Kulbacki yard again; Wilkes a winner

Craig Cooper

Edwin Moreno blows his first save and it is costly. Craig Cooper goes yard twice but the Missions lose. Ernesto Frieri is dominant for Lake Elsinore and Kellen Kulbacki goes deep again, Felix Carrasco has struggled since the All-Star break. Simon Castro makes an early exit. Kevin Cameron returns to the mound in the AZL, and Keisy Marte supplies the offense. Jhonaldo drives in four in a loss.

Portland (46-43) lost 11-10 to Fresno (Giants) in 11 innings

Cesar Ramos was pounded for eight earned runs, a season-high, on eight hits, two walks, and a hit batsman over 4.2 innings. He allowed two homers – both to former Padres prospect Justin Leone. It is the fourth time this season he has given up multiple bombs in a game. Ramos has allowed five or more runs in six of his 18 outings. It was the sixth time this year that the left-hander has not made it through the fifth inning.

Colt Morton hit his first Triple-A homer, smacking a two-run homer in the second inning. The backstop had three hits on the day while driving in three and has scored a run in each of his first three Portland games. Morton has an RBI in five of his last eight games across two leagues, driving in nine. He has been on base in seven straight games with seven hits and four walks.

Edwin Moreno blew his first save in Triple-A, giving up a one-out homer in a 10-9 game. The right-hander would load the bases with one out before notching a double play grounder to send the game into extras. He worked a scoreless 10th but the Beavers would lose in the bottom of the 11th on a solo homer yielded by Justin Hampson. The right-hander had saved his first eight games in the Pacific Coast League and had gone 13 straight appearances over 13 innings without allowing a run.

San Antonio (10-7) lost 5-4 to Tulsa (Rockies) in 11 innings

The newest San Diego Padres farmhand, David Parrish, didn't have far to go. Released by Tulsa this weekend, the Padres signed him and started him in Double-A on Monday. Parrish went to spring training with the Colorado Rockies and was released in spring before signing on to play for the Long Beach Armada where Parrish hit .344, going 11-for-32 with three home runs, two doubles, seven walks and 13 RBIs. Parrish went 7-for-33 over nine games with Tulsa, going 4-for-9 in his final two games. Parrish was originally a first-round pick of the Yankees in 2000 and spent the 2007 season in the Pittsburgh Pirates chain. Parrish went 0-for-2 with two walks in his debut.

Craig Cooper belted two homers, hitting a solo shot in the third inning and adding another solo homer in the seventh, giving him three bombs over his last two games. It was the first time since August 28, 2007 while with Lake Elsinore that he has logged a multiple homer game. All seven of his homers this season, however, have been of the solo variety. Cooper ended the night with four hits in six at-bats – his second four-hit game of the season. He has an extra base hit in each of his last five games, tallying eight over that span.

After not allowing a run and giving up just eight hits over 18.2 innings across 15 appearances, Jon Ellis has surrendered runs in back-to-back appearances. The right-hander suffered his fourth loss of the year after surrendering a run on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. He has given up three runs on five hits and a pair of walks over his last inning of work. It is the 10th time in 38 appearances he has yielded a run.

Lake Elsinore (8-10) won 4-1 over Bakersfield (Rangers)

Ernesto Frieri faced three over the minimum through six innings, giving up a scant three hits and a walk while striking out seven, registering his fourth double play grounder of the year. He would give up a run on two hits in the seventh before exiting the game with a career-high in innings pitched and strikeouts (8). It is the sixth time in 11 starts he has gone at least five innings and allowed two earned runs or less.

Kellen Kulbacki broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with his 13th homer in California League play, tying him for the team lead in that category. All of his homers have come across his last 32 games. Kulbacki went 2-for-4 on the day, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. The outfielder is 16-for-39 over the streak with six homers and 13 RBIs. He has scored a run in nine of the 10 games, touching home 13 times.

Mike DeMark earned his 12th hold of the season, working a scoreless eighth while walking one, stretching his scoreless streak to 9.2 innings over nine appearances. The right-hander has, however, walked seven over his last seven innings and eight innings. DeMark has given up just 11 hits in 84 at-bats to right-handed hitters, a .131 average. He has also held the opposition to a .157 average with runners in scoring position.

