Padres Minor League Notebook: 8-24-10

Aaron Cunningham drives in four in a Portland win. Craig Italiano suffers another loss. Brad Chalk comes up with the bases loaded three times. Dean Anna homers but has a costly error. Dexter Carter strings together another solid outing. Chris Wilkes and Daniel Sarria return to action.

Portland (52-79) won 6-4 over Las Vegas (Blue Jays)

Aaron Cunningham went 3-for-4 with three extra-base hits, four RBI and a run scored. He clubbed a pair of doubles, his 15th and 16th, and his third triple, driving in a run in the second and three in the seventh to break a 3-3 tie. Cunningham is 7-for-12 with four runs scored and 10 RBI in his last three games. He has notched 21 RBI over his last 22 contests.

Cesar Carrillo moved to 5-13, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four across 6.2 innings. He tossed an efficient 86 pitches while hitting a batter and tossing a wild pitch. It was his first win since May 18, breaking a string of 11 straight losing decisions. He has not allowed two runs or less in an outing since July 1 and it is the only time he has gone at least five while giving up two or less since the May 18 win.

San Antonio (25-32, 60-67) lost 7-6 to Frisco (Rangers) in 13 innings

Craig Italiano suffered the loss in the bottom of the 13th. After getting the first out, he saw a walk and a stolen base setup the two-out infield single that scored the winning run. Italiano has lost his last five decisions, all coming over his last eight games. He has surrendered runs in seven of his last eight and nine of his last 11, giving up 15 runs on 16 hits and seven walks.

James Darnell drove in four runs, clearing the bags with a double in the fourth and adding an RBI double in the eighth to tie the game at 6-6. He also singled and drew a walk. The third baseman has collected five doubles in his last four games. Darnell is hitting .364 over his last 21 contests with 14 runs scored and 20 RBI. He also has drawn 12 walks for a .449 on-base percentage.

Lake Elsinore (30-27, 76-51) won 10-4 over Lancaster (Astros)

Rob Musgrave allowed one run on three hits, a walk and two wild pitches across six innings, yielding one run while striking out six and recording nine ground ball outs. The left-hander, who posted a 1.91 ERA as a reliever in High-A, has notched a 3.32 ERA in four starts, twice giving up one run or less. He has fanned 10.4 batters per nine innings pitched with the Storm.

Brad Chalk came up with the bases loaded in each of the first two innings, delivering a triple to drive in three during an eight-run first and walking in a run in the following frame. Two innings later, he was again up with the bases loaded but grounded into a force out. He ended up 1-for-3 with the walk and four RBI. Chalk came into the game 4-for-13 with 11 RBI across three leagues with the bases loaded. He is just 8-for-50 this season with the Storm and had more RBI in this single game than he had in the previous 13.

Fort Wayne (36-21, 72-55) lost 8-5 to Lansing (Blue Jays)

Michael Watt dropped back to .500 at 5-5 when he allowed six runs, four earned, on seven hits and a walk across two-plus innings, striking out one. He worked to four batters in the third but would not record an out. It was the first loss for the left-hander since June 3, although he has been limited to no more than four innings over his last seven outings. He had not allowed more than one earned run since July 5.

Dean Anna collected three hits in four trips, hitting a solo homer – his sixth – in the fifth and driving in two on the day. He did, however, commit his 13th error of the year, leading to two unearned runs. Four of his homers have come across his last nine games. The utility man is hitting .395 over his last 14 games with 10 runs scored and 10 RBI.

Eugene (13-13, 28-36) won 3-2 over Spokane (Indians)

Dexter Carter allowed two runs on four hits and a walk while hitting a batter across 6.1 innings. He also struck out nine and notched five ground ball outs. Two of the four hits came in the seventh – a single and double. Carter has allowed two runs or less in three straight outings while going at least six innings. He has lowered his ERA from 6.34 to 4.86 over that span.

Chris Tremblay, in his second game back from a concussion when he collided with teammate Cole Tyrell, went 3-for-4 and accounted for two of their runs scored. The shortstop is 6-for-8 since he return with an RBI and two runs scored. He has secured five multi-hit games in his last six, going 12-for-22 over that span and has 19 multi-hit contests across 43 games with the Emeralds.

AZL Padres (19-31) lost 4-2 to AZL Royals

Chris Wilkes returned to action in his season debut, giving up an unearned run on one hit and a walk across his lone inning of work. The right-hander had missed the last 13 months of competitive action, last seeing time in Eugene on July 17, 2009. He went 1-2 with a 2.84 ERA across six starts for the Emeralds, giving up 28 hits and four walks while fanning 17 in 25.1 innings. He went 7-1 with a 3.21 ERA in his firs tour in the Arizona Rookie League in 2008.

Daniel Sarria also returned to action, tossing a scoreless second inning while striking out one. The right-hander out of Cuba missed a month in his attempt at recovery from arm soreness but left after an inning and two-thirds from his July 17 outing – the last time he had seen action. Sarria compiled a 1-2 record and a 3.89 ERA across 11 games with Fort Wayne, allowing 44 hits and 11 walks in 41.2 innings while striking out 37.

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