Padres Minor League Notebook: 8-25-10

Cory Luebke wins his 10th across two leagues. Alexis Lara has had a tough go of late. Jeremy McBryde is stellar while Brad Brach has a rare stumble. Josh Spence is hit for the first time. Wes Cunningham has an eight-game streak but has little help. The AZL Padres are swept.

Portland (53-79) won 2-0 over Tacoma (Mariners)

Cory Luebke improved to 5-0 in the Pacific Coast League, stringing together eight scoreless innings. The left-hander yielded five hits, struck out four and notched 10 ground outs across a 91-pitch outing. Luebke has allowed one run over his last 20 innings of work with the Beavers, giving up 11 hits while striking out 14. He is now 10-1 with a 2.68 ERA across two leagues in 19 outings.

Wily Mo Pena accounted for half of the Beavers four hits and all of their runs. He hit a solo homer in the second inning and added a run-scoring single in the fifth. The first baseman/outfielder has reached base nine times over his last three games with six runs scored and three RBI. He is sporting a .415 on-base percentage across 30 games and is batting .378 with runners in scoring position.

San Antonio (25-33, 60-68) lost 4-3 to Frisco (Rangers) in 11 innings

Alexis Lara suffered the loss, giving up one run on two hits and a walk across an inning and two-thirds while striking out three. The right-hander has given up runs in successive outings and four of his last five, giving up seven runs over his last seven innings while taking a pair of losses. Lara has given up runs in 17 of his 41 appearances and has seen his ERA rise from 3.43 to 4.05 over his last seven outings.

Lance Zawadzki reached base three times, going 2-for-4 with a walk. He also added an RBI but was caught stealing for the first time in six attempts with the Missions. Zawadzki also committed his second error, leading to an unearned run. He had gone nine games between RBI. He has six multi-hit games in 23 overall in the Texas League. Zawadzki is 1-for-18 with runners on base and two outs.

Lake Elsinore (30-28, 76-52) lost 3-1 to Lancaster (Astros) in 10 innings

Jeremy McBryde went eight strong, giving up one run on four hits while fanning four. A solo homer accounted for the lone run. He also notched eight ground ball outs in a no-decision. The right-hander has given up two runs over his last 14 innings, yielding just seven hits. He has allowed two runs or less in five of his last six starts. Left-handed hitters have been limited to a .192 average against McBryde.

Brad Brach surrendered two runs on two doubles and a single in the top of the 10th to take the loss after working a perfect ninth. It is the eighth time this season he has worked more than an inning and just the second time he has allowed a run when doing so. He came into play having allowed one run over his last 16.1 innings. It is just the fourth time all year that Brach has allowed three hits in an outing.

Fort Wayne (36-22, 72-56) lost 8-4 to Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Noah Mull surrendered three runs, one earned, on one hit and a walk across one-third of an inning. He also committed an error on an attempted pickoff. The left-hander has allowed four runs on three hits and four walks across 3.1 innings in Fort Wayne. He has allowed runs in seven of his 12 appearances across three leagues as the long reliever with two starts. While he gave up two hits in his final nine innings in Arizona, he has given up 14 in 9.2 innings between Low- and High-A.

Josh Spence took the loss, giving up three runs on five hits in his lone inning of work. He surrendered a pair of homers, which accounted for all three runs. It is the third homer across three leagues that he has surrendered. Spence had given up two runs across his first 11 innings of work in the Midwest League. He has struck out 23 batters with the TinCaps, after fanning three on Wednesday, in just 12 innings.

Eugene (13-14, 28-37) lost 7-4 to Everett (Mariners)

Chris Franklin worked three innings in relief, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks. He surrendered three extra-base hits with a two-run homer accounting for both runners. It was the first time all year he has issued a free pass to multiple hitters. The right-hander has given up bombs in successive outings after not allowing a long ball all year. He has allowed runs in 12 of his 21 outings.

Wes Cunningham reached base three times and was the lone player to record a multi-hit game. He went 2-for-3 with a walk, tripling in a run and scoring once out of the cleanup spot. Cunningham is in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak with four multi-hit contests. He is 12-for-30 with seven extra-base hits over that span, scoring eight runs – in six straight games – and driving in seven.

AZL Padres (19-33) lost 4-2 to AZL Royals in game one, lost 2-1 in game two

Mykal Stokes had two of the AZL Padres five hits in the opener, notching a pair of singles. He also scored a run and stole his fifth bag of the year in six attempts. Stokes went 1-for-3 in the nightcap but did not figure into the scoring. He is 6-for-19 over his last five games with five runs scored. Stokes has struck out 37 times in 189 at-bats. While he is hitting .342 when he leads off an inning, he has a .161 mark with runners in scoring position.

Rob Gariano took the opening game loss, giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out seven across 4.2 innings. He also picked off a runner but did commit an error on a second pickoff attempt. The right-hander had won his previous two starts. Gariano has posted a 4.38 ERA across eight starts while notching a 3.97 ERA in five relief outings.

Stalyn Valdez suffered his fourth loss, giving up two runs on five hits across five innings in his first start of the year. He struck out four and notched seven ground ball outs, including a double play grounder. He came into play with a 3.90 ERA across 17 relief appearances – going four innings in his first two outings of the year. He had pitched more than two innings just twice since his fourth outing.

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