going 7.2 innings. He allowed one run on six hits and a walk while fanning three and recording 11 ground ball outs. It is the second straight start that the right-hander has worked into the eighth inning, as he has allowed four runs over his last four starts and two runs or less in all seven outings for the TinCaps. He has held the opposition to a .152 average with runners in scoring position.

Jeudy Valdez collected three hits out of the two-hole, picking up a pair of doubles and a single while plating a pair of runs and scoring once. He also added his 29th stolen base in 42 attempts. Valdez is 6-for-12 with four doubles and five RBI over his last three games. His 73 RBI are tied for fifth in the Midwest League and he is tied for second with 481 at-bats.

Eugene (12-13, 27-36) lost 13-2 to Spokane (Indians)

Al Angelucci faced five batters in the sixth and all would reach. The right-hander surrendered four walks and a double, getting charged for all five runs. The right-hander had been working in Arizona and allowed runs in seven straight relief appearances before getting moved up to Eugene. He has walked 26 across 22.2 innings and two leagues while tossing seven wild pitches.

Matt Irsfeld, back from an oblique strain, came on with the bases loaded and nobody out in the sixth. All three of those inherited runners would score and three of his own would pile on top. He allowed three hits and two walks before he was lifted without recording an out. It is the first time this year he has come in with men on base. Irsfeld has allowed multiple runs in four of his 16 appearances and has given up runs in five of his last seven.

AZL Padres (19-30) lost 10-8 to AZL Rangers

Eugenio Reyes suffered the loss, giving up five runs, four earned on eight hits. He also tossed a wild pitch and hit a batter. Six of the hits went for extra bases and two runners successfully swiped second base. Reyes has seen the opposition successfully steal 16 bases in 20 attempts off him and his catchers. Reyes has given up four runs or more in three of the last four and six of his 13 outings overall. The leadoff hitter of the inning has posted a .449 on-base percentage off Reyes.

Erick Ojeda surrendered five runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk in his lone inning of work. He also uncorked a wild pitch and saw two runners successfully steal. He and his catchers have caught two of the nine runners attempting to steal. The reliever has given up nine runs on nine hits, three hit batsmen, three wild pitches, and four walks across his last four innings.

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