Padres Minor League Notebook: 8-29-10

Cesar Carrillo surrenders five homers. Mark Hardy has two hits in a pinch-start. Cody Decker homers twice in a loss. Michael Watt gives up six in a loss. Paul Bingham drives in one but has had a tough go in the Northwest League. Stalyn Valdez limits the opposition to two but loses.

Portland (55-81) lost 17-8 to Tacoma (Mariners)

Cesar Carrillo became the second Portland starter in the last week to surrender five homers, as the club surrendered seven bombs on the day. The right-hander gave up four solo homers and a two-run blast en route to allowing 10 runs on 10 hits across 4.1 innings. In total, eight of the hits went for extra bases and he also walked two. Carrillo leads the Pacific Coast League with 14 losses. He has allowed 20 homers on the year, including multiple homers in four of his last eight.

Sean Kazmar had a day of perfection, going 5-for-5. The shortstop hit his eighth homer in the opening frame, a solo shot, and added four singles while scoring twice. He was, however, credited with his 15th error. Kazmar has gone deep three times in his last six games and has four multi-hit games over his last seven, going 14-for-32 with four walks, 13 runs scored and seven RBI. He is the sixth player to record a five-hit game for the Beavers this season. He had collected four hits on June 28, his previous season high.

San Antonio (28-34, 63-69) won 5-3 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Mark Hardy turned in a solid performance in a spot start coming up from short-season Eugene. He yielded two runs on four hits and three walks across five, striking out a pair while netting nine ground ball outs, including a double play. More impressive, however, was his 2-for-2 line at the dish with an RBI single. Hardy, who also had a spot outing with Lake Elsinore, had allowed one run on 11 hits while striking out 19 over his last 16 innings with the Emeralds. He has allowed two runs or less in eight of 12 starts across four leagues.

Sawyer Carroll came through with a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the sixth to turn a 2-2 game into a 4-2 lead, as he drove in a pair. The outfielder had been 0-for-1 with a walk as a pinch-hitter this season and had been 1-for-5 as a substitute through his minor league career. Carroll has nine extra-base hits this month, tying his highest output from any previous month.

Lake Elsinore (31-31, 77-55) lost 5-4 to High Desert (Mariners)

A day after three members of the system belted two homers, Cody Decker got in on the action. The first baseman was perfect on the day, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks. Both of his hits were homers, a solo shot in the second and a two-run blast in the sixth, to give him 25 bombs for the year along with 85 RBI. It is the third time this year he has socked multiple homers, the last coming on July 12. Decker has collected 59 extra-base hits this year.

Gary Poynter came in with the bases loaded and one out and escaped with one of the three inherited runners scoring. He went on to work 2.2 scoreless frames, yielding one hit and striking out one. The right-hander has not allowed a run of his own over his last 10 frames and has given up two earned over his last 22.1 innings. Poynter had allowed all four of his previous inherited runners to score.

Fort Wayne (38-24, 74-58) lost 7-5 to Bowling Green (Rays)

Edinson Rincon was the lone player on the TinCaps to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the sixth. The third baseman has hit two homers in his last three games and 10 of his last 20 hits have gone for extra bases. Rincon has 65 RBI on the season, despite hitting .243 with runners in scoring position.

Michael Watt suffered the loss to drop his record to 5-6, giving up six runs, five earned, on five hits and two walks while fanning four across 4.1 innings. Four of the hits were doubles. The left-hander has given up 12 runs in 12 hits and three walks across his last 6.1 innings. Forty-one of the 125 hits he has allowed across 120 frames have gone for extra bases. Watt has allowed five runs or more in six of his 24 starts.

Eugene (15-16, 30-39) lost 7-2 to Everett (Mariners)

Dexter Carter suffered the loss, his first in Northwest League play, giving up four runs on nine hits while striking out seven. Two of the runs came via the long ball. The right-hander has allowed eight homers with the Emeralds and 24 extra-base hits in 56 innings. He has struck out 34 over his last 29.1 innings. The leadoff hitter of the inning boasts a .340 average and .386 on-base percentage off Carter.

Paul Bingham notched a run-scoring single – his lone hit in four at-bats. The third baseman also struck out twice. The right-handed hitting Bingham has notched just two multi-hit games across 25 contests for the Emeralds, fanning 27 times in 86 at-bats while netting just one extra-base hit on his .140 average. He is 5-for-30 with runners in scoring position and that number goes down to a .093 average with the bases empty.

AZL Padres (20-35) lost 4-3 AZL Mariners (Season Finale)

Stalyn Valdez allowed two runs on five hits across five innings, striking out three while netting six ground ball outs in a losing effort, dropping to 2-5. Despite allowing two runs over five in each of his starts, he has dropped them both. The right-hander has not allowed a homer across 42.1 innings and has gone 15.1 frames without issuing a walk.

B.J. Guinn was in on two of the three AZL Padres runs, scoring once and driving in one. He reached base three times out of the leadoff spot with a pair of singles and a walk. Guinn has four multi-hit games across his last nine and has scored 22 runs in 31 games for the AZL Padres. He has a .377 on-base percentage when he leads off an inning. The switch-hitter is batting .375 off southpaws and .290 off righties.

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