Padres Minor League Notebook: 9-1-10

Sean Kazmar adds four more hits to his resume. Jeremy Hefner allows one run while James Darnell is on both runs. Matt Jackson is hit hard in a loss. Adys Portillo has the right stuff until the sixth while Corey Adamson has a walk-off sacrifice fly.

Portland (57-82) won 11-3 over Reno (Diamondbacks)

Sean Kazmar pounded out four hits in six at-bats. All four of his hits were singles, coming from the two-hole in the lineup. The infielder also plated a pair of runs. Kazmar has four straight multi-hit games, going 13-for-20 with five runs scored and three RBI. He is hitting .342 over his last 28 contests. He has notched three games with four hits or more, two coming in his last four games.

Craig Stansberry pounded out three hits, clubbing a three-run homer in the seventh to account for his three RBI. He also scored twice from the eighth spot in the lineup. The infielder has homered twice over his last five games. Stansberry, however, came into the contest batting .176 over his previous 21 games with just 12 hits in his last 68 at-bats coming in. He is hitting .322 on the road this season and .186 at home.

San Antonio (30-35, 65-70) won 2-1 over Midland (A's)

Jeremy Hefner allowed one run on six hits and a walk across seven innings, striking out a season high nine in a 91-pitch outing. One extra-base hit, a triple, led to the only run against. It is the second time in three starts that he has allowed one run without earning the win. Hefner has allowed two runs or less in 18 of his 27 starts this year. He has held the opposition to a .231 average with runners in scoring position.

James Darnell was the lone Missions player to record a multi-hit game and was in on both runs. He singled and scored in the seventh and had a base hit to drive in a run an inning later. Darnell came into the game hitting .181 in the eighth inning and beyond. He is, however, hitting .355 across his last 29 games with 24 RBI and 18 runs scored. Darnell also has a .289 mark for the year with runners in scoring position.

Lake Elsinore (33-32, 79-56) won 6-2 over Lancaster (Astros)

Juan Oramas went five innings, yielding one run on three hits and a walk while fanning seven. The lone run came on a solo homer to the third hitter of the game. Oramas had been on a limited pitch count and was limited to 2-3 innings in his previous 13 outings. In each of his seven starts in Lake Elsinore that have lasted at least five innings, he has given up two runs or less. He has allowed four homers in his last 14.2 innings.

Vince Belnome cracked his 16th homer of the year, a solo shot. He also added a two-run single to push his RBI total to 83 on the year. The third baseman has collected six multi-hit games across his last seven with five runs scored and eight RBI. Belnome is hitting .340 over his last 28 games with 13 extra-base hits and a .444 on-base percentage. He is fifth in the league in on-base percentage overall and leads the circuit in walks.

Fort Wayne (39-26, 75-60) lost 12-5 to South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Matt Jackson took the loss, giving up seven runs, all earned, on eight hits, a walk and a hit batsman. Four of the hits went for extra bases, including two triples. The right-hander has allowed 11 runs on 16 hits across 12 innings as a starter for an 8.25 ERA while posting a 3.22 ERA in 14 relief appearances. Left-handed hitters are boasting a .362 average against.

Jonathan Galvez had two hits, as every regular notched at least one base knock. The infielder, playing second base, clubbed his eighth homer of the year in the seventh inning, a solo shot. He did, however, commit his 42nd error of the campaign. Galvez is hitting .323 over his last 26 games with nine extra-base hits, 17 runs scored and 16 RBI – mostly out of the nine-hole in the order.

Eugene (17-17, 32-40) won 5-4 over Salem-Keizer (Giants) in 11 innings

After giving up a leadoff triple and tossing a wild pitch, Adys Portillo retired 14 straight. Two hits and a walk in the sixth would end his night with three runs in on four hits and a walk across 5.2, striking out four and notching seven ground ball outs. The right-hander came into play having allowed two earned across his last 14.1 innings, striking out 14 while yielding 11 hits.

Corey Adamson came on in the top of the 11th inning as a defensive substitution and proved to be the most valuable player in the game. A one out triple was followed by an intentional walk to reach Adamson, setting up a potential double play. He hit a sacrifice fly to right that scored the walk off win. Adamson is 5-for-32 over his first 11 Northwest League games but is 2-for-2 with two walks and the sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and beyond with the Emeralds.

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