Padres Minor League Notebook: 6-21-10

Juan Herrera

Josh Geer tossed a complete game shutout. Cedric Hunter adds the offense but it falls short. Robert Sabo and Xavier Esquivel have positive debuts. Cole Tyrell gets the first AZL Padres hit and run scored. He touched home twice more. Jeremy McBryde returns to the hill.

Portland (26-44) won 3-0 over Tacoma (Mariners)

Josh Geer tossed a complete game shutout, yielding four hits and a walk while fanning three. The right-hander notched 19 ground ball outs, including three double play grounders. He wound up pitching to two over the minimum. It is the fifth complete game of his career. His last came on August 20, 2009 in a losing effort. Geer has won three straight games, although this was the first time he has given up two runs or less since April 19.

Lance Zawadzki went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored out of the six spot in the lineup, splitting time between third base and shortstop. The infielder has four multi-hit games in his last eight. Since beginning the year with a .162 average, Zawadzki has hit .353 across his last 10 games with three doubles, a homer, and seven runs scored.

San Antonio (34-35) lost 3-2 to Corpus Christi (Astros)

Cedric Hunter pounded out three hits in five trips, hitting a two-run homer in the seventh inning to account for all of the San Antonio runs. Hunter, who is hitting a team best .290 at home, has hit all three of his bombs at Nelson Wolff. The outfielder has a .375 on-base percentage with a 31-to-21 walk-to-strikeout ratio, netting 27 walks in his last 47 games.

Matt Buschmann delivered 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out three. The right-hander also stranded a pair of inherited runners. He also went 1-for-1 at the dish and scored a run. Buschmann has stranded seven of the nine runners he has inherited in the Texas League. He has a 6.26 ERA across two leagues with a 2.73 ERA in Double-A.

Lake Elsinore (46-24) had a scheduled day off for the All-Star break

Fort Wayne (36-34) had a scheduled day off for the All-Star break

Eugene (2-2) lost 3-1 to Tri-City (Rockies)

Robert Sabo worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and a walk while striking out two. Coming out of the bullpen in 2007 and '09, Sabo started 16 games for Kent State in '10 and finished with a 6-5 record and a 4.65 ERA in 93 innings pitched. He struck out 79 and walked 33. Sabo threw two complete games on the season. For his career, Sabo finished with a 12-6 record with a 4.96 ERA in 147 innings pitched.

Pedro Martinez, the fourth straight starter to already be in the system, was lifted after three innings. The left-hander gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits and three walks while striking out four. Martinez went 2-3 with one save and a 4.95 ERA across 15 games, including five starts, with the DSL Padres in 209. In 40 innings, he allowed 33 hits, walked 20 and struck out 47.

Xavier Esquivel, a captain of his high school team, struck out the side during a perfect seventh inning. Esquivel, a 34th-round pick, appeared in 19 games for the Loyola Marymount this year, starting three. The native of Chino, Calif. amassed a 2-4 record with a 7.43 ERA in 46 innings of work. Averaging just under one strikeout per inning pitched, he punched-out 40 batters and walked 14. Esquivel, a 49th round pick last season by the Yankees, played for the San Diego Padres scout team in high school.

AZL Padres (1-0) won 9-2 over AZL Royals

Cole Tyrell notched the first hit of the season for the AZL Padres, clubbing a double and coming around to score. He would add a second double in the sixth and scored three runs. Tyrell did get caught stealing second base after reaching via an error. Tyrell, a 42nd-round pick, finished his career with 182 consecutive starts at Dayton, the second-most in the nation. He was second on the team with a .326 average and 49 RBI. He also tied for second with 18 doubles and 10 home runs while leading the team with 50 runs scored.

Juan Herrera posted zeroes across four innings, giving up two hits while notching five ground ball outs and striking out one. He did not walk a batter, something that has plagued him in the past. Herrera went 0-3 with a 4.78 ERA across 11 games, including six starts, with the DSL Padres in 2009. In 37.2 innings, he allowed 37 hits, walked 27 and struck out 27. He held the opposition to a .261 average.

Carlos Garcia also smacked a pair of doubles and drove in three runs, one in the sixth and two in the eighth. Garcia hit .241 across 62 games with the DSL Padres. He went 54-for-224 with eight doubles, six homers, 33 runs scored and 43 RBI. He posted a .333 on-base percentage with a 25-to-57 walk-to-strikeout ratio while getting hit by six pitches. He stole a team leading 17 base in 22 attempts and committed one error in the field. He hit .253 with runners in scoring position.

Jeremy McBryde allowed one run on two hits while recording all three outs by way of the strikeout. The right-hander last saw the mound on June 28, 2009 with Lake Elsinore when he gave up 11 runs to High Desert. McBryde has struck out more than a batter an inning through his career with 296 strikeouts in 271.1 innings while going 15-18 with a 4.58 ERA.

DSL Padres (7-10) vs. DSL Twins postponed due to rain

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