Padres Minor League Notebook: 8-31-10

Chris Young appears in a rehab assignment. James Darnell continues to roll for the Missions while Erik Davis piles up another win. Ali Solis has been impressive of late and Anthony Bass is on track. Everett Williams has a key hit while Jason Hagerty continues to roll. Wes Cunningham leads Eugene in just about every offensive category; Matt Branham pitches another gem.

Portland (56-82) lost 3-1 to Reno (Diamondbacks)

Chris Young saw his first action of the season, allowing two hits, including a solo homer, across three innings while fanning one. The last time Young was on the hill in a competitive fashion was on April 6 when he went six innings and yielded one hit and three walks while fanning five for the Friars. Prior to that it was June 14, 2009 when he allowed five runs on four hits and five walks across 2.1 innings to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The right-hander went 4-6 with a 5.21 ERA across 14 starts for the Padres in '09, walking 40 in 76 innings. He had arthroscopic surgery last season and had been on the disabled list with a strained shoulder this year.

Luis Durango reached base three times out of the leadoff spot, going 2-for-3 with a walk. He did, however, figure into the scoring and was thrown out trying to steal second – the 16th time he has been snared in 51 Pacific Coast League attempts. The outfielder hit .321 across 15 games for the Padres with a .387 on-base percentage and a perfect 3-for-3 in stolen bases, scoring six times.

San Antonio (29-35, 64-70) won 8-3 over Midland (A's)

James Darnell reached base four times in five trips, going 3-for-4 with a walk. He also scored once and knocked in two to give him 47 RBI on the season. The third baseman is hitting .349 over his last 28 games with 17 runs scored, 23 RBI and 13 extra-base hits. He also sports a .432 on-base percentage over that span, upping his average from .230 to .266. Darnell is hitting .281 with runners in scoring position.

Erik Davis improved to 3-0 in the Texas League, yielding one run on two hits and four walks while striking out five across six innings and 102 pitches. He is 13-3 across three leagues and has allowed two runs or less in five straight Double-A starts, allowing two hits or fewer twice over that span. Davis has allowed just one first inning run in his six starts for the Missions.

Lake Elsinore (32-32, 78-56) won 7-3 over Lancaster (Astros)

Ali Solis pounded out three hits, including a double and a homer to lead the Storm offense. His third homer, a two-run shot in the eighth, capped a four-RBI day for the backstop. Solis has homered in three straight games, going 6-for-12 with five runs scored and seven RBI. He played in 21 games in the Mexican League, hitting .382 with nine extra-base hits, 11 runs scored and 13 RBI. He hit .412 off right-handed pitching while playing for Tigres de Quintana Roo.

Anthony Bass improved to 8-7, allowing one run on four hits while striking out a half-dozen. He also induced seven ground ball outs, including a double play grounder, while not walking a batter. It was his third straight start going five innings while allowing two runs or less. The win was Bass' first since June 28, although he had six starts go less than five innings by the coaches' decree. It was his 14th time allowing two runs or less and going at least five innings.

Fort Wayne (39-25, 75-59) won 13-9 over Bowling Green (Rays)

Everett Williams walked during a three-run second and cleared the bases with his 25th double during a four-run third. He scored twice for a team that scored 13 but went 6-for-25 with runners in scoring position. The outfielder has posted his best on-base percentage of the season during August, reaching at a .362 clip after not topping .336 in subsequent months. Williams has also driven in 21 runs in 27 August games.

Jason Hagerty reached base five times, going 1-for-2 with four walks. The backstop, batting third, collected two runs scored and plated a pair to give him 74 RBI on the season. Hagerty has drawn 26 walks over his last 28 games to go along with a .358 average. He is sporting a .504 on-base percentage over his last 54 contests with 17 doubles, two triples, eight homers, 40 runs scored and 31 RBI.

Eugene (16-17, 31-40) won 4-1 over Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Wes Cunningham delivered a two-run homer in the fourth inning, his fifth of the season. He also drew a walk in three trips. The Emeralds team leader in RBI with 30, Cunningham tied Jedd Gyorko, who was here for just 26 games, for the team lead in homers. The first baseman/outfielder, who also owns 37 free passes, paced the club with a .420 on-base percentage. He has scored a run in 10 of his last 11 games, touching home 13 times over that span.

Matt Branham earned the win to improve to 6-3, allowing one run on six hits and a walk while fanning five across 6.2 innings. The right-hander has allowed one run or less in four of his last five starts and two runs or less in seven of 11 overall. Branham has posted a 1.26 ERA in five home starts compared to a 5.40 ERA away from PK Park. Thirteen of the 23 runs he has allowed across 60.2 innings have come in the opening frame.

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