Padres Minor League Notebook: 4-25-10

Matt Clark

Josh Geer gives up three homers, including one to the other pitcher. Matt Clark hits his first homer of the year – an important one to send the Missions home as winners. Lake Elsinore is swept – Jon Berger allows seven runs and Nick Schmidt takes a loss.

Portland (9-9) lost 4-2 to Fresno (Giants)

Josh Geer dropped to 0-2, giving up three runs on eight hits, a hit batsman and a walk while fanning three. All three runs came via solo homers, including one to opposing pitcher Madison Bumgarner. The leadoff hitter of an inning sports a .417 average against Geer. The right-hander has given up five homers, four of those have been solo shots.

Luis Durango went 3-for-3 with a sacrifice and was in on both Portland runs, scoring once and driving in one. He was picked off first base, giving him his fifth caught stealing of the year. It was his second three-hit game in a row and fourth this season. He has an RBI in three of his last four games. Durango has been caught stealing in three of his last four attempts.

San Antonio (8-8) won 6-5 over Midland (A's)

Matt Clark picked a fine time to hit his first homer of the season, sending a ball out of the yard for a solo homer in the top of the ninth – the eventual game-winner. The first baseman had two hits in the affair. He did strikeout in his other three at-bats. Clark is 7-for-13 over his last three games with two extra-base hits and four RBI. He has fanned once in 12 of his 15 games.

Evan Scribner picked up his fifth decision of the season, moving to 3-2 with an inning of scoreless ball. It was his second win in a row and fourth straight game he has earned a decision. He yielded one hit but that was erased when he picked off a man at first and struck out one. He has faced the minimum amount of hitters in four of his eight appearances.

Cedric Hunter continued his hot start, going 2-for-4 out of the leadoff spot with a sacrifice fly. The outfielder drove in three on the day to move his RBI total to 10 for the season. Hunter has collected five straight multi-hit games to give him nine multi-hit games in 16 total contests. He is 8-for-20 on the year with runners in scoring position and has struck out just three times all year.

Lake Elsinore (8-10) lost 4-2 to High Desert (Mariners) in game one, lost 10-2 in game two

Nick Schmidt took the game one loss, giving up four runs, three earned, on six his and three walks while fanning four across five innings. Since throwing shutout ball over five innings in his first outing, the left-hander has given up at least four runs in each of his last three. The opposition is hitting .360 off him with runners in scoring position.

Jon Berger was hammered for seven runs, all earned, on nine hits and two wild pitches across two-plus innings. All four men he faced in the third scored. He allowed two homers and seven of the hits he surrendered went for extra bases. Berger had not allowed an earned run in his first seven innings of work this season. Left-handed batters are hitting .500 off him this year with 10 hits in 20 at-bats.

Robert Lara moved from behind the plate to the mound in the second contest, working a scoreless frame. He also accounted for both Storm runs with a two-run double. Lara is 4-for-11 over his last three games with three runs scored and three RBI. Lara has not allowed a run in three innings as a pitcher. He worked two scoreless last year with Fort Wayne, issuing two walks and striking out five.

Lake Elsinore manager Carlos Lezcano was ejected in the sixth inning of game one

Fort Wayne (8-9) vs. Great Lakes (Dodgers) postponed due to rain

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