Fort Wayne (7-12) lost 6-0 to South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Felix Carrasco went hitless in four at-bats, dropping his average to .247 on the year, striking out in the eighth straight game. The slugging first baseman has fanned in 27 of his last 31 games, striking out 46 times in his last 99 at-bats. For the year, Carrasco has whiffed once every 2.37 at-bats. Since winning the Home Run Derby in the Midwest League All-Star game, he is hitting .190 while striking out in exactly half of his at-bats.

Robert Woodard came on with the bases juiced and one out in the seventh and stranded two of the three runners without allowing a hit. He went on to pitch an inning and two-thirds, striking out one. With 21 relief appearances under his belt, Woodard came into the game having inherited just two runners – stranding both. The right-hander has logged a 3.04 ERA as a reliever after notching a 3.80 ERA in five starts.

Brandon Gomes had the unenviable position of entering the game with the bases loaded and one out. Like Woodard, Gomes would hold two of the three runners in place and would not allow a hit. He worked an inning and two-thirds as well, striking out one. The right-hander has stranded six of the 11 base runners he has inherited this year, coming in with the bases loaded and one out twice this year and allowing just two of the six to score. He has allowed one run over his last 10.1 innings.

Eugene (7-14) lost 6-3 to Spokane (Rangers)

Simon Castro was lifted after 2.1 innings with four runs already in on five hits, a hit batsman, a wild pitch and four walks while fanning three. He left the game with two men on but neither would score. The right-hander has hit at least one batter in each of his five starts and threw his third wild pitch of the season. Nine of the 13 runs he has allowed over five starts this year have come over the first two innings.

Angel Mercado scored two of the three Eugene runs, doubling and drawing a walk before coming around to score each time. He did, however, commit his third error of the season. Mercado is second on the team with a .410 on-base percentage and has been on base in 11 straight games. The first baseman has logged nine hits, seven walks and been hit by three pitches over that span, scoring eight runs.

Anthony Bass pitched an inning and one-third scoreless, giving up one hit while striking out one. He also stranded an inherited runner – the first runner he has stranded on the year after allowing one to score in his first outing of the year. Bass has given up three runs over his first 11 innings of work, striking out 12. The right-hander has held the opposition to a .175 average against.

AZL Padres (7-6) won 7-3 over AZL Rangers

Keisy Marte collected three hits in four at-bats, doubling twice, scoring a run, driving in two - both RBIs coming with two outs - and adding a sacrifice bunt. Marte was. However, thrown out trying to steal third base, the second time he has been nabbed in five attempts. It is his fourth multi-hit game and first three-hit affair. He has collected five doubles on the year and has an RBI and a run scored in each of his last two games.

Kevin Cameron pitched one inning of scoreless ball in a rehab assignment, striking out one. The right-hander has been on the disabled list since early May with a first-degree right elbow sprain suffered on May 6. In 10 appearances for the Padres this season, he has posted a 3.60 ERA with six walks and five strikeouts over 10 innings. He is 2-0 with a 2.91 ERA over parts of two seasons for San Diego.

Chris Wilkes gave up three runs on five hits while striking out a trio in four innings of work, improving to 2-0 on the campaign. Wilkes also picked off a runner at first base. The Florida native has surrendered five earned runs over his first 11.2 innings of work, as left-handed hitters have amassed a .417 average off him while he has kept righties to a .226 average.

DSL Padres (16-16) lost 6-4 to DSL Tigers

Jhonaldo Pozo accounted for all four RBIs on the night, doubling to clear the bases in the fifth and adding a run scoring single with two outs in the ninth. With his four RBIs, he is now tied for the team lead in that category with 23. Pozo is now 3-for-5 with a double, triple, homer and 12 RBIs with the bases loaded. He did strikeout with the bases juiced in the seventh. He has 10 RBIs over his last four games. Pozo was also credited with his sixth passed ball of the season and went 0-for-1 in throwing out base runners.

Maykor Rojas reached base four times via three hits – all singles – and a walk while scoring a run. After beginning the year with one hit in his first nine at-bats, the backstop is 8-for-14 with three multi-hit games over his last four games. Rojas has scored a run in two straight after scoring once in his first eight games with an at-bat.

Erick Ojeda suffered his first loss of the year in his first professional start, allowing five runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk over three innings of work. The DSL Padres committed six errors on Monday with Ojeda committing one. It resulted in five unearned runs. Ojeda had not given up a single run in his first 7.2 innings, yielding just three hits over that span.

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