Padres Minor League Notebook: 8-26-10

Josh Geer gives up five homers while Cedric Hunter nets eight RBI. Luis Martinez drives in the game-winner in the 14th. Jon Berger suffers the loss in a close game. Miles Mikolas picks up his 11th save. Matt Branham is solid over seven. Joe Agreste plates the winner in extras.

Portland (54-79) won 17-12 over Tacoma (Mariners)

Cedric Hunter hit a pair of three-run homers, one in the second and another in the ninth inning. The outfielder went 5-for-6 on the day with three runs scored and a career high eight RBI. It was the first time in his career that he has notched a multi-homer game. His previous high for RBI in a game was four, last set on August 15, 2008 while with Lake Elsinore. Hunter came into play with 16 RBI over his first 54 Triple-A games.

Josh Geer surrendered six extra-base hits in his four innings of work, including five homers, but walked away with a no-decision. He allowed seven runs, four earned, on 10 hits and two walks while tossing a wild pitch. It is the seventh time this year he has given up multiple jacks in a contest, allowing three in an April 25 start. He has given up 28 jacks on the season, placing him second in the Pacific Coast League in that dubious category.

San Antonio (26-33, 61-68) won 7-6 over Frisco (Rangers) in 14 innings

Luis Martinez drove in the winning run in the top of the 14th after Lance Zawadzki had temporarily put the team ahead in the 11th with a solo homer. After intentionally walking Sawyer Carroll, Martinez notched his second hit of the game with two on to push the Missions ahead for good. He reached base four times, netting a pair of walk. The backstop has four multi-hit games in his last six. He went 2-for-2 with a walk in extra innings and is 4-for-12 this season with two RBI when the game goes beyond nine.

Matt Buschmann was nearly flawless across three innings to pick up the win and move to 2-2. The right-hander's only blemish came on an error, as he struck out the side in the 13th, ending the game with five strikeouts. He got two ground outs and a whiff in the final frame to secure the win. The right-hander has struck out 10 in his last two outings and is averaging 10.0 strikeouts per nine innings. He has a 3.24 ERA across 24 relief appearances.

Lake Elsinore (30-29, 76-53) lost 4-3 to Lancaster (Astros)

Jon Berger took his second loss of the year, giving up a walk and a two-run homer in his lone inning of work while striking out one. He has surrendered runs in 11 of his 17 appearances in the California League, including seven of his last nine. He has given up four homers in 31 innings of work and the opposition is hitting .308 off him with runners on base.

Dan Robertson was in on two of the Storm's three runs, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, a run scored and an RBI. The outfielder also swiped two bags, giving him 27 on the year in 36 attempts. Robertson gunned down a runner at home plate in the eighth inning and was thrown out at home trying to score to end the second. Robertson has 18 outfield assists on the season. He is hitting .315 over his last 23 games while scoring 88 times this season.

Fort Wayne (37-22, 73-56) won 6-4 over Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Everett Williams reached base in all four of his plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with a double and a pair of walks. He also added two RBI, pushing his total to 54 for the year. It was the ninth multi-walk game for the outfielder and first since August 2. He has notched seven RBI over his last four games with three extra-base hits. Williams is hitting .274 with runners on base. He has struck out 18 times in his last 23 games, a marked improvement from fanning 47 times in 29 May contests.

Miles Mikolas wrapped things up in the ninth to earn his 11th save in 14 opportunities. The right-hander gave up one hit and struck out one in a scoreless inning. He has tossed scoreless ball over his last five frames and has given up runs in 17 of his 56 appearances. Mikolas has held the leadoff hitter of the inning to a .261 on-base percentage.

Eugene (14-14, 29-37) won 6-1 over Everett (Mariners)

Matt Branham pounded the zone across seven innings, yielding one run on four hits and two walks while striking out nine. The right-hander has allowed two runs or less in nine of his 12 outings, going at least five innings three times. He had never worked into the sixth during a start. Branham has struck out 35 across his last 30 innings.

Emmanuel Quiles' lone hit was a single that drove in a pair, pushing his RBI tally to 18. He was charged with his sixth passed ball but also picked off a runner at first base. The backstop is hitting .280 with runners in scoring position. He has not had a multi-hit game since August 8. Just seven of his 36 hits have gone for extra bases.

AZL Padres (20-33) won 3-2 over AZL Mariners in 10 innings

Tyler Norwood allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk across six innings. He struck out five, tossed a wild pitch and induced nine ground ball outs. It is the second straight outing he has allowed one earned, dropping his ERA from 7.84 to 5.68. He has seen 15 unearned runs cross during his watch. Norwood has a near 3-to-1 ground ball-to-fly ball ratio.

Joe Agreste singled in the winning run in the 10th, netting a two-out knock through the hole to score B.J. Guinn who opened up the frame with a single. It was the lone hit of the night for Agreste and the team's only RBI. The first baseman has notched six RBI in the ninth inning and beyond this season, going 8-for-15 with five runs scored. Agreste has notched 18 RBI over his last 20 games.

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